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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Unravel the Dusk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is good! This is better! This is soooo sooo much better than the first book! My favorite tailor after Coco Chanel is back! And she is struggling not to turn into a completely demon to run for any political carriers and keep her gold heart to protect her family and her love of her life, Edan. So yes, at the end of the first book, Maia’s identity has been revealed, her mask already fell down. Everybody knows she is not his brother. She is she and she is talented. But what they don’t know that This is good! This is better! This is soooo sooo much better than the first book! My favorite tailor after Coco Chanel is back! And she is struggling not to turn into a completely demon to run for any political carriers and keep her gold heart to protect her family and her love of her life, Edan. So yes, at the end of the first book, Maia’s identity has been revealed, her mask already fell down. Everybody knows she is not his brother. She is she and she is talented. But what they don’t know that she’s slowly conquered by dark elements and she needs to fight back with those demons and their voices in her head! What are the differences of the first book from the first one: Our gold-hearted, talented, brave, smart girl Maia grew up, instead of using her magic to create amazing dresses, she’s using her skills to fight at the war zone or against the empowering demon voices which are about to conquer her mind completely. She is tougher, more powerful, more exhausted, sad, depressed. Unfortunately we don’t see much Edan till the second half of the book. We caught glimpses him which makes us sing “man in the mirror”. He lost most of his magic and he is a little passive and overshadowed by bravery and strength of Maia but when I read the ending I got the reason because this book is a quite feminism manifesto with its determined, powerful, smart, focused on mission, leader heroines. I wasn’t a big fan of Lady Sarnai and I wanted to punch her face so many times at the first book but the author thankfully found another way to punish her at the beginning of this one. And slowly I started to empathize and surprisingly like her a little bit. Epic war scenes were exciting, heart throbbing, nail biter, seat jumper kind of full with so many powerful action scenes so this book’s pace is faster. We already know all the characters. We know there is a big war not only between the emperors but also between the demons. Big question is will Maia sacrifice herself for the good of her country and her loved ones? Because when she is full possessed by the demon, there is no returning back, she is going to lose all her memories and her humanity by turning into a monster! I prayed so many times that she could find her way to get rid of the curse. I cried, jumped, spilled my drink, poured more, drank more, read more and…. Nope, mouth is zipped again! I can only say thank you should get ready for one of the best written, emotional, riveting, heart wrenching, magical fantasy books of 2020. This is fantastic combination of Eastern folklore and traditional tales and of course fairy tale elements. I’m giving all my five moony tears, sun kissed, epic journey stars! Another powerful ending and I cannot wait to read more of this gifted author may use the words as her palette and create vivid, colorful, remarkable portraits! And let’s give a long applause for this remarkable, fantastic cover! The design is magnificent! So much thanks to NetGalley and Random House’s Children to share this fantastic sequel with me in exchange my honest review. And of course Elizabeth Lim, thank you so much to present us this memorable, exciting, surprising, magical journey! blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    “I will stay by your side until the fire in the sun grows cold and the light of the moon is no more. Until time blots out the stars.” So I started reading this at the wrong time. I was busy and didn't have the time to give this book the attention it deserved, so I put it on hold. When I eventually could pick it up again I found it easier to be absorbed into the writing like I did with Spin the Dawn. I love Elizabeth Lim's descriptions and easy flow. While reading, I could clearly picture ever “I will stay by your side until the fire in the sun grows cold and the light of the moon is no more. Until time blots out the stars.” So I started reading this at the wrong time. I was busy and didn't have the time to give this book the attention it deserved, so I put it on hold. When I eventually could pick it up again I found it easier to be absorbed into the writing like I did with Spin the Dawn. I love Elizabeth Lim's descriptions and easy flow. While reading, I could clearly picture everything and I think this series would make a brilliant film adaptation. I sincerely hope the film rights for these books gets picked up. Nudge nudge. I'm looking at you Netflix! 👀 In terms of pacing, this book is different to Spin the Dawn. The stakes were higher, and Maia is trying her best to cling to her humanity. I was terrified for her and just wanted my girl to be okay! Maia and Ammi's friendship was a welcomed addition. I love Ammi and I love how she stood by Maia side through everything. Another person I came to really like was Lady Sarnai. I had almost lost hope that we wouldn't learn more about Lady Sarnai, a character I've always been really curious about, but we did! Not as much as I'd like but at least we got more page time with her. Because of Maia's curse and the state of the nation, we didn't get as much Edan-Maia time. Makes me sad but I still love these two dearly. There were still some cute moments that made me smile but mostly I was just concerned for how these two would make it out to the end unscathed. I enjoyed learning more about the history of this fantasy world, every legend and story, every bit of Chinese culture that was stitched into this world — I loved it! This is what YA fantasy needs. The ending was a little predictable, which isn't a bad thing, it was a perfect conclusion to this duology. ‹ Thank you to Knopf Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review ›

  3. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    rounding up because ELs writing weaves some of the most elegant and colourful tapestries of story i have ever read. its really the saving grace of this book - i actually got a little emotional reading some of the passages towards the end. there is just something so effortless and beautiful about ELs writing, even when the story/content is actually quite dark and depressing. i also love that this is a duology - i will praise any story that takes advantage of strengths of a duology (good length, g rounding up because ELs writing weaves some of the most elegant and colourful tapestries of story i have ever read. its really the saving grace of this book - i actually got a little emotional reading some of the passages towards the end. there is just something so effortless and beautiful about ELs writing, even when the story/content is actually quite dark and depressing. i also love that this is a duology - i will praise any story that takes advantage of strengths of a duology (good length, good pacing, good room for development, etc), which this does. that being said, if i were to take these things away, would i have loved this as much as ‘spin the dawn?’ no, probably not. it would definitely be closer to a 3.5-4 star rating. the things i loved about the first book are missing from this as the focus of the story has changed - there is no competition, there is no adventure, there is no edan and maia. this sequel focuses on war and magic. which is fine. it makes sense that the story goes in this direction. i just prefer the content of the first book more. overall, this conclusion is satisfying enough for me that i dont have any real complaints. would i reread this? not the entire book, no. but there are so many sentences and paragraphs i marked that i will forever go back to. ↠ 4.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    may ➹

