Tuesday 9 March 2021

Book Review: Dawn's Light (Duskblade #1) by Shannon Blair (Fantasy/MM)

Title: Dawn's Light (Duskblade #1)
Author: Shannon Blair
Publisher: NineStar Press
Publication Date: 22 February 2021
eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy / MM
Source: ARC via NetGalley


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 parent of his young daughter, he needs the extra coin that working as the prince’s body double provides—even if it may one day cost him his life.

When a case of mistaken identity puts the prince in the hands of a goblin raiding party, Moranthus’s and Gerrick’s paths collide. With winter closing in and miles of hostile goblin lands ahead, they must set aside their differences and work together to bring the prince home safely.

Their deepening connection comes with a growing certainty that rescuing the prince may be fatal. Moranthus and Gerrick must each find a way to reconcile his heart’s desires with his homeland’s needs—or die trying.


Dawn's Light was an enjoyable enough fantasy tale on many levels. The premise was interesting and I liked the fact the 'bad guys' were well fleshed out and three dimensional characters, rather than just stereotypes. I would have liked a little more world building here and there, but what was presented in that regard worked fine. I also would have liked to have seen some hints at the coming romance a little earlier. It didn't appear until the final third of the book and then felt a bit too sudden and 'out of nowhere'. But both Moranthus and Gerrick are engaging characters and I'd be happy to read more of their adventures in the future. As such, I am giving this 3 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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