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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Dark Skies

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    I really enjoyed reading Dark Shores last year and consider it to be a highly underrated YA Fantasy novel. Going into this second installment, I was completely prepared to enjoy it, but Dark Skies takes the story to a whole new level. One very interesting point of note on the format of this series, which I was unaware of going in, is that this book's storyline runs parallel to the storyline of Dark Shores. I expected this to be a linear continuation of the series, picking up directly after the even I really enjoyed reading Dark Shores last year and consider it to be a highly underrated YA Fantasy novel. Going into this second installment, I was completely prepared to enjoy it, but Dark Skies takes the story to a whole new level. One very interesting point of note on the format of this series, which I was unaware of going in, is that this book's storyline runs parallel to the storyline of Dark Shores. I expected this to be a linear continuation of the series, picking up directly after the events of the first book. However, that is not this case. This book follows two completely different perspectives during the same period of time as the first book. It was so interesting to see the story unfold this way. Lydia, one of the protagonists in this book, is a side character in Dark Shores. The other protagonist, Killian, is new, I believe. Lydia lives within the Celandor Empire and she was actually the impetus for a great many of the events in Dark Shores, but as the reader, you don't know the whole story. Dark Skies fills it in. Not only does this book fill in some missing pieces, it continues to grow the world at an impressive rate. Lydia meets Killian when she is forced to flee her home due to a botched assassination plot. She ends up in the West, on the far side of the Endless Sea. Killian is a solider, marked by the God of War for great things. He is sworn to protect the Princess of Mudamore, a principality on the brink of war. There are too many incredible elements of this story, but some of my favorites include: Lydia's character arc, the brutal world seemingly inspired by ancient Rome, the political intrigue, the dangerous, dragon-like creatures terrorizing the city by night, the blight infecting the citizens and yes, the extremely slow-burn romance. This book is close to 500-pages and there is always something going on. These characters have to constantly be on guard and it certainly made me tense. I had no idea where this was going to go. There is so much left to this story and I was shocked and delighted to learn, this is slated to be a 4-book series! If you have not picked this series up yet, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Personally, I did enjoy this more than Dark Shores and that's saying a lot. I think the main reason is because of Lydia and Killian. Not their relationship, well yes, that helps, but just because I loved each of them both as characters. Lydia is the legit best. A bookworm who gets in over her head and who transforms into a certifiable badass. Talk about coming out of your shell! I cannot wait for the next book in the series, which if I understand correctly, will follow the events of the first two books and will have all four main character perspectives: Teriana and Marcus, from Dark Shores, and Lydia and Killian, from Dark Skies. Thank you so much to the publisher, Tor Teen, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I am really looking forward to continuing with this series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Jensen

    Read chapter 1! https://danielleljensen.com/dark-skie... Two best friends separated by an ocean of lies, betrayal, and political machinations. One girl's path has been revealed, but now it's time to travel with the other. For there is more than one way to cross the world of Reath... This is an excerpt from my newsletter in which I discuss DARK SKIES and why it's not exactly a sequel... SURPRISE! I'm sure quite a few of you are reading this email and wondering what is going on and why this novel isn Read chapter 1! https://danielleljensen.com/dark-skie... Two best friends separated by an ocean of lies, betrayal, and political machinations. One girl's path has been revealed, but now it's time to travel with the other. For there is more than one way to cross the world of Reath... This is an excerpt from my newsletter in which I discuss DARK SKIES and why it's not exactly a sequel... SURPRISE! I'm sure quite a few of you are reading this email and wondering what is going on and why this novel isn't about Marcus and Teriana. Put your fears to rest, because I haven't abandoned them – you'll be seeing their points of view once again in the third book. And you'll definitely be seeing them in DARK SKIES, albeit from a somewhat different vantage point. I've talked about how this series is the biggest in scope of anything I've written, and I think now you'll all be starting to understand what I mean by that. The setting isn't just a few kingdoms, but an entire world. It crosses a dozen nations, it contains diverse cultures and races and religions, it faces evils that are both human and decidedly inhuman. But at the heart of it has always been the friendship between two girls, and I hope you're all excited to explore the other half of that friendship. Now here's the REALLY fun part, and what makes what Tor Teen and I are doing with this series different from other YA fantasy series. You can start reading the series with DARK SHORES *OR* you can start reading with DARK SKIES! They are both starting points to the series that will converge in the third book! DARK SKIES hits shelves May 5, 2020, and I can't wait for my readers to meet Lydia and Killian!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. After Dark Shores, I need this more than I need air. I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. After Dark Shores, I need this more than I need air.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katrin D

    RTC later today or tomorrow the latest!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    I am pretty sure that Danielle Jensen can do no wrong Don't @ me

  6. 4 out of 5

    Athena (OneReadingNurse)

