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Bright Burns the Night

(Dark Breaks the Dawn Duology #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  786 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Ten years ago, King Lorcan of the Dark Kingdom Dorjhalon defeated Queen Evelayn and cut her conduit stone from her. Since then, he has kept her trapped in her swan form. With the loss of balance between Dark and Light, winter has descended and the Draíolon of Éadrolan lose more power every day. But once a year, Lorcan transforms her back to her Draíolon form and offers a t ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Scholastic Press
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Sara Larson
Jun 26, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I got the finished hardcover of this book and HOLY SMOKES it is GORGEOUS. Scholastic really outdid themselves! I can't wait for you all to get your copies in less than two weeks when it comes out!! (may 29th!!!)

I just turned in my copy edits for this book and I can't WAIT to share this conclusion with all of you! I don't know how many of my readers caught it, but there *may or may not* be some unreliable narrators in Dark Breaks the Dawn....*vague author is vague* :D
Beautiful covers for both books of the duology. This is an okay book and overall an okay duology but honestly, it didn’t keep my attention for most the time and my mind would just wonder to other things. I should let it be known, I am not one of those who are really into things Swan Lake (unfortunately because I think it would be lovely). I do however adore retellings so love that the author did a retelling of Swan Lake in a very interesting way. I believe if you are into Swan Lake and also rete ...more
Kathryn Purdie
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One word: Lorcan. I couldn't wait to see what happened with his character in this sequel, and I was not disappointed! Swoon!
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5


Bright Burns the Night is the second and final installment in author Sara B. Larson's Dark Breaks the Dawn duology. The Dark Breaks the Dawn duology is a reimagining of Swan Lake. Ten years ago, King Lorcan of the Dark Kingdom Dorjhalon defeated Queen Evelayn of the Light Kingdom of Éadrolan and cut her conduit stone from her. He also used his powers to transform her into a swan. Get it? Swan Lake? Since then, he has kept her
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-series, ya, fanasty
This was a super fast read, but as with the first book there were lots of elements that were lack luster. The plot seemed thrown into overdrive from page one, and despite moving so quickly, the overwhelming feeling was off being senselessly rushed. There were also alot of glaring Toiken overtures, the most glaringly of which was the Undead Forest aka Mirkwood Forest, which caused me great annoyance. The conclusion as in the rest of the book concluded in a mere couple pages, and while there was a ...more
Abigail Packard
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was...I have so many mixed feelings that I don't even know where to begin. It was an okay conclusion to the duology, but there was so much missing that I wish there were more books and, thus, more depth. The romance between Evalyn and Lorcan (a man that betrayed her and was completely against her in the previous novel) is too rushed and unbelievable; the way he manipulates her and uses her for the entirety of the previous novel and then again for 10 years between novels is too big a hurtle to ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
"Perhaps with time, you can learn to see past the monster to the king inside"

1,5 stars.

The content might display some spoilers, but tbh I don't think it matters, because you really should not read this book, it was not very pleasing, to say the least, and I do not recommend it.

This book was everything you do not want. People who should be dead being alive all of a sudden, just because. Characters that die and get brought back to life for no reason apart from just because. Defy Sara B. Larson
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After being defeated by King Lorcan, Evelayn is forced to live in her swan form for ten years. In that time, her kingdom is left without its power and its queen. When Evelayn is turned back into her human form with Athrufar nearing, Lorcan is unable to turn her back into a swan. Instead, he sneaks her into his room in what used to be her home.

All Evelayn wants is for her kingdom to be saved and for her conduit stone to be returned to her. But it isn't as simple as that. Lorcan wants Evelayn to B
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the plot twist in this satisfying conclusion to Dark Breaks the Dawn. This duology was full of romance and adventure! A must read!
Evgenia Netrebkova
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Everything in my 2018 has gone to shit so far. At least BBTN did not for the most part. RTC.
Sydney (sydneysshelves) West
This book had so much potential. I mean a swan lake retelling! But sadly it was just... boring AF. I couldn't care enough to keep track of the characters. The writing felt stiff. And they basically skimmed that parts where she was a swan. Also she falls in love with the guy who trapped her as a swan. REALLY???
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars
Rating: 2.5

Much better than book 1 as it at least manages to hold the attention primarily because of Lorcan; it nonetheless again suffers from major flaws.

