Of Starlight and Midnight
by Amy Kuivalainen
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Pub Date 19 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 14 Mar 2024
Of Starlight and Midnight combines adventure, romance, magic, and Norse myth and shows that some Fates are worth fighting for, especially when the Norns get involved.
It’s been two years since light-elf brothers Aramis and Søren fought beside Anya in Russia. The Álfr mountain city of Svetilo is safe once more, but their books and relics are still scattered on the supernatural black market. When Aramis gets a lead on a book of magic, he and Søren decide to investigate and find more than they bargained for.
Librarian Asta is still grieving over the death of her mother. All she wants to do is hide at the University of Oslo, unravel the mysteries of the strange book she inherited, and hang out with Tyra—the cool Norwegian cousin she never knew she had. The last thing she wants is to help arrogant Dr. Søren Madsen work on his book, no matter how good-looking he is, but she doesn’t want to get fired so she reluctantly agrees.
Søren knows Asta is hiding something and when they are attacked by dark elves, he and Aramis will stop at nothing to learn the truth about the two mysterious women. But Tyra has a past of her own, and she’ll do anything to protect Asta’s secrets, even if it means siding with the dangerous light-elf brothers in a deadly war of dark and light.
This book is a spinoff novel featuring characters from the Firebird Faerie Tales and may be read independently of the other books in the series.
A Note From the Publisher
“Kuivalainen skillfully blends Russian and Finnish folklore into a delightfully whimsical urban fantasy [and] breathes fresh life into fairy tale characters…” —Publishers Weekly on Cry of the Firebird
“…lives up to its predecessor. Kuivalainen is working in a new space in urban fantasy, one that includes sweet romance, mystery, mythology, and alternative history elements, which only expands the series’ appeal.” —Booklist on The Sea of the Dead
“A stunning blend of Russian mythology and fantasy, Ashes of the Firebird is a character-focused tale that takes you on an incredible adventure.” —San Francisco Book Review on Ashes of the Firebird
- Indie Next List (September) Nomination
- Library Reads (September) Nomination
- National Review Coverage
- Prepublication Buzz Campaign
- Extensive marketing to Booksellers, Librarians, and Book Influencers, including digital ARC campaign
- Digital ARCs Offered on Edelweiss, NetGalley & LibraryThing
- Targeted Consumer Email Marketing
- Extensive Social Media Promotion
Key Selling Points
- Fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo will find a new favorite author to love with Amy Kuivalainen.
- Amy Kuivalainen’s fanbase continues to experience tremendous growth and her series (The Magicians of Venice and The Firebird Faerie Tales) has incredible sell-through.
- Of Starlight and Midnight will appeal to fans of fantasy involving mythology, especially those who enjoy Norse mythology.
Average rating from 16 members
Of Starlight and Midnight combines aspects of adventure, romance, magic and norse mythology in one epic book. It shows that some Fates are worth fighting for especially when the Norns get involved with the outcome. This book is a spinoff novel featuring charactering from the Firebird Faeries Tales but may be read independently of the other books in the series.
There city is safe once more but their books and relics are scattered on the supernatural black market, so light-elf brothers, Aramis and Soren, hunt them down. When Aramis gets a lead on a. Book of magic, he and Soren decide to investigate and fins more that what they originally bargained for on this quest.
A young Librarian, Asia is still grieving over the death of her mother, and all she wants to do is hide away and unravel the mysteries of the strange book she has inherited. The last thing she wants to do is help Soren work on his book, no matter how good looking he is. Soren knows Asia is hiding something and when they are attacked by dark elves, they will stop at nothing to learn the truth about this mysterious women.
A deadly war of dark and light is brewing and these characters find themselves right in the middle of it while they attempt to learn the secrets of the book of magic that has eluded them all this time. All it takes is a moment of trust, and betrayal for everything to fall apart. Danger and intrigue at every turn, magic filled with mythology and a quest to find the truth. Everything you need from an incredible book you’ll find within these pages.
★Of Starlight and Midnight by Amy Kuivalainen★
Book 1 - Spin off
༘Spoiler free ༘
🌶️🌶️🌶️(two full on detailed spice scenes)
Folklore, Fantasy Action & Adventure, Romantic Fantasy
➳ Norse Mythology
➳ Who did this to you?
➳ Found family
✨ “Everyone is broken in their own way. I know I am. If you can deal with my broken edges, then I can deal with yours. Just stop letting your broken edges cut you, because sooner or later, they are going to start cutting me too.“ ✨
Of Starlight and Midnight weaves an enchanting tale that seamlessly blends adventure, romance, magic, and Norse mythology into a captivating narrative. This book took me on a journey where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, and where the intricate threads of fate are intricately woven by the Norns themselves.