    Happy book birthday to Dark Skies (May 5th!) Here finally is my full review: Thank you so much to Tor Teen for the advanced copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own. The two books, Dark Shores and Dark Skies, occur at the same time in the fictional world and can be read in either order. I enjoyed publication order. It made sense to learn what was "really" going on. Here is a quick spoiler-free recap:  In Shores we read about Teriana and the Maarin traders, Marcus Happy book birthday to Dark Skies (May 5th!) Here finally is my full review: Thank you so much to Tor Teen for the advanced copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own. The two books, Dark Shores and Dark Skies, occur at the same time in the fictional world and can be read in either order. I enjoyed publication order. It made sense to learn what was "really" going on. Here is a quick spoiler-free recap:  In Shores we read about Teriana and the Maarin traders, Marcus and the Cel legion, and the initial exploration and conquer of the Dark Shores.  Remember the puppet king of the Raiders and some larger threat that is revealed at the end? In Dark Skies, we follow Teriana's friend Lydia who we briefly met before.  We learn the truth of the betrayal, see Lydia take another route to Mudamora, and meet Killian who leads the King's forces.  This book starts in Cel but we learn a lot more about the Gods, the mystical forces, and the people of the Dark Shores.  The third book is going to be an amazing meeting of the two plot lines. The pace is incredible. I read the first 300 pages kind of slowly but ended up taking the last half in a crazed four hour sitting where I don't think I breathed or blinked.  The intrigue, assassinations, BLIGHT ZOMBIES, reckless chases, magical evil army leaders, more scheming, and a race against a huge deadly clock just made it impossible to stop. The magic of the world was hinted at in Shores, but in Skies we learn all about it.  The God-Marked people each have an ability like strength, healing, growing/restoring, water breathing, and it seems they were meant to create teams of people.  A great theme this is, and I appreciate the idea that healing is a drain on someones life force.  The triage they use is so interesting.  The seventh god's power is just terrifying and that will continue in book 3. All I will say about the additional world building is that the desperation and fear are  real, the hurt is real, and the darkness is real.  The feelings of the people and the world seeping through the pages into the reader is what separates exquisite world building from the rest. I 100% liked Lydia and Killian both a LOT more than Marcus and Teriana.  They have flawed but endlessly brave personalities, are good problem solvers, and are both loyal to no end.  I even liked princess Malahi for the most part, she had some admirable moments and the banter was hilarious between her and Killian and the female guards.  It's hard not to root for every single character in the book, including Killian's mother who is a rare gem. The combination of great characters, more shippable romantic pairings, breakneck pace,  magic, and the intrigue of plots to end all plots make Dark Skies (and Dark Shores) a series that I absolutely 100% recommend to anyone with even the slightest interest in fantasy. Thank you so much again to Tor Teen for the advanced copy

  7. 5 out of 5

    melissafandomworld

    It's going to take me a few days to try to come up with a review that'll do this magnificent book justice! Until then, I say: PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW and let yourself be swept away by Danielle's fantastic writing. From what I've read so far, this is easily my favorite read of 2020!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Loved the change of focus to different characters in the same storyline! Can't wait for the next book where all four characters POV combine! Full RTC!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Read my full review plus you can listen to a playlist inspired by Dark Skies curated by yours truly here! Blog | Twitter | Instagram I have so many thoughts about this book but one thing stood out among anything else: DARK SKIES IS AN AMAZING SEQUEL. I stumbled upon enough book reviews to know that the second book is harder to write than the first one. We, readers, expect things to be better in the sequel. Sometimes, we set those expectations too high and we'd be disappointed. But in not-so-rar Read my full review plus you can listen to a playlist inspired by Dark Skies curated by yours truly here! Blog | Twitter | Instagram I have so many thoughts about this book but one thing stood out among anything else: DARK SKIES IS AN AMAZING SEQUEL. I stumbled upon enough book reviews to know that the second book is harder to write than the first one. We, readers, expect things to be better in the sequel. Sometimes, we set those expectations too high and we'd be disappointed. But in not-so-rare times, we'd be blown away by the twists and turns of the story in the sequel. I would definitely put Dark Skies in the second category with no hesitation. If you've read Dark Shores and still hesitating whether to continue this series or not, I urge you to keep reading! Dark Skies served me jaw-dropping battles, awesome characters, unexpected plot twists, and SO. MUCH. BLOOD. The story was told through two perspectives, Killian's and Lydia's. The first few chapters of Lydia's POV were actually a recap of what happened in Dark Shores. I struggled a little bit while trying to get through those chapters but after that, everything went smoothly. I love both of their POV though I prefer Killian's. The writings were beautiful and captivating. It complemented the massive world-building. I wish we'd explore more of the lands in Dark Shores in the next book! I love how the East is completely different from the West and the fact that they didn't know each other's existence is what makes it all more fun. I couldn't stop reading until 4am! Reading this book was like seeing two different worlds facing different threats colliding into one powerful story. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading Dark Skies. Aside from the engaging plot, I love the characters! They have strong characterizations that make them felt real and alive. Overall, Dark Skies was a fantastic sequel! From the first chapter, I could already tell that I'd love this book. The tension was already high from the very beginning and it was only getting better until the last page. If you're looking for a next great read with nerve-racking battles, monsters, intriguing characters, and endless political schemes, I recommend you to read this book. Thank you for reading and liking my review! What are your thoughts on this book? I'd love to discuss it in the comments, so don't hesitate to write down your opinion! Follow my socials and get awesome book recommendations or we can just talk about books 24/7 😊 Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephenie

