The young monk Hugh Fogg, sole survivor (or not quite) of the brutal massacre of his entire order, remains in the world as a phantom, in search of a prophesized warrior who can set things right—once and for all.
An oddly enrapturing tale of conquering one’s innermost fears.
Fear engulfs us all. In A Myth to the Night, the world is controlled by the very same organization that destroyed Hugh’s monastery. They will stop at nothing to rid the world of the ancient tales that help individuals cope with their fears, and this is where the conflict takes us throughout the book.
Perhaps the best quality of this story is its original setting. The entire novel takes place on a single island. It is a unique place where spirits of the dead (or in many cases, spirits of the never-lived) can come alive at night. The passage to and from the island is a natural bridge which comes and goes with the tides, so there is a real feeling of isolation to add to Hugh’s 400-year exile.
For the most part, the edit is clean—a big plus when it comes to indie writing these days. There were parts I felt were a little repetitious, or needless dialogue (both spoken and inner), though Choi may have been striving for emphasis. The story did take a while to establish the characters and get the ball rolling, but I’m a reader who doesn't mind that sort of thing.
The characters are interesting and at times a bit zany, but never over-the-top for their roles. The story is well-paced and never dull. It’s a good mix of action, intrigue, and general eeriness—with a few laughs thrown in. Well worth the time invested. I’d recommend this to any fantasy reader, especially one looking for something a little different from the usual.