    — see my review of book 1, Spin the Dawn Unravel the Dusk follows Maia Tamarin after the events of Spin the Dawn. I can’t describe much of the plot lest I spoil what happens, but Maia is forced to grapple with darkness and cling to her humanity before she becomes something worse. The demons and enemies she faced in the previous book are ever-present in this book, and with epic battles and heartfelt reunions, I should have loved this book. Sadly, that was not the case. My issue with this sequel was — see my review of book 1, Spin the Dawn Unravel the Dusk follows Maia Tamarin after the events of Spin the Dawn. I can’t describe much of the plot lest I spoil what happens, but Maia is forced to grapple with darkness and cling to her humanity before she becomes something worse. The demons and enemies she faced in the previous book are ever-present in this book, and with epic battles and heartfelt reunions, I should have loved this book. Sadly, that was not the case. My issue with this sequel was that I, simply, did not care. About anything. Perhaps if I had read this at another time, I might have loved it, but I didn’t connect to Maia at all and wasn’t too invested to see how her story would end. I also typically enjoy the “descent into darkness” type of character arcs—though I’m biased because I’ll always want the character to actually crave the darkness and not try to fight it—but for some reason, this time it didn’t work for me. Maia’s internal conflict felt so repetitive to me; there was no growth over the course of the book and it was essentially the same thought process over and over. This was made especially worse with her “narration” of what she thought or knew was going to happen—it was like foreshadowing, except you were told it instead of it being subtly hinted, and it made the plot lose all its suspense. Magic was the blood of stars falling from the sky, the song of my enchanted scissors—eager to make a miracle out of thread and hope. If you loved Spin the Dawn for its romance, you might be in for a disappointment with this sequel. Edan doesn’t show up until halfway through the book, and even then his connection with Maia didn’t feel as deep as it was in the first book. This might not have been an issue, since I do think the main focus of this book was meant to be Maia rather than her relationships with any of the other characters, but unfortunately it made the ending feel shallow to me. Aside from Maia, it didn’t feel like any of the characters went through much development. Edan essentially was there to be a love interest to Maia (and he actually had a setback that would have been so interesting to explore!), so that made both him and the romance feel very stagnant. The other side characters also fell flat. I recognize that this book was meant to mainly focus on Maia, but I still wished that the other characters got some love too. Because if you were like me and didn’t care about Maia, the lack of side character development meant you also didn’t care about any of the other characters. Finally, my last complaint with this book was its ending. I don’t really know where I stand on it, in terms of what I actually wanted to happen between the two options presented, but I didn’t like either of them. (view spoiler)[Either she died and stayed dead, or was revived for her happy ending with Edan. I’m annoying and I hate happy endings that are unrealistic, and to me, the revival was unrealistic. But I also hate when main characters are killed off without a good conclusion to their arc, and if she had stayed dead, her arc would have been incomplete. (hide spoiler)] So I’m conflicted! But I know for sure that I wasn’t happy with the conclusion. Whatever history remembered of us, whether it likened us to the sun and the moon—only permitted to meet once a year—or simply to a boy and a girl touched by the stars, fate had danced to bring us together. So far, it looks like Unravel the Dusk is receiving mostly positive feedback, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, if you will! There’s a chance that my indifference towards this book might be on the book itself, but it’s more likely that this was a personal issue. Elizabeth Lim’s writing is still gorgeous as ever, and of course the Asian-inspired worldbuilding and mythology was beautiful. I also appreciated the themes of female strength and power that shone through with Maia and another character. But unfortunately, Unravel the Dusk just really did not work for me. Perhaps the worst thing was that I didn’t even feel a particular sadness about it disappointing me—because that was how little I cared. I’ll still be looking forward to Elizabeth Lim’s future books, though, and I’m excited to see what she can cook up next. :: representation :: all-Asian cast (Chinese-coded) :: content warnings :: violence, death/murder, imprisonment, torture, depictions of blood Thank you to Knopf for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a spot on this blog tour! This did not affect my opinions in any way. All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    #1 Spin the Dawn — 3.75 Stars #2 Unravel the Dusk — 2 Stars I’m all for independence and women empowerment, but much of this book was Maia going rogue, and it was FAR from fun. She was battling with herself from becoming a demon, and we just followed her around (isolated and alone) solving one problem to the next, refusing any help lest she’d hurt the people she cared about (which would be fine if she hadn’t clearly needed one), while ocassionally telling her inner demon to f*ck off. I didn’t feel #1 Spin the Dawn — 3.75 Stars #2 Unravel the Dusk — 2 Stars I’m all for independence and women empowerment, but much of this book was Maia going rogue, and it was FAR from fun. She was battling with herself from becoming a demon, and we just followed her around (isolated and alone) solving one problem to the next, refusing any help lest she’d hurt the people she cared about (which would be fine if she hadn’t clearly needed one), while ocassionally telling her inner demon to f*ck off. I didn’t feel emotional connection to any of the characters. The characterisation was seriously lacking. We didn’t get to see much of the other characters apart from the surface level interactions. Even Edan didn’t appear until almost halfway through the book, and when he did, he was practically useless. I would’ve loved if we had other POVs (Edan’s and Lady Sarnai’s) to contend with. The plot itself, I did not care, for I was sure we didn’t have any until the last 25%. Even then it was contrived and lacked tension. Also, there’s the matter of the magic itself, which we never really gotten to know of, its power and limitations. Overall, the nature of this book was heavier and darker than Spin the Dawn. It wasn’t exactly a fault, but it was certainly a problem when it failed to hold my attention. I probably sound harsh and mean, but whatever. (Read as an Audiobook)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joel Rochester

    i just didn't care about anyone, or anything. Lady Sarnai was perhaps the most interesting character of this duology but I felt her role was just... nothing. they could've done so much more with her character arc and the wider commentary about women in society but... nope. i'm so disappointed ugh i just didn't care about anyone, or anything. Lady Sarnai was perhaps the most interesting character of this duology but I felt her role was just... nothing. they could've done so much more with her character arc and the wider commentary about women in society but... nope. i'm so disappointed ugh

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

    I thought this was a great sequel, and I especially liked the last scene! This book felt very fast paced (almost too fast?) but I’d prefer that over something so slow it’s dragging lol. I remember in book one I wasn’t super crazy about the romance, but I think I forgot enough of what happened in Spin the Dawn for it not to bother me in this one haha. Either way, I’m happy I finished this duology!

