Title: Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars, #2)
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Release Date: 7th July 2020
Rating: 4/5 stars
Hello, lovely readers!
After being occupied with this book for nearly 4 months, I’m happy to say that I’ve finished it! This is not because the book was boring or overly complicated, but because I’ve been in a reading slump.
Spin the Dawn was the first book I’ve ever wanted immediately after seeing it, because of its gorgeous cover. As superficial and cliché as it sounds (yes I judged the book by its cover), I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the illustration.
After seeing Unravel the Dusk‘s cover, I knew I had to have it as well. Its colour scheme was the complete opposite of its prequel’s: shades of warm red mixed with white, compared to the first book’s cool shades of blue and black. The contrasting colours should have given any reader an indication of what to expect next.
Where Spin the Dawn was a magical fairytale, a poor girl using her skill and talent to win the handsome love interest’s heart, Unravel the Dusk was a grimmer tale. This book sports a darker tone, choosing to focus more on the aspects of what war does to a country than to woo the reader with magic and happily-ever-afters.
The writing has in no way undergone a downgrade. The author’s writing is lyrical and beautiful, weaving a tale as Maia Tamarin has woven dresses. The romance between Maia and Edan was heart-achingly sweet, but never distracting from the overarching story. Rather, it served to remind me about what Maia had to lose and made me root for her all the more.
The mythology fits perfectly into this book; I wanted to know more about Amana and the blood of stars. It created a stunning backdrop for an already beautiful story and only added to the richness of the tale.
If I could have asked for anything, I would have asked for some more development to Lady Sarnai’s character and some more of her history. She might be unlikable but no one would disagree with me when I said that she is an unmovable force of nature.
Maia was an incredibly strong and resilient protagonist. Even while knowing that she faces a terrible ending, she didn’t give up and gave her all to keep those she loves, safe. She is effortlessly selfless and I think that she deserved the happy ending she got.
Do you like fairytales more or do you prefer darker, more serious books?
Till we meet again!