Dark Breaks the Dawn (Book 1)
by Sara B. Larson
“After a thousand years of peace, the battle between light and dark has resumed.
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Éadrolan, the light kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air sharper, and the energy she can draw while 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 onto the throne much sooner that she expected.
In order to defeat Bain and his two sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shape-shift, and rely on the alluring, bt mysterious Lord Tanvir. Not everyone is what they seem, and balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.
In the first book of a remarkable new duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake – a lush, haunting romance packed with betray, intrigue, and magic.”
I saw about this book in a list of new books out this year and decided I had to read it, so put it on preorder. It did take a while to arrive, as it was shipping from America.
Evelayn is the princess and it is her eighteenth birthday, when she should get her full powers, but she has not had them come yet. So she goes out for her morning run and when the sun hits her so do her powers, to the detriment of the forest around her, a handsome male runs up to her and asks if he can help. Later at her training session, the handsome male is there as well, to help her train with her full-fledged powers.
Wow, that was incredible! I was halfway through and thinking that it would compare to A Court of Thorns and Roses for a story, and after finishing I can say it really does. I went through questioning intentions of people and coming out with the wrong answer. It is such a rollercoaster of emotions and twists.
My favourite part has to be all of it; I loved Evelayn meeting Tanvir, Ceren and Evelayn’s conversations, all of the interactions with Tanvir, seeing bits of Dorjhalon, and I could continue with the rest of the story.
My favourite characters have to be Evelayn, Tanvir, Kel and Ceren. I also liked Lorcan and Lothar at different points, I wish we knew more about what was happening to them. I kept on wondering about different characters motives and what drove them, which drove me a little crazy, I think I was reading too deeply into it. It was also nice to have a proper villain who you knew was a villain and you could dislike straight away.
Dark Breaks the Dawn does end on a cliffhanger, the second book in the duology is Bright Burns the Night, should be out next year.
While reading this book, I described it as a new, really interesting take on good versus evil, light versus dark. I would recommend to teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.