07 April 2020

Review || Twilight Seeker by Pippa DeCosta



Stay in the light, avoid locked doors, and resist silver whispers.

Meet Lynher Aris. Hostess extraordinaire. By night, she entertains the Dark Ones passing through the Night Station: vampires, demons, shifters, and worse. By day, she undermines them all, working with the resistance to unravel their enslavement of the human race.

But Lynher has a dark secret of her own, and with the imminent arrival of Ghost—a vampire overlord few have seen but all fear—she must play her role as the queen of the Night Station to perfection, keeping the resistance and her secret safe, or risk losing everything, including the powerful Night Station itself.

A new gothic urban fantasy series by acclaimed fantasy & sci-fi author, Pippa DaCosta.






 



Twilight Seeker is the kind of urban fantasy that I devour. Fast-paced, exciting and filled with trouble around every corner, this novel is a delicate dance of danger and intrigue. Plenty of secrets surrounds both the Station itself and the guests inside. You can't possibly know who to trust. Just when you think you actually have it all figured out, it changes again. Filled with vampires, demons, succubae, fae and more, this cast of characters gets more complex as the story is told. While some of them stick to traditional typecasting like the vampires being cold and seductively lethal, others turn the typical on its head. 

Lynher, the human host of the Night Station, is a bit of a mystery. At night, she appears to have it all together, commanding respect from all the creatures who move through the Night Station. Inside, however, she is a hot mess of insecurity and needs to talk herself through every step to keep it together, acting the part that is expected of the Night Station's mistress. At the same time, she's plotting against the vampireguard, running a sort of underground railroad by freeing the blood slaves that come through the Station on the trains. 

What the blurb doesn't tell you is that the Station is alive. Twilight Seeker gives off strong vibes of Ilona Andrew's Innkeeper series. When it deigns to be a gracious host, the Station transforms its room's decor to suit the guest and produces outfits perfectly tailored to fit the guest. Each guest is under the protection of the Station as well as the staff who are marked with an X on their wrists to show that they are claimed by the Station.  Unlike Ilona Andrew's inn, the Night Station has its own mind and sometimes gives its host the finger instead of obvious help.

This is an exhilarating dark and deadly new world that Pippa DeCosta has created. Unique and engaging, Twilight Seeker is a weird and wonderful start to a new urban fantasy series.