The Weight of Nightby C.L. Stegall
Series: The Progeny #1
Published on January 25, 2011 by Createspace
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
When her mother is taken from her in a terrible accident, Alexis finds herself facing some previously unknown truths. Her best friend, Keats, is her only confidante when she is faced with an apparent stalker who claims that Alexis' entire life is built around a lie. Alexis is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind world of danger and secret agendas, of demigods and deities. When a brutal, self-righteous god decides that Alexis is his best hope for retrieving an ancient artifact, she finds herself on the self-discovery journey of a lifetime - tracking a killer and a kidnapper - and facing conniving and dangerous foes along the way. She will have to come to grips with who she truly is and just what she might be capable of if she is to survive long enough to save the one person in the world for whom she cares most. Ancient Greek mythology comes to life in this unique coming-of-age tale that spans the globe and the heart of a girl who only wants to be normal. But, just what is normal in a world like this?
Took a while: I had trouble getting into the story at first. It wasn’t that the writing was bad, but it took a bit to get used to the author’s style which took away from the actual story. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I finally could read the book for the story itself instead of mentally adjusting to accommodate for the author’s writing style.
Interesting concept: It’s not uncommon to read stories about the children of the gods as there are plenty of books out there under that topic. I believe The Weight of Night fell perfectly in that category without blending into the background. It was a pleasant surprise to also read about the daughter of Nyx, not a goddess heard of as much when thinking about Greek mythology, which is where some of the story is based. It gave the story a nice spin from the normal.
Now what?: I’m now waiting for the next book. Usually I continue to read a series because of the characters and sure, the characters from The Weight of Night were 3-D, so to speak, but it’s the plot that I enjoyed the most, the uniqueness of it. It put a twist on an idea that several authors seem to share, making it stand out. I always love books that can keep with the genre but stand out from the rest.
I thought The Weight of Night was a good read and I’m looking forward to the next book. Once I got past the first half of the book, it was really enjoyable and I would recommend it.