Author: Alison Sinclair
Series: Apparently it is first in an unnamed trilogy.
Setting: The fantastic city of Minhorne, forever divided by light and dark.
Reason for Reading: I read a review of it in bookish that caught my eye.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 337, plus a sneak peak at the first chapter of the next book.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A woman with blue eyes. She wears a blueish dress and long gloves. (This is probably the only dissonance in the book, because the whole society is blind, so how do they have colored anything?)
First line: "The knock on Balthasar's door came as the bell tolled sunrise."
Best part: I enjoyed this book so much it put me on a fantasy kick.
Worst part: I wish it were twice as long.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Blind Man" by Aerosmith
Grade: A-. it didn't change my life, but I mean, do you know how hard it is to really be original in fantasy these days? Seriously.
Recommended for: Any fan of Victorian-style fantasy should read this.
Related Reads: The Shadow of Albion by Rosemary Edghill and Soulless by Gail Carriger.
In the city of Minhorne, no one is neutral. The sightless Darkborn walk the city streets by night. They perceive the world through sonar and sound, and the touch of light can burn them to ash. They share the city with the mysterious Lightborn, whose strange society allows the use of magic and gives women freedom unimagined by the Darkborn, and who can dissolve in darkness. But it would take little to shatter the fragile peace that allows these two races to co-exist. Perhaps something as simple as the birth of two Darkborn children who can see.