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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Many Thanks to the author for an ARC copy of The Night Sender. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
Rose Woodburn is celebrating her 18th birthday but it’s a celebration with a difference coz at the stroke of midnight, she will be visited by a night sender, part creature part human who would help her lose her virginity and be ready for marriage without fear. The purpose is seemingly noble but why then are the girls of the court warned to be wary of these creatures and why is everything so shrouded in secrecy and mystery?
Rose’s enthusiasm and passion for life however makes her different from other girls in the court in the fictional place of Dover and it is this character that welcomes Roosha with openness and thereby demanding further exploration of her sensuality and womanhood.
The debut work by the author is exceedingly well-written with multiple themes coming into play. Rose’s journey of self-discovery and her growth in character from the childish and naïve young girl to the woman secure in her knowledge of her sensuality and about love and sacrifice was conveyed brilliantly. Rose’s relationship with her mother and also finally growing to trust her only friend Vivianna, the fights with her nemesis Savannah each segment of the story builds up the thrill ride for this 3-part series.
It is admirable that beneath the layers of this fantasy world, the author Christina Tsirkas has layered a very thoughtful tale of a woman’s struggle focussing on her marital rights and her freedom to choose. It is also a tale that shows the revengeful spirit of a wronged woman. The concept of how the night senders come into being was even more surprising. Roosha and his friend Avidan with their guilt-ridden lives and sentence of servitude evokes sympathy. The author has woven a magical story of passionate love and with images so clear-cut that the fantasy world becomes real for a reader. The sizzling chemistry between the leads adds to the hotness and the intimate scenes were quite erotic.
The story ends as a cliff-hanger at a very crucial point and I just can’t wait for book #2 to know the outcome of this forbidden love between Rose and Roosha.
Who are the night senders? Where do they come from? Why are they so shrouded in secrecy?
These are the questions Rose Woodburn desperately wants answered.
At midnight on her 18th birthday, Rose, like all ladies of the court, receives a visit from one of the night senders. It is a coming of age rite she has been warned to fear, but Rose, always defiant, is not scared. She’s fascinated by these creatures.
When the visit awakens a part of her she never knew existed, Rose begs her night sender, Roosha, to return. But Roosha, condemned to a life of servitude, is bound by sacred law never to see her again.
Undeterred, Rose embarks on a mission to uncover the secrets surrounding these mystical creatures and their true purpose—a mission that will reveal far more than she bargained for and forge an unlikely alliance. But can it be trusted?
Obsessed with discovering the truth, Rose finds herself on a harrowing path of self-discovery and drawn into an affair so forbidden, its punishment is a fate far worse than death.
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