Book of the Night by Oliver Potzsch is a YA novel set in the midst of the Thirty Years War, a series of wars in Central Europe that became one of the longest and most devastating conflicts in European history.
Lukas' thirteenth birthday is the last he spends with his family. The next day, his father is murdered, his mother arrested as a witch, and his nine-year-old sister Elsa is taken by the wicked inquisitor. Only Lukas manages to escape.
Lukas has promised his sister that he will find her and protect her, but in a country ripped apart by terrible armies, his task is not an easy one.
Eventually, he meets some traveling performers, improves his skill with the sword, and makes three fast friends who join him on his journey. The four catch up with the Kaiser's army and attach themselves to the famous Black Musketeers.
When the Inquisitor realizes that Elsa alone cannot help him find the Book of Night, a powerful grimoire, he begins his search for Lukas. He needs both children to find the grimoire which would give him even more magical powers.
read in July; blog review scheduled for Sept. 16, 2016.
YA/Historical Fiction. Oct. 4, 2016. Print length: 306 pages.
Is anyone else displeased with NetGalley's new format? My page shows books that I sent notes to the publishers about, but did not review. You know..."Thanks for the opportunity, but this one is not working for me" sort of thing. I don't want them on my new titles list.