Book Review: A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon

Having second thoughts reading A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon? This review will convince you it is worth the read.

A Day of Fallen Night Book

A Day of Fallen Night Summary

A Day of Fallen Night is the prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree (CE 1005). This book details the catastrophic eruption of Dreadmount. High Westerns (dragons) and wyverns wreaked havoc in the Queendom of Inys, transporting readers back to the year CE 509. Three courageous women hold the only hope to stop the Nameless One’s offspring from destroying their world.

A Day of Fallen Night Review

The World-building:

Ms. Shannon created a genuinely imaginative and creative story in A Day of Fallen Night by weaving together mythical creatures such as dragons, prophecies, mages, and witches, all against the backdrop of a vast and immersive world. The author achieved this by creating richly detailed world-building, with unique locations inhabited by distinct races, customs, and social norms.

The author also created an extensive multi-faceted cast of characters with complex personalities and used their names as markers to indicate their respective locations, avoiding confusion.

The Characters:

Ultimately, A Day of Fallen Night revolves around its key leading players that readers can empathize with.

As the heir to the Queendom of Inys, Glorian grapples with her inner turmoil while burdened by her predecessors’ and stern mother’s expectations.

Dumai, a mountain climber and a chosen dragon rider from the East, faces a decision between her loyalty to her family and the greater good of the East’s people.

The intense inner conflicts of the main characters add to the dramatic build-up as they wrestle with their choices. Nevertheless, all the individuals in the story must take action against the Westerns and wyverns, which pose a greater threat to everyone – a pressing concern that everyone needs to tackle collectively.

Underlying Theme:

The central theme of A Day of Fallen Night is focused on the consequences of our decisions. The story portrays the main characters facing challenges and choosing actions that positively impact the greater society. Throughout the book, every protagonist is presented with their own set of choices. They have to decide between satisfying their desires or prioritizing the well-being of the community they are accountable for.

Reading Enjoyment:

Ms. Shannon has expertly crafted a complex universe. Complete with its own unique backstory, enchanting creatures, and captivating personalities that had me completely engrossed. Exactly what you’d expect from a top-tier fantasy novel. I relished every moment of this substantial tome and wholeheartedly endorse it to anyone who loves epic fantasy. 

Favorite quotes

“This mistake is a small part of your life. It does not define it.”


“The waves may pound the rocks, but they do not give way.”

– Osipa

Check out more book reviews here: Book reviews

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *