Title: Dark Skies (Dark Shores #2)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates (Tor Teen)
Format: E-Book, Advance Reader Copy provided through NetGalley
A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST
Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to the far side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where her burgeoning powers are sought by both sides.
A COMMANDER IN DISGRACE
Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under the dominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword to the kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up in a web of political intrigue that will put his oath – and his heart – to the test.
A KINGDOM UNDER SIEGE
With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended and disastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyalties questioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realize sweeps across the world.
Review: This was a really fun, fast-paced read perfect for all fantasy fans!
I really enjoyed this second installment in the Dark Shores series. It grips you right from the beginning and keeps readers enthralled right to the very end. The characters are relatable and well rounded. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing right till the very end and even then they’re left wanting more answers and asking more questions.
I also appreciated having queer characters included. These characters weren’t the main focus of the story by any means but their inclusion was wonderful. It was also refreshing to have those characters simply be who they are, without others questioning them or having their sexuality become a plot point.
I’m 1000% here for queer characters who don’t have to explain or defend their sexuality.
The only thing I disliked about this book was some of the formatting. A few times the characters are thrust into new situations but there wasn’t a clear indication that their circumstances had changed and it was jarring and confusing to work out what had happened. This might have just been a formatting issue with the digital copy however and overall it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book.
I’m very excited for the next book and I look forward to seeing where Jensen takes her characters and their stories.