e-Arc Review: Dark Skies
Title: Dark Skies
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Published: 5 May 2020
Format: e-arc (Netgalley), Kindle Edition
Memorable Quote: “Time itself doesn’t change people Highness. What happens to them while it passes does”.
First of all, I think it is important to note that although Dark Skies is the sequel to Dark Shores, the books can be read in any order because they follow the stories of entirely different characters, but the characters have a history before the series even starts. I also realize I am incredibly late on this review. I’m super behind on reading arcs…I’ve just felt so….blah and unlike myself the past few weeks.
I read Dark Shores first, and overall I was not overly impressed by it. It was a fine book, but that’s about it. (Check out my review: https://sylreads.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/review-dark-shores/). The second book, however, felt more solid and grounded. Both books did a great job of show casing what fear and sense of obligation can drive us to do, but Dark Skies has stronger world building and a slow burn romance that I think most readers can get behind.
I enjoyed Lydia and Killian so much more than Teriana and Marcus. I think it is because there was more than snark as a means of communication, and Killian was a much more well-written character. He and Lydia were flawed, loyal, and compassionate, even in the face of betrayal and political pettiness. I enjoyed reading both of their points of view, seeing their growth as individuals and together,and found myself wishing for more when I hit the last page.
With plenty of twists, action, and great dialogue, Dark Skies is a successful sequel. There’s no second book slump here! I will say, this book is much heavier on the gore than book one. If that is something you are not comfortable with, I would gently suggest skipping this book because there’s a lot of blood. From book one, this book further explains the religious aspect of the story, and it is fascinating to read how different characters have such different interpretations of what the gods want of their people. Although Dark Skies is very much a medieval sort of fantasy novel, it is pretty relatable to our world in a way that is a bit scary at times.
Anyway, I definitely recommend picking up Dark Skies, and I’m really excited for book 3!
Have you read Dark Shores or Dark Skies? Tell me what you think!