Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim . Darker, desperate, very good but completely different from Spin the Dawn. Review

Synopsis

The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.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. 

 

Mini review

 

4,5 stars

 

« Sentur’na . Simply remembering the name brought a shiver racing down my spine. I didn’t know what that meant. Nor did I know how long I had left before my transformation. Once it happened, I’d never see my face in the mirror again. I’d never hear my name being called again.”

 

This book is completely different from Spin the Dawn.

 

It’s darker with a desperation to it as Maia is descending into darkness, fighting her inner demon.

There is much introspection here. Much thinking about what makes someone a monster. It was also heart wrenching to see her lose the battle and lose what made her identity very slowly while she courageously fought to still be Maia.

“My name is Maia,” I said to myself, over and over. My name is Maia Tamarin.”

 

I felt for Maia as she knew she was condemned to become a demon and it was a race to still save her country. Be useful, avoid another war and spare her father and family.

 

The love story between Maia and Edan was still present but took a definite backseat as Maia’s love for her family and her country took center point. I would have loved to see more of Edan yet his absence fit the tone of the book.

 

 

If there is action and a lot of battles it did not feel fast paced but rather steady paced. Due to said introspection I guess.

 

Maia is so far from the young and naïve girl who dreamed of being a tailor! She has seen ugliness -, she has fought and is now wiser. Stronger too as she now weaves her magic to battle evil instead of creating gowns.

 

It’s a story of loss, strength, self sacrifice and a reflection about what makes us humans and not monsters.

 

Have you read it? Or maybe Spin the Dawn?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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17 Replies to “Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim . Darker, desperate, very good but completely different from Spin the Dawn. Review”

  1. Definitely been curious about this series but I still can’t tell if it’s something I’d enjoy or not. Great review, Sophie! 😀

    1. I think it would lack something for you Lashaan…

  2. Tanya Atkinson says: Reply

    Interesting that this one felt so different from the first book and went so much darker and deeper. And awesome that there was so much change and growth in Maia.

    1. Yes I was really astonished Tanya!

  3. I love the idea of this series and have the first book on my wish list. I just might take the plunge and get book 1.

    1. I wonder what you’ll think of it Alexandra!

  4. I really need to pick up these books!

  5. I’ve been seeing this a lot in bookstagram, glad you liked it!! I haven’t read it tho, but it sounds interesting, I’m gonna look for the first book now!

    1. I hope you’ll love it Carolina!

  6. Fantastic review, Sophie! I loved the first book but haven’t gotten around to its sequel yet. I’m glad you loved it so much! 🙂

    1. I wonder what you will think of it Raven!

  7. Great review! I really enjoyed both books.

      1. You’re welcome!

  8. Great review! I have both books but am yet to read!!!

    1. Thank you Caro!

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