Review: Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

beautifuldaughterofduskcoverDaughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

Book 2 in the Midnight Thief World

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads:

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 Review

I read this book in two days. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t care what was going on all I wanted to do was read this book. Kyra is a great character. Strong, loyal, compassionate, and willing to walk though fire for the people she loves. In this book Kyra is torn between two worlds her human and her Makvani(Demon Cat)self. I can understand Kyra’s desire to know about the Makvani and her real family. Who wouldn’t want to know where they came from? I loved finding out more about Kyra’s past. Kyra is also very scared of her cat self and she doesn’t know how to control herself then in cat form. I understand Kyra’s frustrations and hatred for the palace. Allowing the rich to get away with atrocities committed on the poor and helpless is horrible. The palace is so corrupt that it is easy for me to side with James sometimes. James is in jail and knows Kyra’s secret that she is part Makvani. Kyra is still drawn to James even after everything and I am not surprised. He hates the way the palace runs the city and wants to change it just like Kyra. But James’ way includes a lot of innocent blood spilled and Kyra just couldn’t live with herself doing it his way in book 1. I really love James. James is the only bad guy who ever won me to his side well sometimes. I was happy to get more scenes from James PoV. I really loved the prequel novella that was written from his PoV and loved getting some more time in his head. Tristam is loyal, honorable, and a brilliant strategist and I love his character. Tristam is also keeping a secret from Kyra and it is putting a strain on their relationship.After what happened to Tristam’s friends he is having trusting the Makvani and struggling with his attraction with Kyra.Tristam and Kyra’s romance was a rocky and sometimes not their road at all in this book. My only complaint is this book needed more romance between Kyra and Tristam. I felt their connection and loved them together but I wanted more. More scenes together. More kissing and embracing. I loved seeing more of the demon cats and really grew to love and understand them. I was so happy to see more of Pashla. I really loved her in book 1.

My hatred for Willem reached major highs in this book. I was all for handing him over to James with a dagger and a bunch of silver hair pins. This world is very grey. I don’t know who’s side to take. This is one of the most grey books I have ever read. I loved Kyra’s brother Flick and was happy to get his PoV.  I hope the author writes more books in this world. There is just so much she can do. Betrayal, power, love. loyalty, friendship , and understanding others collide in this action packed heart-stopping sequel.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content Rating: PG

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