Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
I was not really impressed with the first part of A Drop of Night, mostly because of the unlikeable, mean-girl protagonist, but I was quickly enthralled in the mystery of the Palais du Papillon, the Palace of the Butterfly.
A Drop of Night centres on five teenagers brought together on a mysterious excavation on an underground palace that was built with the intention to hide a French Duke and his aristocratic family from the clutches of the peasants. It is narrated by our protagonist Anouk. It flits between present day, and the late 1700s during the French Revolution. This aspect I enjoyed immensely and I was enthralled by Aurelie’s story, and the exploration of the captivating history of thePalais du Papillon. In the present-day, as the five teenages embark on their journey of discovery, things turn dangerous and they find themselves stuck in the mysteriously deadly Palace, and they’re not alone.
It was the history of the Palais du Papillon and its hidden depth that encouraged me to persevere past the first part. A Drop of Night manages to keep you on your toes with it’s engaging mystery and revelations, fast pace, captivating history and sinister creepy element.
As for the characters, the only one I managed to be emotionally invested in was Anouk who, despite our rocky start, really shone through and I ended up enjoying her characterization hugely. As for the others, we never really got to know them very much, especially caught up in the midst of the action, and therefore I didn’t really feel connected to them. I did enjoy Aurelie and Jacques from the 1780s, and how their story connected with the five teens present-day predicament.
Overall, I would recommend this book to people looking for a quick, action-packed, fast-paced novel with a blend of historical, sci-fi and thriller elements.