Dark Breaks the Dawn

Dark Breaks the Dawn

by Sara B. Larson

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Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake — a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338068696
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 318,530
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy, Ignite, and Endure; and Dark Breaks the Dawn, the first book of a duology. She can't remember a time when she didn't write books — although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their children. When she's not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction. You can visit her online at SaraBLarson.com.

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When Tanvir lunged forward yet again, this time going for a debilitating torso wound, Evelayn used his momentum to hook his arm, swing herself around his body, and drag her blade across his back."Point to Princess Evelayn!" Kel called out. But not a killing blow.She moved to disentangle her arm, but instead, in that one moment of hesitation when she'd allowed herself a pause of triumph, Tanvir dropped one of his blades to grab her wrist, squeezing so hard it compressed a nerve that forced her hand to convulse and drop her own knife. Simultaneously, he wrenched her forward so he could spin her in front of him, his arm now firmly wrapped around both of hers, and then, so fast she didn't even have a chance to struggle, his blade angled against her throat, ready to slit it.A killing strike. Evelayn exhaled angrily even as her stomach sank."Lord Tanvir takes the match," Kel announced unnecessarily.But Tanvir didn't move yet, his arm still holding her close and his blade still touching her skin, both of them breathing heavily. Her irritation at losing faded as she became aware of the heat of him pressed through her leathers, of a heady musk that suddenly colored his scent, sparking a responding warmth deep within her. A different kind than she'd ever felt before, it called for more, beckoned her to move even closer to the hard length of his body.And then suddenly, he let go, stepping back. Evelayn stumbled forward, shocked at her own thoughts. Shocked that he'd beat her so quickly. Shocked that for a moment, she'd forgotten about her mother leaving, the war, not being able to shift, or anything beyond Lord Tanvir's arm around her and his muscled chest and abdomen against her back.

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Dark Breaks the Dawn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read from start to end. Not sure how I feel about the end but we will have to wait and see in book 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW. This one took me totally by surprise- I was not expecting to be totally enthralled with the story. But I completely was enchanted by it. First of all I need to mention the cliffhanger. I didn't expect it (I didn't realize it was part of a series when I started it.) And it is a HUGE cliffhanger. Like... the kind you get between the Lord of the Rings films, where you're like, "OH SNAP" and then have to wait a year or however long to find out what happens next. So if you're not crazy about cliffhangers, wait till the next one is out, then read this one. But DEFINITELY read it. I loved the colorful descriptions and world building, very much. I haven't read anything quite like this before, and I really enjoyed how different the "people" were. It's nice to have a different setup than humans, vampires, fae, and witches (although those can be enjoyable, this was a nice step into something I wasn't familiar with before.) There are some unanswered questions I have, like why do they run super fast in lieu of using horses (when the dark guys have horses, for example.) Also, there were some things that I wish were more descriptive, like when the one guy makes a vow, and they skip over what her vow was. Not being detailed here, as to avoid spoilers, but small parts here and there felt a little unpolished. To end the review, I wanted to note that I listened to the audiobook version of this book, and very much enjoyed the narrator. I LOVE listening to a Scottish accent (I think that's what her accent was?) and though the varied pronunciation of many words was different from my own super basic California girl accent, it was smooth and enjoyable to listen to! I hope she narrates the next one- she did a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life, and the rest of the story had a lullabye/bedtime story-like quality, which was absolutely perfect for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book before it was released. As soon as I read the description I was hooked. I read the ARC, and then once the book came out I read it again because I couldn't get enough of the story. I would definitely recommend it to those who love magic and some romance. I am so excited for the second book to come out!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! This is the first book I've picked up in a few months, and helped me remember why I love reading so much. We have Evelayn, who I love. She isn't willing to give up despite everything crumbling around her. I loved this story. This is the first book I've read by Sarah B. Larson, and I'm excited to read her other books. I can't wait until the sequel of this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! The world, the storyline, the characters, I loved it all so much!! The story was so original even with the age old theme of light vs dark! Sara's writing was so addicting it pulled you into the story and didn't let go till you read the last word and then some!!! I cannot wait for book 2!!
