They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick – Review

cover- they mostly come out at night

Published: June 16, 2016

Publisher: One More Page

Series: Yarnsworld #1

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 216 (Kindle)

My Rating: 2.5/5.0


He locked himself away from the dark, but in the Magpie King’s forest nowhere is safe…

Lonan is an outcast, accused of letting the monsters that stalk the night into the homes of his fellow villagers. Now, he will not rest until he wins back the heart of his childhood love and reclaims the life that was stolen from him. However, locked safely in his cellar at night, in his dreams Lonan finds himself looking through the eyes of a young prince…

Adahy has a destiny, and it terrifies him. How can he hope to live up to the legend of the Magpie King, to become the supernatural protector of the forest and defender of his people? But when the forest is invaded by an inhuman force, Adahy must rise to this challenge or let the Wolves destroy his people.

Watching these events unfold in his sleep, Lonan must do what he can to protect his village from this new threat. He is the only person who can keep his loved ones from being stolen away after dark, and to do so he will have to earn back their trust or watch the monsters kill everyone that he holds dear.

They Mostly Come Out At Night is a Dark Fantasy novel from Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld series. If you like Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss then you will love this captivating, dangerous world in which ordinary people struggle to find their place in a land ruled by stories.

Start reading today to discover this epic tale of dreams, fables and monsters!

I’ve had this book on my Kindle for at least 2 years and just never made time to read it until now. I love the cover and the title was appealing as well, plus SPFBO and all that made it seem like it would be an awesome read. And let me tell you… I tried SO hard to like this book, but it never clicked with me. It’s a fairly short book at 216 pages so I decided to read the whole thing despite my lack of enthusiasm by the halfway point.

They Mostly Come Out At Night has an interesting concept and style. The villages of the Corvae are plagued at night by monsters and people have to barricade themselves in their basements for safety. The Magpie King is supposed to protect them, but many people don’t believe he’s real, except for Lonan, who has begun dreaming of the Magpie King and his son, Adahy. He’s dreaming things that seem to be real and he’s pretty determined to make people believe him. Interspersed between chapters are little fairytales about the Magpie King which was a nice (and relevant) diversion.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really like the characters at all. Lonan is about as unsubtle as an ax to the face and the other villagers are equally unlikable. Adahy was somewhat better, though not by a whole lot. I just never connected with any of them so their fates meant nothing. The story improved as the book went on – I feel like the overall quality increased as the author went along, plus there was a nice twist that I didn’t expect that was done elegantly.

Overall, this book was a bit of a disappointment but some of that is due to how I hyped myself up about it. I was expecting a lot more than was delivered. Judging from reviews of other entries into the Yarnsworld universe, it looks like Benedict Patrick has really grown as a writer and his other books have excellent reviews. I’m undecided on whether or not I’ll continue with the series but if I have a slow review month, I may pick one up.


4 thoughts on “They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick – Review

    • The likelihood that I’ll actually pick up another is sort of low, though I won’t write it off completely. Reviews of his later books remark on how much better the writing has gotten than the first book, so I have hopes…

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  1. Debut novels often don’t show an author’s true potential, so I understand your desire to see if the writing really improves with time and experience, but still – despite the intriguing concept and the equally intriguing cover – I find it difficult to feel compelled to read a story whose characters feel distant and unlikable…

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