What Feasts at Night

Macmillan Audio. (Sworn Soldier, Bk. 2). Feb. 2024. 5:02 hrs. ISBN 9781250332158. $19.99. HORROR
Kingfisher’s second installment in the “Sworn Soldier” series (following What Moves the Dead) finds Alex Easton returning for another descent into gothic horror. After escaping the Usher manor, Easton travels to their family’s hunting lodge in their home country of Gallacia to spend time with good friends Angus and Miss Potter. All three are looking to forget the horrors they experienced together at the manor, but Easton arrives at the lodge to find the place a mess and the caretaker dead. Villagers whisper that there’s something on the property that steals the breath from one’s lungs. Easton isn’t one to give credence to local superstition, but they’ve also been having some very unusual dreams. They soon discover that superstitions and nightmares can both become terribly real. Those who’ve read the first book in the series will recognize the characters here, and they are just as charming as ever, thanks to Avi Roque’s vocal talents. Straying from Poe’s universe, Kingfisher gives readers a ghost story with some truly terrifying moments and surreal dream sequences that chill the blood.
VERDICT Fans of gothic horror and Kingfisher’s unique blend of horror and humor will enjoy this frightfully fun slice of Gallacian folklore.
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