Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet! It’s a lovely sunny day here, and I’m bringing you my review of the second book in the Midnight’s Twins trilogy. You can find my review of book one here, and a big thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me copies of both books as part of my Ambassador role. I planned on reading this book as part of my readathon challenges this month, but when book one ending on such a cliffhanger, I couldn’t wait to get started on this one.
In a city that sleeps, the darkness is gathering…
For Londoner Fern King, Annwn is her second home – the dream mirror of London, the city she loves. An astonishing world, a world where Dreamers walk in their slumber, their dreams playing out all around them. And Fern, along with her twin brother Ollie, is now a Knight, a trusted guardian and protector of those Dreamers – and every night is spent in Annwn, fulfilling that previously only-imagined destiny to guard those who sleep.
But Annwn, this dark and golden city, is a fragile place. There are those who seek to control and to ruin it – mistrust and secrets are rife, and as the delicate symbiotic balance between Annwn and our own world begins to topple, rips begin to appear between the fabric of the worlds. And Fern and Ollie will have to do all in their power to protect this place that has become so precious to them…
The main focus of this book was following a quest set for them by Ollie and Fern’s mother before she died. During book one, we see Fern start to open up a little bit and have to begin to trust people after keeping them at an arms length for as long as she can remember. A Gathering Midnight takes this theme of personal development and picks it right up, keeping her moving forward on her journey, one that she may not have ever planned on undertaking, but doesn’t regret now.
Fern has to make a lot of peace with the things she has experienced while staying as focused as needed in her second home, knowing that people are depending on her. She has to go further than that, even, and extend out a hand to people who need it most, when they might want nothing to do with her.
I really enjoyed watching the character development, but also the relationship development that goes on between Fern and Ollie, knowing they have to trust each other more than ever, especially with the threat growing in both worlds they love. Even those closest to them are being impacted by his narrative and it’s something they can only hope to stay safe from in one world, and fight hard against in the other.
The middle book in any trilogy is often under a lot of pressure, but A Gathering Midnight rises up to meet that pressure and holds up against it. I’ll be waiting excitedly for book three!
Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to come back again for daily posts with a selection of content. I really hope you’ll consider picking up these books; let me know what you think, or what you think I should be reading, in the comments!