I have been consistently pleased and awed by the wonderful Binti Series and The Night Masquerade is no exception. It is nuanced, full of the characters we love, and absolutely heart wrenching.
Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.
Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.
Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.
I find with each Binti sequel, I love the series even more. So this would be the grand concluding book that would seal my love for it. All of these elements from the very beginning of the series come together in this stunning conclusion. I love series that build upon each other, because they increase in depth and force. The Binti Series is certainly one of them.
What I loved even more this book, is the exploration of the nature of war – how they begin and how you can try to end them. To say that this is a novella only about this merely scratches the surface. It deals with family, vengeance, and the ways to see beyond our own identity.
Binti The Night Masquerade is a touching book that pulls your heart in every which way, only to land you at the end, wanting to begin the series again. It is a fulfilling ending, one that does phenomenal service to a fantastic series with a compelling heroine and amazing world.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
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