Review: The Night Country

Review The Night Country

The Night Country is the sequel to Melissa Albert‘s amazing 2018 debut, The Hazel Wood. I chose it as one of my Most Anticipated YA Books of 2020 and it lived up to everything I was hoping for.

From the publisher:

In The Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors of The Hazel Wood. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang.

With Finch’s help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother’s dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors—and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and—if he can find it—a way back home…

The Night Country has a great premise, building upon the world Melissa Albert created in The Hazel Wood. When Alice returned to New York City, she allowed many other “stories” to escape. They’re now loose in a New York that feels just as real and ominous as The Hinterlands, but in a different, distinct way.

Albert uses dual points of view and separate timelines for Alice and Ellery. It’s not quite clear what’s happening when. It doesn’t come off as confusing. It adds to the suspense and intrigue. We know they’ll be back together again, but when, where, and under what circumstances?

Somehow, Ellery is able to communicate from The Hinterlands to Alice in New York City. We’re not sure how it’s happening (or when it’s happening). This device connects the two timelines and builds even more suspense and intrigue.

I greatly enjoyed The Night Country, and I can’t wait for Volume 3 of The Hazel Wood series.

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