  8. 5 out of 5

    nuin giliath

    Spin the Dawn - ★★★★★ Unravel the Dusk - ★★✬☆☆ This was not what I anticipated at all and I was left with very mixed feelings. Despite its flaws, I loved the first installment of this series and was hoping for more of the same here. Instead, Unravel the Dusk put aside many of the fun and entertaining aspects from that book in favor of slightly darker and more serious plotlines. It felt like the author wanted to tell a more mature story with higher stakes and greater tension. To her credit, this wa Spin the Dawn - ★★★★★ Unravel the Dusk - ★★✬☆☆ This was not what I anticipated at all and I was left with very mixed feelings. Despite its flaws, I loved the first installment of this series and was hoping for more of the same here. Instead, Unravel the Dusk put aside many of the fun and entertaining aspects from that book in favor of slightly darker and more serious plotlines. It felt like the author wanted to tell a more mature story with higher stakes and greater tension. To her credit, this was a little less formulaic than its predecessor - even though it did still rely on fairly easy solutions. However, my main disappointments were the overwhelmed plot, the lack of character and relationship developments, and the minimal explanation regarding the magic that became such a major component here. Before getting into my criticisms, I want to first address the positive qualities: • I still enjoyed the writing style and could easily read several chapters in one sitting. • Some of the secondary characters from the first book were brought back and it was great getting to see them again. • The Asian-inspired elements and mythology were always well-done and one of my favorite aspects of these books. • There was also a recurring theme of women taking charge, making their own decisions, and choosing to follow their dreams which I highly appreciated. • While the first 75% was rather rocky, I really liked the last few chapters as they were the most reminiscent of the first book. • I also enjoyed the final battle (deus ex machina and all) along with how everything was wrapped up at the end. Now for what I didn't like… Throughout much of this book, Maia put a lot of unnecessary pressure on herself as she seemed convinced that she was the only one capable of doing anything that might resolve the various conflicts. Because of this belief, she kept isolating herself, lied to everyone, and tried to solve all of the problems on her own. I wish there had been a more positive message featured about seeking out help from others and not feeling like you have to take on the world all by yourself. Since Maia decided that it's up to her to do everything, there ended up being multiple storylines happening all at once. Unlike Spin the Dawn, which had three pretty distinct sections within the same story, Unravel the Dusk felt like one continuous slog as Maia dealt with one problem after another. The frequent action scenes often felt chaotic and I struggled to absorb everything that was occurring in them. Not only that, but the whole mood of the story was tense and even hostile at times. I could have handled the heavier tone and numerous plotlines better with more light-hearted moments to break up the monotony and alleviate some of the tension. I had really enjoyed Maia and Edan in the first book and was looking forward to seeing them continue to develop as both individuals and as a couple. Sadly, the state that the characters were left in at the end of the last book was pretty much where they started and stayed during this one. Edan, who had been one of my favorite characters from book one, was absent for the first half and then did next to nothing the rest of the time. He was so crippled by blind devotion to Maia that it completely ruined his character for me. On the other hand, Maia went back and forth over whether she even wanted to involve him in her various battles. I just don't understand her claim to love him while repeatedly keeping him at arm's length when he was so desperate to help her. On the few occasions when their relationship was brought to the forefront, the countless declarations of love never felt earned. There was never any real conflict between them which might result in growth. Instead their relationship remained stagnant. Considering that the first book had been relatively light when it came to the world building, I expected further exploration of the world and explanation of its magic system to occur here. Unfortunately, that never happened. This book mainly focused on the demons and ghosts that played a more crucial role than previously. However, by the end I was still left feeling uncertain about their abilities and the limitations regarding their magic. I never understood why certain things happened (or didn't), the differences between the "good" magic of the gods and the "evil" magic of the demons, or the whole amulet aspect. As with many of the disappointing elements, there was definitely potential here, but I just wasn't satisfied with the minimal explanations provided. This duology should have been a trilogy with more time available to devote to the additional development of characters, their relationships, and the world. If you found Spin the Dawn too predictable or boring, you might like this change of pace. However, if you're like me, this may not satisfy your desire for a continuation of what made the first book so enjoyable. Final rating: 2.5 *e-ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* ------------------------------------ Just when I had thought I'd been overlooked when they were handing out ARCs...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    I liked this better than book one. And I still didn't love it. In this book, the stakes are raised, the characters (mostly Maia because Edan doesn't grow and no other character actually matters) have to find a way to keep the peace and save the land from the greed of both men and demons.  Unfortunately, I just didn't care all that much. About anything that happened. For me to enjoy a book, I have to care about the things happening in it. In order to care about the events, I have to care about the c I liked this better than book one. And I still didn't love it. In this book, the stakes are raised, the characters (mostly Maia because Edan doesn't grow and no other character actually matters) have to find a way to keep the peace and save the land from the greed of both men and demons.  Unfortunately, I just didn't care all that much. About anything that happened. For me to enjoy a book, I have to care about the things happening in it. In order to care about the events, I have to care about the characters its all happening to. And I didn't. I didn't care for Maia or Edan (although I do still like him), and I didn't care for what they did or how they did it. Maybe it was because I didn't get the sense that there was too much development with them. Even Maia, pretty much remains the same, despite her impending transformation. I would have wanted her to give in to the darkness a little more, but then again, I do love a good descent into darkness story.  