Welcome to my stop on the tour for Unravel The Dusk!
You probably remember me being completely starry-eyed over Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim last year 😍✨I’ve been thoroughly counting down the day still this gorgeous sequel was in my hands. It’s full of high stakes, demons, starcrossed lovers, and Maia discovering who she really is: tailor or monster or girl.
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Unravel The Dusk (book #2) by Elizabeth Lim is out now.
The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.
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.
Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English. Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel — for kicks, at first, then things became serious — and she hasn’t looked back since. Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.
This is a tale of magic, bloodshed, and destiny.
What I really loved about book one was the magic, and I’m so glad this sequel deeply explored the magical powers of the dresses Maia completed in book one. She made three dresses from: (1) the laughter of the sun (2) the tears of the moon, and (3) the blood of the stars. Now we get to see what these dresses DO. And their power is dark and fathomless. But there’s a catch Maia didn’t anticipate — she poured herself into the dresses as she tailored them, so they’re not just garments. They are part of her. Their power is hers.
And what is she going to do with it?
Demons. Enchanters. Emperors.
So the story takes off basically where the last one left off: Edan is gone and Maia is finally imperial tailor (they know she’s a woman) and the emperor is set to marry Lady Sarnai (who hates him). War is imminent if this marriage is not successful. Maia just wants everyone to DO THEIR JOB. She is so tired and stressed and sick of losing people. Her family. Her love. Her dreams. And she sacrificed a lot in book 1, so we’re seeing the repercussions there. I really love books about monstrous curses, demons, and fighting your inner darkness, so this was excellent. Maia’s dark side is now seeping into her life and she has no idea if she’ll lose who she is entirely.
I did miss Edan a lot — the humour and wit of Maia/Edan’s relationship isn’t in this one — but we have such high stakes and moments of heartbreak and valiance, I think the more serious tone sat well with the story. And Edan is still such a soft dork 🥺someone called him a cowherd’s son and he’s like: “Rude???? I mean it’s true but also rude.🤨” I love him so much.
A powerful finale.
We have wars, battles, and impossible stakes all through this book. It’s here to keep your heart in your mouth as you have no idea what the fate of the universe will be. Can monstrous people do good? How do you hold onto yourself when you’ve sacrificed your soul to save those you love?
There’s war, destruction, gorgeous displays of magic, and aching hearts. This is a powerful, blood-soaked finale of magic dresses and demon girls.
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did you read Spin the Dawn? are you excited for the sequel!! tell me your favourite Asian fantasy books!