ARC Review: Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

Daughter of Dusk

Title: Daughter of Dusk
Author: Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief #2
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.

 

 

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Let me just started off by saying that this book is really good, even if you haven’t read the first novel. When I requested the eARC from Netgalley for this book, I somehow missed the fact that this book was a sequel. Oops! But it sounded so good that I had to read it, and see what it was about anyways. Thankfully it gave some background information, so I wasn’t confused that often. I read it within a couple days and ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Right from the beginning, the book dives right into the exquisite story of Kyra, and her friends. I adored most of the characters, and loved to hate at least one (if you’ve read the book, I’m sure you know who I’m referring to). Kyra is still grappling with the fact that she’s half human, half Demon Rider. Then the attacks start in nearby communities, and she has to choose a side. Will it be the people of Forge whom she’s known practically her whole life, or her newfound family…even if she’s still terrified to be one of them?

 

The book is pretty fast-paced, and action-packed for the most part. Kyra is a former thief, so we get to see her sneaking around in stealth mode in this book quite often. As I was reading this book, it reminded me somewhat of Throne of Glass and The Orphan Queen. They all have kickass heroines that I adore. I’m all about finding books where the girls don’t rely on guys to come to their rescue. They can take care of themselves! It also reminds me of Aladdin a bit since she refers to herself (and other poor people in the city as “gutter rats”) and she’s a former thief.

 

There was some romance in this book. It’s not that prominent, but it’s still there in places. And when it’s there, it’s pretty good. I absolutely adored the ending, and completely ship this couple (and the other couple that formed during the book).

 

One of my favorite lines was: “It is better to die honorably and render yourself immortal than live to an old age and fade to dust.”

 

I loved so many of the characters in the book: Kyra (obviously), Flick, Tristam, Lettie, and Adele. I could keep naming names, but I’ll stop there. There’s definitely some twists in the plot, even ones that I wasn’t expecting. I’m usually good at guessing what’s coming next, so I liked that this book surprised me a couple times. When I have some free time, I think I’ll go back and read Midnight Thief, so I can get the backstory I missed.

 

Final note: I really enjoyed this book, even without reading the first book. The characters are fantastic, and it’s a quick enjoyable read. I’d definitely recommend it if you like action books with a hint of romance throughout.

 

4 stars

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