Edan was absent half the time, and when he did show up he didn't really do much. I didn't care much about the plot either and that in part had to do with the writing. The writing isn't necessarily bad. It's just very plain. It doesn't let you assume things. It doesn't let you figure things out about the plot or the characters. It simply tells you. And then it tells you again in case you missed it. The book lacked suspense, it lacked tension because of it. Lastly, I didn't love the ending. I think this should have been a trilogy instead of just the two books. The characters would have had more time to develop. The story and the world would have had more time to be fleshed out and explored. The ending wouldn't have felt so unsatisfying, perhaps. In the end, this just wasn't for me. If you loved Spin the Dawn, you might also love this one. If you didn't love book one or felt ambivalent towards the whole thing, then maybe don't bother reading this book. Then again, this book has gotten mostly positive reviews so far so you might actually like it. **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I loved the end and Edam, but I just don’t much care for the book. I’ll trade in the first one as well since I have it on kindle. Getting tired of a lot of ya and books in general 😳 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    You probably remember me being completely starry-eyed over Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim last year I've been thoroughly counting down the day still this gorgeous sequel was in my hands. It's full of high stakes, demons, starcrossed lovers, and Maia discovering who she really is: tailor or monster or girl. This is a tale of magic, bloodshed, and destiny. What I really loved about book one was the magic, and I'm so glad this sequel deeply explored the magical powers of the dresses Maia completed in You probably remember me being completely starry-eyed over Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim last year I've been thoroughly counting down the day still this gorgeous sequel was in my hands. It's full of high stakes, demons, starcrossed lovers, and Maia discovering who she really is: tailor or monster or girl. This is a tale of magic, bloodshed, and destiny. What I really loved about book one was the magic, and I'm so glad this sequel deeply explored the magical powers of the dresses Maia completed in book one. She made three dresses from: (1) the laughter of the sun (2) the tears of the moon, and (3) the blood of the stars. Now we get to see what these dresses DO. And their power is dark and fathomless. But there's a catch Maia didn't anticipate -- she poured herself into the dresses as she tailored them, so they're not just garments. They are part of her. Their power is hers.And what is she going to do with it? Demons. Enchanters. Emperors. So the story takes off basically where the last one left off: Edan is gone and Maia is finally imperial tailor (they know she's a woman) and the emperor is set to marry Lady Sarnai (who hates him). War is imminent if this marriage is not successful. Maia just wants everyone to DO THEIR JOB. She is so tired and stressed and sick of losing people. Her family. Her love. Her dreams. And she sacrificed a lot in book 1, so we're seeing the repercussions there. I really love books about monstrous curses, demons, and fighting your inner darkness, so this was excellent. Maia's dark side is now seeping into her life and she has no idea if she'll lose who she is entirely. I did miss Edan a lot -- the humour and wit of Maia/Edan's relationship isn't in this one -- but we have such high stakes and moments of heartbreak and valiance, I think the more serious tone sat well with the story. And Edan is still such a soft dork someone called him a cowherd's son and he's like: "Rude???? I mean it's true but also rude." I love him so much. A powerful finale. We have wars, battles, and impossible stakes all through this book. It's here to keep your heart in your mouth as you have no idea what the fate of the universe will be. Can monstrous people do good? How do you hold onto yourself when you've sacrificed your soul to save those you love? There's war, destruction, gorgeous displays of magic, and aching hearts. This is a powerful, blood-soaked finale of magic dresses and demon girls.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    Buddy Read with Maya, Laura, and Mina. This book broke me in so many ways🥺😭 Maia and Edan. I love those two so much, though Edan didn’t appear as much as I wanted him to, I still loved seeing the independence and strength in Maia when he wasn’t around. And when Edan was there.... “I’d find you anywhere, xitara”. Xitara. In Old A’landan, it meant little lamb. But also something else—in a language I’d never learned. “Brightest one,” I whispered. Brightest one, in Nelrat, the language Edan had grown u Buddy Read with Maya, Laura, and Mina. This book broke me in so many ways🥺😭 Maia and Edan. I love those two so much, though Edan didn’t appear as much as I wanted him to, I still loved seeing the independence and strength in Maia when he wasn’t around. And when Edan was there.... “I’d find you anywhere, xitara”. Xitara. In Old A’landan, it meant little lamb. But also something else—in a language I’d never learned. “Brightest one,” I whispered. Brightest one, in Nelrat, the language Edan had grown up speaking. ^That’s my heart melting seeing their reunion.🥺 Lady Sarnai is also someone I deeply respect. After all she’s been through, I really do admire her strength and like her a lot. Honestly, this story could’ve also been told through her POV since she was around a lot of the main action and very crucial to their victory. (view spoiler)[I cried when Lord Xina was killed in front of her by the shansen. And then even after that happens, she manages to stay strong and ready to fight to the end. (hide spoiler)] I take back anything I thought before about her. She’s a true leader. And Ammi!!! I actually kind of forgot who Ammi was, but then the first few chapters reminded me of her being the maid that helped Maia during the tailor’s competition. I didn’t think she was that important, dismissing her as ‘just another maid’, but Ammi actually is awesome. She’s such a loyal friend to Maia even after finding out that she was fooled into thinking Maia was a boy. The brief adventure between them was really sweet.🥰 I held so much hatred towards Emperor Khanujin. I wanted him to die so badly.👿 (view spoiler)[But it’s like when he finally did die…...it didn’t feel victorious at all and really it’s like Maia said -> he was cruel and all, but in the end, he cared about his country and stayed to fight for it until the end of his life. He’s still a jerk though. (hide spoiler)] And I loved the mention of the title in the book: I am lucky, Edan. I know that for every dawn, dusk must unravel its darkness. Woah. Now I get why the title is called Unravel the Dusk. Big Brain Moment.👌 One thing for sure, I definitely loved Spin the Dawn more. This sequel was great and all, even making me cry towards the end (view spoiler)[Maia seeing her mother and two brothers and then Lord Xina’s death (Idk why i cried for that one considering he was barely in the story, but it made me sad😭) (hide spoiler)] , but I didn't like the lack of Edan and that there wasn’t much focus on the other side characters--it was only on Maia. Though I do understand Maia is the MC, so of course she’d be the main focus, but I was hoping for more development with Edan and maybe Lady Sarnai. Then there were some parts that just felt underwhelming in general...I still enjoyed this book but I was expecting more??? Especially after loving the first book so much. Kinda disappointing ngl. Ahh still, the Weaver and the Cowherd....what a beautiful tale woven from the two.⭐🌙🔆 Then the sea engulfed me, and I burst to flames. And I suddenly realized what form I’d taken: a phoenix, meant to rise again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    Actual rating: 3,5 This was enjoyable conclusion to a series. Full review to come. It is my fault I waited too long to read this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi⁷ ♠

