Court of Nightfall | Book Review


By: Karpov Kinrade

#1 in The Nightfall Chronicles Series | 494 Pages | Pub. 2014

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Court of Nightfall at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: 
  • Dude: Zorro meets Dracula
  • Heroine: A 40 year old in an 18 year old body
  • Brutality: Beware, public execution by hammer
  • Confusion: Todo, we aren’t in Kansas anymore

Pairs Well With

Angel of Death

  • 2 oz dry gin
  • ¾ oz sweet vermouth
  • ¾ oz campari
  • 2 dashes each of Angostura and orange bitters
  • 1 spiral cut orange twist


Beware. Spoilers are coming…

Jess’s Reactions

This was a reread for me, which made me realize that some rereads shouldn’t happen. I was so disappointed because I remember this book being super intriguing and fun! The reread just didn’t do it for me. I had a hard time finishing because the first half is a little disjointed and confusing. I think they were trying to world-build a little too fast.

Ok, so I 100% understand that children don’t speak the way that Scarlett does. But I don’t care because I adore Karpov Kinrade’s writing. I feel all the dark and twisty and I love it. Scarlett is so advanced for her age, even before the death of her parents. Some people are just old souls I guess. Her parents’ deaths just propels her into save-the-world/revenge mode. She loves her friends, but is willing to leave them behind to make the world a better place. Plus she is pretty badass and doesn’t do the whole 18yr old girl “does he love me” thing. She is focused and independent and doesn’t believe the crap that the Orders are selling.

“The can take their segregation and discrimination and eat it.”

The class systems and segregation are brutal. This world is flipped so that people with abilities are impoverished, while “normal” humans are genetically modified to be upper class. So strange, but different. A revolution is clearly in order because of this patriarchal bullshit.

The Nephilim thing is weird for sure. All of a sudden she is just drinking blood and doesn’t even seem freaked out by it. She just runs with it. So that was uncomfortable.

Jax broke my  heart. I want to love him so much. He is her best friend and he is awful going along with the Order. But he came through in the end!

The double life she leads in the last part of the book is exhausting. The back and forth from Nightfall to the castle makes you wonder if she will ever sleep or accomplish anything. But, this was the best part. It was more engaging than all of the world building at the beginning. I loved the end because I like endings you can’t predict.

Teagan’s Reactions

I’m going to rename this book “The Bunny Book” because holy crap I felt like this book was a freaking rabbit that kept hopping ahead of me with the plot. I could barely connect the dots between some of the jumps this bunny was taking. I felt like I was missing half the book for most of the experience. And really I was chill and going along with it until suddenly Scarlet was drinking some dude’s blood?!?! WTH?

Then she somehow magically stole a military plane? And let’s not forget the biggest plot hole of all which is how the heck her family was identified by the bad guys? Everything was fine for 20 years but bam! They’re suddenly found out? Why?!

And speaking of her parents. If they were alive I’d revoke these doofuses’ parent card for pure idiocy. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably have to say it again because I’m forced to suffer through this plot-line ALL THE TIME. Can we NOT with the keeping life changing secrets from the children? Especially when said child is basically a whole other species and is about to fight for her life without any training or knowledge? Like how is that a solid parenting strategy? It’s like not telling your kids about safe sex.

Just stop. I’ll say again louder for the people in the back. Let’s be honest with the youth and prepare them for life instead of throwing them to the sharks and saying g’luck! And this also goes for you too, Jax. Don’t think I forgot about this little rodent also knowing multiple life changing secrets and never telling Scarlet. And for just going along with this corrupt society after his people almost executed him.

And also the brutal racism in this book had me flying into a RAGE. A registry and beating rebels to death with a HAMMER in PUBLIC? Absolutely not.

Other than all that rage I didn’t really have many feelings about this book. Zorin was pretty blah, Scarlet was cool and had some badass moments and I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the next books but they better fill in some plot holes or I’m gonna rage.

Let us know what you thought of Court of Nightfall in the comments! 

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