The Midnight Queen by Jessica Penot

The Midnight Queen by Jessica Penot
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (248 pages)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

In a deperate future, a dark queen rises from the ashes of oblivion to unify a broken world.

Aiela has spent her entire life sheltered from the world. Her only dream has been to escape the quiet island life she’s know and find adventure in the world outside. After the death of her mother, Aeila escapes to the University, a world filled with technological wonders and exotic people. But her own history is dark and the secrets behind her birth may destroy everything that hold Aiella together.

Most of us dream at some point in our lives of a utopia free from evil. Aeila was raised in such a world isolated from the rest of the planet, but she never truly belonged. When her mother dies, Aeila flees from this utopian island to find adventure in the outside world, only to discover that her own history is riddled with dark secrets.

Jessica Penot has written a very compelling and disturbing novel about the nature of humanity and its quest for power and immortality. Her characters are well-defined and engaging. The setting is a post-apocalypse earth, and Penot describes the various clans and nations with rich details, so that the reader really feels the heat of the desert or the ice of the glaciers.

Penot’s characters seem very real. It isn’t hard to identify with Aiela and her desire to see more of the world. It is easy to relate to her search for knowledge and her desire to learn all she can about a new and complex world. Penot has several really strong characters in this novel, both male and female, and she shifts the point of view seamlessly as the story progresses. The pace is fast-moving and compelling, making this novel a real page turner. The questions raised around the uses of power and technology resonate strongly in today’s world. Penot draws her readers into the plot, and her powerful writing all but demands that readers think about how they would have reacted or what their decisions would have been. The characters don’t have easy choices to make which is one reason why this novel is so disturbing.

I found that the world Penot created was exciting, intriguing and even terrifying in its reality. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more from Penot.


  1. This is a must read for me .Have a fantastic week

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