Down Comes the Night

Allison Saft

fiction fantasy young adult
dark emotional mysterious slow-paced

400 pages | first published 2021

A gorgeously gothic, deeply romantic YA debut fantasy about two enemies trapped inside a crumbling mansion, with no escape from the monsters within.

Honor your oath, destroy your country.

Wren Southerland is the most talented healer in the Queen’s Guard, but her reckless actions have repeatedly put her on thin ice with her superiors. So when a letter arrives from a reclusive lord, asking Wren to come to his estate to cure his servant from a mysterious disease, she seizes the chance to prove herself.

When she arrives at Colwick Hall, Wren realizes that nothing is what it seems. Particularly when she discovers her patient is actually Hal Cavendish, the sworn enemy of her kingdom.

Allison Saft’s Down Comes the Night is a snow-drenched, gothic, romantic fantasy that keeps you racing through the pages long into the night.

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mysterious 88%
dark 84%
emotional 60%
adventurous 52%
tense 44%
hopeful 20%
challenging 8%
inspiring 8%


medium 52%
slow 36%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 62% | Character: 25% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 77% | No: 13% | It's complicated: 9%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 38% | No: 28% | Yes: 23% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 13%

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