    Lydia is the best friend of Teriana, and if you read Dark Shores first, you briefly met her. Killian is a new character we meet, and the novel is told from both of their perspectives. I really wasn't sure if I would find Lydia interesting or if it would be enough to anchor this story, but I was wrong. Lydia's transformation and journey from the beginning to the end was amazing. From attempted assassination, being robbed, beaten up and then being Marked. I could not stop rooting for this girl. It Lydia is the best friend of Teriana, and if you read Dark Shores first, you briefly met her. Killian is a new character we meet, and the novel is told from both of their perspectives. I really wasn't sure if I would find Lydia interesting or if it would be enough to anchor this story, but I was wrong. Lydia's transformation and journey from the beginning to the end was amazing. From attempted assassination, being robbed, beaten up and then being Marked. I could not stop rooting for this girl. It isn't often I read about a character who wears spectacles either, and I loved that small representation. Killian is also a great male character, some of his choices resulted in his disgraced status, but I love his determination and his growth into his role as being marked by the God of War. I am a fan of slow burn romances. There is definitely a romantic interest going on between Lydia and Killian. I loved the development between the two, and with everything going on, it isn't an easy one. Warning, the ending nearly broke me. The world building. Dark Skies has a medieval-esque world, dark, foreboding with gods and mythical creatures. It was easy to immerse myself within the walls of Mudaire to the sewer tunnels where orphans took refuge fighting disease, hunger and the dark creatures that haunt the night skies. There is also this war between Mudamora and the Corrupter's armies, it gets pretty bloody and nasty. Overall, I thought Dark Skies was amazing. It has action, drama, romance, intrigue and great characters. Yeah, I can't wait for book 3, Teriana, Marcus, Lydia and Killian together... oh man things are going to get pretty interesting. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the arc in exchange for an honest review. The author has stated that you can start with Dark Skies or Dark Shores, and I agree. You can't go wrong whichever you decide to read first. Just read both before book 3.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    She cried for all that she'd gained. All that she'd lost. And all that would never be. Wow I truly loved this book! The story, the characters and the feel is great and I can't wait to read more about Lydia and Killian. Those two.. I just don't have the words for it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Tor Teen, for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I read Dark Shores last year and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, so when I saw this one available, I knew I needed to request it. And I'll be waiting impatiently for book three after this story. The beginning of both books tells basically the same story, Dark Shores telling Teriana's side of things and Dark Skies showing Lydia's. Then they both diverge into two separate concur Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Tor Teen, for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I read Dark Shores last year and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, so when I saw this one available, I knew I needed to request it. And I'll be waiting impatiently for book three after this story. The beginning of both books tells basically the same story, Dark Shores telling Teriana's side of things and Dark Skies showing Lydia's. Then they both diverge into two separate concurrent tales. I'm assuming they'll meet back up in book three and become one big story. I hope so, because if we go back to Teriana and don't get more of Lydia's story, I'll be devastated, because while I really like Teriana, I adore Lydia. The magic system and political machinations of this world are really cool, and the stories are fantastic. Definitely highly recommend reading these two books as soon as you're able, because they're worth the read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dark Skies, wow - just wow. At first, I was hesitant because it was a little slow to start off with. Then I got a little confused because I was re-reading something that happened in the previous book. Yet, it started to make sense. We were going back because we had to see everything from Lydia's POV. Which, if I'm being honest.. was pretty boring throughout the book. Eventually she got better but I really enjoyed Killian's I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dark Skies, wow - just wow. At first, I was hesitant because it was a little slow to start off with. Then I got a little confused because I was re-reading something that happened in the previous book. Yet, it started to make sense. We were going back because we had to see everything from Lydia's POV. Which, if I'm being honest.. was pretty boring throughout the book. Eventually she got better but I really enjoyed Killian's POV a lot more. Oh, did I forget to mention that you meet Lydia and Killian in this one? Oops! Well, you do and they were interesting. Of course, I couldn't help shipping them myself but I wont spoil anything about them (I swear!). Honestly, a lot of betrayal goes on this one which didn't really surprise me. Then there's this mysterious aspect because people are turning into the corrupted and some weird ass black sludge going around. Plus the hint of war - sounds like an average Tuesday. Long story short, I definitely need the next book ASAP. I can't accept that kind of ending people! I have so many questions that need answers and I need to see certain people again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lyn *NomadicWorlds

    Dark Skies is Lydia’s story. We learn what happened to her after her ordeal in the first book and we also learn more about the world and politics concerning the countries of the Dark Shores. I have to say, both books have amazing covers. Even without reading the synopsis, you will be tempted to grab the book just for the remarkable covers. The plot-line was intriguing, knotted with curve balls that you would not see coming. Surprising secrets embedded deep were revealed at the optimum time, addin Dark Skies is Lydia’s story. We learn what happened to her after her ordeal in the first book and we also learn more about the world and politics concerning the countries of the Dark Shores. I have to say, both books have amazing covers. Even without reading the synopsis, you will be tempted to grab the book just for the remarkable covers. The plot-line was intriguing, knotted with curve balls that you would not see coming. Surprising secrets embedded deep were revealed at the optimum time, adding value to the story. I found the plot-line well-crafted and with enough complications to keep you reading. The main characters in Dark Skies were Lydia and Killian and the story was shared between their viewpoints. I loved Killian. He wasn’t perfect, he had his flaws, but he accepted them and he tried his best to do the right thing. He was honorable. The author wrote his character so well, I totally fell for him. I had high hopes for Lydia, especially with how much she loved books but sadly, I found myself disliking her. I found her annoying and weak. Her stupidity and her reasoning frustrated me. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about her and it would be hard to disclose them all without giving away spoilers. Suffice to say, she did not deserve Killian. From what I observed with both books, Dark Shores, and Dark Skies, I find that the author did a great job with the key male characters but a poor job with the female MCs. I would have loved the books better if the female MCs had been worthy of the male MCs. https://nomadicworlds.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/book-review-dark-skies-dark-shores-2-danielle-l-jensen/

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    That was insanely amazing. I think it's really cool that you could technically read DARK SKIES *or* DARK SHORES first, because they're happening along the same timeline; either way, I think readers will be thrilled with whichever they pick, because the Lydia/Killian story is JUST AS AWESOME as the Marcus/Teriana story. I love the world Jensen has created; it's fully fleshed out, I fall for just about every character who walks on the page, and the books are so tightly plotted that there is not a That was insanely amazing. I think it's really cool that you could technically read DARK SKIES *or* DARK SHORES first, because they're happening along the same timeline; either way, I think readers will be thrilled with whichever they pick, because the Lydia/Killian story is JUST AS AWESOME as the Marcus/Teriana story. I love the world Jensen has created; it's fully fleshed out, I fall for just about every character who walks on the page, and the books are so tightly plotted that there is not a single moment where I find myself wanting to skim. I'd recommend these books to anyone who loved RED RISING - the politics Jensen crafts are just as entertaining as the battle scenes, and I dare you to not root for the two POV characters the minute they walk onto the page. As an extra bonus, the writing is absolutely stunning. Having read DARK SHORES first, I do agree with the people who say it starts off a little slow, because we know about what happens in the beginning thanks to that book, but I actually really appreciated it because it allowed for a full fleshing-out of Lydia's character - which I, personally, really needed after how she's depicted in DARK SHORES. I found her to be very bookish (and kind of dorky if I'm being honest) and while there are definitely "fish out of water" moments for her throughout this book, she never becomes whiny; she's determined, ambitious in a selfless sense, and willing to do whatever it takes to help others. Her character was really appealing, and I'm so curious to see where the rest of her story goes. The same goes for Killian; I love this sassy war commander so much. Seeing his relationship with Lydia develop was agonizing (two words: slow. burn.) but I was also really entertained by the dynamic between Killian and his brother, as well as between him and Malahi. The courtly setting of this book was an interesting change of pace to the adventure-y plot of DARK SHORES, but Jensen's writing is still punchy and entertaining as hell to read. The twists were brilliantly plotted, and the scheming between all of the royals kept me turning pages like crazy. My only issue with this is that I don't have the sequel in my hands right now!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelsea

