We Rule the Night
By Claire Eliza Bartlett
Thank you so much to NOVL for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.
I was so, so excited when I received this in the mail not only because of its definite bookstagram potential (just look at that cover!!!), but because of its completely epic synopsis. As a WWII inspired, feminist fantasy novel I had high hopes going into this We Rule the Night, and Bartlett certainly did not disappoint me.
This world is absolutely fascinating and very well fleshed out! It’s completely original and different to many of the fantasy worlds I’ve been reading about lately that have all blended together into a sort of fantasy mush. The war-torn feel comes across clearly, and leaves the world feeling very reminiscent of WWII. The magic system is so intriguing and completely intertwined to the world itself. With Living Metal, the Weave, and the Spark, I can confidently say that this magic system is unlike any other I’ve encountered in my many, many years of reading, which is a truly astonishing feat. The closest thing I can think of is Leo from The Heroes of Olympus, but that doesn’t even compare to how detailed and imaginative the magic system is within these pages.
I literally felt as if I could not put this book down, and somehow managed to finish it within a few hours of picking it up. The action is great, the world it great, and the characters might be the best part of it all. Our main characters, Revna and Linne, are incredibly complex, capable, badass females we all need in our lived. They each had a certain depth to them which brought them to life, and I found myself cheering them on from the sidelines as they faced challenge after challenge. Bartlett clearly put lots of time and effort in developing these characters, and it clearly paid off. I really have nothing bad to say aside from the fact that the plot seemed to slow down and lag at times, but that didn’t do too much to hinder my enjoyment.
In conclusion, I give We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett four and a half out of five stars for fulfilling my feminist fantasy dreams. I highly recommend We Rule the Night to anyone and everyone, but especially to all of the females out there who love a good fantasy novel.
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