Thank you to Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House Children and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars 2) by Elizabeth Lim
Release Date: July 7th 2020
Tags: Fantasy | Young Adult | Chinese Inspired | Family | Demons
Trigger/Content Warnings: Violence | Mentions of Torture
Other books in this series I reviewed
Spin the Dawn
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.
Unravel the Dusk is the sequel to Spin the Dawn and the conclusion to the duology. I have to say that I am quite pleased this was a duology as it otherwise would have been quite dragged out and as it was the plot was just barely enough for this book.
The book starts us off very quickly after the ending of Spin the Dawn where Maia is still stuck at the palace, having to do the emperor’s bid. One of those things is to pretend to be the emperor’s bride-to-be which goes about as well as one could expect. From there on we move away we dive into the world and Maia’s mind.
I enjoyed this book as its conclusion to the duology but that doesn’t mean the book is without fault. One of the plot points surrounding Maia is that she is turning into a demon. We spend a lot of time in her mind repeating the same thoughts over and over again. It got a bit tiresome at some point.
What I did love was seeing more of her family present and getting to see more of a side character in the first book. It felt fitting for that person to go with them and learning a bit more about them.
All in all a good duology that I would suggest binge reading for the best satisfaction.