    4.5 stars! My book memory is terrible, so by the time I picked up Dark Skies, the only real things I could tell you about Dark Shores were the basic premise and the fact that I enjoyed the book. Thankfully, it wasn't too confusing to read Dark Skies, even for those of us afflicted with goldfish-level-memory! The first book started coming back to me as I read Dark Skies, and the plot was different enough from the first book's storyline to be complete intriguing even if I'm missing a few details. I 4.5 stars! My book memory is terrible, so by the time I picked up Dark Skies, the only real things I could tell you about Dark Shores were the basic premise and the fact that I enjoyed the book. Thankfully, it wasn't too confusing to read Dark Skies, even for those of us afflicted with goldfish-level-memory! The first book started coming back to me as I read Dark Skies, and the plot was different enough from the first book's storyline to be complete intriguing even if I'm missing a few details. I loved exploring the world and conflict through the lenses of Lydia and Killian, who are in the first book, but as side characters! This time, Lydia and Killian led the story. Teriana and Marcus appear, but only briefly. I typically have a tough time with second books (they tend to drag for me), but this new narrative perspective kept this story really fresh. Especially since both Lydia and Killian are fantastic characters. Lydia surprised me in a really good way, and Killian is the perfect mix of revered and vulnerable. Dark Skies is fast paced and bloody. Like, really bloody. It's full of twists and creepy scenes and it feels really EPIC. I kept thinking of the movie 300 while reading. I started it one eve and read to 20%. The next night, I thought I'd read another 20%. Instead, I stayed up late (a rarity these days) and finished the book. I just couldn't put it down! Jensen really knows how to UP THOSE STAKES and keep her readers hooked! This comes out in less than two weeks (May 5) and I highly recommend preordering. The author has a preorder campaign as well, on her instagram. Looking forward to the next installment! Thank you Tor Teen and Netgalley for a free advanced e-copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eileen (BookCatPin)

    A billion stars!!!! I loved Dark Shores a lot but oh my god did I fall head over heels for Dark Skies! The story made my heart pound, the characters gave me all the feels and the romance stole my breath away! Lydia and Killian is officially my favourite OTP!!! She's timid yet resourceful and he's disgraced but resilient. They couldn't have been further apart but fate brought them together. I loved seeing their relationship develop. With the exception of a few bittersweet moments, their interaction A billion stars!!!! I loved Dark Shores a lot but oh my god did I fall head over heels for Dark Skies! The story made my heart pound, the characters gave me all the feels and the romance stole my breath away! Lydia and Killian is officially my favourite OTP!!! She's timid yet resourceful and he's disgraced but resilient. They couldn't have been further apart but fate brought them together. I loved seeing their relationship develop. With the exception of a few bittersweet moments, their interactions were full of smoldering intensity. They're 1000% meant to be. Politics is a major player in Dark Skies and it's really well-done. It drove the story and heaped on tons of tension between the characters. So much scheming by so many different people. It was hard to hate the schemers when their plans were so clever. The plot twists were anything but predictable. Every single one had me gasping and nodding in appreciation. I'm hyper aware of a couple plot points that have been hinted at but brushed over. I have a pretty good idea where they're headed and I just know they'll be explosive once revealed. I especially am holding my breathe (view spoiler)[for when Lydia's true identity comes to light (hide spoiler)] . I can't wait for certain people's reactions ;) I can say a gazillion things about Dark Skies but none could adequately convey my love for it. I simply just need more. My mind, my body and my soul are ready for every single feels the next installment is sure to bring!

