The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt is a stunning contemporary fantasy debut about another London, a magical world hidden behind the bustling modern city we know.
Alice Wyndham has been plagued by visions of birds her whole life...until the mysterious Crowley reveals that Alice is an ‘aviarist’: capable of seeing nightjars, magical birds that guard human souls. When her best friend is hit by a car, only Alice can find and save her nightjar.
With Crowley’s help, Alice travels to the Rookery, a hidden, magical alternate London to hone her newfound talents. But a faction intent on annihilating magic users will stop at nothing to destroy the new aviarist. And is Crowley really working with her, or against her? Alice must risk everything to save her best friend—and uncover the strange truth about herself.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this. The compelling plot and original mythological elements kept me gripped. And here's to more from the author, as I need to see some of these mysteries resolved." --Genevieve Cogman
"The wildly imaginative Hewitt is a writer to watch." --Publishers Weekly starred review
"Darkly enchanting...the Nightjar is a magical adventure full of danger, betrayal, and devotion." --Emily Borsa, Booklist
"Impossible to resist." --Locus Magazine