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#BookReview – The Watcher of the Night Sky by Rachel Pudsey

Blurb

“Abigail Crumble lives a quiet life in a simple village. And she likes it that way. Yet, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Abigail makes the biggest mistake of her life. She wishes on the stars for love without knowing the full impact of her words.
 
Abigail soon finds her life in chaos as enchanted suitors appear at her door, each professing their undying love for her.
 
Then, as Abigail uncovers a deep family secret that turns her world upside down, she is forced to make a decision that changes her fate forever. She must leave the comfortable life she’s always known and go on a journey to right the wrongs created by her wish.
 
But powerful creatures lurk in the shadows. Creatures that threaten not only her life but the fate of her entire land. 
 
Could Abigail’s choice to leave home cost her more than she ever imagined?”

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Five stars!

Who’s driving this thing?

Abigail Crumble (love the name) is about to turn sixteen, the age at which all girls should be thinking about attracting young bachelors to marry. Or at least, that’s what her best friend Olivia says. In the small town of Gracehill, Abigail struggles to embrace the traditional views of womanhood. Men are the furthest thing from her mind, and soon to leave school, she wants to concentrate on pursuing her career as a teacher.

I loved Abigail’s no-nonsense, straightforward and practical manner. She doesn’t so much rebel against tradition for the sake of it, instead she finds it ridiculous and wants to choose her own path. Abigail is described as plain, and not nearly as attractive as Olivia, yet she is a rich character. Loved unconditionally by her family, she strives to become independent. But secretly, she wishes for a lover who would enjoy her for who she is. Weren’t we all at that age?

 

What’s this all about?

On the night of her birthday, Abigail wishes on the stars to meet the love of her life. The next morning, six men show up at her front door all professing to love her with all their hearts. Some are heirs to kingdoms, some poets, some warriors and some mysterious strangers, but all of them are determined to have Abigail’s hand in marriage.

Before long, her family secrets unravel and Abigail learns that her parents found her on the doorstep when she was a baby. After discovering she wished upon the stars, one of her suitors reveals that the watcher of the night, Levana, cursed all royalty who dared to wish upon them.

Determined to undo the curse that has befallen her, Abigail sets off to confront Levana and discover her true heritage. Naturally, Olivia and her suitors are close on her heels, ready to help her defeat the monsters and dangers on their journey.

 

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What’s so great about it?

Everything. Absolutely everything. The characters are lovable, the writing is ace, the imagery is just right and the world is presented to the reader perfectly without exposition being shoved down our throats. The Watcher of the Night Sky is a masterfully crafted book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Right now, you should know, this book is in the running for The Writer’s Shelf Book Awards 2018, and as of a few days ago became a finalist! Very soon, this could be an award winning book and personally, I don’t think the competition stands much of a chance.

 

What’s not so great about it?

There’s only one sequel right now. This is a trilogy so there will be another one, but I don’t think I can wait that long! The Watcher of the Night Sky is the first book in the series and it ended on a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait for the series to be complete.

 

Should I get it?

Abso-freaking-lutely.

Amazon. E-book. Paperback. Get it and love it forever.

The Watcher of the Night Sky has won The Secret Library seal and the approval of our resident picky reader: Fin the baby dragon!

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Thanks for reading my review! Have you read this book? Let me know what you think!

 

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