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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Rose was wild and free. While she was born of noble blood and was expected to act like a proper lady, she chose to defy all of these odds. The only one holding her back was her mother, Anne. Christina Tsirkas has crafted The Night Sender novel and subsequent series with well-developed characters. Charles was a high-ranking noble in the city of Dover, and he wanted Rose to be his wife. Rose could not refuse a possible proposal, and grief overwhelmed her because she was in love with her Night Sender, Roosha. It was a forbidden love of which neither knew the full consequences. Rose knew that impropriety would prevent her from having to marry Charles, so she asked Roosha to make love to her.
Christina Tsirkas’s story fully engaged my attention, and I completely connected with Rose. I felt as though I was facing the same situations as she went through them. I cannot fathom being in love with someone who loved me back, then being told I had to marry someone I hated due to societal rules. Likewise, I hated Charles even more than Rose did, especially since he seemed to think he was more powerful than anyone else. I could easily relate to why Rose desperately wanted her mother’s approval. Her best friend, Vivianna, tried to be supportive in defending Rose's reputation. The cliffhanger ending of The Night Sender left me wanting more. “Create pain for others, and eventually, you will suffer that pain yourself” foreshadows why the Night Senders existed. I also find that quote is something to consider in real life. This is a concise story and I was able to read it in one sitting. I hope the second book answers the questions Tsirkas purposefully left in my mind. I would recommend this fantasy work to high school-age readers and above because the adult scenes are concise and not overly graphic. If you like reading magical romances, The Night Sender is a perfect fit.