    dangggg this cover came out ready to slap everyone with beauty

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace A

    This was a very fast-paced, action-packed, exciting read. In the first book, Maia, the main character, was timid, shy, and leaned heavily on Edan, the enchanter for her success. In this second book, she had to learn to be strong, brave, and fight all on her own. Her battles were many, fighting the demons taking over her insides, while fleeing from the emperor and his soldiers. The odds of mortals fighting demons and ghosts and winning was close to none, but with the little good and love left in h This was a very fast-paced, action-packed, exciting read. In the first book, Maia, the main character, was timid, shy, and leaned heavily on Edan, the enchanter for her success. In this second book, she had to learn to be strong, brave, and fight all on her own. Her battles were many, fighting the demons taking over her insides, while fleeing from the emperor and his soldiers. The odds of mortals fighting demons and ghosts and winning was close to none, but with the little good and love left in her, Maia and Princess Sarnai led the battle against a formidable foe and lived to tell the tale. It was quite an enjoyable read. 3.5 stars!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    SPIN THE DAWN was one of my favourite novels from 2019, so I was really excited to get to the sequel! However, it should be noted that I did think that the first book could've been a standalone, so I wasn't wholly sure how I'd like the story going forward. For the most part, I did really enjoy it. But I do think it lacked that certain aspect across the board which SPIN THE DAWN such a wonderful read. Looking at the reviews of my mutuals, it seems I'm not alone here. From the get-go, I wasn't too b SPIN THE DAWN was one of my favourite novels from 2019, so I was really excited to get to the sequel! However, it should be noted that I did think that the first book could've been a standalone, so I wasn't wholly sure how I'd like the story going forward. For the most part, I did really enjoy it. But I do think it lacked that certain aspect across the board which SPIN THE DAWN such a wonderful read. Looking at the reviews of my mutuals, it seems I'm not alone here. From the get-go, I wasn't too big on the demon aspect introduced at the end of SPIN THE DAWN, which is almost the core of the narrative in this sequel. It just . . . felt slightly off-kilter to me. It's been a long time since I read the first book, but I'm wondering whether foreshadowing/narrative threads were woven in early enough, because it felt sudden and it still feels sudden, in this second book. Or maybe there's just a slight dissonance of the ideas to me, from a tailoring competition to suddenly the heroine slowly becoming a demon. Maia's entire character arc in book two was all about her resisting the change and staying human, but at points it felt very repetitive. Be a demon and save people? Be a demon and hurt people? Repress demon and stay human? Circles, I'm saying. Also, I did feel like this sequel wasn't as fleshed out in some places as it could've been - for instance, Edan's role becomes . . . sidelined, perhaps? He's still important but he seems to become very much just the love interest here, whereas in book one he had much more presence. Nevertheless! It's remarkable how much elizabeth lim actually fits into 350 pages whilst ensuring the book doesn't feel too fast-paced or markedly under-developed. The sequel has mostly an overarching war narrative, but it was also impressive how it all wrapped up in 50 or so pages at the end. In fact . . . I completely missed the moment that Maia 'triumphs' over the antagonist because it happened so quickly that I wasn't completely cognisant of what was happening, and there wasn't a clear dramatic build-up happening; it was like a snap of the fingers. Frankly, this probably could've been a trilogy, as this book contained narrative points that are common within the second and third books of a series, but also side-steps second-book syndrome by not drawing out the narrative (that's the wonderful thing about duologies, I suppose). The things I liked about UNRAVEL THE DUSK remain similar to the reasons why I liked book one: a) a gorgeous world; b) lovely writing; c) an excellent cast. It's because of all these aspects continuing over from book one that I liked this sequel steadily. And yet. I really thought this second book could've been an excellent companion novel centred on Lady Sarnai. Once again, I am here to say Lady Sarnai is a really fascinating character whose potential is not fully explored. Also, from a narrative standpoint, Sarnai's story in this book is interesting - she flees her arranged marriage, and then has to face her father, who is the narrative antagonist. It almost writes itself. In another world, SPIN THE DAWN would've been about Maia, and UNRAVEL THE DUSK would've been about Lady Sarnai, and maybe there would've been no demon narrative to draw the series out to two books. sorry this really makes it seem like I hate the demon narrative ... I don't, but I'm just not fully convinced on it. I feel like this review errs more on the critical side, but it shouldn't be overlooked that I read this book in just over 24 hours because I found it very well-paced and readable. The ending was cute - if a little quick, I thought - and definitely on the sweeter side than the more realistic and practical side, but I don't think that will bother anyone. this duology really is a very worthwhile read - SPIN THE DAWN remains superior in my opinion, but many people will be satisfied by this conclusion. I do urge people to read this series, and Elizabeth Lim's future releases are on my radar. > 4 stars thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review! <3

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Waworga

    Spin The Dawn was one of my favorite YA Fantasy book on 2019, been pretty much excited with the sequel.. it was a good conclusion but it felt pale compares to the previous book Unravel The Dusk is so much darker and got so much action and battles, it follows Maia and her struggle to fight the demon inside herself, she grew stronger and braver.. no more a naive girl While it went into a more fast pace direction i lost the emotional connection i used to feel with her in Spin The Dawn, i adore the ro Spin The Dawn was one of my favorite YA Fantasy book on 2019, been pretty much excited with the sequel.. it was a good conclusion but it felt pale compares to the previous book Unravel The Dusk is so much darker and got so much action and battles, it follows Maia and her struggle to fight the demon inside herself, she grew stronger and braver.. no more a naive girl While it went into a more fast pace direction i lost the emotional connection i used to feel with her in Spin The Dawn, i adore the romance between her and Edan from book 1 and i got so little here.. Edan still sweet and adorable as always but he got very small portion through the story, i just want more of him. One of my petpeeve in Fantasy book is i dislike unlimited magic system, it happened here... all the magical things happened so easily here and there and without really have much struggle or strong foundation It was an okay conclusion but not blown my mind

