Book Review: “Amber & Dusk”

Amber & Dusk” by Lyra Selene

Source: Owlcrate

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy


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.

Oi. That was the longest 370 pages ever. The first 250 or so of the book are so freaking dull. It was very much a mishmash of every other fantasy book out there.

Orphan girl who doesn’t feel she belongs. Decides to go to the big city where ‘her’ people are. Surprise! Things don’t work out as smoothly as she hoped. She struggles to fit in. Double surprise! Her hidden lineage is revealed.

It’s been done 100 times before. More importantly, it’s been done better. I’m a fantasy fan so I’m used to recycled tropes and storylines because authors can put a different twist on a storyline. That’s usually enough to make the story new and/or interesting.

I couldn’t really tell you much about this world. I think time was different because the sun never really set? People posses powers. Nothing is really said about what they or where the powers came from.

The characters were dull. I can’t even think of anyone that I liked.

Basically, this was not for me at all. At least, Owlcrate’s cover is pretty?

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