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Diamond & Dawn

(Amber & Dusk #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Lyra Selene returns to the incandescent magic of Amber & Dusk in a second installment about the corrosions of even the most dazzling dreams, and the strength of hope amidst darkness.
Mirage, triumphant in her coup of the Amber Empire, returns to the palais prepared to take her place as Empress. With the support of her friends, Luca and Lullaby, and a tentative, blossoming r
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Diamond and Dawn suffers from the second book syndrome. It lacks the depth and substance of the first part. Especially in the second half of the book, which was rushed and underdeveloped. A huge disappointment!

Original review:

I don't know when and how, but I need this book in my life. You know the deal: take my money and probably my firstborn, but give me the story I am craving.

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Gorgeous cover! Can I have this now plz??? I really need to know that Sunder is ok <3 <3 ...more
Tara ☽
Feb 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
*Me, holding a water gun to Lyra Selene*: For the love of all that is right in the world, do NOT introduce a love triangle in this book!! If you do...well, I'm going to have to spray you.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Once upon a time an empress presided over her court while a girl with soaring dreams and uncompromising ambitions demanded a place to belong. She was so sure of what she deserved, never stopping to see the flaws in her dream of a perfect world. Never stopping to see the flaws in herself.

She broke the Amber Empire. Now she must try to remake it. And dreams can be strange, deceptive, impossible things—especially when you achieve them.

This book glitters darker than A&D. Its gilt hides tarnish, its
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
No release date but, but we do have a cover reveal. I'm somewhat surprised.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Diamond & Dawn is a story about innocence, about ruling, and power dynamics. If you were searching for the action and subterfuge you were used to from Amber & Dawn, then adjust your expectations. This sequel is equally satisfying even if it begins in a quieter fashion at the beginning. Mirage has to figure out how to be this new version of herself, the person who overthrew the Emp
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, 3-stars, reviewed
There are so many so-called "tortured" bois in books, but it is VERY rare that I find them, you know, actually "tortured".

SUNDER IS FREAKING TORTURED AND IT BOTH PAINS and thrills ME. GUHHHHHHHHH. I love him and my heart breaks for him and I JUST... /SOBS/ I JUST WANT HIM TO REST. Is that too much to ask for omg I'm gonna skdjljasdkljaldjldlasjdlajdklasddaksjdj.

Diamond and Dawn wasn't as good as Amber and Dusk, tbh, but I still liked it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
12/30/18: I just finished the first book... I NEED THIS LIKE. NOW.

Thanks. :)

1/30/19: WOW !!!! LOOK At that beautiful cover!! Love the red! And that diamond in the middle.... gorgeous!! CANNOT WAIT!

2/19/19: .....does that say 2020
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Where to start with Diamond & Dawn... I have very mixed feelings about this surprise sequel. While I loved seeing the characters again, this second book felt all over the place plot-wise.

I hate to say this but Diamond & Dawn wasn't a very engaging book. The plot was kind of messy and more often than not I found myself confused. The writing is still beautiful but I think the book lacked clarifications. Where there were some, they felt disconnected- pieces of information were just popping up left
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5; mixed feelings because i really disliked the start and mirage in general,,, she got better i guess. basically reading for sunder? i'm so so glad he got that ending,,
i will admit that there was some really exquisite imagery though
Lauren Alyssa
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The first book in this series was the same type of book as incendiary. I wasn't planning on reading this one, but after I finished that, I needed to satisfy my trope craving, so I picked this up. Sped through it, skimmed a lot, but entertaining enough for me to finish
Kimberlee Lamendola
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer H.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh please let there be a book 3 😭 I love these characters and this world!
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Please I need a third book ..... please
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Series Info/Source: This is the 2nd, and final, book in the Amber & Dusk duology. I purchased this book.

Story (4/5): This was a decent conclusion to the Amber & Dusk series but feels a bit unfinished to me. When I got to the end I kept thinking that maybe there were going to be more books, but it sounds like this is it for the series. The story starts out a bit slow but picks up a lot when we get to the contest between Gavin and Mirage. The whole story is focused around Mirage keeping her throne
Dec 16, 2019 added it
I’d like to have a Sunder that calls me demoiselle :3

No rating for this since I skimmed after 20ish percent til the end.

