Sarah Rees Brennan is the Best Thing to Happen to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Review: Path of Night by Sarah Rees Brennan

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In an absolutely unsurprising move I'm ecstatic to inform you guys that I am still 100% Sarah Rees Brennan and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina trash.


Path of Night
by Sarah Rees Brennan 

It's not easy being half-mortal, half-witch. At least, not for Sabrina Spellman. She just discovered that her dad is Satan... and that it's her destiny to rule Hell.

As usual, Sabrina's got other plans for her future. She's figured out a way to trap her father... but he's caged in the body of her boyfriend, Nick Scratch. Now the love of her life is stuck in Hell... with Satan stuck inside him.

Sabrina knows there's a way to get Nick back while also keeping dear old dad out of commission. She just has to figure out what it is. Unfortunately, her loyal cousin Ambrose is unavailable because he's off hunting Father Blackwood, the evil former head of the Church of Night.

Fortunately, Sabrina's still got her mortal friends, Roz, Harvey, and Theo. So when her aunt Zelda, now the church's high priestess, mentions an ancient quest that might help open the gates of Hell, Sabrina and her friends are all in. But Zelda failed to mention that the quest has some perils of its own...
 


Path of Night by Sarah Rees Brennan
Rating: ★★★  
As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.    

Two quick, fun facts for you: (1.) I am, practically, lifelong Sabrina Spellman trash. (2.) I firmly believe that Sarah Rees Brennan is the best thing to happen to this spin on Sabrina and that she is the only author who could take on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina world. The more we read from her, the more certain I am of this fact--and the more admiration I have for her as a writer.

Path of Night, the recently third installment of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina companion novels, is just as brilliantly crafted, electric, chilling and character driven as its predecessors. With every book, I can't help but to excitedly think: it's time to return to Greendale! 

Once more, I find myself in complete awe of Sarah Rees Brennan's understanding, and continued development, of each of the series characters. She adds richly drawn layers and vibrancy to each character, keeping up with their many complexities and the ever-changing landscape of chilling mythology set within the original series. Path of Night builds onto the series in the best of ways.

In terms of settings and spoiler-free details: Path of Night takes us back to the days before Sabrina, Harvey, Roz and Theo make their way to hell and back to save Nick, it also showcases Ambrose and Prudence's travels/blossoming relationship, in a way that ties itself into the very fabric of part three of the show. Rees Brennan ensures that her readers are not only losing themselves to the subtly creepy tone Chilling Adventures of Sabrina thrives in--but that they also have a balance of silly grins and heartwarming friendships, too.

Pause for spoilers: Harvey Kinkle basically adopts a creepy ghost child without adopting said creepy ghost child and IT'S SO WHOLESOME. 10/10 would risk it all for him. The interactions between him, and the witches, were some of my favourite parts of Path of Night. (Second to Sabrina's fiery determination and the friendship between the so-called Fright Club.)   

Ultimately, Path of Night was fantastic and I constantly found myself wanting to shout out about how much I adored it. While sometimes companion novels fail to capture a show's atmosphere, Sarah Rees Brennan continuously sets the bar higher and paints the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina characters, and world, it in full colour. The slow-burn of danger, friendship, sarcasm and romance is, as always, thoroughly enthralling.

Path of Night is absolute must-read material for any fan of the show. It adds so much to the series' architecture and proves to be downright entertaining, and highly addictive, all on its own.

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