Fourteen-year-old Lilly Grey exists in two worlds at the same time. She just doesn’t know it.
As the only albino in a million mile radius, Lilly is used to being different. Pink eyes and white hair aren’t exactly the best camouflage in the harrowing jungles formally known as high school. And yeah, she’s used to being an outcast and seeing the world in a slightly different way, but she never guessed how literally “different” applied to her.
Not until a clan of shape-shifting dragons tell her she’s not just albino. She’s a unicorn and the only mortal alive who can live on both Earth and its antithesis, Morcah. Now all those times she thought she saw a floating brown blotch in the sky or eyes peering out at her from the bark of trees make sense. She’s been seeing Morcah, a land that exists in the exact same spot as Earth, just in a different phase.
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for this unicorn. As the only one who can live in both phases, she’s also the only one who can bring Morcah–and all its inhabitants–to Earth. And creatures who’ve been trapped on Earth since the Dark Ages are willing to do worse things than kill to make that happen.
Almost Night is the marvelous first book in the Tales of Morcah series. I loved this book to pieces! It’s such an imaginative book about shape-shifting dragons and a girl who doesn’t know she’s a unicorn until these dragons start to hunt her down for it.
At first, we get to meet Lilly Grey as she’s struggling once again at fitting in at her new school. Due to her being albino and having pink eyes, most from her school were set on making fun of her. Seriously, bullying at its finest. It was tough to read about how cruel people were to her just because she was different. Lilly is a great, sweet person and those who truly come to know her certainly appreciate it. Except her best friend.
Gah, Lilly has the worst best friend ever. Maggie was supposed to be there for her when everyone was being plain mean like always, but no, she went for the ride as well. Popularity meant more to her than her friend, so I guess it was a good riddance. Good thing Lilly has more important things to worry about than her.
It was so much fun when the fantasy started to kick in into the story. I loved finding out about that secret world the dragons were trying to get back to after being exiled for so long, and how important Lilly is to the cause. She’s the key to everything.
I can’t finish off without saying how much I adored Ian. My heart might have skipped a beat or two every time he came into the scene. Can’t wait to read more about him! Same thing applies to the other fantastic characters from this book (except Maggie!).
Overall, Almost Night was a great read. The ending could have been better in my opinion, but it isn’t a big deal in comparison to everything else. Very much looking forward to the sequel!