You think you know what is right and what is wrong? Then tell me if this man should die. He is my enemy. He is to be my end. He is the one I love. I have spent my life in shades of gray. I have died and returned to a world of color. I have fought an angel and lived. I have kissed the Prince of Ravens. I have faced the Lord of Night and made him kneel. I was accepted into the Four Orders, and I created the fifth. I freed the Shadow of Rome. I sat upon the Twilight Throne. The man asks for my surrender. He asks for peace. He is too late. The girl he knew is gone, and death is in her place. I am Nightfall, and this is my story. You think you know it? Think again.
©2014 Karpov Kinrade (P)2016 Tantor
I ended up quitting the book... It just felt pieced together to me. It's like the author didn't have a great idea, so they took pieces of other stories and tried to make them fit together to make something new. It didn't work for me. I kept wondering when it would get better or be over, so I just stopped.
There's almost a batman feel to it - the beginning is set when the girl is 9 years old, then 13, then 18. Her parents are killed in front of her. She wants revenge, gets a secret identity, trains with new skills and joins a rebel group while still pretending to fit in with main society. Her grandfather tells her she's rich from inheritance and she has a secret base of operations. Her best friend/crush interacts with her normal and secret identities, but doesn't realize they are both her. She is young but tries to act like she is much older and has all the answers. Makes promises she can't keep. She is too presumptuous.
There are nephilim in the story. They are supposed to be children of angels and humans, but they nephilim can also turn humans into them, which doesn't make much sense to me. They have fangs and drink blood to survive. Vampires?
This book was a true struggle. I'm not quite sure how it received such high reviews, as the story line is difficult to believe.
What mainly makes it difficult to believe is the dialogue and action of the characters, they simply feel too old for the child/teen they are portraying. Aside from the visible effort of the narrator, the characters do not feel distinct and the entire story plot feels pieced together from previously successful books. The world building and lore are also difficult to follow, as it takes some "history" but feels as if it is missing greater parts.
Overall, this book had the premise of being amazing, but lacked a foundation to build upon.
The story is gripping and sophisticated and really relevant. Also the narrator really brought Scarlett to life. It was like going to a theater. Anyone who liked Divergent or even Lord of the Rings would love this book!
Its a book that I will re listen to over and over, non spoil alert.. the sequel is worth listening to after.
It had a great beginning, it gave the story the plot in a way that it wasn't short or long and the author did not drag on. It starts out she is 9 and than later the real action begins when shes 18.
I enjoyed all
This is going into my favorites list of books, which is a big deal , considering I read 2-4 books per week. I love this genre, it's my favorite (apocalypse type) I'm always looking out for a good apocalyptic book involving angels but there aren't that many good ones out there that I've found. The best in my opinion previous to reading Court of Nightfall was the Angelfall series.
However after reading Court of Nightfall it definitely gives Angelfall a run for the money! It's all in all great! Awesome story, great character building, edited well and will suck you in at the very beginning. The narrator also does a fantastic job. It's one of those books you just don't wanna put down, but at the same time don't want to finish because your so content staying in its wonderful world of imagination! BUT anyway I did finish it, so I'm off for book two right now!
Review by : A Roper
Not only is it narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, who is fabulous... But the story is great! I started listening, knowing nothing. So fun. Pleasantly surprised by so many turns in the story. Fresh and not cookie cutter. A big YES for this one!
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