Book Review: Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington

Posted September 20, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 4 Comments

Book Review: Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey HuntingtonSorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington
Published by Diversion Books on June 18th, 2013
Genres: horror, young adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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three-stars

Is this the destiny he had come to find?To die in a house of secrets, to discovernot his past but his fate: doomed tospend eternity as one more ghosthaunting the halls of Ravenscliff?Every kid fears the monsters in the closet -- but for Devon March, the monsters are all too real. At fourteen, Devon is sent to live at Ravenscliff, a dark seaside mansion where secrets abound and the dead just won't stay that way. He learns that he is a sorcerer of the Order of the Nightwing, a three-thousand-year-old tradition of mysticism and magic -- the roots of which run deep at Ravenscliff. In a house of mysteries, he'll have to decide quickly who is friend and who is foe, because Ravenscliff's worst nightmare -- the Madman -- is coming back, and he's bringing Hell with him.

I honestly downloaded this book because it contained the name “Nightwing” – nerd girl points for me.

 
I hate to attach a certain popular wizard tale to this title, even though the author mentions the book in passing, but it did feel slightly like a coat tale ride along.  That isn’t saying that the book didn’t stand out and venture out and lay down a very complex storyline to veer off the beaten path.  I’ll even admit that this was a fun read.  Let’s look at the pros and cons:
What Was Good:
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  • The writing was very easy to take in without trying to pick apart the world building.
  • The opening scene starts with a demon of hell in a closet – spooky and freaky
  • I did like the characters, overall.  Devon was agreeable, and Cecily, for the most part, was a strong female lead. No issue with character personality
  • The storyline was complex with small, twisting threads of other events happening in the background
  • The mood was completely awesome.  Constant storming in a huge, nearly empty mansion is an ideal setting 
  • Creepy creepy creepy – done right
What Was Meh:
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  • The repetition really beat the reader over the head.  It also read as a younger grade novel with the constant reminders of the main plot.  
  • The main characters were nice, but it seemed that secondary characters were just along for the ride.  This was sad, because most of the characters were quite decent
  • I wasn’t shocked by the twist.  It was almost obligatory
  • The pop references – I can understand mentioning some current trends and fads, but it is going to age your novel very very quickly
  • The minor plots were great, but it seemed that everything was tossed out on the table for the first book, and not all of the other arcs were tied up.  There were just too many questions still left at the end, including the major “Who am I?” question.  For the constant repetition, I expected to get some answers, or some clues about the direction.  Yes, this is a series, but it was just annoying how it ended. I want to read the next one because I enjoyed it, not because I feel obligated to find the answers.
 
This was a fun fantasy read with a touch of ominous ambitions. This was a horror/fantasy book with a heart, but there was just too many nagging details to overlook and endure.
 
 
 

4 responses to “Book Review: Sorcerers of the Nightwing by Geoffrey Huntington

  1. Goodness, I have not thought about this book in ages. I was so shocked to see it mentioned in a review that I had to stop by.

    It has been ages since I read, but I am saddened to see that you didn’t love Sorcerers of the Nightwing.

  2. They recently released the cover for the third book, I think, so it seems like they are reselling the title or republicizing it? Something like that.

    Nightwing. Reminds me of some secret CIA project o.o.

    Nice images…though who is that? At first I wondered if you were referring to HP and thought that was Dumbledore but now I’m thinking that’s not him?

    Ooh, sounds like the opening scene would be pretty exciting. Also sort of reminds me of City of Bones.
    “The mood was completely awesome. Constant storming in a huge, nearly empty mansion is an ideal setting.” <– Sounds cool. And if the writing’s done well enough, I imagine that’d work well with the creepiness too.

    Oooh, repetition. That seems to happen a lot in young adult novels, I think, with the emphasis on narration and voice. But really, if you’re actually into the novel, you won’t need all those reminders, no matter how peppy or quirky the voice is.

    Ahhh, if it did remind of the other wizard book (assuming HP), shame that it didn’t follow through by making the secondary characters well developed.

    Yes, I am terrible with pop culture references and honestly, I don’t really understand the imperative to put them into novels. I like inside jokes but it almost seems like you ought to be able to make your jokes and references among the characters rather than what pop culture dictates.

    Ahhh, the introductory book syndrome with all the plot arcs. Sounds like the repetition was just a filler for the novel to expand the series and not end up having to answer those questions…

    • I think that they are – Netgalley is trying to get people into the series for the third book, it seems.

      Yes, this does seem to be heavy on the HP influence.

      The repetition in this book is very…..overkill. Just way too much for me to swallow.

      I was told in college by my creative writing teacher to watch out for pop references – it will age your book. I was reading a book a while back, and the phrase “She’s all of that, and a bag of chips!” popped up, and it made me shutter.

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