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Review: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

You know that feeling when you finally have that anticipated sequel in your hand? 2020 is the year of anticipated sequels for me and Unravel the Dusk is so high on that list! Keep reading this book review to see all my squealing about Unravel the Dusk!


Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

While Unravel the Dusk was full of action, this sequel actually felt more introspective than Spin the Dawn. It’s a sequel about survival. Not only of our country, our family, but of the essence of ourselves. In war, there is so much to lose. Our history, our identity, our future. But often we end up fighting wars in our heart as well – as pieces of ourselves fight against our dreams, ambitions, and hope. Unravel the Dusk asks us how we survive and also not lose ourselves.

Maia is stuck in the middle of this war with her people and their hopes. How can she fight against not only the forces of greed and ambition, but also the darkness within herself? The demon, like most demons, forces us to hurt the ones we love, to persuade us to give in, and to isolate ourselves. The urge to let people fall to their own whims, mistakes, and selfishness is strong. Unravel the Dusk shows us how Maia seeks the courage to fight. To try to bring peace when the forces around her descend into chaos.

Unravel the Dusk not only asks us how we rise to meet the darkness, but also about whether we give into vengeance. That feeling of being full of anger, threatening for it to brim over and overwhelm us. In this way, I felt like, while we all may not be possessed by a demon, this is a universal fight. To not let our pain, anger, and fear consume us. Unravel the Dusk is full of clashing swords, dangerous bargains, and the fight to save what we love. It’s a story of choices and sacrifice, of finding our way forward for the future.

Find Unravel the Dusk on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound,, & The Book Depository.


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