Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Review: Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Daughter of Dusk.  We received a copy of Livia Blackburne's book for an honest review.

About the 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.
Daughter of Dusk is the sequel to Blackburne's Midnight Thief.  You will want to read the first book not only to gather the background information, but to also see how the stories and characters progress.  This story begins not too long after the first book.  Kyra is trying to come to terms about what she is (Tristam seems to be hesitant about this too) and Tristam is trying to become accustomed to his newly demoted role.  The Demon Riders have been attacking Tristam's family home.  In order to protect and help his family, Tristam must do something that severely damages his relationship with Kyra.  The Head of the Council is also up to some dirty tricks that must be stopped.  Kyra may have to collaborate with James in order to protect the city that she loves.  Kyra must turn into something that she eventually hated in James.  She also digs more into her past in order to find out where she comes from.  This story is action packed and I loved the ending(I laughed out loud about Tristam being demoted...again).  You will also read about some of the familiar characters and meet some new friends along the way!
Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while she was a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neuroscience of reading acquisition in children. Upon graduation, she switched to writing full time. Livia still blogs about the intersection of literature and neuroscience.

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