This is a review of “The Legend of Nightfall” by Mickey Zucker Reichert.
He has been known by countless names and terrifying deeds throughout the lands, yet though Nightfall has always escaped his pursuers even the cleverest of beings must occasionally slip. And when this master of the night falls prey to a royal trap, he finds the consequences beyond even his ability to evade. Bound by magic Nightfall will need all his talents to keep himself and his new charge alive and avoid the hands of unknown betrayers.
Good world-building and a vast world to explore. The focus of the book is more lighthearted even though it deals with the potentially heavy themes of slavery, free will and greed. The only way the sorcerers of the world can gain powers is incredible, and it is incredibly fun to read Nightfall’s sarcastic thoughts about his charge and the way his life is currently going.
Nightfall is an amusing character to follow as he scrambles around trying to keep them all alive and get rid of a spade, while Edward is utterly set on his grand mission and totally misled by his faithful servant. Being hounded by both evil sorcerer and binding magics, the story that follows is a delightful romp of misadventures and frantic plotting.
But for being such a completely feared thief and assassin Nightfall is incredibly stupid at times. At the start this could be attributed to such a large and sudden change in occupation, but it simply persists throughout the book. And for all his many fears and amusing thoughts about all the trouble the prince will get them into, it is in fact Nightfall himself who creates the most trouble for them.
Prince Edward was, at the very start of the story, a bit too stupidly naïve to be believable even with his sheltered life. Then there is Keryn. I had sincerely and fervently hoped that she would be what Nightfall thinks her to be initially, and that she was no tortured damsel in distress.
The last thing I have to complain about is that in a book of almost 500 pages, 350 of said pages are spent on nothings. Amusing as they are, those 350 pages have very little to no actual bearing on the rest of the plot, and there is only so many times one can read a funny anecdote or Nightfall’s sarcastic thoughts without starting to wonder when we will get back to the plot. And as for the plot, well, 150 pages are hardly enough to deal properly with the problems and enemies built up throughout the rest of the story.
All in all, though this is most definitely an amusing book to read, it isn’t anything really special.