  18. 5 out of 5

    T.L. Branson

    I just finished Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen and oh my gosh. But first, a quick question… What do milkshakes, Slurpees, and smoothies have in common? Besides being drinks, they’re all mixes. I’ve already confessed to being a milkshake connoisseur, but I’m also a Slurpee addict. The perfect Slurpee is a blend between Cherry and Coke, mixed to the perfect texture that’s not too thick and not too watery. Similarly, Dark Skies is an absolutely perfect blend of Magic, Action, Politics, Deception, and I just finished Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen and oh my gosh. But first, a quick question… What do milkshakes, Slurpees, and smoothies have in common? Besides being drinks, they’re all mixes. I’ve already confessed to being a milkshake connoisseur, but I’m also a Slurpee addict. The perfect Slurpee is a blend between Cherry and Coke, mixed to the perfect texture that’s not too thick and not too watery. Similarly, Dark Skies is an absolutely perfect blend of Magic, Action, Politics, Deception, and Romance. Nearly every page is dripping with awesomeness that sucked me in and pulled me along a fantastic journey. Dark Skies Review Let’s get the not so great stuff out of the way so I can resume gushing about this book. It’s rare that I get the perfect Slurpee every single time. Usually, I get a thin layer of liquid at the bottom of the cup. This is either because it’s hot and it’s started to melt, or it wasn’t properly mixed before I dispensed it. Either way, the beginning of my drink is a little disappointing until all the liquid is gone. Similar to my review of Dark Shores, I felt that the beginning dragged a bit. A point of clarification, because I didn’t know this going in, but Dark Skies takes place at the exact same time as Dark Shores, but features two different characters. The characters from Dark Shores, Teriana and Marcus, are shown briefly in Dark Skies. You’ll see the exact opening scenes you remember from Dark Shores happening here in Dark Skies, but from Lydia’s perspective. But you also get Killian, a new character who I immediately fell in love with. Killian is marked by the gods and lives in northern continent of the Dark Shores. After those same initial scenes that gave me pause in the first book, I was totally sucked in and couldn’t get enough of Dark Skies. Answered Questions One of my biggest questions from Dark Skies was “What happened to Lydia?” I was left pretty disappointed with how that line ended in Dark Shores, but Jensen had a master plan all along. Dark Skies reveals exactly what happened to Lydia, and there’s no way it could have been answered in a single paragraph! She told me that she had intended to release Dark Skies a lot closer to the publication of Dark Shores, but the best laid plans… In either case, it’s easy to see how Dark Skies and Dark Shores would have made for one epic book if it featured all four POVs. Thankfully, that’s exactly what we’ll get with Book 3, and I can’t wait! What is Dark Skies About? After Lydia accidentally reveals the existence of the Dark Shores to Lucius via her frustrating cousin hellbent on destroying her, Lucius moves to have her killed. Without revealing too much, she ends up on the Dark Shores and quickly meets Killian. And that’s where things get interesting. Lydia’s whole goal is to save Teriana, but she has no idea how to go about achieving this considering she doesn’t even know where she is. Thanks to events that happen, Killian gets her a job as a guard to the royal princess. And that’s really where it gets interesting. As Captain of the guard, it positions Killian and Lydia in just the right place to develop a flourishing romance. The problem? Killian is sworn to princess Malahi. And even if he doesn’t have a relationship with her, he is bound to protect her forever and his life is not his own. The Plot Thickens Within the first chapter of the book you’ll quickly come to realize that there is more at work here. Aside from the threat of the Cel legions invading the Dark Shores we saw in Book 1, there is also the armies of Derin, those devoted to the seventh god, the Corruptor. With a known enemy pressing in from the North, the people of Mudamora are oblivious to the looming threat to the South. Even Lydia is unaware that they’ve made it through. All of this melds perfectly to provide you with excitement on every page. If it’s not the clanging swords or the singing arrows, it’s the internal struggles of forbidden love, or impossible situations that are forced upon our characters on more than a few occasions. Final Thoughts I can’t express my love for Dark Skies enough. I’m so grateful to Danielle for sending me a copy. Especially with this epic art swag: The top image is Killian and Lydia, while the bottom is Marcus and Teriana. I really enjoyed Dark Shores, but I loved Dark Skies so much more. And that cover is absolutely gorgeous, is it not? The beginning dragged the book down a little bit, but since it was my second time with those scenes, and getting to see it from a different perspective, it was easier to digest than the first go around. Oh, and did I mention there’s a medieval version of zombies? You heard me right. Zombies! I’ll let you see for yourself how Jensen pulls that one off. I don’t have too many “auto-buy” authors, but Danielle L. Jensen is one of them. Another fantastic tale and one you won’t want to miss. More reviews on my blog at https://tlbranson.com/blog

  19. 5 out of 5

    Frankie Lovely

    4.5/5 stars I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Another gorgeously written and beautifully told story by Danielle L. Jensen in this fantastical world. This book finds its voice through Lydia (who we met briefly in Dark Shores) and Killian (who you will not regret meeting in this book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Skye ~ Court of Binge Reading

    ***Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Teen for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review*** Danielle L. Jensen sure knows how to perfectly execute political intrigue. She also excels at world-building. And slow-burn romances. And characters you can’t help but root for--and ship together. Basically, I’m telling you that you should definitely add this series to your TBR. Do it. Right now. Okay, let me backup and explain a few things to you. If you like brave heroines, you should read thi ***Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Teen for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review*** Danielle L. Jensen sure knows how to perfectly execute political intrigue. She also excels at world-building. And slow-burn romances. And characters you can’t help but root for--and ship together. Basically, I’m telling you that you should definitely add this series to your TBR. Do it. Right now. Okay, let me backup and explain a few things to you. If you like brave heroines, you should read this book. If you like heroines who are strategic rather than fighters, you should read this book. If you like badass, soft-hearted love interests, you should read this book. If you like magic, court politics, and morally grey characters, you should read this book. Okay okay. Now for my actual review. Dark Skies is the second book in the Dark Shores series. It follows two characters: Killian and Lydia. We met Lydia briefly in Dark Shores. The author has said you can read either of these books first, and I agree. However, I personally like reading books in publication order. That being said, if you pick up Dark Skies first, you won’t be confused in the slightest. This book starts at the same time as Dark Shores just from two different character’s perspectives. First, let’s talk about Lydia. Lydia is a scholar--not a fighter. She cannot fight which made me love her more. If I was in a fantasy book, I would definitely be a scholar. Now, while she may not be a trained fighter, she is a warrior in her own right. Lydia is resourceful, brave, and incredibly loyal. I think Danielle did an amazing job executing Lydia’s character arc in this book. I can’t wait to see what happens next! Now, let’s talk about our male lead, Killian. I knew I was going to love Killian as soon as I read his name. I’m a sucker for the name Killian (shoutout to Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time, my OG Killian). Killian is also fiercely loyal to his people and has an insanely strong moral compass. Killian is Marked by the God of War, and he takes his responsibility to his people and his kingdom very seriously. This boy, quite frankly, has the weight of the world upon his shoulders. Throw these two together and you get a deliciously slow-burn romance. *swoons just thinking about it* This installment was a ton of fun to read! There’s something for everyone in this book: epic fight scenes, political intrigue, romance, and magic! I was on the edge of my seat! I never knew what the side characters’ true motivations were or if they were trustworthy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Davis