The world building is basic as is the writing, the plot is pretty thin, the love-dislike of Tanvir seems frivolous and extra (why didn’t he stay dead?), the handful of side characters are depthless and forced into play without adding much value to the story except Lothar, and what is with all the insistent running? More than half of both the b
Clara C. Johnson
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since a book made me want to cry. omg, there was so much emotion going on in this book. and that ending scene...*internal sobs*

I loved this book. Sara B Larson truly outdid herself. If you struggled with the first book. please give this one a try. You will not be disappointed!
Amber Owens
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm sad that this is over! I love duologies, but I would gladly take more of these books! ❤ The possibilities for novellas make me comforted a little. Let me crawl over to my corner to swoon or cry or something now that it's finished.
Tiffany Heitz
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I had a twist in it that was kind of predictable, but I still liked that twist!! I liked the characters, mostly the brothers, and the story was like was neat.
Jennifer Kelly
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing conclusion to Larson's retelling of the tragically beautiful story of Swan Lake! My heart is full!
Corinne Edwards
Bright Burns the Night is the sequel of Dark Breaks the Dawn, which should for sure be read first.

Evelayn is a queen without power and without a kingdom, a kingdom without the Light to help its’ earth and forests stay healthy and alive. Stuck in her swan form nearly all year long, she is only allowed the smallest snippet of time as a Draíolon, and that’s when the usurper, that dark king Lorcan who stole the conduit stone from her chest, that’s when he demands that she bond with him.

Um, no thanks
4.5 stars
So, glad that I had this one right after finishing the first, especially how the first one ended. This one picks up 10 years after Book 1 ends, but nothing major has happened. I don't think I have ever switched sides as quickly as I did with this book (view spoiler) Lots of action, never a dull moment, great characters. Definitely one I will read again. That being said - I hated the ending!!! Not that it ended, j
Kylie ~Beauty and the Books~
So I am very confused about this book. It was definitely better than the first one. I feel like this book was fast paced and I enjoyed the characters more in this one. Yes this was fat paced, but it felt very rushed. All these things happened so quickly that I didn’t have enough time to really process everything. Her relationship with Lorca’s developed very quickly, in a way that almost cheapens the experience. All in all it was a good book. My least favorite part was the ending though. I feel l ...more
Julianna Massa
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I knew it. I have to admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book, but this one completely changed my mind. Evelayn was kind of annoying in the last book, but she's pretty cool in this one. Also, I adore Lorcan. Love the guy. Also, this book seriously could have been tacked onto the last one as a part two. That's how closely related these books were, even with the time jump. Overall: love enemies to lovers tropes? How about Swan Lake mixed with Percy Jackson-like action? Hopefully you s
Maria Mitchell
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved the first one but I had so many problems with this one. 😢
Erin Arkin
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Review to come.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kerstin Sainsbury
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This continuation of Dark Breaks the Dawn was everything i hoped for and more! The author still had a few tricks up her sleeve I didn't see coming. I am so sad there isn't a third book in this series- it was so so so good! one of my all time favorite books!!!!!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
What the actual fudge!?
Supremely underwhelming story.
It has the dramatic complexity of Disney Channel.

And just, why?
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-stories, ya
ARC Review

(trying not to be spoilery)
I went in thinking I would read a chapter and get back to it but then it was 2 hours and I was late making dinner. This grabbed me much harder than the first one and maybe it's because I had a better idea of what it was all about. Lorcan is a much stronger and more dynamic character than Tanvir and I was happy to get more about him and his brother. I really enjoyed the twists and turns and relationship developments. There were some tears shed at the end. I am
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
While this was certainly better than its predecessor, I still had a lot of trouble investing in the story and characters, and feel like more time could've been taken to tell a better, more fully fleshed out story. This certainly isn't the worst novel I've ever read, but felt very much like a cheap knock-off of Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I had high hopes going into this book, but was unfortunately disappointed by its execution.

Bright Burns the Night resumes ten years afte
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis to Bright Burns the Night I knew it was a sequel I had to pick up- even if I didn't quite love Dark Breaks the Dawn. Questions I had from the first book were answered and admittedly I actually enjoyed the instalove romance (maybe because I kind of knew it was coming?).

The first thing I have to address about Bright Burns the Night is its accelerated timeline. I believe everything happens in the span of three to four days (and that's being generous...)? Even though the qui
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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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