kozbisa More than 1 year ago
At the time of her 18th birthday, the Light kingdom has been at war with the Dark kingdom for over 10 years. As she just gains access to her powers, Princess Evelayn is charged with restoring balance to this land, but will she be able to master her powers in time? I was so excited that Sara B. Larson was writing another series. I was a HUGE Defy fan, and was not disappointed with her new novel. Once again, Larson gave us strong female lead in Evelayn, but under the surface was a young woman, who was struggling with the responsibilities that were thrust upon her before she was ready. Evelayn had just come into her powers, and had yet to master them, but now she was charged with saving her kingdom! That in and of itself was quite stressful, but then she was weighed down with being the last of her line, and was being pressured to marry and produce an heir as soon as possible. I don't know about you, but my head would be spinning, and Larson did an admirable job relaying those feelings to the reader. The stress, the worry, the panic; I really shared in all Evelayn's emotions, and really wanted her to succeed. "And she had already been forced to become a queen, to shoulder the burden of a war, to learn to wield her power all at once...." I found the world and its magical elements quite thrilling. The way they could smell emotions, and use light as a weapon. The way the royals could shift into animal forms, and even the rules associated with how the power was passed from generation to generation was quite intriguing. It was presented in small chunks, so as to avoid info dumps, and I thought Larson painted a vivid picture for me. "Light and Dark Draiolon had been gifted their powers to bring day and night, summer and winter, to the world - to work together to create a perfect harmony." The story is filled with many interesting characters, but I immediately fell for the high lord, Tanvir. I knew he was special from that first meeting between him and Evelayn, and my love for him just grew and grew from there. I was shipping those two from the start, and even though what happened happened, I still believe in this ship. After all, this is a fantasy, anything is possible. "You're stubborn and headstrong, but you're also so determined...so brave. I want to throttle you and kiss you -- all at once." The story moved along briskly, once the major plan to save the kingdom was hatched. There was plenty of action and harrowing situations to put me on edge, but that ending! There are two ways books in a series can end. The author can either close a story arc and open another OR they can leave you with a broken heart and a cliffhanger. Larson opted for the latter. I definitely shed a few tears there, and I do understand her choice, as this is only planned as a duology, but my heart! My aching heart! One of my new favorite things is to read the afterword when I finish a book. That is where I learned about how this story was inspired by Swan Lake, and is sort of the prequel to that story. I have seen parts of this ballet performed, but didn't really know the story. What I have learned is that, there was a prince, who was hunting. He was going to kill this swan, but then she transformed into a human princess. The princess was under the spell of an evil sorcerer, and could only be saved by a prince, who would vow a lifetime of fidelity to her. I can easily spot the threads of Swan Lake woven into this tale, and appreciate Larson's interpretation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Swan Lake Retelling! AHHH! I loved it.
BrainyHeroine More than 1 year ago
I got Dark Breaks the Dawn for my birthday this year, I've been on a retelling kick lately, and LOVED this unique take on Swan Lake. The reinvented landscape, the remarkable cast of characters, and if you're like me and also get the book on audible, you'll love how easy it is to get swept up in Eadrolan, and Evelayn's story. Dark Breaks the Dawn gives you a LOT of back story into Swan Lake, and I'm guessing book two will be more of the traditional story that we know. The ending had me crying, maybe throwing the book across the room, and over all, anticipating the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I was a little girl, I have always been obsessed with the tale of Swan Lake. I remember when my parents took me to see the ballet on my tenth birthday as a surprise and I mostly cried through it (don’t worry they got it on video). So, when looking for a retelling of Swan Lake? I have pretty much looked EVERYWHERE. Then, I just went on a goodreads messaging board and asked them a good book to read for my Swan Lake craving, and they gave me this one. To say that I loved this book, to say that I was mesmerized by this book? Is an EXTREME understatement. The love and detail that went into this book makes the world that Sarah B Larson has created, 200000x better than any other retelling of Swan Lake I have ever read. The characters-specifically our brilliant protagonist, Evelayn-were elegant, brave, and simply amazing. I was hooked, strapped to a chair, and wide eyed from page one. Evelayn is everything I wanted from a strong female protagonist, and is the fighter in us all. If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh, cheer, and then ultimately gasp and just sit open mouth and craving the next book? Look no further. This retelling of Swan lake is magical, alluring, and deliciously action packed. Sarah B. Larson has outdone herself and has all her fans shamelessly craving for more.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Dark breaks the dawn by Sara B. Larson is a fairytale retelling of Swan Lake. It's Princess Evelayn's 18th birthday and she's gotten her full powers like she's supposed to. They are more amazing than she expected. She is happy when her mother, Queen Ilaria, makes it home on the night of her birthday. Only too soon, her mother leaves for battle once again. When the queen is struck down in battle, the kingdom is devastated. Evelayn vows to do whatever it takes to restore peace to her people. The complex world building and character descriptions are amazing and beautiful. I love the colors of skin, hair and eyes and the endless combinations of those attributes on the people of the kingdoms. I was rooting for Evelayn and Tanvir throughout the whole book. An adventure fantasy and a fairytale retelling all in one. 5 stars!