  18. 5 out of 5

    Althea ☾

    I think a reason a lot of people (including myself) didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one is that it didn't really feel like it brought anything new for the majority of the book, the first half felt like we were getting a darker version of Spin the Dawn. With the court and the secrecy, it just left like she had another secret to keep when I thought it would turn into an adventure of some sort. Just like book one, I would have given the first half and the second half of this book differ I think a reason a lot of people (including myself) didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one is that it didn't really feel like it brought anything new for the majority of the book, the first half felt like we were getting a darker version of Spin the Dawn. With the court and the secrecy, it just left like she had another secret to keep when I thought it would turn into an adventure of some sort. Just like book one, I would have given the first half and the second half of this book different ratings — First half rating: 3.5 Second half rating: 2.0 — overall thoughts: 2.5 — ⇢ content warnings// (view spoiler)[Physical Violence, Blood, Disfiguration, Torture, Lashing (hide spoiler)] I still think that the elegant and rich descriptions is the strong suit but other than that, I wasn't that interested in much of anything. Furthermore, the tone actually turned darker than Spin the Dawn which I don’t think matched the beginning of the first book and was what I was initially reading the story for. Both books in this series started off strong and intriguing but it fails to build up from there in my opinion. This series does still have good themes about family, destiny, with a rich culture in it's background but I don't think it was executed to make the most interesting story. It doesn't help that I wasn't as invested in the romance as much as other people were. I wasn't sold on how the main couple got together in the first book, so given that Edan wasn't really present for a huge part of this one, nothing really helped mend that for me. (view spoiler)[The fact that he suddenly just decides to come back for whatever reason that we don’t see or experience was off to me because it was treated like he could have returned at any time but we know that wasn't the case. (hide spoiler)] I found a lot of inconsistencies in the plot and the build up, which I think were missed opportunities. I expected that we were going to get more of the world building but it wasn't as in depth as I would have thought it could have gone. The plot went down a road that made me feel very underwhelmed given else could have been possible. The writing was still rich and descriptive, which might have been my favorite part. There were parts when the narrative/dialogue felt more modern than the traditional setting. Maia wasn't my favorite person to follow though in this story for the same reason that it didn't feel like we were getting to know her more. You do get to see her internal struggles which was a nice touch but there was just something about the setting that didn't sell it for me. I don’t think I can say the pacing was slow, but it took so long for the narrative to get to the point. If I was invested enough in the character relationships, I normally would not have cared. I did like the ending (yes, it's a happily ever after) for how it was written with the touching family moments. All that said, I still really loved Elizabeth Lim’s writing for what it is, I just was not a fan of a lot of choices in the plot and flow. ↣ This was an underwhelming sequel for me and I had high hopes. If you liked the writing in the first book, it's still prevalent here and I think people could still love this if you're sold on the romantic chemistry. ↢

  19. 4 out of 5

    Inocan Andrei

    An easy and engaging read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. It's official: Elizabeth Lim is one of my favorite authors. This book killed me. I'm not kidding. I actually cried. ACTUAL T E A R S. For those of you who don't know me, that's an extremely rare occurrence, especially at something in a book. And yet, here I am, still sniffling as I try to gather my jumble of emotions into a coherent review that tells you how much I loved this. This wa ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. It's official: Elizabeth Lim is one of my favorite authors. This book killed me. I'm not kidding. I actually cried. ACTUAL T E A R S. For those of you who don't know me, that's an extremely rare occurrence, especially at something in a book. And yet, here I am, still sniffling as I try to gather my jumble of emotions into a coherent review that tells you how much I loved this. This was even better than I was expecting it to be. How is that possible? I'm not really sure. But oh my gosh, this book blew me away. I felt nearly every single freaking emotion it's possible to feel while I read this. How did she do that?? How did she make me care so much for these characters and for this world? As this is a sequel, there isn't much I can say without going into spoilers but I can say this much: this book is more than beautiful descriptions, lush landscapes, and one of my favorite book romances (it definitely has all of that though). At its heart, it's a story of what it means to be human. It is a story of growth and loss and pain and change. When I finished 'Spin the Dawn' last year, I didn't know how to feel about the ending. I could see the potential, but I was worried the author wasn't intending to take the story in the direction I hoped she would. I had nothing to worry about. She exceeded my expectations and handled this book beautifully. I am still freaking out that I was blessed enough to receive an ARC of this book. I can already say with 100% certainty that this is one of my favorite books of the year and that I will read anything this woman writes. I'm serious. I can't wait for everyone to read this. You guys aren't ready.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Destroyer Of Ships

