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The Night Sender by Christina Tsirkas
Who are the night senders? Where do they come from? Why are they so shrouded in secrecy?
These are the questions Rose Woodburn desperately wants answered.
At midnight on her 18th birthday, Rose, like all ladies of the court, receives a visit from one of the night senders. It is a coming of age rite she has been warned to fear, but Rose, always defiant, is not scared. She’s fascinated by these creatures.
When the visit awakens a part of her she never knew existed, Rose begs her night sender, Roosha, to return. But Roosha, condemned to a life of servitude, is bound by sacred law never to see her again.
Undeterred, Rose embarks on a mission to uncover the secrets surrounding these mystical creatures and their true purpose—a mission that will reveal far more than she bargained for and forge an unlikely alliance. But can it be trusted?
Obsessed with discovering the truth, Rose finds herself on a harrowing path of self-discovery and drawn into an affair so forbidden, its punishment is a fate far worse than death.
The Night Sender captures a court life through the eyes of a young girl forced to abide by the rules of what is proper and expected of her by the society. In many of the books featuring arranged marriage, the girl either learns to love or flat out falls in love with the suitor. Rose is different. She has been different from other girls her whole life. In a society where passion is looked down upon, Rose has kept a spark. That spark burned brighter after the midnight of her 18th birthday when she received a visit from one of the night senders, like all of the court girls do. And that spark sealed her fate, the court rules and properties be damned.
Christina Tsirkas writes a very compelling story of a girl discovering her sensuality, finding love in the most unexpected way and how that love unravels a mystery.
The setting, plot and characters were encompassing. Christina writes in a manner where you get insight into every character just the perfect amount on just the right moments. There is a lot of switching back and forth between character point of views and some might call it head hopping. Those switches let me understand the characters and their intentions in a way that a single point of view would never have accomplished. I do think the switches could have come more smoothly in parts of the story and feel like there is room to grow in that particular front. Everything else I really enjoyed.