Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk

Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies. So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in...

Details Amber & Dusk

TitleAmber & Dusk
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, High Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Amber & Dusk

  • Cait ā€¢ A Page with a View
    This was seriously one of the greatest surprises I've ever found in a book! I wanted to read faster so I could start fangirling and shoving it at everyone asap, but the writing was so gorgeous that I had to appreciate every single line... pretty sure Lyra Selene's writing style is one of my all-time favorites now. (But everyone has different taste, so don't go into this with absurdly high expectations that could lessen your enthusiasm for what is...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Amber and Dusk stars Sylvie, a poor orphan, who has been raised by very strict nuns. We are told from the outset that she has been bullied and tormented by others because she is different. She has special powers that she believes means that she is meant for greater things. The good: the prose is pretty good, especially for a debut. The magic and the world building is interesting. The not so great (and this may be a lot personal): I just didn't fe...
  • Lisa
    I LOVED all the machinations and court intrigue that drove the plot and kept me guessing. Sylvie is at once a cunning and ambitious character who is still somehow sympathetic and endearing.I absolutely couldn't get enough of the world origin story - the sun chasing the moon and Meridian getting caught up in the drama. It was captivating and really gave so much insight into motivations and games.The only thing I wished for was either 1. a second b...
  • Andria Sedig
    This book was an amazing blend of magic and court politics that was full of action and intrigue and romance. The world building was well done and I literally could not put this book down. If you love books full of court politics AND magic this book would be for you! It also features LGBTQ+ characters whose sexual identity is not the only part of their character, which is a neat bit of representation in the fantasy world if that's what you're look...
  • Lyra
    I wrote this book to be everything I want to read:Prose that tastes like sugared secrets. An impossible, intoxicating world--bright to look at but dark to behold. Ball gowns and courtly politics and sarcastic banter and hidden motives.A plot that fits together like broken mirror glass, sharp enough to cut.And a heroine with teeth. An ambitious, complicated, stubborn girl who dreams of an impossible world, glossy as the colors spilling like jewels...
  • Kiki
    *3.5 stars* for me, and probably *4 stars* to people who like overly lyrical writing.
  • Bookish_Opinions
    I really wanted to like this book. From the beginning I was drawn in by the unique descriptions and captivating imagery, it's clear this author is a very talented writer. (view spoiler)[ The book has LGBTQ+ representation which is a big draw for me (although it did feel a bit like a check in a box since it was essentially just one central character and his boyfriend). However, I quickly found the main character unsympathetic in her goals and the ...
  • Amanda Marquart
    The worst part about ARCs is that you have to wait even longer for the second book (if there is one??). The writing is so fantastic I was immediately drawn into this wonderfully complex world that Selene has created, and was never taken out! I loved how the story weaved in it's own mythology and used it in the story. The plot was well developed, fast paced, and kept me guessing! I really enjoyed this book. I hope there is a second one, but if not...
  • Athena
    Sylvie, a girl with the power of illusion, knows that she is destined for greater things then that of the slow life in the Dusk lands. So she sets out for the Amber city, and gets wrapped in the power and royal intrigue of The Amber Empress and her legacies. But it is more than she bargained for, and the Amber Empress and her legacies have more to them than meets the eye.Beautiful! The writing, the world, and of course, the Palais. This is more l...
  • Stacie Boren
    Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ Amber Dusk by Lyra Selene. This YA read is full of fantasy, magic and adventure all buildt in a very beautifully described world! Sylvie has always wanted more than just her regular life in the Dustland, so she and her gift (maybe a curse) of illusion set off to find her future. Only something or someone has other plans for her and...
  • B.
    I first found out about this book through an Instagram story by Roshani Chokshi, who was a critique partner for the book. Iā€™m so happy that I took her suggestion to read is, because this is definitely going to make it onto my top 15 books of the year. In summary, the book follows a young girl from the far reaches of the kingdom. She possesses a power that only those in the kingdoms royal court should have, but instead of being viewed as holy, s...
  • Serena
    4.25Characters: FLAWED CHARACTERS!!!!!!!!! REALISTIC CHARACTERS!!!! YES!!!!! Although I would have liked some more development in some characters, the ones that were developed had SO much depth. The main character, Mirage, was strong and brave, yet still made mistakes and struggled to navigate the court. The male lead, Sunder, was so tormented and flawed yet still gentle and full of love and just AHHHHH my heart is full of these characters! They ...
  • USOM
    I was entranced by Sylvie. She is a magical orphan who travels to the city to try to find her legacy, to be among people who understand her - who don't lock her in the darkness - and to find the answers to all her unanswered questions. But what Sylvie doesn't know, is that she is just one small piece in a much larger story, in a court full of thinly veiled punishments, and in a world of unrest. Sylvie is thrown headfirst into the action, into her...
  • Siobhan
    This book is amazing - full of intrigue, magic, and romance. Full disclosure, Lyra is my sister, but if anything that probably makes me extra critical while reading (but maybe a little gushy and proud on the flipside). Her characters are multifaceted, her world is visually arresting, and her story is surprising and lively. I had to pause frequently to fully absorb the rich descriptions, but I absolutely loved every second of it.
  • Shauna Granger
    I was lucky enough to beta read this book. It is probably one of, if not the best, book I've ever beta'd. It left such a strong impression on me, that sometimes, when I'm looking for something new to read, I'll have a moment where I wonder if the sequel has come out yet, as if it was already published and polished and on my bookshelf. This is one of those books you wish you'd written. It is immersive and the characters are full of tension and dep...
  • Nicole Evelina
    I beta read this book and loved it! Full of adventure, suspense and intrigue!