Bright Burns the Night
Bright Burns the Night
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Annotation: It is ten years since King Lorcan of the dark kingdom defeated Queen Evelayn and transformed her into a swan, and every year he has offered her the chance to resume her human form, provided she bind herself to him--but this year the kingdoms are threatened by an ancient power, and Evelayn finds that much of what she once believed was wrong, and she realizes that she must join Lorcan in a quest to return the balance of power to their lands before all is lost.
Catalog Number: #166697
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 306 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-06878-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-06878-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017035312
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
It's been 10 years since the Dark King Lorcan forced the Light Queen Evelayn into the shape of a swan and seized control of her kingdom. Once a year, Lorcan makes the captive Evelayn human again and proposes; every year, she refuses. But her people's magic is dimming, and the balance between the Light and the Dark is lost. When unforeseen circumstances cause Evelayn to become human once more, the two enemies realize that there's a greater threat, and they must forge an alliance to survive. If the first book in this duology (Dark Breaks the Dawn, 2017) had a slow start, the pace of this sequel is blinding; Evelayn is given little time to recover, or indeed process, the events of the last decade, before she's thrust on a life-or-death mission. Romantic feelings develop quickly between Evelayn and Lorcan, which is unsettling, given the power imbalance in their relationship. Still, fans of the first will be eager to see how the story wraps up after that cliff-hanger, so get this to complete the set.
Horn Book
Ten years after King Lorcan forced Evelayn into swan form (Dark Breaks the Dawn), threats to Lorcan's power force an uncomfortable alliance between the two rivals. As Lorcan and once-again-human Evelayn struggle to retrieve her conduit stone, a new balance of power forms. Romance blossoms predictably in this nevertheless satisfying conclusion to Larson's Swan Lakeinspired duology.
Kirkus Reviews
This fantasy adaptation of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet "Swan Lake" opens with Queen Evelayn trapped in the form of a swan by her nemesis, King Lorcan of the Dark Kingdom, who 10 years earlier robbed her of her conduit stone.The kingdom is now in despair, menaced by an ancient force that Lorcan cannot control. He restores Evelayn to human form on the condition that she marry him, and she quickly realizes that nothing, including Lorcan, is exactly as it appears. The author does an excellent job of conveying Evelayn's bewilderment at the world she finds herself forced into as well as the complexity of the choices she makes to save her kingdom. Her growing realization that as queen, she belongs to her people rather than to herself makes being a swan seem like the easier life. Romantic elements come through without sacrificing Evelayn's strength of character. Lorcan and Evelayn become haunted souls whose family baggage makes shouldering the mantle of royalty and learning to form a bond of trust despite surface appearances that much harder. The tale makes readers question good and evil and teaches a sweet lesson about the redemption inherent in second chances. Evelayn is pale-skinned, and the characters have hair and eyes of many hues, including violet, red, and silver.A dark and exciting sequel that radiates girl power. (Fantasy. 13-17)
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Word Count: 72,710
Reading Level: 6.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.4 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 502759 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.2 / points:18.0 / quiz:Q73466
Lexile: 900L
Guided Reading Level: Q
Lorcan didn't even blink. "Lachalonia is suffering, Evelayn. Eadrolan's forests are slowly dying, and Dorjhalon is nearly always ensconced in winter now."

"And whose fault is that?" she broke in angrily. "You speak to me as if I should take responsibility for what has happened to Lachalonia."

He ignored her barb and continued, "Your Draiolon are nearly without power. If you won't do it for Eadrolan or for yourself, do it for them."

Evelayn jumped to her feet, the pain and weakness receding in the face of her fury. "How dare you pretend to be concerned about what your actions have done to my kingdom -- to my Draiolon. You did all of this. I should have killed you when I had the chance."

Lorcan gazed at her coolly, one eyebrow lifted as if he found her amusing, but his hands clenched into fists. "Then do it now, my queen," he taunted. "Kill me and end this. Perhaps it would be a relief."

"Don't mock me," Evelayn snapped back. "You know I don't have the power, or I would have long ago. Just as I killed Bain."

His mouth twisted as if he'd tasted something sour. "Oh, yes, your great triumph."

"Yes, my triumph. Right before my worst failure -- giving you the chance to make that vow and believing you'd actually work with me to establish and maintain peace. You're no better than your father."

Lorcan's eyes narrowed and he took a step closer. "Don't pretend to understand me or my choices. And never compare me to my father ever again."

The cold fury in his voice and the crackle of the ground around his feet turning to ice was enough to make Evelayn close her mouth and swallow the furious retort she'd nearly spat at him, all too aware of the fact that despite his farce of an offer, he truly held all the power.

Excerpted from Bright Burns the Night by Sara B. Larson
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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 truce. And every year Evelayn refuses -- for he requires her to Bind herself to him for life.

But now, with an Ancient power bearing down upon them, everything may change. Evelayn will learn that the truths she once believed have shattered, and that she may need her enemies even more than her allies. Lorcan and Evelayn become partners in a desperate quest to return the balance of power to Lachalonia. How far will this partnership go? Can friendship -- perhaps even love -- bloom where hatred has taken root?

Sara B. Larson delivers a thrillingly romantic and hauntingly satisfying end to this extraordinary duology.


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