by Susan Dennard
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Pub Date 26 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 1 Apr 2023
Hemlock Falls isn’t like other towns. You won’t find it on a map, your phone won’t work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you…
Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie's town―and the rest of humanity―from the monsters and nightmares that rise in the forest of Hemlock Falls every night. Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal―and restore her family's good name. Or die trying.
But in order to survive, Winnie must enlist the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie’s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for.
Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark.
“Will draw you in and leave you begging for more. Rich with tension, atmosphere, and finesse, you'll want to get lost in the world of The Luminaries again and again.” ― Leigh Bardugo
"THE LUMINARIES is your next obsession...this book is all my favorite things combined"―Olivie Blake
“I lost myself from page one. . . as vicious as it is inescapably alluring.” ―Marissa Meyer
“A paranormal fantasy dream. . . you will love every second of devouring its mysteries.” ―Alexandra Bracken
“Exactly the thrilling, dangerous, heart-pounding fantasy I needed. . . I devoured this.” ―Marie Lu
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Wow. Just wow.
I was a bit hesitant with going into The Luminaries, I was so hyped for it but also I couldn't get into Truthwitch though I adored the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy, so I wasn't sure which way The Luminaries would go for me and I'm so happy to be able to say that I just fell in love with it, the plot was interesting and I was grabbed by the characters and I need book two like now please😍 I have so many questions and I need more 😭
I have never been so drawn in and thoroughly gripped by a book before. I binged this book in a day.
My emotions have been thrown through the proverbial wringer and I am now left hanging waiting for the next book (WHEN THIS ONE HASN’T EVEN BEEN RELEASED YET) and I have to know what happens next!! I have so many questions! Do we get a full romance sub-plot? Where does Winnie go from here? What does that note mean?!! My brain is going 100 miles a minute trying to guess the answers to these questions. I’m hooked. I want more. I NEED more.
From the gripping, fast-paced plot, to the wonderfully vivid world building, and the beautifully written, flawed, but relatable characters, Dennard has managed to create a world that I have quickly fallen in love with, but also frightens me just a little bit.
A masterpiece. 10 out of 10. Utter perfection.
Thank you to Netgalley and Daphne Press for providing the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is such an atmospheric and immersive world, one that does not shy away from its horrors but perfectly and vividly describes them. I really appreciated the illustrations and descriptions that were depicted as though being from Winnie's own sketchbook - such a creative narrative tool and really helped me, as a reader, to connect with the main character. The characters and their relationships felt authentic in this claustrophobic, close-knit community. I can really empathise with how Winnie would feel after having been ostracised for four years!
A wonderful balance of fantasy and horror.