    WHAT A CLEVER NAMEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! unravel the dusk. I have hopes for the cover being fiery and gorgeous. Ofcourse, expectations are skyhigh after reading book 1 because holy fuck. UPDATE 1\11\19 WE HAVE A COVER OR AT LEAST I SAW IT NOW. MY guess was righhttttttt, it is redddd! cannot wait for this. an arc would be deadly amazingggg.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Rating ~2.5-2.75 "If dying is this beautiful, then I wish I were a tree too. I'd be happy to die and be reborn in the spring." It was better than the first book. But still, something was missing for me. The Good: Chinese Cultural Influence: I love myths and legends from other cultures, so some of my favorite parts of this book were when they spoke of the tales they had been told while growing up. I also enjoyed the world-building, even if I wasn't practically drawn to the overall storyline. The Ba Rating ~2.5-2.75 "If dying is this beautiful, then I wish I were a tree too. I'd be happy to die and be reborn in the spring." It was better than the first book. But still, something was missing for me. The Good: Chinese Cultural Influence: I love myths and legends from other cultures, so some of my favorite parts of this book were when they spoke of the tales they had been told while growing up. I also enjoyed the world-building, even if I wasn't practically drawn to the overall storyline. The Bad: The Disconnect: Despite the fact that I wanted to love this book, I just never felt any real strong emotions toward the characters. Positively or negatively. The Love Story: The end of the thread is you, Edan, I wanted to tell him. It's always been you. Again, it was just kind of there. The leads were a true ride or die pair and yet that never got me excited. The Mixed/Neutral: The ending felt too happy, too easy, at least for me. After everything that happened for things to just work themselves out relatively perfectly seemed almost out of place. Like I'm not mad, because I'm not sure I could think of an ending that would have necessarily been better. But this ending just didn't sit quite right with me. So this book reminds me of the time I went to a buffet, grabbed what I thought was a steamed custard bun only to bite into it and realize there was no custard inside. It was just a plain Chinese steamed bun. That is this book for me. It's an authentic bun, but it is just not the bun I wanted. I received a free ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to the Knopf Books for providing me with a copy to read and review!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maryam Rz.

    Someone please kindly send me the address and info of this series' bleeding cover artist... I have a kidnapping to plan, and a precious and delicate art (also known as torture) to learn—I will make her design my entire life, you just mark my words 🙂 Companions Book playlist: Spotify URL Books in series: • Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1) ★★★½☆ • Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars, #2) ★★★☆☆ Someone please kindly send me the address and info of this series' bleeding cover artist... I have a kidnapping to plan, and a precious and delicate art (also known as torture) to learn—I will make her design my entire life, you just mark my words 🙂 Companions Book playlist: Spotify URL Books in series: • Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1) ★★★½☆ • Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars, #2) ★★★☆☆

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥

    Asked for this one on Netgalley, December 13, 2019. Still not approved, BUT STILL NOT DECLINED 😅!!! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ MINE!!! This book is MINE! ... starting July 7th 2020 😩 Asked for this one on Netgalley, December 13, 2019. Still not approved, BUT STILL NOT DECLINED 😅!!! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ MINE!!! This book is MINE! ... starting July 7th 2020 😩

  25. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    #1) Spin the Dawn ★★★★☆ Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram #1) Spin the Dawn ★★★★☆ Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)

    3.5/5, rounded down because the VAST majority of the book I was convinced it would be lower; only the last 1/3 or so really gripped me. Spin the Dawn was one of my favorite books of last year, so I was beyond ecstatic when I was approved for the sequel on NetGalley. Unfortunately, while this was not necessarily a bad read, it pales in comparison to its predecessor, which made me a very disappointed K-Specks. Although still beautiful, Unravel the Dusk lacked the same magic and emotional pull that 3.5/5, rounded down because the VAST majority of the book I was convinced it would be lower; only the last 1/3 or so really gripped me. Spin the Dawn was one of my favorite books of last year, so I was beyond ecstatic when I was approved for the sequel on NetGalley. Unfortunately, while this was not necessarily a bad read, it pales in comparison to its predecessor, which made me a very disappointed K-Specks. Although still beautiful, Unravel the Dusk lacked the same magic and emotional pull that made me so enamored of Spin the Dawn. Let’s start with the obvious: Elizabeth Lim is a tremendously talented writer. As in the first book, the language in this book is absolutely gorgeous, and even if the content did not always grip me, the words themselves positively sang. They were artful yet colloquial, poetic but never pretentious–a delicate balance, but Lim never faltered. The premise, too, was entirely fitting, an excellent continuation of the saga from the first book, that raised the stakes and tied up loose ends. Lim’s OwnVoices use of Chinese mythology and culture to shape this world brought the story to life, with vibrant details ranging from the elegant dresses to a fleet of enchanted folded cranes made of cloth. And even the pacing was done well–smooth, fast enough to hold interest, but slow enough to savor. On a purely technical level, everything in this book was done impeccably. However, on a subjective level, the majority of the book was a slog for me. While in the first book, Maia was surrounded by other characters, her experiences colored by her interactions with them, much of this book was a solo adventure for her. True, she was accompanied at times by her friend Ammi, and she did reunite with Edan, but her relationships with them were stunted. Some of this was necessary–her demonic transformation made her cagey and reluctant to trust others, because she wanted to protect them–but for so much of the book, it was just her being filled with angst over her internal battle with the growing darkness inside of her. Instead of being fiercely independent but still healthy, she became destructively isolated, and it made her not just harder to root for, but harder to be invested in at all. And because she lacked further social support, there was nobody else for me as a reader to hold emotional ties to, either. I think some of the disappointment here was also just in the nature of the book. As a sequel dealing with heavier themes, this is a darker tale: no Project Runway-esque fun here, and no joy of newfound love. The problem is that this dulled some of the lively sparkle that brought Spin the Dawn to life. There was nothing wrong with it, except that it was not what I expected, and felt like a disappointment as a result. And then there is my last grievance: Edan. In the first book, the enchanter who could shapeshift into a hawk was a phenomenal character and an excellent complement to Maia, strong when she was uncertain and wise when she was naive. Yet in this book, with Maia’s increased independence, and with Edan’s magic decimated, he became unspeakably bland. His support for Maia was wonderful, but his actual personality became almost nothing beyond “the guy who loves her.” I always get frustrated when romances cause characters to lose their personalities, so…yeah, my frustration there should be obvious. As a whole, this is a perfectly adequate sequel and, if you enjoyed Spin the Dawn, a worthwhile conclusion to the duology. It may not have been my favorite, but at the end of the day, especially by the end, it was a satisfying knot tying off the narrative threads. (And yes, that was a very clunky sewing metaphor. I will not apologize for art.) Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aarushi

