This might be a bit late. The last couple of weeks have been a bit wild, trying to get back into classes and then adjusted to a schedule that involves regular sleep and studying. But I’m back and ready to do stuff, so let’s kick off the new year two weeks late!
She is Lady Death, protector of humans, the enemy of every blood hungry monster around. But Kat Redding is a vampire, one who fights her very nature, one who desperately wishes she was still human. When the count of a small house tries to force the local werewolf cult to merge with his house Kat has to stop him. But with only a few allies and highly illegal weapons will she be able to succeed before her own nature consumes her?
E.S. Moore’s To Walk The Night covers fairly familiar ground in urban fantasy, the monsters have revealed themselves and humanity has adjusted accordingly. The main differences here are that humanity has been mostly relegated to hiding in the daylight and being preyed upon and there is a stark lack of sympathy for most of the monsters. The second is quite possibly because of Kat’s own bias as it improves after meeting with the Luna Cult. I get the feeling that my review for this book would be significantly different if it weren’t for the preview of the next book at the end. As a standalone novel To Walk The Night falls rather flat, as the beginning of a new series it’s still fairly average but more forgivably so.
I’m going to jump right into the need for more character development and less navel gazing. This is the kind of book that I would have really enjoyed if Moore could have stopped reminding the reader that Kat is a monster and terrified of losing her humanity every time there was a lull in the action. Likewise, I liked the Luna Cultists and Ethan, but it felt like there should have been more to them. I could have also done with either a bit less about her dark and tragic back story or would have liked to see Moore put it off until after Kat’s more developed, it’s something that I’m hoping will tie into the later books but felt like it had too much focus in this one.
On the up side though, Moore managed to do something fairly new with his vampires and werewolves without it feeling forced or gimmicky. Having the two be different strains of a blood born infection was a pretty awesome way to introduce a bit of science while still keeping it magic. I’m also kind of counting on the Luna cult dissidents to show up later with their leader as one of the series big bads. He’d be really good in the role just based on his characterization in this book. It might also be interesting to see Kat have to solve a problem without her weapons since she treats them as her big advantage rather than the skill she has with them.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that, while I enjoyed To Walk the Night, it felt very much like a first novel and it moved rather slowly because Kat kept talking about her self hate and doubt. I’m sure that this will get better in later novels. The action scenes and the bits with more werewolves than vampires were worth the problems from the rest of the book. I’m giving it a three out of five and wondering what happens next.