by Holly Race
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Pub Date 11 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2022
Bonnier Zaffre, Hot Key Books
Catch up on the first instalment in an endlessly inventive urban fantasy that takes you to a world where dreams and nightmares are born. The second book, A GATHERING MIDNIGHT, is out 10th June 2021.
Fifteen-year-old Fern has a lot to deal with: her twin brother hates her, she’s had to move to a new school due to bullying and she’s haunted by the loss of her mother, who died when Fern was just a baby. So, when a mysterious huntress from her dreams shows up and whisks her away to another world Fern is more than ready to cast aside the real world for Annwn – the dream mirror of our own.
Here, Dreamers walk in slumber with their dreams – and Nightmares – playing out around them. Annwn and the Dreamers are protected by an ancient order of Knights which Fern and her brother must join and where Fern must fight to prove she deserves a place among them. Soon Fern discovers that Annwn is a place as full of dangers as it is wonders. As the Nightmares begin to grow stronger and stronger Fern discovers something dark is jeopardising the peace of Annwn – and it must be rooted out at all costs
An epic world, full of suspense, mystery and intrigue. Welcome to Anwnn.
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I loved this book and read it in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down. I was gripped from start to finish and I didn’t want it to end. Well written, great storyline and well-developed relatable characters. I cannot wait to read the next instalments.
Midnight's Twins is set in a beautifully built world, rich in legend and texture. As both fantasy and allegory it is on point for where we're at today, and brings important problems to life. Anyone who has ever felt that they are different should read this and will love it. Serious points slam home at amazing pace under battles, dreams and drama. Legends and a love of story fills out heart-quickening and heartbreaking plots. The only problem is that it ends, with so much more to happen, I NEED to know what happens next.
Fern was born an outsider, and has had a lifetime of torment. But when she learns that dreams are real, everything starts to change.
Fern is an outsider, even to her own family. Her mum died when she was a baby; her twin brother is part of the pack of local kids that bullies her; and that same brother has always been her dad's favourite; giving Fern no one to trust but herself.
Fern has always been bullied for having bright red eyes. From kids at school, to strangers on the tube, she's always been treated differently, because of something she can't help. It was made even worse, when her face was scarred when her bullies went too far.
When Fern turns 15, she discovers the world of Annwn, a place of dreams and imagination. Like her mother before her, she has the chance at becoming a knight, as there are nightmares, too.
This story took a while to get into, because I found it tricky at first to see the ever-changing Annwn, with it's weird rules and creatures; and if I'm honest, I was a little unsettled at how close to home the relationship between Fern and her brother was.
But once it got going, this was fantastic.
The world of Annwn is built by generations of dreamers, who bring it to life in the strength of their memories; and it turn Annwn inspires them in their normal lives.
Not everything is as straight-forward as trainee-knight Fern is originally told. There's more than nightmares, and there's an insidious presence threatening both worlds.
I loved the plot and the fast-action, as Fern and the other knights have to uncover what this person is after, and why it is linked to the death of her mum, fifteen years ago.
The risks are real - anyone who dies in Annwn, dies in the real world. And this story, for all of its light moments and camaraderie, is bloody brutal. Hunger Games brutal.
The story was also deeper than I expected. The way it looks at mob behaviour, and how normal people can be stirred to violence by charismatic politicians. Or all the small little gestures and comments that make it clear that they don't trust anyone who looks different, because their dangerous belief has been encouraged by the wrong people.
No one is all good, or all bad.
I also liked Ollie's journey through this. In the real world, he's popular, good-looking, and people are always on his side.
When he becomes a knight of Annwn, it's the first time a group of people see his twin sister as his equal, and judge him for what he's done.
The hatred that has been festering between them for years finally has to be faced, if either of them will survive.
I very much enjoyed this one, and I'm looking forward to the next part of the series.
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