The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt is a stunning contemporary fantasy debut about another London, a magical world hidden behind the bustling modern city we know.
Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life...until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar.
With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friendand uncover the strange truth about herself.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
DEBORAH HEWITT is a teacher and previous ‘Undiscovered Voices’ winner living in Manchester. The Nightjar is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If I hear alternate London and magic in the same sentence, there is 100% chance that I will want to read that book. Throw in a unique magic system and I’m beyond happy. The Nightjar sounded amazing but ultimately tried to do a little bit too much. I was absolutely engrossed for the entire first half of the book. The magic system absolutely fascinated me, the characters were engaging and multi-dimensional, and the plot was fantastic. I was ready to give this book five stars. And then I got to the second half. I think The Nightjar would have been better as a duology. The author tried to fit too much into this single book. There was a secret society, it was a coming of age tale, there was a heist, the main character had to learn magic, there was a romance and found family, and the author had to build up an incredibly unique mythology/world. And all of that was fascinating. But there just wasn't enough room to develop any of it to the extent I would have liked. However, that being said, I absolutely plan on picking up any future books that Deborah Hewitt writes (particularly if the books are set in this same world!). I think she is an incredibly talented writer who will only get better with time. *Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.