    Wow, I really loved this book! I wasn't sure what to expect because I haven't read the first book in the series yet, but you can definitely start with this one like I did (and then go back to book 1 like I will because you need to know what happens!). The world building was top-notch! The seven gods and the marked (with their magic) were so easy for me to envision, as were the differences between the two continents on opposite sides of the world--one more roman in nature, and the other more medi Wow, I really loved this book! I wasn't sure what to expect because I haven't read the first book in the series yet, but you can definitely start with this one like I did (and then go back to book 1 like I will because you need to know what happens!). The world building was top-notch! The seven gods and the marked (with their magic) were so easy for me to envision, as were the differences between the two continents on opposite sides of the world--one more roman in nature, and the other more medieval. I believe the first book takes place in the other continent, which makes me eager to read it and explore more about the world we only touch on in the beginning of the story. I really enjoyed the characters as well. Lydia is strong-willed and soft-hearted. Killian is a brooding warrior trying to make up for past mistakes. And there's a whole host of supporting characters as well. The romance pulled me in, and the nonstop action kept me glued to the pages. I definitely recommend for fans of YA fantasy! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC copy :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauriane (L.M. Durand)

    ⁣Dark Skies is finally here and many of you know how much I've been dying to read this book. I was lucky enough to receive this book in advance and I DEVOURED IT!!! Dark Skies is the second installment in the Dark Shores series. While I was prepared to get more of Marcus and Terianna, this book surprised me by introducing two new-ish characters, Lydia and Killian. Their story happens at the same time as our first heroes in Dark Shores. Dark Skies follows the exciting adventures of Lydia, Terianna' ⁣Dark Skies is finally here and many of you know how much I've been dying to read this book. I was lucky enough to receive this book in advance and I DEVOURED IT!!! Dark Skies is the second installment in the Dark Shores series. While I was prepared to get more of Marcus and Terianna, this book surprised me by introducing two new-ish characters, Lydia and Killian. Their story happens at the same time as our first heroes in Dark Shores. Dark Skies follows the exciting adventures of Lydia, Terianna's bestie that we briefly met in Book 1, and Killian, a disgraced God-Marked soldier. In this quest, both must face more than they bargained for. This story is simply epic. First, I enjoyed reading about some events from book 1 from a different perspective, that was really interesting. From the first pages, I was pulled into the story. Written in a dual POV, the story is fast-paced, leaving you wanting for more after each chapter. I enjoyed reading about both characters immensely, learning even more about the Gods and culture. I'm seriously amazed by how well described, thought out, and large the world is. The characters have an interesting dynamic, which made everything even better. I also very much enjoyed reading about the princess. The banter is always fun to read. The author's writing seems effortless. I went through the pages very fast, enjoying the right balance between details and action. The ending is.... I need Book 3 NOW! LOL I need more books like these two in my life. Interestingly enough, I do have a little preference for this book. This book is absolutely fantastic. One year is a long time to wait, but I'll be patient. This book is definitely one I highly recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    4.5 Stars! Amazing book, I can’t wait to read the next one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Happy birthday to this amazing book! Check it out. It blew me away and I need the third book now!! ——————————————————— I’m exhausted in the best way. Like holy moly I can't handle the amazingness of this book! I loved the first book and this one was even better. I will say first you probably could read this book without having read the first book, Dark Shores, but I think you will love it even more and understand the world a little bit better as well if you have read the first book. Dark Skies is Happy birthday to this amazing book! Check it out. It blew me away and I need the third book now!! ——————————————————— I’m exhausted in the best way. Like holy moly I can't handle the amazingness of this book! I loved the first book and this one was even better. I will say first you probably could read this book without having read the first book, Dark Shores, but I think you will love it even more and understand the world a little bit better as well if you have read the first book. Dark Skies is not exactly a sequel to Dark Shores. It basically takes you on a new journey to new and dangerous lands. The beginning of the book we see similar events as the beginning of Dark Shores but told from Lydia's perspective. I'm so glad to find out what happened to her. I won't go into too many details because I don't want to spoil anything but we see her in these changing times in Celendrial. I loved Lydia from the first book but there is so much depth to her character. She is the Senator's daughter but really doesn't want to be involved in the politics. She is a scholar at heart but has a kind heart and is a total survivor. She keeps getting back up even when all hope is lost. I really admired her for her spirit and strength. She is not necessarily a fighter or soldier but this girl is determined. Then there is Killian who is a commander. He suffers a lost and ends up being the bodyguard to the Princess Malahi. It is a change for him to be commander of a great army one day then try to figure out the working politics of court life. I felt so bad for him. There is so much unrealistic pressure on him to win and I'm like umm, sorry but I didn't see any of you at the front. He suffers from guilt and lost and is just trying to do something that will make a difference and save lives. He knows he can't save everyone but that doesn't mean he won't try until his last breathe. He reminds me a bit of Marcus, one the main leads in Dark Shores. Both commanders who have to make a lot of mistakes and cost men, women and children their lives but the pressure is real and I think they do what they can. I love me some political intrigue and along with some epic battle scenes; the intrigue is so complex and I was like ok, but what is really going on here. Politics are messy. There are so many lives at stake but then there are also greedy individuals who really want to be on top and will take the power at the cost of anything and anyone. There are no "good guys". Nothing is black and white and I freaking love that. All of the characters have their flaws. No one has all of the answers and no one is completely invincible or untouchable. The intrigue really carried the story along with all of the danger. The danger is intense. Wars, a plague, starving citizens, demons falling from the sky, dangerous armies, literally ones called the Corrupted at your front gate, oh boy, the intensity is crazy. I need a nap after this one but it is so engaging and mentally and emotionally draining but like in a good way. The world-building is so good. I can't wait to see the map that should be in the final copies of this book. Seeing more of the Marked ones who are individuals Marked by the one of the six (seven for the Corrupted) gods who each have their own abilities and talents but in Mudaire, where most of the story takes place, all of the Marked ones have to turn themselves into the King. They are used until their dying breath literally. Just like the second sons of those in Celendrial who are conscripted to the army. Basically, I would never want to live in this book. It is brutal, dark and disturbing, dangerous and deadly. Like it is great to read about but I'm good. Overall, this is already one of my new favorites and I hope you pick this book up and Dark Shores as well. Don't miss out on this amazing, epic fantasy filled with war, politics, danger around every corner, complex characters and subtle romance. This one is exactly the kind of fantasy I want to read more and more of. *Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Selene

