When I read Midnight Thief, the first book in this pair, I wasn’t terribly impressed. When I reread it before attempting the sequel, I enjoyed it a little more. You definitely need to read these books in order, but if you have already read and enjoyed Midnight Thief, I think you will enjoy Daughter of Dusk. I think this is a book that younger YA readers will enjoy more than older ones.
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.
While Kyra’s conflicts are the same as before (her heritage, the inequality among the classes, her past with James and the assassin’s guild), the issues have shifted slightly after the events in the first book and still hold enough interest to move the story arc and character development forward. While many readers will be excited to know that the romance that started with Tristam’s rescue of Kyra in the first book continues to develop in the second, they should be prepared for a sweet rather than passionate love story. I was surprised to learn that this is the last book featuring these characters, but it did mean that the resolution at the end was an actual resolution of the conflicts. While the book is technically everything it should be, it didn’t resonate with me. I did enjoy the fact that Kyra grew to better understand James and his perspective on the way the world works, but she doesn’t ever really learn to control the impulsive actions that initiate most of her personal battles. Tristam, too, had the potential to be a new book crush, but he just seemed to be going through the motions. While I equate the characters and plot with the word “lukewarm,” I do think that the actual target audience will be more impressed, particularly those on the younger end of the scale.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.