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Review: They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick

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Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published June 16th, 2016

Here’s a case where the cover and the story go together like a raw sausage and a hot pan. I mean, I think this cover is just sublime, and without building up any tension towards my rating this time: so was the book. Thank you Liis, for giving me yet another brilliant recommendation!
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He locked himself away from the dark, but in the Magpie King’s forest nowhere is safe…
Lonan is an outcast, accused of letting the monsters that stalk the night into the homes of his fellow villagers. Now, he will not rest until he wins back the heart of his childhood love and reclaims the life that was stolen from him. However, locked safely in his cellar at night, in his dreams Lonan finds himself looking through the eyes of a young prince…
Adahy has a destiny, and it terrifies him. How can he hope to live up to the legend of the Magpie King, to become the supernatural protector of the forest and defender of his people? But when the forest is invaded by an inhuman force, Adahy must rise to this challenge or let the Wolves destroy his people.
Watching these events unfold in his sleep, Lonan must do what he can to protect his village from this new threat. He is the only person who can keep his loved ones from being stolen away after dark, and to do so he will have to earn back their trust or watch the monsters kill everyone that he holds dear.
They Mostly Come Out At Night is a Dark Fantasy novel from Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld series. If you like Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss then you will love this captivating, dangerous world in which ordinary people struggle to find their place in a land ruled by stories.

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Let me start with a few words about the world building (most of them copied from ‘A Word from the Author‘ at the end of the book). This story (or actually, it’s a lot of stories within a story) takes place in a dark, almost borderless forest. There are two types of peoples: the High Corvae and the Low Corvae. The Low Corvae are the people who live in small villages deep inside the forest. The High Corvae can be seen as a bit of the elite. Both come from different places originally and it really shows in the storytelling as a whole. The Low Corvae stories are based on real-world traditional tales and folklore, mostly from Central Europe; think the Brothers Grimm. The High Corvae stories have strong ties to Native American culture. Now if that doesn’t sound absolutely fantastic and fascinating to you already, I don’t know what will!

We start off in one of the small villages. As soon as the sun sets, the inhabitants retreat to their cellars while making sure to lock everything to the max because, as the title suggests, they mostly come out at night. ‘They’ is referring to monsters who will rip you into pieces and eat you if you don’t lock yourself in properly before sunset. Every night, it’s the same procedure; for as long as the villagers have known.

Lonan, a young man (this is not YA!) from the village, has been shunned ever since he got his father killed by screaming in the middle of the night, and therefore, having lead the monsters to their basement. Everybody hates him, except for Mother Ogma, the village healer. Mother Ogma is such a badass old lady, I believe she’s my favourite character in the entire book (and there are quite a few of those).

When Lonan starts dreaming of the Magpie King, one of the High Corvae who’s supposedly keeping the forest folk safe during the night (yet no one really knows whether he’s a myth or not) shit starts hitting the fan. I think that’s about all of the story I’m going to give away here.

I’m now simply going to tell you that this was absolutely fantastic. There are basically three storylines, neatly divided into separate chapters in a specific order, so you shouldn’t get confused about it. All three storylines are equally fascinating. If you’re a fan of classic retellings or rich stories in general, this is the book for you. If you don’t easily shy away from a bit of blood and guts, this is the book for you.

There is depth, excitement, adventure, horror, general creepiness, and humour!

“The sensible, selfless thing would be for Lonan to walk away now. “Wait here a moment,” he said, and made his way down the river..”

I chuckled out loud a few times, especially when it comes to Mother Ogma’s dialogues. She’s one feisty granny!

With the rich storytelling, you won’t become bored in the first place, but then there’s the added bonus of some of the characters who keep dying with the intensity of Sean Bean in front of a camera.

The only reason I’m a party pooper and not giving this one the full five brownies on my blog is because of a few minor things not adding up entirely. Such as Mother Ogma not believing Lonan while she was the one telling him about his Knack for something in the first place.

That’s right, Knack with a capital K because a Knack is like a talent every one of the villagers eventually develops. It could be for tailoring or cleaning, but it could also be something a bit more magical. Not that I’m saying cleaning can’t be magical…okay, never mind, I am saying that exactly.

TL; DR

Fantastic world building. In-depth characters. Dark Fantasy with a twist of horror. Exquisite storytelling. Highly recommended!

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Links to the book:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
The Book Depository
Bol.com (Dutch Retailer)
Goodreads

About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

41 Comments on Review: They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick

  1. Awesome review Anne! I love me a dark Fantasy world, especially when recommended for fans of Uncle Gaiman 😉 LOL! I’m intrigued on how the Native American culture ties in, adding to my TBR for things that go bump in the night 😉

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    • Thank you!! ❤ Loverboy Gaiman cough, cough XD. Hot damn, no wonder I keep ending up in spam jail :'(. Well, there’s something about a huge squirrel that’s eating the sun for one :D. Awesome!

