When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father’s ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they’re more than happy to take his son. It isn’t fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.
Halloween, the night when the ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching. With the help of school witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic, and send the unquiet spirits to their eternal rest. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.
Worldbuilding: I very much enjoyed the Dunbarrow, England setting, though it came through mostly via the “fitting in rules”. The paranormal elements were super fun, necromancer, ghosts, deals with the Devil, and the man himself making a fun appearance or two 😀
Characters: Luke, the MC, was a really fun 16 yo young man. I liked how he took care of his mother when she needed him to. His struggles to fit in, do all the right things and hang with the right crowd struck me as authentic. Plus he had a great sense of humor and was easy to empathize with. Loved the guy, truth be told.
Also loved Elza, adored Ham, and generally liked how Leo Hunt built his characters in Thirteen Days of Midnight.
Plot: The action/adventure arc was an awesome twist on the “sins of thy father” angle, and it made for an exciting, quick-paced journey. I loved the pace of events, it made for an alert read, but without becoming rabidly rapid (that would’ve tamed my enthusiasm). I loved every step of the way. Of course there was a bit of crush-factor going on, since our MC is a 16 yo, lol. I found the Luke/Elza thing cute as it slowly developed, and I loved how it rounded their characters.
Writing: First person, present tense narrative from Luke’s POV. He had a very fun voice, that I very much enjoyed following.
Curb Appeal: Awesomesauce cover imo, hooking blurb – a really good pitch for a just as good read 😀
All in all, I recommend Thirteen Days of Midnight to lovers of YA Urban Fantasy, especially those who have a thing for the deals with the Devil trope, plus ghosts & necromancers kinds of settings.
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