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Dark Breaks the Dawn

(Dark Breaks the Dawn Duology #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,358 ratings  ·  423 reviews
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. Ki
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Scholastic Press
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Elias I love you. You took the words right out of my mouth. The maximum amount of romance I can handle in a book without subtracting stars would be that of …moreI love you. You took the words right out of my mouth. The maximum amount of romance I can handle in a book without subtracting stars would be that of The Hunger Games. Any more romance than that and it impacts the score.(less)
Sara Larson I've loved LOTR for a long time, and the Draiolon race is definitely inspired by a combination of the Elves from LOTR and Fae from other stories. But …moreI've loved LOTR for a long time, and the Draiolon race is definitely inspired by a combination of the Elves from LOTR and Fae from other stories. But the plot itself is a re-imagining of Swan Lake set in an entirely new fantasy setting. (less)

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Sara Larson
Feb 24, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
*Update 3/27/17 - DARK BREAKS THE DAWN just received a STARRED review from Publisher's Weekly!! It says (in part) : "Larson deftly weaves fantasy with the best parts of the SWAN LAKE ballet in this gripping first book of a duology." Don't forget to pre-order your copy and enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of the many awesome prizes I have up for grabs! (Details on my blog SaraBLarson (dot) Blogspot (dot) com)

*Update 10/26/16 - It's up for pre-order!! I repeat, DARK BREAKS THE DAWN i
jv poore
Dark and Light were meant to exist independently, yet harmoniously. This provides and maintains balance for the world. Only, the rulers of Dark want more. They are determined take away the magic of Light and have waged war.

That very war has already taken Princess Evelayn’s father, and is currently keeping Queen Ilaria away from home. But (finally) the day of Evelayn’s 18th birthday arrives. The “18th” being of upmost importance as the ability to access full power has proven dangerous when wield
Evgenia Netrebkova
2.5 stars. I decided to round up, after some careful consideration as I was looking through my reviews today. Update May, 26.

Welllllll... I rarely write reviews, especially ones with 3 or less stars, and thorough ones too. But since I received an ARC, that is what I will do.

*sighs* What can I say? Dark Breaks the Dawn was one of my most anticipated books of 2017, but unfortunately it was a disappointment. At least, for me. And the sad thing is, I love the author very much, she is such a nice w
Elle (ellexamines)
Mar 11, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-did-not-finish
UPDATE ADDED: 2/16/2017

So I never finished this and I'm not rating it. I just wanted to point out that it's very... typical.

The first two scenes are the protagonist receiving of her magical powers and her training with a love interest. These scenes are in literally every book. She's the chosen one, of course, but her life is hard anyway. Why? A forgettable reason of some kind.

The protagonist is kind of an arrogant ass. I don't know how to put it better. She comes off spoiled and rude, and not
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
3.5 stars.

***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 limitl
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks

This was a beautiful and unique retelling of the Swan Lake. I love swan lake and this is beautiful and intense, filled with magic, trainning and love. I loved the magic element it was described so perfectly that i could picture everything that was happening.
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
"Duty is an unforgiving taskmaster and often comes with a steep price, especially for those left behind."

You might not know this, but I am a big fan of classic ballet. Swan Lake is definitely one of my absolute favourites - but because of that I love it so much and I've seen quite a few average-to-terrible retellings of it out there, I was a bit apprehensive about this book. But when you're down with a fever but still want to read, audio books is the way to go - so I decided to give this a g
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
DNF @ 2 Chapters in

I tried so hard to get through this book and I just couldn't. The writing was melodramatic and I couldn't stand the main character. The story could be wonderful but I never got far enough to find out because I wasn't able to get past how immaturely this is written.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Such a beautiful and heartbreaking story! It's not all heartbreaking though there are times of joy and laughter and romance! I can't wait for the second book in this series and I believe I might be crushing on Lothar lol
Kathryn Purdie
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much I blurbed it! <3 ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, arc, scholastic
Read up to 30 percent then skimmed til the end.

This book has a few big problems. The first is the world building. There's a race of people called Draiolon...this group of people are barely explained. Are they the main race? What makes them different - as far as I can tell only long lives and either Light or Dark magic. This could absolutely be explained later, but to be in the dark about this aspect of the book in the first third of the story is very odd and off-putting.

Then there's the writing
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No world building, insta love, no character dev, "I want to throttle and kiss her" wow how sexy, black ppl are the enemy, white ppl are the pErFeCt ones. So many elements taken from the worlds of SJM?? Like is that normal I thought they were pretty unique to SJM. 😂

I might come back with a full review 😂 might not because of how boring and blagh this book was.
I was really hoping to like this a lot more. I looked forward to this book for awhile. It wasn't bad by any means but I did struggle with getting into this one. The ended set up for a potentially good finale for the last book of the duology.
Colleen Houck
I loved this world and this story. So imaginative! Gorgeous cover too. Love the dark princes.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review Originally Posted on Books & Prejudice

In case you didn't know, this is a retelling of a prequel to the fantastic Swan Lake. Yes, that Swan Lake.

