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Dawn's Light

(Duskblade #1)

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Moranthus is an elf who has lost everything. With his lover dead and his career stagnating, he jumps at a chance to redeem himself by rescuing a human prince from the goblins hunting him—even if failure means death or eternal exile from his homeland.

Gerrick, a human soldier who bears an uncanny resemblance to his prince, has always chosen duty over desire. As the sole pare
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Published February 22nd 2021 by NineStar Press
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lauraღ
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. :( I'll need to gently shelve this one in the 'definitely not bad, you might very well like this, but it had too many of my pet peeves for me to really enjoy it' pile. Truly, they had us in the first half, not gonna lie.

The premise of this sounds like everything I want out of a high fantasy adventure/romance! An elven assassin who's lost everything: his lover, his honour, his place in society. A human warrior, bodyguard to a prince, who values duty and his daughter above all else. A
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Holly
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
Love love love. This book has everything I could want. A refreshing fantasy setting, romance, and mistaken identity.

I was gripped as soon as I started reading. The setting, while fairly typical for fantasy, feels unique, particularly the way it's written. You get enough info about the setting without being overwhelmed by it. The action picks up immediately which helped draw me in.

I loved the developing relationship between Moranthus and Gerrick, and the internal conflict they both feel. Honestly
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Joyfully Jay
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


At it’s heart, this is a fantasy adventure story with humans, elves, goblins, and a great deal of world building. And it’s strength is in its world building. Moranthus and Gerrik work well as a pair, both when they work in opposition and when they slowly begin to work together. Their banter and growing friendship, especially when they get to the goblin town, is entertaining and well-written. But their relationship is slow to advance beyond that for much of the book,
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Jamie
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Blair’s novel Dawn's Light tells of the journey of an elf who finally finds love and a human who learns self-acceptance.
Moranthus is dealing with the loss of his lover and patriarch as well as being half exiled from his home. While Gerrick is struggling to accept his sexuality and come to terms with who he is. Accidentally rescuing the prince's body double Gerrick, Moranthus and Gerrick must set aside their differences to rescue the actual prince. Feelings start to emerge as they battle
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Patrick Evangelista
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Alright, lets just get this out of the way. I have nothing against LGBT community, i fully respect the community. my review and rating has nothing to do with them. i was honestly so hype to read this cause it look soo cool, but i didnt expect what it has instored for me. the premise of the book had me at the words 'elf and goblin.' I love fantasy and im a
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Sam Donoghue
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cover: The cover feels very dark yet magical. This would make it a cover buy for me and is the main reason I requested this ARC.

The fact that it’s the first part of the series ‘Duskblade’ is intriguing me. This can either go really, really well or turn out to be a disappointment.

The story contains 29 chapters.

The quote at the beginning of the book already gives me a good feeling. It’s such a simple and yet such a strong one.

My opinion about the story: The first chapter contains a lot of informat
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Amanda
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining read with some interesting and endearing characters. It's an enemies to lovers plot which I do enjoy wholeheartedly. The story moved at a great pace and wove in the characters' past into their present very well. I appreciated getting glimpses into past memories to get more familiar with the characters, which was really necessary, especially for our protagonists.

I also very enjoyed the different surprises and twists the author threw in, especially in the beginning, where
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Amber
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, e-book, fae, new-adult, lgbtq
Big thanks to Netgalley, Shannon Blair and NineStar Press for the ARC in exchange for a review.

Moranthus, an elf who's true loyalties lay with the previous ruler of the elf lands, is now in partial exile. He now must prove his new loyalty by completing tasks, however low or impossible they may be.

Gerrick, a human who looks strikingly similar to the human prince, is a body double\guard to the human prince. His role takes him away from his precious daughter. His travels are dangerous but he'll do
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Bronwyn Heeley
the writing was enjoyable and easy to read however I just couldn't deal with the content, I'm not sure if it was a full stop or just not for me right now. I tried, it just annoyed me more and more as I went on and I thought it would be a better idea to put it down and move on ...more
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Shannon Blair is a fantasy author with a fondness for elves, goblins, and general otherworldly goodness. Their love of fiction and storytelling drove them to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing from Regis University, where a short writing exercise spiraled out of control and eventually became Dawn’s Light. When they aren’t on a quest to make the fantasy genre a more LGBTQA-friendly place, Shannon ca ...more

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