Wednesday, July 22, 2015

[Review] Daughter of Dusk



Title: Daughter of Dusk

Series: Midnight Thief #2

Author: Livia Blackburne

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publishing: August 4, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads


SUMMARY -- 

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.


The Review.

NOTE: I read this right after Midnight Thief to keep the story fresh in my mind. You can find the review for midnight thief here.

Daughter of Dusk is a good sequel to Midnight Thief, a story I thoroughly enjoyed reading. However, as much as I did like the first of Kyra's story, I cannot say the same for its sequel. Upon glancing at the Goodreads page, I also found that there will not be a book after, which I find extremely disappointing.

In my Midnight Thief review, I compared it to the Throne of Glass series, but in Daughter of Dusk, that vibe has gone, which I'm slightly thankful for. The story seemed bland, and the more I continued reading, the more holes I found, and the more questions came up unanswered.

Kyra finds a jarring revelation as to who her parents are, but the author doesn't do much to continue it except the few reminders and comparisons to Kyra's being. I really would have liked to know more or seen more... Would have liked to find out what actually happened to her mother. But alas, I've become disappointed and never found out, and her parents were a lot more interesting than the actual story.

Again with Tristam and Kyra. Though their relationship doesn't seem forced, it still didn't seem all that natural. Like I said in my review of Midnight Thief, it seemed like the author just put that in there because a lot of readers are attracted to love interests or whatever.

Flick and Kyra; I love their relationship. It's actually, by far, the most solid relationship in the story.

Pashla and Kyra; as much as I love the attempted motherly relationship between them, it just wasn't as effective as it could have been. I mean, yeah, Pashla saved Kyra... multiple times, but there wasn't enough bonding that I, as a reader, went through to make that emotional connection to the character.

As a whole, the story was good, but not as great as it can be. It had a lot of potential to be a great and amazing story, but it unfortunately fell short for me. The ending of Daughter of Dusk was anticlimactic and unsatisfying, leaving me with more questions than answers. If anything, I'd really like a separate story (maybe not necessarily a novel, just a bunch of short stories or novelettes) explaining what happens in the aftermath. Is the threat of a corrupted council gone? What happened to the Guild? Does Kyra ever fully become accepted as one in both the clan and the humans? What of Lettie and Idalee? Do Kyra and Tristam pursue and live happily? Does Kyra ever strengthen her bond with her father? Does she find her mother? So many questions, so little answers.

I'm waiting for these answers. Hopefully, I don't wait long. 

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