In this world, two souls inhabit a single body, one by day, one by night. But though
they live alongside one another, their ends do not always align. For Special Inspector
Morden, whose hunt for a dangerous witch takes him far from home, this will be a problem…
Christophor Morden lives by night. His day-brother, Alexsander, knows only the sun. They are two souls in a single body, in a world where identities change with the rising and setting of the sun. Night-brother or day-sister, one never sees the light, the other knows nothing of the night.
Early one evening, Christophor is roused by a call to the city prison. A prisoner has torn his eyes out and cannot say why. Yet worse: in the sockets that once held his eyes, teeth are growing. The police suspect the supernatural, so Christophor, a member of the king’s special inspectorate, is charged with finding the witch responsible.
Night-by-night, Christophor’s investigation leads him ever further from home, toward a backwards village on the far edge of the kingdom. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his day-brother’s actions frustrate him. Who is Alexsander protecting? What does he not want Christophor to discover?
And all the while, an ancient and apocalyptic ritual creeps closer to completion…
David Towsey is a graduate of the Creative Writing programmes at Bath Spa University and Aberystwyth University. Born in Dorset, he now lives in Cardiff with his girlfriend and their growing board game collection. Together, they write under the pseudonym of D.K. Fields
whose Tales of Fenest trilogy is also published by Head of Zeus.
David’s first novel, Your Brother’s Blood, was published by Quercus, and was the first in the Walkin’ Trilogy. He is also one half of the indie games company, Pill Bug Interactive, who have released three titles across PC and Nintendo Switch™.
My thoughts: this book had a really intriguing premise that it isn’t worth thinking too hard about as it distracts from the mystery at the heart of the novel. The concept of two people sharing a body, one by night, one by day was interesting, you can’t trust your own body because it’s not always yours. But can you trust the other half of yourself? Christophor is the detective but Alexsander, a musician, is putting the information gathered by night together too.
As strange occurrences add up and as neither half of Christophor/Alexsander can remember the others’ wakeful time fully, things get more intense. What is going on in the Eber house, and how do Christophor’s visions fit in?
Clever, layered and sinister, this is a fascinating and involving book.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.