Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne | Book Review #79

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Daughter of Dusk is the second (and last) book to Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne. If you haven’t read Midnight Thief yet, I would suggest you not to read this book review. It may contain spoilers; i.e. the synopsis for this book!

After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.

I love the opening sentence to this book. “The snow was a problem, the way it crunched beneath Kyra’s shoes and bore marks of her passing.” I like how the book just opens up to the continuation of the story without actually telling the reader what had happened in the last book right away. Not that that doesn’t happen. It does, just in smaller portions, and when the reader needs to be re-informed about it.

I honestly really love Daughter of Dusk. So much happens. We have some new revelations, which I wouldn’t have guessed at all. What had happened was such a surprise to me, and it totally blew my mind!

I have to say that, Kyra; the main character, definitely has some new difficult stuff happen to her. There are difficutlies that she has to over come, and she does. She learns and takes everything in stride even if some of the things she learns is a huge shocker to her. I mean, some of the stuff that happened even shocked me. Now that I know though, I have a ton of flashbacks from both books, and I have to have a “DERP!!” moment. Why didn’t I see it coming?! It’s so obvious now…

There were parts that made me angry as well. Some parts of the book I would think didn’t even need to happen but they did. ..I’m okay with that, I mean it’s not like I can rewrite the book or anything, haha. Well, these instances made me angry because a lot of the characters were treated like shit by one of the antagonists in this story. Which again, just really pisses me off because no one deserves to be treated that way.

Nonetheless though, there is a lot that happens in this book! I think I actually read and finished this book in a day. Daughter of Dusk had me sqealing, and yelling out profanities. Thankfully, only my mom was home, so no one one besides her actually witnessed me fangirling.

While reading Daughter of Dusk, we see so much happen to Kyra and her friends. We see Kyra grow into the person she is at the end of the book. We see Kyra thrive in her environments, and we see Kyra accept the things that life has thrown her way.

I like that in the ending of the book, not everything is resolved. There are still quite a few things that are left unanswered. I find with the ending being that way, it leaves me really happy. That maybe in a few years down the road, the author will pick up this story again and add on to it. I would personally LOVE that to happen, since I love Kyra’s story to bits, but if not, I like the ending that Blackburne gave us.

I’m pretty sure that I gave this book 5 stars on GoodReads. There are moments that I didn’t think would happen, and there are moments that I am so glad that they actually happened. And because I read this book in a day, I pretty much devoured the story. The ending to this duology actually has me so happy! I want to squeal every time I think about it.

Thank you for reading my review of Daughter of Dusk!

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The link in the books cover will lead you to the series over on GoodReads.

Thanks again!

Adele

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