Amidst this magical tapestry, we meet Asta, a grieving librarian at the University of Oslo, who is haunted by the recent loss of her mother. Asta’s feisty long lost cousin turned roommate Tyra, knows more than she’s letting on, and will stop at nothing to protect her.
Her life takes an unexpected turn when she inherits a mysterious book, setting her on a path of discovery. Reluctantly, she becomes entangled with the enigmatic Søren Madsen, who is determined to unlock the secrets of their shared quest.
As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that each character harbours their own secrets, and the line between allies and adversaries blurs. Dark elves, hidden agendas, and a deadly war of light and dark emerge as the story's stakes heighten.
"Of Starlight and Midnight" is a must-read for those who crave a blend of enchantment, mystery, and a touch of romance. It offers a thrilling adventure through a world where fate is both a guiding force and a formidable adversary, and where the bonds of friendship and love are tested in the face of unimaginable challenges.
⋆ Amy Kuivalainen demonstrates her mastery in the art of “showing and not telling” by allowing readers to immerse themselves in a world where the magical elements are portrayed with a blend of realism and logical coherence.
⋆ The worldbuilding was a captivating blend of aesthetics and authenticity, while the integration of Norse mythology seamlessly infused the very essence of the story.
⋆ The interplay of characters, their evolving relationships, and the web of secrets they protect made for a compelling and suspenseful narrative.
⋆ The author's storytelling and rich character development create a world that is both immersive and emotionally resonant.
⋆ I would have enjoyed delving deeper into the lingering effects of Tyra's trauma. Though I believe this may be touched upon in future books.
⋆ I find myself wishing the book was longer, or that I could read the next one!
★ **Fantasy Scoring** ★
Worldbuilding ➷ ✅ ✅✅✅
Foreshadowing ➷ ✅
Plot ➷ ✅
Relationships ➷ ✅✅✅✅
Oh my lord. I’m obsessed. The writing, the characters, the found family trope. The romance. The magic. The connection they have… THE MYTHOLOGY. I am severely blown away from this book, I’m now hooked to Norse mythology.
A unique, fun read! I enjoyed the Norse mythology aspects. The university aspects gave dark academia vibes. Overall a fun adventurous read with romantic subplots.
Of Starlight And Midnight is a multiple pov fantasy book filled with adventure, romance magic and norse mythology.
The book follows a grieving Liberian Asta who lost her mum and her newly found cousin Tyra who will do anything to protect her. Asta goes on adventure where she founds out about her mums hidden past and how that will now change her life forever.
Due to a heirloom Asta mum leaves behind she meets two mysterious men Soren and Aramis who are hunting down objects that were stolen from them, the heirloom being one of them.
The four of them test new friendships, romances and adventures in this amazing book.
This book had me hooked from the first word. I struggled to put it down and there was never a moment I was bored. The norse mythology had me trapped and the characters had so much chemistry that I could feel it rolling of the pages. This is one of the best books I have read this year. I definitely recommend for all fantasy lovers. It also hits all the right tropes that get you giggling and rolling around your bed.
The only downside is the book was too short and now I have to wait for the next book. I guess the only way to fill this void is to read the authors other books. This book is a spin of from one of her other series which I didn't find out until the end so I will definitely be getting on that.
Thank you Net Galley for giving me to opportunity to read this book for a honest opinion.
Loved the mythology in this one! I'm a sucker for mythology retellings especially ones that veer away from Greek-Roman stories. I also really love found family tropes and this is one of the best examples that I've read recently. The romance was really well done too without taking away from the plot. I thought the balance between the two was pretty much perfect. Recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of Norse mythology!
Thank you to Amy Kuivalainen and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book.
Of Starlight and Midnight combines adventure, romance, magic, and Norse myth and shows that some Fates are worth fighting for, especially when the Norns get involved. It's been two years since light-elf brothers Aramis and Søren fought beside Anya in Russia. The Álfr mountain city of Svetilo is safe once more, but their books and relics are still scattered on the supernatural black market. When Aramis gets a lead on a book of magic, he and Søren decide to investigate and find more than they bargained for. Librarian Asta is still grieving over the death of her mother. All she wants to do is hide at the University of Oslo, unravel the mysteries of the strange book she inherited, and hang out with Tyra-the cool Norwegian cousin she never knew she had. The last thing she wants is to help arrogant Dr. Søren Madsen work on his book, no matter how good-looking he is, but she doesn't want to get fired so she reluctantly agrees. Søren knows Asta is hiding something and when they are attacked by dark elves, he and Aramis will stop at nothing to learn the truth about the two mysterious women. But Tyra has a past of her own, and she'll do anything to protect Asta's secrets, even if it means siding with the dangerous light-elf brothers in a deadly war of dark and light.