We start with Evelayn on her eighteenth birthday, having just come in to her power. Her mother, the queen of Eadrolan, is away at war, even though she promised she wouldn't miss her daughter's maturing.

I'll get to the point and talk about a few different aspects of the book. First, the magic. I thought it was a really interesting idea to have
If you're looking for an intense fantasy with fierce characters, then look no further.

Set in a glorious and lush setting with a myriad of colors - as characters' skin and hair colors range from rich cerulean to pitch black - this retelling of Swan Lake fulfills the chase for a passionate adventure for fantasy readers. There's powerful magic, a battle between light and dark, a journey to somewhere dangerous, and a smoldering romance with a mysterious suitor. Although some parts are predictable,
Jan farnworth
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got a copy as part of the tour hosted by Around The World Arc Tours . This is a dark retelling of a fairy tale that i seen does as a cartoon and told in a few different ways. I thought that the author did a great job of sticking to the basic parts of the story but twisting it her own unique way. I did feel their could of been some more world building as this is only going to be two books so their not a lot of room to get all the story told. I felt that characters where set up very well and i w ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, fantasy
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
Fictional World Dreamer
Well, wasn't that unexpected....

The beginning of this book was a bit slow. It wasn’t super engaging. It was, however, the world that grabbed me, the world in this book is set up in a way that is clear to jump into. Sometimes fantasy plots can get over complicated and dump a whole bunch of information, which eventually turns me off. It did take me a bit to get into it but in the end!


When it grabbed me, it grabbed me!!! OMG, it was great.
Sometimes you have to be patient to get to the good parts an
Jess ✩
This book was a huge disappointment. I am mad I wasted money on it and wasted an audible credit on this mess. This was a mess of my least favorite tropes and also I noticed that it does the 'Dark skinned aggressor' trope. The fucking villains who are so so so EVIL ARE BLACK. And the good characters meaning our special snowflake princess Evalayn or however you spell her name is starch white. I'm so mad with this book, I'll have a ranty review coming up soon.

Review is up sooner than intended bu
Jennifer Kelly
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite!! Swan Lake has always been one of my favorite ballets for the dance, music and story. Dark Breaks the Dawn was inspired by the ballet but takes it to a whole new level in this story of light vs evil kingdoms. It's beautiful, fierce and absolutely heart wrenching! The end killed me! I can't wait for the story to continue in Book 2!!!
Athena Archeron
"No victory ever comes without sacrifice and loss."

Dark Breaks the Dawn is a loose Swan Lake retelling, set in a world of Light and Dark magic. Parts of this novel reminded me of Throne of Glass (the book, not the series), and I liked the writing style. The plot, though a lot of fun, was highly predictable, and the romance moved too fast. Evelayn, the main character, was nothing new, though I did enjoy reading about her. Also, this book had High Lords, High Priestess, and a character named Lorca
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The ending just kill me! I need the sequel now.

Full review posted on my blog, Blackplume
Cassie James
Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it.

Sara B. Larson has been on my must get list ever since the Defy trilogy. I knew her YA Fantasy series will be just as good if not better than her previous books as I was so right. Dark Breaks The Dawn is an amazing new addition to the ever growing list of great YA Fantasy books. With a lush writing style displaying the talent of the author and a pace that's just r
Apr 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I... didn't enjoy any of this.

EDIT: There are spoilers in the comments below, so I put them up here so I could put them behind a spoiler cut. Consider this my review.

(view spoiler)
Cathy | A Case Full of Books
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC of this book at a book launch and I was so excited to read it!

Dark Breaks the Dawn is a retelling of Swan Lake. I was intrigued, but not knowing much about the original story meant that I didn't have any expectations about it.

In total honesty, I didn't love the beginning. It was slow and I had trouble understanding the world and the magic system.

But. Once I got the understanding under my feet and the action started increasing, I really enjoyed it!

And the ending? It leaves me want
• it lacks on the worldbuilding, the multiple POVs kind of throws you off at first. and the magic system is nothing new.

• the romance was sweet ... like ... rotten teeth sweet (which is not a bad thing, just merely pointing out how sweet it was, but on occasions not my thing)

• and the characters are likable in their own way, and some you will forget after the book's done. but even after all that I was still into it.

so ... 🤷🏻‍♀️
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really fun fantasy book that definitely got stronger as the story went on. The ending was so intense -- wish I had the sequel. Full review to come.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 incorporat
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Sara B. Larson is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology. Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November 5th from Tor Teen. 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 ...more

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