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Review: Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

Daughter of DuskTitle: Daughter of Dusk

Author: Livia Blackburne

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Series: Midnight Thief (Book #2)

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1484722086 (Disney-Hyperion)

ISBN-13: 978-1484722084 (Disney-Hyperion)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful story with a gripping plot, fun characters, and an intriguing world! I didn’t quite like it as much as the first book, but it was still a very entertaining read!

Opening Sentence: The snow was a problem, the way it crunched beneath Kyra’s shoes and bore marks of her passing.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Kyra grew up on the streets and she learned to survive by becoming a thief. She can scale walls and do things most normal people can’t. It turns out the reason she is agile is because she has Demon Rider blood running through her veins. She is only half demon rider, but she can’t help feeling like she is a monster. She is currently on good terms with the palace, but if they find out her true identity they will hunt her down and kill her.

Things are escalating in Forge and the Demon Rider attacks are growing more frequent. Kyra feels so out of place because she isn’t welcome in the Demon Rider’s camp and with her secrets she is constantly worried about staying in the city. It looks as if war is inevitable, but maybe Kyra can stop it. With the help of Tristam, the brave noble knight she has developed feelings for, and some of her street rat friends, Kyra has to face her past and hope that she will be able to save her city so she has a future!

Kyra is an interesting character. She is a silent and intellectual type of person. She tends to keep to herself and doesn’t like to show others how she feels. I tend to like more bubbly characters that have sharp mouths, but there was just something about Kyra that made me really love her. She is smart and always assesses situations before rushing to a decision and I respected that. She has had a hard life and has made the most out of her bad upbringing. It’s hard not to admire her determination and skill in doing whatever needs to be done. You get to learn so much more about her background, and I really liked how she dealt with all of the information she learns. Even though she’s not the normal type of character I love, I still ended up really liking her, and I am glad I got to read her story.

Tristam is such a great guy. He is loyal to the core and level-headed. He is very courageous and someone you can easily identify as a hero. He always tries to do the right thing even though it is really difficult at times. I feel like he is just one of those characters you can’t help but love and respect. Sure he’s not perfect and makes stupid mistakes at times, but overall he is genuinely good person. His relationship with Kyra is so sweet and slow burning. There isn’t a ton of romance in the story, but the little interaction between these two was done perfectly. Tristam was a great addition to the story and I just adored him.

Daughter of Dusk is a really great and entertaining read. I loved Midnight Thief and was really excited to enter back into the world Blackburne created. While I didn’t quite love this one as much as the first book, I did still really enjoy it. It is action packed and from page one I was instantly engrossed back into the story. The plot really thickened and kept me very intrigued the whole time. The characters were so much fun to get to know, and very easy to connect with. The romance was very subtle, but it was developed so well. The pacing was spot on all except for the ending. I felt that things seem a little rushed at the end. I may have felt this way due to the fact that for some reason I thought this was going to be a trilogy where in fact it is actually a dualogy. This was the final book and I guess I just wasn’t prepared for the story to end. It wasn’t a bad ending per say, but I felt like it could have been better. With that being said this was still an amazing read and I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys high fantasy!

Notable Scene:

“I don’t have to answer to you anymore,” Kyra said.

James actually laughed, though the laugh ended in a cough.

“And yet, you’re here. No, Kyra. If you’ve gone to this much trouble to speak to me, you want something from me. And unless you plan to add your own cuts to those your masters have decorated me with, then I’ll have something from you in return. Starting with the real reason why you came.”

Funny. Kyra had planned this breakin perfectly, from fashioning the keys to getting past the door guards. But here in this cell, her plans came up short. As she’d lain awake plotting, she’d known that she wanted to talk to James. But now she didn’t have the words.

“You’ve not given me away,” she said.

“Of course.” James’s eyes refocused on her face. “Your… surprising identity. Did you know what you were before the Demon Riders took you?”

Kyra didn’t answer.

“I’ll wager you didn’t. You didn’t have their bloodlust. And you still don’t.”

Midnight Thief Series:

0.5 Poison Dance

1. Midnight Thief

2. Daughter of Dusk


FTC Advisory: Disney-Hyperion provided me with a copy of Daughter of Dusk.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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