I liked the lyrical writing and some characters were great like Sunder and Bane but the heroine was just not doing it for me.
I understand she’s a greatly flawed character with her own perks which I can’t remember what they were but they were there. However.......couldn’t she have been a bit smarter? A bit stronger?
I dunno, I’m probably used to pretty strong heroines like Ael
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure I was going to continue with this series, but I decided to give it a shot. I was interested in the first book, but didn't love the MC, so I was hoping she would develop more in this book. She was pretty shallow in the first one. I was pleased to see she did grow in this one, and I thought the kingdom was better explained, too (why a new ruler was needed, etc). So I think I liked this one better than the second. Still, some of the language seemed a bit too flowery at times, and at o ...more
Stephanie *Spunky Avenger*
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Diamond and dawn was the second book of this amazing series. I just love this author and how she spins the tale and makes her feel like part of the story.
This book is a continuation of the first one and shows the trails, love and fear that our main character must face. She has overcome so much and has so far to go to go to see the dreams she has for her kingdom. I can't wait to see if there's a third book.
Sophie Gabrielle
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
DNF 30%
I’m not in the mood for this right now. The magic has just gone ;-;
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Things definitely picked up after a certain event occurred, so I would recommend patience when reading this book.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m so mad. that lack luster ending :(
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I did enjoy Diamond and Dawn but not as much as Amber and Dusk.

- I missed the court intrigue from book one.
- Mirage didn't bloom into the kick ass heroine I hoped she would be.
- The ending was disappointing. I would have loved a glimpse of Mirage’s progress re-building the city and the last moments between Mirage and Sunder I have no words (sad face). I was curious as well about the dark things Thibo had saw in the Dusklands and the darkness that was coming....

3.5 stars because I loved the fi
Mary Drover
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, deserts
“I tasted the words on my tongue–tasted the bright peaks and shadowed valleys of the memories behind him. Moments strung like jewels on a chain–a cold, handsome boy with anguish in his eyes and razors in his mouth–snow on my tongue and the chilly promise of something I hadn’t known I’d wanted–the burn of bright green liquor and pain-racked condemnation.” Look, the writing in this is gorgeous. It’s flowery and overdone and wonderful, and it’s what holds this together. I’m still as in love with th ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Diamond & Dawn (Amber and Dusk #2) by Lyra Selene, 375 pages. Scholastic Press (Scholastic), 2019, $19.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content PG-13; Violence: PG-13;



Mirage has successfully overthrown the Amber Empire and defeated her cruel sister. Mirage’s troubles are far from over. Her sister is not dead, but in a coma and still a threat to Mirage’s power. Another threat comes from a distant cousin, Gavin d’Ars, who appears at court and se
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The scenery is nicely described and there is some more world building although many terms remain left to the reader’s imagination as to what they mean which can make it hard to visualize. If you don’t know what a kefufopluff is, and it is not described in any meaningful way, then it’s hard to imagine. This is true for several terms in this book. Some of the descriptions, while fancy don’t make much sense. If I said someone ‘danced like fresh peach marmalade with a dash of white laced sugar’ it s ...more
Kandi Waters
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Joan Conte
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, I read Amber and Dusk last summer. It was a book I loved dearly but that had many major flaws that made the rating not so great. You can reference my review. This book did a far better job. I feel that the author thought a lot on the things that she missed the mark on in the first book. That being said there are of course issues with the sequel. What I can say is that this remains a great duology in my mind.

Things I really enjoyed: The mythology being integrated more into the world building
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ugggghhhh my heart is entirely broken. I just can't take it.

I read the first book simply because I adored the cover of Diamond and Dawn and it was such a good decision. I'll admit that I struggled with the first book because I felt there were some crucial things missing in regards to Sylvie's character development. In reading this second book, I understand that it was entirely purposeful and also had meaning to me.

Once I began reading Diamond and Dawn, everything started making sense. Mirage w
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was not as good as the first.
All that I hated about Mirage was front in center for most of this book. All of the court intrigue was also gone and never really came back. It was just Mirage making one bad choice after another. Sunder... my god poor Sunder! It was heart breaking and he deserved better! Lullaby story also bother me. She was really upset for no real reason for most of the book.
I was going to stop reading but I really hate dropping a book so I soldier on. Im glad I didnt. I liked
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I hope this is not the year of “disappointing sequels to first books that I loved.”

I have two main problems with this book that I can’t really get around, so three stars it is. Neither of which are the horrible person protagonist (which I find very interesting) or the broody-broody love interest (which I find tolerable, if somewhat unrealistic as a character). It’s not the slow court-intrigue politics storyline (which I’m almost always a fan of) or even how borderline-absurdly rushed the last ha
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Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at painting.

She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. AMBER & DUSK is her debut novel.

Twitter: @Ly

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