Tuesday, June 04, 2013
REVIEW: The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott
The Night Itself is the first book in a planned trilogy and I love how the rest of the series is so nicely set up in this first book from the characters, the demons, the history of the katana and especially the foxes.
The action kicks off with Mio, a 15 year old living in London, off to a costume party with her best friend and Mio decides that what she really needs to complete her outfit is this old Japanese sword that has been in her family for generations. Taking the katana out of its hiding place in the loft has managed to tear a hole between Mio's world and the underworld unleashing demons onto the streets of London. With the help of her best friend, Jack, a fox spirit, and an immortal Japanese warrior who has been trapped within the katana, Mio must face down the demons and learn to control the power of her family's katana.
I love the action in this book. There are demons aplenty here and some really creepy cats and danger that Mio and her band of strange allies must face. It was all pretty exciting to witness. And I really love that all of this is set in modern-day London. It all feels a little more real to me when its a demon wreaking havoc on someplace that I recognise rather than an unknown fantasy world. So I think this switch to an urban fantasy setting really works for me. The inclusion of the fox spirits was genius. I loved everything about the foxes, from the heirarchy of power, to the numerous tails and portals and everything...
I also love the bits of information that we get about Japanese culture in this book, from the manga/anime references to learning kendo to the katana and the history and origins of this underworld filled with vicious demons. Japan is one of those places that I love reading about, so The Night Itself really made me happy!
And then there are the characters. The friendship between Mio and Jack was wonderful. I loved the promise that is made between Mio and Jack and how much that promise weighs on Mio's conscience throughout the book. And while I'm not usually the biggest fan of instalove I thought that it really worked in this book. At times I was thinking that I really wanted to see more of a build-up in this relationship between Mio and Shinobu it was also just really easy to believe in it and want wholeheartedly for them to be together as a couple. I really loved the strength of feeling and loyalty from Shinobu especially.
I am so looking forward to reading more in this series! I just want more of everything. More foxes and demons and kick-ass teenage girls and swoony romance and Japanese culture and friendship. It's exciting stuff!
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I haven't read anything by Zoe Marriott yet but I really, really want to! She sounds like the kind of author I just love :)ReplyDelete
Oh you must, Maya! She writes really incredible books :) You'll have to wait until July for this one, but definitely pick up any of her backlist books while you're waiting!Delete
I am sooooo jealous that you got an early copy! I am like a mega ZM fangirl!! (If you want to offload your copy of The Night Itself ;D...) Awesome review though, I was worried that the Urban fantasy aspect of this would ruin it for me, since I'm used to Zoe writing pure romance, but I am SOOO glad that you enjoyed it!ReplyDelete
Jade @ Ink Scratchers
I really did love it, Jade, and I'm sure you will as well :) I do love Zoe's pure fantasies, but the urban element of this story fit in really well with everything else!Delete
Another book added to the wishlist... This sounds epic and kick-ass - glad you loved it!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sophie, I did! I hope you do as well when you come to read it :)Delete
Argh!! This has made me want it even MORE! I can't wait for my order to show up.ReplyDelete
Sorry, Liz! :)Delete
I've wanted to read a Zoe Marriott book for the longest time! I got an email about this one the other day so I'm looking forward to trying her out, glad you loved it!ReplyDelete
Yay! I'm glad you'll be reading a book by Zoe Marriott at last :) Hopefully you'll be converted and go on to her other wonderful stories...Delete
I absolutely loved Frostfire, and I'm looking forwards so much to read this one. Foxes and demons and kickass teenage girls? Definitely one for me. Thanks for the review!ReplyDelete
You're very welcome, Nina :)Delete