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the advanced reading copy of Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen. I can't wait to start this book. As this is the second book to a series I don't want to give to much detail, as not to spoil anyone. I will say I love the magical world and characters that Jensen creates. They are marvellously, flawless, unique, and interesting characters. The first novel is about Terinana she is the secon I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the advanced reading copy of Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen. I can't wait to start this book. As this is the second book to a series I don't want to give to much detail, as not to spoil anyone. I will say I love the magical world and characters that Jensen creates. They are marvellously, flawless, unique, and interesting characters. The first novel is about Terinana she is the second mate to the ship Quinsence. She is strong willed and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Marcus is the commander of a brutal army. He is brave and cold. They are both wonderfully developed characters that add so much more depth to the story. The fact that this book (like the Malediction trilogy) is told in two perspectives adds so much love of these characters, it is indescribable. Danielle L. Jensen’s writing is something I can always get lost in. I highly recommend you start this series. Danielle’s L. Jensen is one of my favourite authors. I will always read anything she publishes!

  26. 4 out of 5

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    Ohhhh we have a gorgeous cover now!!! Soooo excited :D I NEED THIS IN MY HANDS!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)

    A huge thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and Danielle L. Jensen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 Full disclaimer: I expected this to be a sequel to Dark Shores, a book I loved so much. It was a tough pill to swallow when I started reading only to find out it is not, in fact a sequel. So, don't go into this like I did! You can start with either Dark Shores, or Dark Skies! Though I have to admit, reading them in publication order works best for me A huge thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and Danielle L. Jensen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4.5/5 Full disclaimer: I expected this to be a sequel to Dark Shores, a book I loved so much. It was a tough pill to swallow when I started reading only to find out it is not, in fact a sequel. So, don't go into this like I did! You can start with either Dark Shores, or Dark Skies! Though I have to admit, reading them in publication order works best for me in this case, given what you get to know in each book about each character. But hey, it can work either way so if you read them the other way around, let me know what you thought! So, having said that: I loved Dark Skies! Perhaps even a little more than Dark Shores, but don't tell Teriana and Marcus I said that. In this book we follow Lydia and Killian, two people from opposite sides of the world, clueless to said opposite side. In Dark Shores we learn about one side, and in Dark Skies about the other side, which I absolutely loved. Celendrial is just a horrid place and to see more of Cassius and Vibius was not something I needed haha! Man, politics are so frustrating! Both Lydia and Killian have flaws, making them feel real and making you feel for them, with them. I cared about both their stories, and their goals. I just love them both! The people they encounter are complex, too, and for example I went from 'YAASS!' to 'are you for real?' when it came to Malehi. I still feel dubious about her, to be honest. Her guards however, were amazing, and Bercola was superb, too. The ending felt very rushed, and I mean the very, very end. Everything else was very well paced, and it leads up to me wanting the sequel, just like Dark Shores did. I cannot wait! Lydia is amazing, by the way, and I aspire to be her. To grow like her. “I’m tired of being helpless. Of being a victim.” I mean, come on, that is brilliant! Add to that her training to fight is nothing like the usual in novels, because she sucks at it and doesn't miraculously get amazing at it. Beautiful. Also, Killian. I just. kjdshgjlakdf. I am so tired I can't even formulate why I love him, but his humor is right up my alley and his righteousness was surprisingly not annoying for once! I will also fight and protect Finn and his orphans always. ALWAYS. A few negative things, though, because no book is perfect! - Sweat is once again pooling beneath breasts. - Necklaces are also hanging between breasts. (what is it with that focus??) - Once again the romance felt forced and out of nowhere. It wasn't until it was going on that I got invested, because slow-burn here is apparently going from 'he/she's handsome, we're friends' to 'I will risk all for him/her' in the flip of a page. I just miss the build up to that! But then I'd also be annoyed probably at the constant romance so who knows. I'm just difficult to please! All that matters is that I love them and them together and shipshipship (I made noises at the end of the book okay. I am a trash queen after all). Even though I will forever be sad Jensen didn't go the sapphic route with Lydia and Teriana. So, dust off your traveling boots and get to Reath! Get your hands on this beautiful cover one way or another, or listen to the absolutely splendid audio!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    4.5 stars Dark Skies, book two of the Dark Shores series, by Danielle Jensen is a book I have been waiting to read since I turned the last page of Dark Shores. If you have not yet started this series, you definitely should. Please be warned, if you haven’t yet read book one, I don’t think I will spoil anything but you can’t hold it against me if I do. This book runs somewhat parallel to the story in book one as this one focuses on Lydia and Killian and while at first I was all about getting more a 4.5 stars Dark Skies, book two of the Dark Shores series, by Danielle Jensen is a book I have been waiting to read since I turned the last page of Dark Shores. If you have not yet started this series, you definitely should. Please be warned, if you haven’t yet read book one, I don’t think I will spoil anything but you can’t hold it against me if I do. This book runs somewhat parallel to the story in book one as this one focuses on Lydia and Killian and while at first I was all about getting more about Teriana and Marcus, Jensen made me quickly forget that line of thought and focus on these characters and I love where this story is going. Lydia is Teriana’s best friend and she is briefly mentioned in Dark Shores, but we get her full story in this book and I loved her. Despite the fact that she’s grown up with an influential father, when Lydia when goes against the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire, she finds herself in Mudamora (nope – can’t / won’t tell you how). Unfortunately for Lydia, she ends up there in a really bad time for Mudamora…more to come about that. Killian…I loved him. Having been Marked by the God of War, he is thought to be the one who will save Mudamora from the Corrupter and when the wall falls while he is in command and the armies invade, he finds himself in a situation where he has to rely on the crown princess to save him by having him swear his sword to her for life. This is not exactly the path Killian had in mind for himself but as he finds himself caught up in politics, he can’t stop