Amber and DuskAmber and Dusk by Lyra Selene
Reading: March 10 to March 12 2019
Resume: 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.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Plot: 4★ Characters: 5★ Writing: 4★

Amber and dusk was featured in the December 2018 ‘Power Of Illusions’ OwlCrate. Once again, it’s the kind of book i would never have wanted in the first place. That’s why i love these subscription boxes, you know : it’s because i never know what i will get, and i’m always nicely surprised by the books. (well, almost always but, hey : one can’t love it all, right ? )
Let’s talk about Amber and Dusk, then. At first, i didn’t like it. All the journey part, without anything going on… I mean, it was just an annoying journey, with an annoying girl, and i’ve read it everywhere. but, well : i’ve had lots of good surprises with owlcrate’s books, so i kept reading. It was saturday, i had nothing else to do… and my cat was asleep on my belly so i couldn’t move. I read, then.
And Sylvie went to the castle.
And Sylvie started her new life.
And Sylvie became very interesting.
And, Sylvie became Mirage, the illusion mage of the Empress Court. She became a lonely girl, who had to impress the Empress, who knew nothing of that world, who knew nothing of what would happen to her if she stayed… She new nothing about Court, about manners, about that world she was crawling for. And, I started to feel for her, for her adventures, her friendships, her struggles.
And, oh. my. god, that wicked Versaille Lyra Selene is painting for us all along. I just LOVED it. I loved that there was something rotten, i loved the weirdness coming up, a bit more on each page. I would have loved it better if, sometimes, Lyra Selene would have taken a bit more time to explain us things, to describe the world instead of just showing us it was “this” and no explanations needed. Oh well.

I loved that we got to see the first love interest Sylvie had, and i loved that things went very wrong with him. I loved that he was as wicked as everyone else. And. for god sake. I loved the twins too. Those wicked lovely bastards were my favourites in that book. Sunder. That Sunder is so perfect. May i have one for Christmas, please ? He is the super rich wicked one, who makes people hate him on purpose, who will do anything to protect his sister… and at some point, you just realise he had done the same for Sylvie/Mirage from day one…

In the end, i couldn’t even thing i thought this was going to be “generic fantasy”, because when i finally arrived at the last page, i just turned it, once. Twice. and then i said to my sleepy cat “what an ending is that i want more”. And Chat just yawned and went back to sleep and… i felt so lonely. I will definitely buy the second book and read it, and i hope i will enjoy that one as much as the first ! And, reader, you HAVE TO GIVE THIS BOOK A GO. it totally deserve it.

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