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ARC Review: The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner


Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they perform small miracles and none are more gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. 

Hannah, bookish and calm, can coax plants to grow even when the weather is bitterly cold. Sarah, defiant and strong, can control the impulsive nature of fire. And Levana, the fey one, can read the path of the stars to decipher their secrets. 

But darkness is creeping across Europe, threatening the lives of every Jewish person in every village. Each sister will have to make an impossible choice in an effort to survive – and change the fate of their family forever


The Light of the Midnight Stars is an interesting and intriguing book which beautifully weaves together fantasy, folklore and Jewish culture and history.  It’s a compelling tale of three sisters each with their own unique magical gift and with their own story to tell.  The narrative is from each of the sisters’ point of view and by alternating chapters.

The world is complex and character rich and peppered with magic, mythical creatures and shapeshifters.  This is an enchanting but also heartbreaking story, there is a lot of sadness in here with some truly heart wrenching moments.  The first part of the book is a little and heavy going, there is a lot of dialogue and the mix of language became slightly overwhelming and although there is a glossary at the back, constantly referring to it interrupted the flow of the prose.  At around the halfway point the change of names also added to the confusion and it took a little time to reconnect and ground myself back into the story.  The second half of the book is certainly much more engaging and there is a lot happening.  The writing is beautiful, lyrical and has a dreamlike quality and there was some wonderful storytelling sprinkled throughout.

Overall I enjoyed this book and found it fascinating, if a little difficult to get into initially and I definitely enjoyed the second half much more.  I would recommend this charming book to readers who enjoy dark fairytales, folklore and YA fantasy.  

Publisher:  Orbit
Publication Date (UK):  15 April 2021
Format:  Hardback
Page Count:  416
Genre: Fantasy/Folktales
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  

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