THE NIGHT WEAVER
By Monique Snyman
SHADOW GROVE IS A PERFECTLY PLEASANT TOWN…
Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.
Sixteen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.
Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves, and it’s up to Rachel to find a way to stop it before her hometown is destroyed.
So, after a rich diet of extreme horror, let’s take a break and partake of some lighter dark fantasy, shall we?
The Night Weaver is a delightfully fun Dark Fantasy, flowing and entertaining with vibrant characters, mystery, action, even some laugh-out-loud sarcastic humor. It is a perspective piece written with rich voice that conveys tone and setting without being too wordy. The story is engaging, I dare say compelling. I found it a delightful palate cleanser between the darker and extreme horror fare I regularly consume.
Monique Snyman’s occasional use of uncommon words and phrasing, something that stems from her being a resident of South Africa, adds spice and mystique to this already compelling read. Dark Fantasy should be a step outside the norm and her terminology takes it there without taking it too far.
The Night Weaver is tagged as “Dark Fantasy for Young Adults,” but I believe older adults will enjoy it just as much. The young adult tag simply emphasizes young adult lead characters and that the dark content does not stray to the extreme, the graphic, or the blatantly horrific. Snyman skillfully manages to stay within those boundaries and still maintain universal appeal.
And if you are not certain how a person of more years on this earth than a “young adult” can enjoy a young adult dark fantasy, just wait until you meet Mrs. Crenshaw! I love Mrs. Crenshaw!
And there is more good news… The Night Weaver is Book 1 of Shadow Grove. There will be more. I honestly look forward to the next one.
I do believe that this whole series will be shelf-worthy. The Night Weaver certainly is.
Get it on Amazon:
The Night Weaver (Shadow Grove Book 1): US Link
The Night Weaver (Shadow Grove Book 1): UK Link
About the Author: Monique Snyman
Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words–be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.
Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and THE NIGHT WEAVER, the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.