Book Review: The House of Night & Chain

In a bleak corner of the city of Valgaast, the House of Malveil awaits. A place of darkness, its halls throb with a sinister history. Its rooms are filled with malice. Its walls echo with pain. Now it stirs eagerly with the approach of an old heir. Colonel Maeson Strock of the Astra Militarum has returned home to his ancestral mansion. He is a man broken, both by the horrors of war and by personal loss, and has come home to take up the mantle of Planetary Governor. He hopes he can purge his home world of political corruption and reforge connections with his estranged children. He hopes he can rebuild his life.

Malveil will feast on these dreams. Strock believes he has seen the worst of the galaxy’s horrors.

Malveil will show him how wrong he is.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was just okay in my opinion. I felt like I had a hard time connecting to it even though I so desperately wanted to dive right in. 

David Annandale has a wonderful and unique writing style but I just really couldn’t get into this story. I felt like an outsider reading a story that was being read by someone else (if that makes any sense). 

The plot was very confusing, but I powered through it anyway and everything seemed to explain itself later on. I was by no means a bad book I enjoyed my time with it, it just wasn’t a story that really hit a home run for me. I can understand why other people really loved it thought.
Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.


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