I thoroughly enjoy reading this. If you like dark elves and mythology, this is a great book to read.
I was originally drawn to this book because of it's ties to Norse mythology and elves. I love fantasy books and this did not disappoint. In this multi pov book, we follow Asta, a grieving librarian and her cousin she only recently discovered, Tyra. Tyra will stop at nothing to protect her cousin.
Enter Soren and Aramis, two broody dark elves looking to reclaim objects stolen from them, including an heirloom that Asta's mother left her when she died. This book follows the four through their adventure, budding romance, and friendships.
The use of Norse mythology may have been what initially got my attention for this book, however the writing, world building and characters are what kept my attention. I will say that there are several references to previous books, characters, and plot points from the series this is a spin-off of that I didn't totally understand as I have not read the previous series, however it was not a detriment to the overall understanding of this book in particular. Overall I give this 4 out of 5 stars and was definitely worth the read.
Thank you Net Galley for giving me the chance to read this for an honest review, and thank you Amy for creating such an exciting world and fantastic characters.
Overall Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you so much to Amy and NetGallery for allowing me to have a copy of this to read in exchange for an honest review! It’s the first book I’ve read on here.
Spice: 🌶️ 🌶️ 🌶️ (those spice scenes were mmmmmm spicy 🥵)
Themes: Folklore, dark elves, mythology, action and adventure, chosen family, fantasy
Characters: multiple POVs
Type: fantasy romance/forbidden love /chosen family vibes
Asta works as a librarian at the University of Oslo. Caught up in the grief of her mother’s passing she tries to adapt to her new way of life living with her roommate, cousin Tyra, who is a whirlwind of chaos with a happy go lucky personality - no tasked with being the one person who will do anything to protect and keep Asta safe. Asta never stays in one place for long, in fact - this is the longest time she’s lived somewhere without running away.
Her life takes a turn after the inheritance of an unexpected book, which starts to make her ask questions. One day whilst she is working at the library she is approached by a tall, long haired, startlingly handsome man, Søren who enquires about a book he is searching for. Posing as a student, she reluctantly agrees to help him, enticed by his charm and whit - when things take a drastic turn and she becomes involved in secrets and a magical world she never could’ve have imagined.
As the story begins to unravel, each character has their own motivations behind their choices and why they have chosen to hide secrets. Asta discovers there is a lot more to her identity than once thought and she uncovers that there is a secret that her mother has hidden from her all her life. When these secrets begin to unfold, the lines begin to blur between allies and hidden agendas. In the background there is a war brewing, and Aramis, Søren, and Tyra must make choices in order to keep Asta safe….
What I liked ✨💜✨
* I loved the Norse Mythology elements in this, in fact that was what caught my interest from the beginning
* The dynamics between the relationships are great, I did feel that things developed naturally and nothing was forced - I enjoyed the character chemistry 🧪 ❤️
* POWERFUL WOMEN do I need to say more??
* This book DID have me hooked, I genuinely read the first 50 pages last night and read the rest in one sitting today!
* The aesthetics of the world building fleshed out some really good visuals I could completely imagine when reading
💫 What could be improved 💫
* I felt that the final sections of the book were quite rushed which was a shame - I STILL enjoyed it, it felt like there was a large jump towards the end
* from my understanding this is a stand-alone so it would’ve been better to just make the book a little longer? to expand and flesh some other things out - my complaint honestly is I WISH it was longer and in truth this had great potential to become a series
* I do feel we needed to know a little bit more about each characters background, to develop the characters a little further I think this definitely could’ve pushed another 100 pages or so
I did sometimes get the feeling that this was possibly connected to a broader universe that I should already understand? (So I will be delving into the other books to get a more rounded feel of everything)
* I wanted to know MUCH more about the book IN this book felt like we only scratched the surface about it
Note: my focus is always to provide a review over on NetGalley first, with a follow up review at a later date on my instagram page @pageturningseasons❤️
I had enjoyed the Firebird Faerie Tales series from Amy Kuivalainen and was excited that she did a spinoff in this world. It had everything that I enjoyed from the previous series and the characters were everything that I was hoping for. It had everything that I enjoyed from Amy Kuivalainen’s writing and characters. It uses the Norse mythology perfectly and glad I got to read this.