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
About: Dark Breaks the Dawn is a young adult fantasy written by Sara B. Larson. It was published on 5/30/17 by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, fiction, and magic. This is book 1 to a duology. My Experience: I started reading Dark Breaks the Dawn on 6/12/17 and finished it on 6/29/17. The cover of this book is gorgeous! I like the concept of Light Kingdom vs Dark Kingdom. I like the magic. Honestly, difficult pronunciation of places is the main reason for my lack of interest in this book. Additionally, I was not so keen on the princess’ failed attempts to shift herself into a swan and then the swan portion plays a very minimal role in this book. This story is told in third person point of view. Readers will follow Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom as she eagerly awaiting to celebrate her 18 birthday so that she can embrace her full potential to the magic power granted to all 18 and above. There is currently a war going on between the Light Kingdom, Eadrolan and the Dark Kingdom, Dorjhalon where Princess Avelayn’s mother is at war against King Bain. King Bain of the Dark Kingdom has two sons: Lorcan and Lothan. King Bain is as ruthless to his people as he is to the enemy Light Kingdom as he is to his sons. At training, he wants his sons to fight until one bleeds. He is willing to sacrifice his own soldiers in order to trap and kill the Queen of the Light Kingdom. When Princess Avelayn’s mother was killed, she is to become Queen and continue the war against King Bain. She has pressures to restore peace to the kingdom as well as pressure to produce an heir. At the moment, she is single, struggling to morn her mother’s death, taking on the tasks of being Queen, and that war against the Dark Kingdom. The decade long war took both of her parents and she is new to her power, how will she handle the war? I like seeing the easy life of a Princess and the pressure filled life of a young Queen. I like having a glimpse of the Queen’s meeting and how they strategize to come up with a plan to defeat King Bain. I like Lord Tanvir and his careful approach to love. I like Ceren and her easy going personality. I enjoy the humor and the cute romances. I like the air of mystery between Lorcan and his mother. Despite some slow parts between running and failed attempts before success comes, this book is still a good read and I do recommend everyone to read it. Pro: actions & adventures, magic, strategize, fast pace, beautiful cover, humor, some romance Con: location names are difficult to pronounce/remember, some slow parts I rate it 4 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Sara B. Larson, publisher Scholastic, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for a detailed review
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
Dark Breaks the Dawn is a beautifully imagined Swan Lake origin story full of passion, political intrigue, and dazzling magic. I simply cannot wait for book two in this stunning new duology. I adore Swan Lake, so I immediately fell in love with the premise of this book when I first heard about it, but the fascinating story and beautiful romance that I discovered within the pages actually surpassed any expectations I had going in. The book has a very classic fantasy plot line while still incorporating twists and turns that readers won’t expect. We get to see the political climates in both warring nations of Eadrolan and Dorjhalon and really get an understanding of what is truly at stake for each. We also get to watch Evelayn struggle to gain control over her new power, both physical and political. And there are just no words to describe the ending that wouldn’t include spoilers. Suffice it to say, that it was brilliantly executed and something that I never saw coming. The characters in this book were captivating. I fell in love with Evelayn. She was so relatable yet strong in every sense of the word. Watching her struggle with her own grief while having to put on a strong face and lead her nation was heartbreaking, and the lengths that she goes to in order to protect the Light Kingdom and all the people she loves within it was inspiring. I would also describe her as an underdog suddenly thrust into a position of leading her people in this great epic battle, which certainly had me rooting for her. Sara switches POVs through various characters in this book in a way that makes you fall in love with some of them and keeps you guessing at the motivations of the others