Featured Review: Ravage the Dark (Tara Sim)
About This Book:
Step into an opulent world filled with risk, romance, and revenge and find out whether two unlikely heroes can save the world and stop corruption.
For seven long years, while she was imprisoned on a debtor's ship, Amaya Chandra had one plan: to survive. But now, survival is not enough. She has people counting on her; counting on her for protection, for leadership, for vengeance. And after escaping Moray by the skin of her teeth, she's determined to track down the man who betrayed her and her friends.
Cayo Mercado has lost everything: his money, his father, his reputation. Everything except his beloved sister. But he's well on his way to losing her, too, with no way to afford the treatment for her deadly illness. In a foreign empire also being consumed by ash fever, Cayo has no choice but to join Amaya in uncovering the mystery of the counterfeit currency, the fever, and how his father was involved in their creation. But Cayo still hasn't forgiven Amaya for her earlier deception, and their complicated feelings for each other are getting harder and harder to ignore.
Through glittering galas, dazzling trickery, and thrilling heists, Cayo and Amaya will learn that the corruption in Moray goes far deeper than they know, and in the end the only people they can trust are each other.
*Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer*
RAVAGE THE DARK is a satisfying conclusion to a YA fantasy duology. In this sequel, we begin with Cayo, Amaya, and their friends heading to another land to try to track down the mysterious counterfeit money causing the ailments plaguing their kingdom. Cayo is wary of Amaya and concerned for his ill sister. Amaya is determined to get her revenge, but also to stop the unseen war of the wealthy that has destroyed so many lives.
Along with Liesl, who is searching for her sister on an unknown debtor's ship, and Remy, who has a surprising role in helping them to get answers, they embark on a dangerous journey through this unexpected place, full of secrets for them to uncover.
What I loved: This was a fast-moving book with lots of small heists along the way as they uncover new leads in trying to discover who is behind the counterfeit money and the related disease. At the same there, there are many side plots with each character having their own personal goals as well. Cayo is trying to overcome his addiction while also dealing with his fall from the upper class, keeping his sister in the hospital to get treatment, and earn money to do so. His arc here was really powerful as he learns to redefine himself and adjust to the world as it is. Amaya is also confronting her past with her feelings about Boon and finding her footing with the people she has known in her different lives as Silverfish and the Countess.
The romance was distant here, with more circling warily as they each much face their concerns separately and consider the larger problems. Despite that, I was still cheering for them, and I loved the way they interact with just the right touch of tension. The book does a good job of wrapping up the major plotlines, while also delivering a fast-paced mystery plot.
What left me wanting more: As a small concern, I did want a bit more character introspection (a lot happens here and characters evolve), and I missed a slower pace in places, as this is a lot to fit in one book. This is more of an action-driven plot with much happening throughout.
Final verdict: RAVAGE THE DARK is a satisfying conclusion to a unique YA fantasy duology. Would recommend for fans of FABLE, THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE, and SEAFIRE.
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