Review of Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

DaughterofDuskDaughter of Dusk
By: Livia Blackburne
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Print ARC
Source: Kelly from Effortlessly Reading

My Rating:

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?

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Midnight Thief so was very eager to see what would happen in Daughter of Dusk. I chose not to reread the first book so it did take me some time to remember the characters and exactly where the last story left off. After a few chapters though I was back into the Kyra’s story.

I felt that the pacing was a bit slower in this novel though I did enjoy what I was reading. It felt like it took a little long for the action to kick in. Kyra still struggled in this novel to come to terms with her dual nature and I found her difficulty in accepting herself to be one of the more interesting parts in the book. I also loved that we got to see more about what happened to Kyra’s parents. I also like that we see Tristam work on accepting Kyra and working to forgive/acknowledge her Makvani side.

I was a tad irritated that a good amount of the relationship side focused on the two with-holding information and not speaking plainly to one another. I know this happens in life but it is so frustrating to read about for me. I wanted to knock each of them on their heads and get them to speak. Perhaps because of this friction between the two characters I felt little to no chemistry between them. I remember liking them as a couple in the prior novel. I will say there was no love triangle if that was something you worried about.

In the first book and the prequel we got to know James fairly well. He wasn’t nearly as present in this book and I must say I missed him. He was one of my favorite characters because I loved that he was such a grey character.

We are given the opportunity to get a better feel for the Makvani and get more detail about their society. The same characters are present through this novel though we do get introduced to a few new people. Sadly, I didn’t make any sort of emotional connection to any of the side characters.

When we aren’t with the Makvani the story focused on Forge and the political scheming/unrest tearing the city apart. I found this to be moderately interesting but overall it made for a bit of a slower read for me. There’s a lot about Kyra not being of high enough class and to prove it I felt the author would through in some dialect/slang to show her as a street urchin. It never flowed for me and sort of pulled me from the story. I don’t mind class issues in books and this one felt fairly realistic to the characters but it wasn’t something I really loved about the story.

Final Thoughts:
I really looked forward to Daughter of Dusk and overall I found it an entertaining read. I didn’t like it as well as the first book but I was happy to learn more about Kyra and the other characters.


Review of Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Poison Dance: A NovellaPoison Dance
By: Livia Blackburne
Release Date: September 24th 2013
Publisher: Lion’s Quill Press
Source: Electronic copy

An electronic copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

James is skilled, efficient, and deadly, a hired blade navigating the shifting alliances of a deteriorating Assassin’s Guild. Then he meets Thalia, an alluring but troubled dancing girl who offers him a way out—if he’ll help her kill a powerful nobleman. With the Guild falling apart, it just might be worth the risk. But when you live, breathe, and love in a world that’s forever flirting with death, the slightest misstep can be poison.

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