throughout, and when all those characters come together in the final scene of the book, the results are pure magic. The romance in this book was oh so swoon-worthy, and Sara does a great job of sprinkling the lovely romantic scenes throughout the plot, so you get this great balance between the political drama, Evelayn’s struggle to gain control over her power, and then this heart-pounding romance. There are also some fantastic villains in this story. I do love me some good villains! We get a bit of glimpse into their motivations in this book, and I’m guessing we’ll get to see a lot more of some of them in the next book, which I am really looking forward to. I would definitely say that this story is a Swan Lake origin story, though I’ve heard a lot of people categorize it as a retelling. My guess is that we’ll see more of the classic Swan Lake tale in book two, but we will just have to wait to see what Sara has in store for us! I personally can’t wait!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson Book One of an untitled duology Publisher: Scholastic Press Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by a fellow blogger Summary (from Goodreads): On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless. But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected. In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price. In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake -- a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure. What I Liked: I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it. Words that everyone hates to hear, because they don't really mean a whole lot. Was this book really good until the ending? Was it a mix of positives and negatives? Was there one or two big things that threw everything off? In this case, there were positives and negatives. And I suppose the ending was pretty terrible (cruel), though it's so dramatic and ghastly and it leaves room for so much to happen in book two. I've read Larson's debut trilogy (Defy, Ignite, and Endure), and I enjoyed the series. I have been pretty excited about this new book of Larson's for quite some time. I don't know much about Swan Lake, but I didn't care about that because the book sounded great, and I'd had good experiences with Larson's books in the past. This book, while fairly intriguing, was not Larson's strongest. Princess Evelayn has just turned eighteen and gained full access to her power. She is thrust into ascending the Light throne when her mother is killed in battle, fighting King Bain of the Dark Kingdom. Evelayn manages to keep control of the Light, but she must quickly come up with a plan to defeat King Bain and his sons. But Evelayn is under a lot of pressure, especially to hone her abilities and to shapeshift. With the help of her trusted General, her best friend, and Lord Tanvir, Evelayn sets out to defeat her Dark enemy and restore balance with his heir, or die in the process. It took a little while for the story to grow on me - and Evelayn as well. The story moves at a very slow pace initially, and I can't say I was all that interested. I think things started to pick up for me when Evelayn and Tanvir's relationship started to pick up. I'll get to that. Anyway, the story starts and follows Evelayn's ascent to the throne, and how she handles the pressure. It's so much pressure, to be thrust onto the throne without being able to grieve, to be thrown into the middle of a war, to be expected to be strong and without fear or weakness, to be expected to bind to a male and produce an heir. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I'm still quite picky about my high fantasy books, but I liked Sara's other series, so I was pretty eager to get to this one. I will admit that I struggled a lot in the beginning with the world building. I didn't care for all of the weird names and couldn't keep anything straight: character or country/city. There are a lot of POVs and in the e-arc, there isn't an indication of a character shift, it just happens. And to top it all off, several phrases get repeated. However...Evelayn grew on me. She's forced into a massive responsibility and she really evolves into someone I could root for. Of course I loved Tanvir and Evelayn's BFF, Ceren was delightful. The ending was ridiculously infuriating and quite a cliffhanger. Several things happen and I'm at a loss at the idea of waiting a year to see how it all plays out. I'll definitely be reading the next book. **Huge thanks to Scholastic Press and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**