These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden

Thank you so much to the author Rebecca Crunden for my early copy of These Violent Nights. This is no way affects my opinion.

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Title: These Violent Nights
Author: Rebecca Crunden
Publisher: Self Published
Audience: Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 31st March 2021

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.
War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.
Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.
And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both. 
But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into These Violent Nights, but I ended up adoring it. The synopsis only tells a small portion of the story because it takes some wild and twisty turns that I was not expecting.

My favourite part of These Violent Delights was the characters. I fell in love with them as soon as we met them, and they could do no wrong in my eyes. All of them had such complex personalities that constantly left me guessing how they would side on issues, which is what I love from my characters. They are all very morally grey, especially when they are put in perspective of their respective Earth’s, but I think this added a great amount of depth to them and made them seem real. The only minor issue that I had is that there is quite a vast supporting cast of characters the further you get into These Violent Nights, and I did find myself getting them all confused with each other.

The plot of These Violent Delights left me constantly guessing at what was going to happen next, and the majority of the time, I was utterly wrong. I didn’t expect most of the plot twists that occurred, which made it even better because it meant I could just enjoy the story rather than constantly working out what would happen next. I loved how Rebecca Crunden twisted the Earth’s on their heads, which showed how one decision could change perception and the course of a race; this was a really interesting concept.

A great amount of worldbuilding has gone into These Violent Nights, and it is really noticeable. I was immediately immersed in the world, which helps when starting a long fantasy. I think this was enabled because there aren’t any big info dumpy sections that I always find pull me out of the story. But I sometimes found myself getting confused about the Suriaa because of this, as elements were mentioned once and then not again till the end, which did detract a small bit.

As These Violent Nights is a standalone, there is a definitive ending, and I was pleased with it. It leaves quite a bit up to the reader’s imagination, which I enjoyed because it showed that even though this particular moment in history is over, there is still work to be done.

After reading These Violent Nights, I can’t wait to read what Rebecca Crunden releases next. I highly recommend picking up These Violent Nights, especially as you will be supporting a self-published author.

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