I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Because I am a huge fan of fairy tales I am constantly in search of a good one. But you would be surprised how difficult that can be to find. Most fairy tale/fairy tale retellings are either high fantasy or romance novels. I have nothing against high fantasy, but it takes a lot for me to commit to those because they tend to be long, part of a series, or complicated to read. And if you follow my reviews even slightly, you know how much I enjoy a good romance novel so I’m not complaining about those either. I just think a good fairytale should be a perfect mixture between romance, fantasy, action, and magic, and they should be easy enough for children to read and interesting enough for adults to enjoy. While Seventh Night wasn’t the most original fairy tale that I have ever read, it was one of the more enjoyable ones.
Seventh night is a princess who is pledged to marry a prince in order to join their two kingdoms.
Although it is an arranged marriage, Seven is very much in love with her betrothed, Neithan, so she is happy to spend the rest of her life with him. The complications arise when Seven’s fiancee is poisoned right before their wedding, and she finds out that she is actually betrothed to Neithan’s twin brother Kaleb. It’s all a little too complicated for me to explain in a review, but all you need to know is that there are two princes and the one she loves has just been poisoned. You can read the rest for yourself.
In order to save her prince, Kaleb, Seven travels with Neithan and a magician’s apprentice name Phillip to find a sorcerer who can hopefully wake Kaleb from his poison induced sleep.
This is a Fairy tale after all so of course there is plenty of magic, mystery, and romance that takes place during Seven’s journey. There are also a few magical creatures thrown in to make things really interesting
While I found the magic system in this book to be interesting, someone who has read a lot of high fantasy might be slightly let down. There aren’t a lot of spells, incantations, and potions. And there also isn’t a big explanation of how the magic in these kingdoms works. I personally loved this because detailed descriptions of magic, is the thing that I find least interesting in fantasy novels. It’s magic, and that’s all the explanation I usually need. But although the magic system was simplistically explained, it was still interesting. The Magic In this book works similarly to singing. Almost everyone is capable of humming, a great number of people can carry a tune, and only a select few can really sing. It is the same with the magic. Some are more talented than others, but almost everyone can do some type of magic if they try.
I liked that there wasn’t an overload of mythical creatures in this book. There are a couple unicorns, a somewhat likeable cyclops, and a few other monsters that try to eat Seven and her friends a couple times. But the story doesn’t depend on an abundance of creatures to keep the reader’s interest. The unicorns are more like enhanced horses than magical creatures, and the cyclops is a very sympathetic and character with his own thoughts and desires as opposed to a mindless killing machine. The minor tweaks that were made to these traditional fairy tale creatures made the story feel fresher and kept my interest. They weren’t boring and devoid of magic, but they did feel more realistic.
The overall story telling is really where the book shines it started off slowly, but I was never bored. The first portion is devoted to helping the reader get to know Seven, and I’m glad that happened early because the rest of the book kept progressing at a good pace. And by the time everything was said and done, I really wanted Seven to have her “Happily ever after”.
The excitement begins once they find the sorcerer, who turns out to be a beautiful shape shifter named Andomare (Let me tell you, her magic can really sing!), and they all have to team up to fight an evil king who is doing all that he can to prevent Seven’s marriage to Kaleb.
The relationships between all of the main characters were well done. Seven and Philip have an easy friendship with a healthy dose of sarcasm added in to keep it entertaining. Seven also has great chemistry with the princess, Kaleb and Neithan, but Philip is my personal favorite.
My favorite relationship was actually between Phillip and Andomare, the sorcerer. They were very similar, and got along with each other so well. It was as though they had known each other their entire lives.
Although romance was not the main focus, it was ever present in the book. I always like to have some form of romance in any book that I read, but lately I prefer a book have more going for itself than just a cute romance. It’s not often I find a book in this genre that has an interesting storyline that still manages to have a great romance but Seventh Night supplied me with not one but two wonderfully romantic relationships. Usually when I am reading something light and fluffy, I want a lot of love declaring and kissing scenes, but somehow this book managed to be romantic without overdoing it. I think it is because the chemistry was great between all of the characters not just the romantic pairings.
Overall, the book was just a joy to read. It just made me happy and that is exactly what I want from a fairy tale. If you’re in the mood for a purely enjoyable, easy to read fairy tale with a happy ending, then you’ve found the right book!
Because of some minor scary scenes, I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up. This book was clean and had no adult language or sexual content.