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Mini Review: One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig

Elspeth needs a monster. The monster might be her.

Elspeth Spindle needs more than luck to stay safe in the eerie, mist-locked kingdom of Blunder—she needs a monster. She calls him the Nightmare, an ancient, mercurial spirit trapped in her head. He protects her. He keeps her secrets.

But nothing comes for free, especially magic.

When Elspeth meets a mysterious highwayman on the forest road, her life takes a drastic turn. Thrust into a world of shadow and deception, she joins a dangerous quest to cure Blunder from the dark magic infecting it. And the highwayman? He just so happens to be the King’s nephew, Captain of the most dangerous men in Blunder…and guilty of high treason.

Together they must gather twelve Providence Cards—the keys to the cure. But as the stakes heighten and their undeniable attraction intensifies, Elspeth is forced to face her darkest secret yet: the Nightmare is slowly taking over her mind. And she might not be able to stop him.

Mini Book Review:

I really liked One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig. I found the nightmare living in Elspeth head to be very interesting. The magic system in One Dark Window is all based on cards. I wish the magic within the cards was explained differently. I don't think that was as thought out as it should have been. I feel like the author kept needing to explain what the cards meant over and over again almost like she forgot her own magic system. The characters were enjoyable. I look forward to reading nook two because this book ended on a major cliff hanger. 

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