The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter {Blog Tour}

Huge thank you to JeanBookNerd and Tor Books for having me on this tour! Keep reading for my thoughts...

: The Helm of Midnight

Author: Marina Lostetter 

Series: The Five Penalties #1

Age: Adult

Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Publication Date: April 13, 2021

Publisher: Tor Books

Source: Hardcover

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A legendary serial killer stalks the streets of a fantastical city in The Helm of Midnight, the stunning first novel in a new trilogy from acclaimed author Marina Lostetter.

In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power--the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city with a series of gruesome murders.

Now Charbon is loose once more, killing from beyond the grave. But these murders are different from before, not simply random but the work of a deliberate mind probing for answers to a sinister question.

It is up to Krona Hirvath and her fellow Regulators to enter the mind of madness to stop this insatiable killer while facing the terrible truths left in his wake.

My Rating: 

My Thoughts:
This was an interesting read. I wasn't 100% about how I would feel going into it, but the synopsis definitely intrigued me. This was the perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy with some mystery and horror thrown into it. This is a dark fantasy and I'm always looking for new ones to enjoy. This didn't disappoint -- great pacing, gods, monsters, humans, actions, bloodshed, great thrills...this pleased me. Diving into what faith, family, duty and trauma is and can do to a person will have you feeling connected to this book in every way. I adored Krona, Charbon, De-Lia and the crew. All the characters were well crafted and made me feel strong emotions for them. If you love deadly heist, outstanding characters, plot driven stories -- then pick this up! Overall, I'm excited for the sequel to come out and to read more from Marina Lostetter.

About the Author:
The open skies and dense forests of the Pacific Northwest are ideal for growing speculative fiction authors–or, at least, Marina Lostetter would like to think so. Originally from Oregon, she now resides in Arkansas with her spouse, Alex. In her spare time she enjoys globetrotting, board games, and all things art-related. Her original short fiction has appeared in venues such as Lightspeed, Uncanny, and Shimmer Magazine. Her debut novel, NOUMENON, and its sequels, NOUMENON INFINITY and NOUMENON ULTRA, are available from Harper Voyager. Her first fantasy novel, THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT, is forthcoming from Tor. In addition, she has written tie-in materials for Star Citizen and the Aliens franchise. She is represented by DongWon Song of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, and she tweets as @MarinaLostetter.

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- Ends May 3, 2021

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