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ARC Review:  Sacaran Nights by Rachel Emma Shaw

Synopsis:

SACARA IS DECAYING. THE DEAD WALK THE STREETS, FUNGI LIGHT THE NIGHT, AND DAGNER MUST FIGHT TO KEEP THE ROT AT BAY.

Legacy is everything in Sacara. Those few who inherit live only to keep theirs alive, protecting the ghosts of their ancestors from the corruption seeping into every corner of the city.  Dagner longs to leave – to create a legacy for himself and see the world beyond – but he is trapped by an inheritance that was never meant to be his. When a figure from his past returns to claim the legacy Dagner has sworn to protect, he must decide if he will forge his own path, or stay and make the sacrifices needed to save the city of the dead.

Review:

Sacaran Nights is fantasy book with a very unusual and unique premise.  The decaying city of Sacaran is set deep in a canyon and shrouded by a cloud of poisonous ash causing the city to be blanketed in constant darkness.  The only light comes from the bio-luminescent fungi which emit a blue tinged light and illuminates the city.  Fungi in this world grows in abundance and has many uses.  The world building is phenomenal, richly described and completely enthralling, I haven’t read anything quite like it before. Each chapter heading has a wonderful little drawing and excerpt from an unfinished catalogue of the Sacaran fungal species.  The world is split into lower and upper Sacaran, the lower and upper class societies.  The lower Sacarans live an even more miserable existence than those in the upper world.

The characters are well developed and engaging and in particular Dagnar stands out with a fabulous character arc.  He’s desperate to escape Sacaran into the world beyond and I was rooting for him throughout the story.  The side characters are equally as likeable and have their own unique quirks and personalities, Tytus and Merany to name a few.

This book is a must read for all fantasy fans, it is a fast-paced and fascinating read you will not be able to put down.  An atmospheric novel full of danger and excitement and writing that is fluid and easy to read.  I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the final instalment, Darkest Days. 

Publisher:  Independent
Publication Date (UK): 28 October 2021
Series:  The Masque Duology #1
Format:  eARC/eBook
Page Count: 262 
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the author for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Happy reading!

𝓚𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓷

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