    I feel… underwhelmed. Unravel the Dusk, for me, was a step down from the first book. It just didn’t feel as good, especially plot wise and character-wise. The entire duology for me is probably a 3.5 overall or a 4. This book is the second in the Blood of Stars duology written by Elizabeth Lim (it’s my first series by her I’ve read), and follows Maia Tamarin (I just think of the actual veggie tamarind whenever I read her name, if I’m being honest here) after the events of the first book. (spoilers I feel… underwhelmed. Unravel the Dusk, for me, was a step down from the first book. It just didn’t feel as good, especially plot wise and character-wise. The entire duology for me is probably a 3.5 overall or a 4. This book is the second in the Blood of Stars duology written by Elizabeth Lim (it’s my first series by her I’ve read), and follows Maia Tamarin (I just think of the actual veggie tamarind whenever I read her name, if I’m being honest here) after the events of the first book. (spoilers for first book) Edan’s gone, and she’s stuck in the palace as a seamstress, under the pressure of the war coming in the very-near future. Not to mention the deal with the demon she took, which is turning Maia into a demon herself. So yeah, not looking very bright for this girl right now. There were a couple major things, and a couple not-so major things that I didn’t like about this book, but there’s also a couple things I did like. First thing: the plot. It was so straight-forward, and it felt like I could predict everything that was going to happen. The author used so many common tropes that the entire journey felt very cliche to me, like (spoilers!) goddess-meet-character, treating friend like crap for no reason, being the only one to defeat the ultra-powerful demon, and so on. The book itself is pretty short, so of course the plot felt very quick, and there was a solution to everything. Oh, burning building? Magic carpet! Attacked by demons? Magic boyfriend! Need to defeat villain? Magic dress! I also felt like the fight scene was so underwhelming. The fight scene itself was pretty short, and it all worked out perfectly in the end, all the problems conveniently solved. I feel like I’m being a bit negative right now, so I’m going to address one of my huge positives: the interweaving of the Six Crimson Cranes story in this book! It was so clever of the author to make that story a semi-large part to both further the plot and introduce readers (like me) to her new duology. From what we know, this new duology is also set in the Blood of Stars world, and it’s smart of the author to do that. I, for one, am curious to read the duology even more than I was before because I really do want to read the story for myself. It was interwoven so beautifully and smoothly, and definitely such a fun easter egg! The characters were a whole different story. I was both happy and disappointed with them. Maia, our main character, suddenly became so unlikeable as a main character. She kept pushing people away and hurting them when they didn’t do anything besides try to help her. The author made Maia’s entire story (which was supposed to be a Mulan retelling with Maia really growing into her wings and becoming the best tailor, no matter what anyone says) about Maia turning into a demon. Yes, the demon plotline should be an important part of her story, but at times I couldn’t bring myself to care that much. I’d much rather read about her sewing with her magical scissors, and actually being a tailor. Edan wasn’t even present for the first half of the book, and while that isn’t awful, he was reduced to generic love interest. Where’s the humor, and all the layers we saw in Edan in the first book? He was such a great character in the first book, and now the only side of him we saw was Edan, the love interest of Maia. I was super annoyed with the way he acted. I just wish that enemies-to-lovers would still have some of the banter and spice in the lovers part instead of just becoming sappy. I still love first book Edan though. I would die for first book Edan. I liked Maia’s friend. I can’t remember her name, so please ignore me. But her friend was the real mvp of this book. She did EVERYTHING for Maia, and Maia treated her like crap in return. Her friend carried this book on her back. Deserves the world. I love her. Sarnai… kind of a mean person. She was just useless at times then came running back to claim victory. I mean, she’s totally a girlboss, but she was just really annoying. The epitome of girlboss, gaslight, gatekeep, if I’m being honest. And yes, she personifies all three. It was all hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil for this lady until she was forced to come back and be the hero. I still liked her more than Maia and was a tiny bit more memorable in this book than in the last. The emperor was just plain trash, and Maia’s dad and her brother were useless? They didn’t really do anything for the plot or as characters. I don’t think any of the other characters in this book are really important, and I don’t remember them either, to be fair. I really just couldn’t connect with the characters or the story in this book at all. The romance was only okay in this book. Edan and Maia were boring now that they got all sappy. Yes, the ending was so happy and good for them, but I’d like a little more excitement. There was no other romance, and the one romance which I sort of liked got killed off so… Lastly, the world-building was a major positive for me. I really liked spending time in this world and reading about it. It’s pretty well-done and especially well-done from the author’s side in terms of writing and especially in this book, where we actually go to new places instead of just staying in the palaces. The magic was nice, and the demons were kind of cool. The magic system isn’t the most unique, but the Six Crimson Cranes tie-in was SO AWESOME. Also, the magic scissors and dresses were dreamy. One more positive: the book designs. Whoever designed these book covers deserves a raise right now, because whoever they are, they are a literal legend. These book covers are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen the UK covers AND THEY ARE JUST AS STUNNING O H M Y G O D. I’m not a book cover person, but I would actually buy this duology just for the covers to display, but UK and US editions. Some of the prettiest covers, both editions, I’ve ever seen. While we had a happy ending, I just was disappointed by it. Spin the Dawn wasn’t my favorite book of all time, but I found it overall to be more enjoyable than this one. I just got bored even though this was a fast-paced fantasy. I still ship Maia and Edan though. They were so cute in the first book, and even though they were so sweet and sappy in this book some of their moments were cute in this book. I’m still super excited to read Six Crimson Cranes, though, and if I’m being honest, the synopsis sounds really cool! 3 stars!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keertana

    I really enjoyed the first book in this duology, despite a few tried and true fantasy tropes making an appearance. But this sequel was slow, plotless, and lacked the emotion of its predecessor. Alas.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    What a delight. Everyone who loves fantasy, mythology, and romance should have this duology on their shelves.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    I really enjoyed reading Spin The Dawn but unfortunately I didn’t care for Unravel the Dusk all that much to be honest. It’s really disappointing because just like I said in Spin the Dawn, I like the way Elizabeth Lim writes. So much so that I read Spin the Dawn more than once and recommended the book to so many of my friends, who LOVED it too but with Unravel the Dusk? I’m feeling rather indifferent.

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