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These Violent Nights

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Book Information

Title: These Violent Nights
Author: Rebecca Crunden
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Fantasy | Science Fiction | Romance
Publication Date: March 31st, 2021

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But sometimes horrendous acts could never be forgotten.
Sometimes no amount of kindness, or pledge of protection, or oath of loyalty, could ever fully erase the scars left by cruelty.
Wishing for a change of heart was like trying to change history. And she couldn’t do either…


These Violent Nights Synopsis

Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.

War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.

Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.

And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.

But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares.

These Violent Nights Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

These Violent Nights is Rebecca Crunden’s newest novel. I am currently 4/5 books through her Outalnds Pentalogy series and jumped at the chance to read her newest work. It does not disappoint. I really love her writing. This novel takes place in a future earth timeline. The book is split into different parts and each part is told from a different persepctive or multiple perspectives. The first part focuses on the humans, Thorn and Thistle. These best friends exist in a world here humans are property and treated like livestock. They need permission for everything and if they aren’t on the register then they can’t access anything. Thorn and Thistle exists in the fringes of society. That is until Thistle announces that she is engaged to a Suriian and makes a deal with Thorn to move into the capital with Nithin, her fiance and his friend, Kol. Another part is told from another’s perspective and how his story and Thorn’s intersect. Again, Rebecca does an amazing job creating this world.

Thorn is stubborn and smart, which is always a lethal combination with being forced into situations beyond your control. She has deep distrust of Suriians and wants revenge for what they have done to the human race. Thistle is loving and kind. She gives everyone a chance and doesn’t believe the Suriians are all the same. They can’t be right? Nithin and Kol are Suriian. There are different types of Suriians and each has their vices that are needed for them to survive. Nithin and Kol are desperate to prove to Thistle and Thorn that they aren’t like the rest of their society. But Thorn is just like her name, prickly and she holds a grudge. How far with Kol and Nithin go to prove they aren’t like the rest and will Thorn be able to forgive the past and move on with a future?

I love Rebecca’s writing. I truly do. This is my fifth book from her and it pulled me in just like the first ones I read from her. The story telling and world building is amazing. I read these books in one sitting. The characters really get into your head while your reading and you can really sympathize with all of them. Also hello dark and broody man! Just my type of book boyfriend of course! Seriously, if you want a good standalone read, this is it.


A special thank you goes out to Rebecca Crunden for providing me a copy of this book for review!

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About Rebecca Crunden

Rebecca Crunden is an indie author of fantasy, science fiction and romance who lives in Cork, Ireland. To date she has published one series, three standalone novels, a novella and various short stories. Her most recent novel, These Violent Nights (2021) is set in a futuristic world that blends fantasy and sci-fi.

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