Published by Scholastic Press on November 27, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
Source: ARC from Publisher
Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.
So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.
But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to assume what should be her rightful place, she'll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.
Amber & Dusk is a young adult fantasy romance by author Lyra Selene. Amber & Dusk is a novel that features awesome secrets and intrigue, a really cool world setup, and characters that pull you in. Honestly, I loved pretty much everything about this novel. I really hope there is going to be a sequel. I wasn’t sure by the ending of Amber & Dusk if there would be one or not. I think there is certainly room for one. We had a few things that can be expanded on, and that were not completely wrapped up, so I am holding out for for another book. I need more! Lyra Selene did such a fantastic job with her characters and world building. This was a book that I just kept getting more and more excited about, the more I read it. It is a fantasy that I will be recommending to everyone as soon as it is released at the end of this month! You need to read Amber & Dusk! Yes, you!
In Amber & Dusk we meet our heroine, Sylvie. Sylvie is an orphan that has magic, which in an of itself is strange because magic is normally a sign of the aristocracy. Sylvie leaves home to try and find a place where she belongs, and her adventure really grows from there. Once Sylvie gets to court, the book really kicks off. It was at this point that I could not put it down. I just kept on reading until I was done because I was so immersed in this world and the story. Lyra Selene’s writing felt magical. It completely pulled me in and held on tight. The creation myth of the world was a particular favorite of mine. It deals with the moon and the sun, and it was really cool.
Sylvie is a great, strong yet flawed main character. She was really compelling for me to read about. I loved her. She is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it was her flaws and stubbornness that made her seem more realistic to me. And the romance was awesome! I don’t want to go into it too much, but let’s just say I was a big fan! A big fan of it 🙂
Amber & Dusk does have some of the more typical fantasy elements in the story, wiht the secrets surrounding politics and court life, but Lyra Selene did a fantastic job making the story her own. Amber & Dusk managed to be a really unique read. It wasn’t something I had seen done a ton. (However; take this with a bit of bias, because I am always down for a fantasy with some of the common tropes.. I just love it! It is a story set up that I can read over and over again and love it almost every time.) Amber & Dusk had everything that I love to see in young adult fantasy romances, but it still managed to feel fresh and different. I loved this book, and I am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that we will get a sequel! Please make a sequel Lyra!
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