ARC Review: Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

Hey y’all! I hope your first week of May is going well! I know some states are beginning to slowly lift stay at home restrictions, so if y’all start venturing out for more than the necessities, please make sure you’re being as safe as possible! I’ll probably still be staying in most of the time or if anything, visiting my brother and sister-in-law who live 10 miles away or seeing a few people for walks or dinners at home or at home movie nights. Speaking of the first week in May, yesterday was a really great day for book releases! One of those amazing books released yesterday was Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Tor Teen for letting me read a copy of Dark Skies early! I read Dark Shores (book one in the series) last year and it was definitely highly underrated, and Dark Skies was even better than Dark Shores was!

Dark Skies 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST
Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to the far side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where her burgeoning powers are sought by both sides.
Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under the dominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword to the kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up in a web of political intrigue that will put his oath – and his heart – to the test.
With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended and disastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyalties questioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realize sweeps across the world.

At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Lydia’s book- I remember finding her annoying in Dark Shores and her betrayal of the Maarin was such a blow to the face that I honestly considered skipping this book/not continuing with the series after finding out that this book was going to be Lydia’s book- I’m so glad I didn’t though! Dark Skies starts out at about the same time that Dark Shores starts, so they’re told in parallel timelines. The chapters in Dark Skies switch between Lydia’s point of view and our new character Killian’s point of view. Killian is from the other other side of the world (the west side) and is “Marked by the Gods” and let’s be real, that sounds like a terrible fate to have. Sure, you get special powers, but man, everyone expects so much and blames you for things that aren’t anywhere close to in your control…. now that I think about it, it sounds a lot like working in corporate America (just kidding!). I loved Killian’s chapters and Lydia’s were a little boring at first and kind of annoying until we got to the real action where Marcus grabbed her and she almost died and BAM! her and Killian are in the same part of the world! One of my biggest issues with book one was that the pacing seemed off, but Danielle L. Jensen fixed that in book two for sure. The action there, the magic was there, there was a cute little baby love story, but it didn’t take over, and OMG that ending- once y’all get there, I need you to come back and talk to me because I’m very unhappy I have to wait until March 2021 to find out what happens next. Very rarely is the second book in a series better than the first, but when it is, it shows great promise for the series as a whole, so I’m really looking forward to books three and four. Now that Dark Skies is out, make sure you pick it up at your local library or bookstore or online, and if you haven’t checked out this series at all, what are you waiting for?!

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