on May 30th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless. But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected. In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price. In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake -- a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.
I’ve been looking forward to reading Dark Breaks the Dawn ever since it was announced, so of course, I had high expectations. And it didn’t live up to them. There were three glaring issues that kept me from loving this book.
(1): The first issue was the world building was confusing. There’s a war between a kingdom with Light powers, which is related to the sun along with spring and summer, and a kingdom with Dark powers associated with the night and autumn and winter. These people have skin in various assorted colors like green, blue, copper, etc. Other characteristics like purple, silver, and so forth, eyes and hair. It feels very generic. Light vs Dark with a confusing world system.
(2): The second issue was the copy paste characters. I feel like I’ve read these characters before. Evelayn reminds me of the heroine from Defy. I don’t know why. The evil King Bain was just the archetype of every evil king out there. Angry, irrational, let’s-go-to-war-so-I-can-be-king-twice-over. The king’s family is on the edge of falling into the same pattern, but at least the princes are more interesting.
(3): The most annoying issue was the romance, specifically the love interest. I could not tolerate Lord Tanvir. Here’s your typical pretty, suffocatingly over-protective love interest. I just wanted him to go away because every time Evelayn tried to go into strong queen mode, Tanvir always has to be present, always has to catch her eye away from whatever she’s doing.
All the interesting events didn’t happen until around the last two or three chapters, so I’m not sure if I want to continue onto the next book. I liked Dark Breaks the Dawn, but it’s certainly a forgettable fantasy.