Book Review | Nightingale
Author: David Farland
Nightingale is the story of Bron, a boy who’s been passed around between foster homes his whole life and never fit in. That’s because he’s not one of us. On his sixteenth birthday, Bron is moved to a new home of a teacher at the Tuachan Performing Arts school. At first, he thinks it’s just another stop in the foster home machine, but then things start to happen: he gets shot at on the highway, a neighbor loses the will to live and is hospitalized, and Bron’s ability at playing the guitar becomes epic. As his foster mother begins to tell Bron about who he is–what he is–Bron realizes those events are related, and that its time to learn about his people.
Nightingale is a fantastic ride through Bron’s life and his race. Farland uses his years of experience writing bestselling books to bring the characters in Nightingale to life and drew me into the story right away. This book grabbed me by the throat on the very first page and didn’t let go–even after the last page. It’s one of those books that stays with you, and I’m really hoping the next book in the series is on its way soon.
While the book is available in ebook, and a special hardcover (that’s a beautiful version), it’s the enhanced novel version that blew my socks off. Bron’s story is the same as the hardcover and ebook, but it includes little pop-ups that give you a peek into Farland’s world as he was writing it: why he chose to use a certain flower, why he made Bron’s first foster house in the book like he did. It’s a neat “peek behind the curtain” I’ve never experienced before. It also included illustrations and a soundtrack(!)
Even if you don’t read a lot of fantasy or YA, this book has a little something for everyone and some readers will like the romance, some will like the break-neck pace and cliffhanger ending, while others will dig the magic. I would also highly recommend this to anyone with kids in the 12-14+ age range, especially boys.
This book was definitely a 5 out of 5 stars for me.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*