A Drop of Night - Stefan Bachmann (Hardcover)

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15 Mar 2016
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Stefan Bachmann
Harpercollins Childrens Books
Number of Pages
210 x 140 x 31mm


Alternately tells of seventeen-year-old Anouk and four other teens chosen for an exclusive and very dangerous program to explore the subterranean Palais du Papillon, unopened for over 200 years, and Aurelie, who escaped the French Revolution by fleeing into the Palais in 1789.


Modern-day teenagers meet a palace of terrors locked up since the French Revolution in this surprising and haunting thriller from Stefan Bachmann, the internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot. A Drop of Night will thrill fans of Neal Shusterman and Jessica Khoury.

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been chosen to participate in an exclusive program that includes an all-expense-paid trip to France and a chance to explore the hidden underground Palais des Papillons, or Palace of Butterflies. Along with four other gifted teenagers, Anouk will be one of the first people to set foot in the palace in more than two hundred years. Bachmann’s masterful scene-building alternates between Anouk’s flight through the palace and the struggles of Aurelie, who escaped the French Revolution by fleeing into the Palais des Papillons in 1792.

Juvenile Fiction

Inside Flap

Dear Candidate:

You are cordially invited to apply for a spot on a carefully selected team of gifted young people. After extensive background checks and recommendations from your mentors and professors, we have found you to be superbly qualified.

A subterranean palace dating from the time of the French Revolution has been discovered outside of Paris. The details of this unique archaeological site are strictly confidential. However, if you are interested in further information, please return the enclosed application, together with the completed questionnaire, to our offices. We will be glad to guide you from there.

In anticipation, The Sapani Corporation Patient and strong / In time, the cure (This invitation is nontransferable and is to be handled with the utmost discretion. Do not copy or forward.) Qualification Questionnaire (please answer honestly)

Do you become nervous during tense or uncertain situations?

Are you afraid of the dark?

Do you have a history of heart problems?

Do you love working with new people and have a happy, open personality?
HA! No

Have you ever had the ambition to do something no one has done before?
. . . yes

Customer Reviews

A genre-bending and enjoyable read

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Stefan Bachmann's A Drop of Night is a bit of a mixed bag for me.

On the one hand, we have a book that blends a hosts of genres (speculative, horror and historical) that shouldn't work, and yet does (this book is described as being a genre-bending novel so it actually really does it justice).

On the other hand, we have a book that leaves us in the dark until almost the very end, without throwing in much clues along the way - which I'd usually be fine with if it didn't feel like it was something that had an ending that felt like it was thought up at the last moment.

Despite my criticism though, and because I CLEARLY love contradicting myself, I found this book hard to put down, simply because I had to know how it would all play out.

I mean, given that the narrative is a dual-structured one that switches between the past and present, and features a feisty, angry teen who finds herself part of group who end up being trapped in an underground palace, fighting for survival - well, it's kind of hard not to be intrigued, right?

While I enjoyed watching it all unfold, I didn't find any of the characters all that memorable. I enjoyed reading how they (mostly) banded together to try and navigate their way through a booby-trapped palace filled with unimaginable horrors, and loved the fact that the girls here were no damsels in distress.

So all in all, not a bad book - I just wish they could have introduced the main plot point of the book earlier - I think it would have made the book that much more believable. But, that's just me.