Synopsis (From Goodreads)
An evocative combination of fantasy, history, and Jewish folklore, The Light of the Midnight Stars is fairytale-inspired novel from the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood.
Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants. Gathering under the midnight stars, they pray, sing and perform small miracles – and none are more gifted than the great Rabbi Isaac and his three daughters. Each one is blessed with a unique talent – whether it be coaxing plants to grow, or predicting the future by reading the path of the stars.
When a fateful decision to help an outsider ends in an accusation of witchcraft, fire blazes through their village. Rabbi Isaac and his family are forced to flee, to abandon their magic and settle into a new way of life. But a dark fog is making its way across Europe and will, in the end, reach even those who thought they could run from it. Each of the sisters will have to make a choice – and change the future of their family forever.
For more from Rena Rossner, check out The Sisters of the Winter Wood.
3 out of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Rossner’s first book, The Sisters of the Winter Wood and was excited to try her sophomore novel. Admittedly the synopsis didn’t quite grab my attention as much, but I really enjoyed her writing and anything involving fairy tales or retellings is still very much my vibe. I didn’t quite mash with this one as much. I think this is mainly due to three POV characters crammed into one story that is also about 30% full of short stories. We have three adolescent sisters who are discovering themselves, their abilities, and finding romance. There is just a lot going on in a short period of time. I do think this is a great novel for short story and fairy tale lovers, as the short stories are woven into the main novel, with many even being told by the 3 POV characters themselves to share their journey or their opinion to another. I also think this novel is very culturally driven as it is strongly woven into Jewish and Eastern European culture. I think readers who are of that descent or have more knowledge of those peoples will appreciate this novel for what it is. I do still really enjoy Ms. Rossner’s writing as well. Again, I just had a harder time becoming attached to each of the characters and rooting for them when there was just so much going on.
Thank you to the publisher for providing a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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