Fantasy Creature Friday – Nightflyer!

January 16, 2015 Discussions 6

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.

Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!


This week’s creature is the:




I’ve read about nightflyers in a few different books. But in the interests of picking a different book or series for each Fantasy Friday, *grins* I’m picking the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton.


Nightflyers are large black fey that belong to the Unseelie Court. They resemble manta rays that have many tentacles along their underbellies. They have no feet, but can fly and regenerate almost any body part. Nightflyers strike fear into humans and some fey, just with their appearance alone.

They have three types of tentacles. The largest and thickest ones are equivalent to arms, they use them to capture prey and they feel almost rubbery, with skin similar to a dolphin. The thinner set of tentacles are like our fingers, but over a hundred times more sensitive. The final set are the shortest, they have dark tips and hide under the others. They are actually secondary sexual organs, with suction tips and are capable of growing longer and thinner.

Nightflyers can cling to walls or ceilings, and speak with a slight hissing tone. They were created by a Goddess of the dead and God of the sky so they could bring both terror and pleasure.


Have you read any books about nightflyers? What about the Merry Gentry series?





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6 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Nightflyer!”

    • SilvaraWilde

      *laughs* Really? I’ve read about them in several books. Only other one I can think at the moment is Mercedes Lackey’s Diana Tregarde books, but I know I’ve read about them other places as well… Almost positive a Stephen King book or short story features them, but I can’t remember which one.

      Now I’m glad I came up with Fantasy Fridays, it’s fun to introduce new creatures to people!

  1. Arya D.

    Wow! I haven’t heard of a lot of the creatures you have mentioned before! I haven’t read a lot of fantasy novels with creatures before. I think I will have to change that soon though 😛
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I didn’t realize how many books I’d read that had creatures in them, until I came up with Fantasy Friday. It’s kinda fun! And I love seeing if anyone else has heard of the creature that week, or if I’ve gotten to introduce something new to people.

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