To this day “Set The Stars Alight” remains one of the best books I have ever had the privilege of reading. Thus, as the next release from this author, “Yours is the Night” had much to live up to, and Amanda Dykes did not disappoint. Once again she has created an incredible story with her signature style of poetically beautiful writing and heart-wrenching emotion infused with deeply symbolic meaning behind each word. The back cover classifies this book as only Historical Fiction – but it is so much more than just that.
Of all the WWI time period books I’ve read (and the list is pretty extensive) this is the one that truly made the meaning of Remembrance Day sink deeper into my understanding. “Yours is the Night” was not always an easy book to read, nor is it something I would recommend to younger readers. However it faces head-on many heavy topics without sinking into their darkness. This book, as is one of its primary themes, gives light and life, and encourages the reader to seek after the Creator of both.
I also learned quite a lot about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and its heartbreaking symbolism for the many lives represented therein. If you are hoping for a book to read in honour of this coming Remembrance Day, or at any time of the year for that matter, you will not find one better than “Yours is the Night”.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”