Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Review: Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne

Daughter of Dusk (Midnight Thief #2) by Livia Blackburne
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Released: August 4th 2015
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Find it on 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. (from Goodreads)

I didn’t like Daughter of the Dusk as much as I liked Midnight Thief, but it was worth reading and wrapped most things up nicely (not sure if there will be more books in this series but I feel like things could end here if not).

Kyra was struggling with her Makvani side in this book. She was frightened to change into her cat form because she didn’t know if she would lose control and hurt someone. At the same time however, she was drawn to the other Makvani and wanted to know more about them and her heritage. I could understand her feelings - she wasn’t really on any side. The people she worked for at the Palace didn’t really trust her and the Makvani considered her an outsider because she was half human. I liked that she spent more time with the Makvani in this book and got to know more about them, as well as meet new members of the clan like Adele. The kittens also grew really attached to Lettie which I thought was really cute - they played together without any concerns. I also liked seeing Kyra in her cat form. She was capable of violence that she would never had been in her human form and she needed to accept that she had that darker side to her.

Things with Tristam were very complicated in this book too. He was going through marriage negotiations and Kyra, even though she had broken things off before they had started, couldn’t help but feel upset. She was low born and could never be more than a mistress to Tristam and that isn’t what either of them wanted. I was never a huge fan of Tristam but I feel like he developed a bit in this book and began to accept things and become more open minded. He was still a bit boring though. I don’t know. And the relationship was… I mean, at least it wasn’t just pure insta-love. I just think more could have happened.

My main problem with this book was the way James’s character was just wasted. There was potential to do so much with him, learn more about his past, have him escape and do things, but we ended up with nothing like that. It was such a waste! I wanted James to do something, to be involved, to interact with Kyra more. He was the leader of the Guild, he had connections everywhere, there was so much he could have done and ugh. It bothered me that his character was basically reduced to saying a few symbolic words to Kyra and that was it.

Plot-wise, I liked discovering more about Kyra’s past and her parents. I also hated Willem and was glad they were planning to bring him down. I do feel like a lot of it was a non-event though. Not much actually happened. Willem, the main villain didn’t feel like a huge threat. I mean, he needed to be taken down but I didn’t feel the urgency and excitement that perhaps I was supposed to. I did like seeing Flick and Adele become closer though I would have liked to know more about them. I also would have liked to have found out more about Kyra’s mother (though again, I don’t know if there’s going to be another book). I’m also not too sure how believable the ending was, but it was cute and I was on board.

Overall, this book wasn’t as good as the first in the series, but served as a decent sequel.

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