Y’all, when I tell you Marina Lostetter has me in a chokehold right now. I read the first book of this series, The Helm of Midnight and it was one of my favorite books ever. I immediately ordered the sequel, which I never do. The fact that I also read it within months of reading the first book?? The Cage of Dark Hours has changed me, I swear.
Publisher: Tor Books | Release Date: February 2023 | Pages: 464
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Fantasy | Format: Hardcover | Source: Bought
Krona and her Regulators survived their encounter with Charbon, the long-dead serial killer who returned to their city, but the illusions of their world were shattered forever.
Allied with an old friend they will battle the elite who have ruled their world with deception, cold steel, and tight control of the magic that could threaten their power, while also confronting beasts from beyond the foggy barrier that binds their world.
Now they must follow every thread to uncover the truth behind the Thalo, once thought of as only a children’s tale, who are the quiet, creeping puppet masters of their world.
On the Page
- Abusive relationships
- Amnesia and memory disorders
- Blood and gore depictions
- Body horror
- Dead bodies and body parts
- Nightmares and night terrors
- Animal testing and experimentation (sorta)
- Loss of autonomy and mind control/possession
- War themes/military violence
Content warnings are written up by me, unless specified. Subject to being an incomplete list, though guided by referencing this list and trying to highlight as many as I can identify.
- The multi-POV. I really liked not only that we got POV again, but the characters we got to see things from. In particular, the Thalo Child chapters were…gods, intense.
- Characters, new and old. It was so good to be with Krona and Thibaut again. (Though, my heart equally broke and grew frustrated by Krona) Juliette was absolutely fascinating, while Mandip surprisingly grew on me. Also, I would die for Hinostep.
- Ending. So, if you’ve read the book, you can already guess why the ending hit me so hard, based on what I wrote above. If not, I won’t spoil it for you, but gods. The ending hurt, shocked me and left me desperate for book three.
- Took a minute to really figure out the plot. I’m not sure exactly where I thought it would go, after book one. But it did take a bit longer for me to realize the plot. BUT, once I realized the stakes, I was in.
The Cage of Dark Hours was absolutely riveting. It was fascinating to see the effects of book one (The Helm of Midnight), while also setting up what can only be an amazing book three. (Can you tell I’m not over the ending yet?)
If you haven’t yet read this series, friends, I highly, highly recommend it. It’s some of the most unique and reeling worldbuilding I’ve ever encountered. Please read it, so I have someone else to talk to about it with? 🥺