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Review: Ravage the Dark by Tara Sim

Ravage the Dark is a story about trying to figure out who we are. In this world where we wear many disguises, have to change ourselves to fit in, who are we without the masks? Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


For seven long years, while she was imprisoned on a debtor’s ship, Amaya Chandra had one plan: to survive. But now, survival is not enough. She has people counting on her; counting on her for protection, for leadership, for vengeance. And after escaping Moray by the skin of her teeth, she’s determined to track down the man who betrayed her and her friends.

Cayo Mercado has lost everything: his money, his father, his reputation. Everything except his beloved sister. But he’s well on his way to losing her, too, with no way to afford the treatment for her deadly illness. In a foreign empire also being consumed by ash fever, Cayo has no choice but to join Amaya in uncovering the mystery of the counterfeit currency, the fever, and how his father was involved in their creation. But Cayo still hasn’t forgiven Amaya for her earlier deception, and their complicated feelings for each other are getting harder and harder to ignore.

Through glittering galas, dazzling trickery, and thrilling heists, Cayo and Amaya will learn that the corruption in Moray goes far deeper than they know, and in the end the only people they can trust are each other.


Haunted by her mistakes from the past, Amaya begins Ravage the Dark figuring out her next move. She’s suffered the consequences and has to discover how to stop the avalanche. From Scavenge the Stars, the themes of fortune and revenge are strong within this sequel. As some characters have suffered a reversal of fortune, our favorite characters have to reconcile that their lives have changed irrevocably. For Cayo he will be tested in a way he never expected.

While there was some humor in his new experiences, I enjoyed seeing his role in exploring his limitations. Of what he is willing to do and to learn in order to survive. Ravage the Darkis a story about apologies and reconciliation, revenge and retribution. We never quite know what we will do when the ones we love are threatened. This sequel becomes about all our revelations with family and the lack of.

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It’s also a story that is still committed to exploring the power of greed. What we would do to get ahead. Can anyone escape without being affected? Ravage the Dark delivers a story that balances action with character growth. If you love the themes of forgiveness and revenge, grief and family, you have to read this duology. Find Ravage the Dark on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon, &


What is your favorite duology about revenge?

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