thinking of the people and every night he goes out to do what he can to help whether that’s bringing food to orphans or saving a girl who happens to be wandering around after dark…which most know not to do. From the moment Lydia and Killian met, I could feel the tension and the build of their relationship throughout this book was fantastically done. Lydia is in a foreign world and is desperate to get back to Celendor to help her father. Unfortunately with what is going on in Mudamora, she doesn’t have an easy solve and when she agrees to something that changes her in a big way, she finds that she has now put herself in a more dangerous position than she was before. I thought Lydia showed a lot of growth in this story. She faces a lot of tough decisions and she makes most of them based on the impact to those she loves no matter the danger she is in…all the way to the last page of the book. The secondary characters in this book were interesting and helped to move the story along. I had so many mixed feelings about Malahi, Killian’s older brother, Hacken, needs to be punched, and I want to know more about Rufina and the Corruptor. I will be curious to see what happens next for all of these characters as well as those from book one. I am hoping they all begin to cross paths soon because of reasons. That’s about all I can say about this book without ruining anything for anyone. Just trust me – you need to pick this one up and lucky for you, it comes out soon, so you don’t have to wait very long. If you’re looking for a series that has great characters, political intrigue, plenty of action, and swoony bits, this one is for you! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was a bit bloated in spots with A LOT of setup material. It was an interesting way to pace this series. I was a fan of the first book in the series. That book focused on Teriana and Marcus. This book takes place during essentially the same time period, but it focuses on Lydia and Killian. Lydia was in the first part of Dark Shores, and it appeared that she may have been killed by Marcus (although I never believed that) after somehow betraying Teriana and revealing the existence of land This book was a bit bloated in spots with A LOT of setup material. It was an interesting way to pace this series. I was a fan of the first book in the series. That book focused on Teriana and Marcus. This book takes place during essentially the same time period, but it focuses on Lydia and Killian. Lydia was in the first part of Dark Shores, and it appeared that she may have been killed by Marcus (although I never believed that) after somehow betraying Teriana and revealing the existence of lands unknown to her people, setting into motion the crazy events of that story. Well, it turns out that Lydia is alive and well, although she doesn't see Marcus as the good guy that the rest of us do after book one. She finds herself in a new world as well, smack dab in the middle of a crazy war and a push for power. Here she encounters Killian, a god-marked man who is said to have great warrior powers, but at least as far as this book goes ... I just don't see it. Lydia gets her own god-marked powers, and it is hinted that she has an interesting parentage and history that is yet to be revealed. Because of the way these two books are written it is possible to read either one of them first and not miss much, but you'll have to read both of these books before heading into book three when it seems like both stories intersect. Like I said, this book was full of A LOT of set up, but it seemed to leave a lot of loose ends as well. In a book as long as this one that was incredibly frustrating. It's crazy that there is a gigantic amount of palace intrigue and danger in Lydia's home civilization, but just as in book one, this is completely dropped in order to plop her into another civilization with another gigantic amount of palace intrigue. I would have preferred it if Danielle Jensen had just chosen one world to focus on. I think that all of this will start to be resolved in the next book of the series, but this took a lot of time just to introduce a world and characters. Killian and Lydia are both interesting characters, but I didn't feel like they got fleshed out enough in this. Only toward the end of the book did I feel like things were starting to get interesting. Killian is in a bind with his sworn oath to protect and serve his princess. He is obviously an honorable man, and in a world full of dishonorable people that can be a problem. I actually liked Lydia quite a bit, but I wish she had a deeper story arc. There is still so much we don't know about her. As far as romance goes, prepare to be disappointed. REALLY disappointed. There is some serious sexual tension between Lydia and Killian, but they aren't exactly free to act on those feelings. Both have obligations that make any sort of romantic attachment less than ideal. So this is a slooooooow burn romance that doesn't find any relief in this story. In fact, things end on a total downer. I wouldn't exactly call it a cliffhanger, but it doesn't end with things tied up nice and pretty with a sweet little bow. I finished the story feeling extremely unfulfilled as a reader. As for the narration, it was good enough. Stephanie Willis did a great job with Lydia's voice. I struggled a bit with DeVante Johnson's narration for Killian. His delivery was a bit too staccato for my taste, but he got the job done and I still liked Killian's character at the end, despite any issues I had with narration. I think I suffered a bit simply because life is a bit crazy right now, so I didn't have the sort of attention span I needed to really immerse myself in this fantasy world. I am a big Danielle Jensen fan, so I have faith that I'll come to really enjoy this series as she brings everything together in the upcoming books. For now, I give this one three stars. I liked it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    I devoured book one of this series Dark Shores, It had action, political strife, and a really good romance with some magic gods thrown in. So enter book two amazing cover lets dive in. Now i should of been expecting this but book two follows a different set of people. Book two focuses on Lydia and Killian. Now i wanted to know more about Lydia she adopted so to discover the info we do in book two is interesting. The let down is at least for me i don’t have the same excitement in it that i just h I devoured book one of this series Dark Shores, It had action, political strife, and a really good romance with some magic gods thrown in. So enter book two amazing cover lets dive in. Now i should of been expecting this but book two follows a different set of people. Book two focuses on Lydia and Killian. Now i wanted to know more about Lydia she adopted so to discover the info we do in book two is interesting. The let down is at least for me i don’t have the same excitement in it that i just had no connection to what was happening. I wanted to know about Lydia but i felt it was just so drawn out. I don’t want you think this series is bad i think the series is going to amazing but i kind of hoping that the next two books really bring the story lines together. As of now i feel a huge disconnect between what happened in book one and what happened in book two. I felt mostly that what happened in book two could of been told in less pages their like 4 major things that happened and it felt it was presented as filler. Excited to see how things continue for these characters

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