Saturday 29 August 2015

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne Review!

24378711Title: Daughter of Dusk
Series: Midnight Thief #2
Author: Livia Blackburne
Pages: 384
Published: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Netgalley
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.
My Thoughts:

I loved book 1 of this and eagerly awaiting this installment, so I was more than delighted to dive right in when I got it. Well, can I say that this is even better than the first! 

I found that Kyra grew so much during this one. She was always competent and capable but she is so much more here. She really grew up and has taken responsibility for who she is. She still struggles with the other side of her but at least she is trying to find out more about it and her family. She is still treated as an outsider by the palace people and the Demon Riders but her friends are her rock. There is only 3 people inside the palace that know about her, though one only suspects, but all hell is about to break loose and Kyras' loyalty is tested. 

Tristam is as awesome as ever! He knows Kyras secret and while he struggles to accept it, he knows that Kyra is, and always will be, Kyra, no matter what she may be. Both of them know that Tristam is from a high ranking family, so a relationship isn't possible, but it doesn't stop either of them from dreaming. But when Tristam is told that his match has been made, poor Kyra finally realises the truth of their situation. My heart broke for both of them because they obviously love each other, but their relationship isn't to be! 

The plot was really fast paced. Right from the start you are swept up into the story and carried away. Their is so much happening on every page that sometimes I just had to stop reading to absorb everything. We have the Demon Riders raids happening more often, the place intend on stopping them even if it means war, Tristam having to meet the woman he is going to marry, Idalee is beaten to within an inch of life and Kyra tries to get justice, Kyra is also trying to deal with the Demon Rider side of everything and being a go between the two groups, plus she is learning about her family and heritage! So as you can see, a lot happening between the pages!

Overall this was an action packed and engaging read. While I'm sad  to see this as a duology and had hoped from more, it's still a world that I won't easily forget. I loved everything about it and will definitely keep my eye on this author in future. Maybe we haven't seen the last of Kyra and Tristam, well, one can only hope ;) 

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