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  2. You’ve been on it with the Native American stories lately. Hmmmmm Anne, will you come visit us Americans one day?! scratches chin
    This was sounds very good and the cover is gorgeous! This book definitely gives me folklore vibes. Awesome review as always =)

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  3. Great review! I’ve never heard of this book before, but I’ll definitely be checking it out now. Plus your brownie ratings just made me hungry…

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  4. Omg! I laughed at the Sean Bean comment so hard. I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to him dying 😅😭 This review is off the hook. I am very interested in this one. Especially since it seems like there is more than enough humore throughout. The Monster on the Road is me was similar. It was fabulous. I hope I see the bottom of my pile soon haha 😘

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  5. Added this book to my wishlist now ^_^

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  6. Ooo… intriguing.

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    • I believe it has been a while (relatively speaking from a book blogger’s POV 😉 ) since I read something this unique!

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  7. Great review! i loved this one.

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  8. LOL at Sean Bean, he does have a Knack of dying on screen a lot! 🙂

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  9. Ok, yup, you sold me- this is definitely, definitely going on my tbr!!! Also- have to say it- the title for this book is awesome!!

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  10. I’ve been building myself a dark fantasy TBR lately and this one sounds like the perfect one to add to my list. Plus, I’m a sucker for fantastic world building and this seems like it has just that. Great review! 😊

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    • Cheers! I noticed I’m really into dark fantasy as well :D. You’re going to get fantastic world building with this one for sure, I can guarantee that :). Thank you!!

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  11. Fabulous review – this one is going on my TBR right now. I love the title and the cover. Gorgeous. Dark fantasy has to be one of my favourite genres, when done well.

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    • Thank you!! I love discovering indie author gems such as these! (I believe he’s an indie author, that is). Dark fantasy is the best, I don’t know why I don’t read more of it! 🙂

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  12. Do you see yourself as the High Corvae or Low Corvae? And is it hard to follow since it has different stories? Is it scary? Or just enough for the adrenaline rush? Fantastic review as always! I like this cover.

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    • Those are some really great questions, Jasmine! ❤ I’m not much for royalty so I guess Low it is ;). But I’d like to be able to fly like a squirrel (which means High)! No, it’s definitely not hard to follow, everything just makes sense. It’s a little scary but not as scary as I thought it would be because in the end, there’s no such thing as monsters. Right? 😉 Thank you so much!

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  13. katelynnhillier // 10/11/2016 at 20:47 // Reply

    I am so excited and so behind this book. I love fantasy that’s too dark to be fantasy but isn’t a horror. Your book choices have me swooning!
    I am strangely excited to see how snarky and sarcastic all us bookworms are going to become when we’re old. We’ll all be Mother Ogma’s with tattoos and piercings and purple WoW leggings carrying wands and staffs, and best of all everyone’s hair will finally be able to hold colour because we’ll all have white hair! We’ll all be blogging on WordPress and still waiting for Sherlock and still celebrating Christmas with Doctor Who specials while our grandchildren play quidditch…
    Oh yes, the future is bright.
    Especially because They Mostly Come Out at Night is on kindle unlimited – SCOREE!!!

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    • You just provided me with the perfect title for a new Goodreads bookshelf, thank you! Oh, I’m finally getting to some of the books I actually bought myself <3. LMAO!! I should dedicate a post to that quote. Or add it on Goodreads. Or both! Ahahaha, you’re so awesome! ❤ And W00T!!!

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      • katelynnhillier // 11/11/2016 at 18:02 // Reply

        AHAHAHA OMG How did you add it so fast?!! MAGICIAN!!
        I am officially an Author on Goodreads and I am not nearly awake or mentally prepared for this responsibility (love the photo you chose, though – very slimming).

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        • Yup, I thought it was about damn time someone crowned you as an official author (BWAHAHAHA, I HAD NO IDEA THAT WOULD HAPPEN!! :’) and no way to delete it again either so far unless you’re a GR librarian, so W00T! :’) ). So how does it feel to be a critically acclaimed author? You have 1 follower! Yes, I selected that photo with the utmost care…

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  14. I bought this book strictly for the cover. Just cause I’m a cover hooker. I’m a BIG coverslut.
    But now I want to read it…have you picked up the other one with the cat on the cover? I bought that one too for my litttle ebook collection and even though I haven’t read this one, I knew I was gonna love it no matter what, just for that cover. Man…I sound like I’ll do anything for a good cover, don’t I? 🤔

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