Unravel the Dusk eARC Review

 

 

Unravel the Dusk  (The Blood of Stars, #2)

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GoodReads:
Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.

YA fantasy readers will love the sizzling forbidden romance, mystery, and intrigue of Unravel the Dusk.

My Review

Review for Spin the Dawn, here.

Pretty much my favorite duology of all time after reading this breathtaking book. Lim wove us back into the gorgeous land of A’landi and gave us Maia where we left her, in a position to lose herself to becoming a demon. The impending marriage of Lady Sarnai to the Emperor is upon the palace, the three dresses were made, now it is time to move forward to peace.

Of course, the journey of a hero/heroine never did go smoothly. Maia is dealing with things coming apart at the seams and desperately trying to keep it all together and achieve peace for her land and family while trying to ignore the demon inside.

I really loved watching Maia try to figure out what was her and what was the demon, and to watch her slowly lose grip on her sense of self. Maybe it’s because I felt sort of a kindred spirit in her demon side I really enjoyed this, but I still loved Maia’s heart, her kind soul under it all.

The love story is not the main aspect, and that’s probably another reason I enjoyed it so much, I can be very much anti-romance sometimes but this had the perfect balance in the couple and again they weren’t the focus.

This story is about Maia, it’s about keeping true to herself, to protect everyone she loves and the land that holds them. The sacrifices that she’s willing to make just make my heart clench in my chest for her, I love Maia.

Sarnai is still around and though there’s much I can admire and respect about her, there are still so many instances where I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her. I thought that she developed really well and had a fantastic arc.

Edan isn’t in it as much but I still adore every time he appears on the page and every single interaction he was with Maia.

The writing style is near perfection for this reader, I wanted to lose myself in this book and never return back to reality I was so invested in Maia’s journey and her character growth from Spin the Dawn to the end of this is magnificent.

I found in this the story that I needed to be satisfied with Maia and Edan’s ending and though at times it seemed like Maia’s demonic ‘powers’ were easily used to help escape situations, I also felt that the mental and emotional sacrifices she had to make were the balance of that.

The ending was beautiful, and I’ll leave it at that so I don’t give away any spoilers. A Full review to be posted on my blog soon. Thanks for the free book, @PRHGlobal @prhinternational and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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