A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Less background information about sewing, which distinguished the first volume.
It's possible to overcome negative feelings. Family is an important part of life and should be carefully guarded.
Positive Role Models
Maia is brave, loyal, resourceful, ready to sacrifice herself for safety of others. She especially fears becoming a demon and hurting her loved ones.
Violence & Scariness
A number of fights and magical battles, but descriptions are not especially gory. Maia and her cohort struggle against ghosts and a tiger-demon.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Edan and Maia sleep in the same bed, are presumably intimate. No details are provided.
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Smattering of swearing: "hell" and "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unravel the Dusk concludes the fantasy saga begun in Spin the Dawn. Author Elizabeth Lim continues the adventures of Maia, tailor to the emperor, as she battles the demon that threatens to steal her soul. There are numerous scenes of violence, none particularly disturbing. Swearing is limited to "hell" and "damn." Maia and Edan sleep in the same bed and are presumably physically intimate, but there are no discussions of sex.
Is It Any Good?
Fantasy fiction often depends on unique sources of magic, and this Asian-influenced tale is fresh and compelling. The first volume, however, is a little more unusual in its narrative trajectory, putting a seamstress at the center of a fantasy saga. Nevertheless, Elizabeth Lim's Unravel the Dusk brings the duology to a fitting, satisfying end. Maia and Edan make a likable romantic couple, and the supporting cast includes some interesting villains and allies. Offbeat and well constructed, Unravel the Dusk proves to be the work of an exciting new talent.
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