Dawn’s Light || eARC Review

Title: Dawn’s Light
Author: Shannon Blair
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Age: Adult
Publication Date: February 22, 2021
Publisher: NineStar Press
Themes: Magic, Exile, Goblins, Kidnapping, Enemies to Lovers
Content Waring: Internalized homophobia, homophobia


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.

Thank you NetGalley and Ninestar Press for an eARC of this title.

Alright friends, I really enjoyed this book! I am not usually an enemies to lovers fan because I often find them super unrealistic. However, I found this really realistic. I loved how Gerrick and Moranthus meet, learn about each other, and work together though out the story. I found it really nice to see two characters learn about each other over an extended period of time and actually getting to know each other.

One thing I really enjoyed about this story was the cultures created for all the different fantasy races. I also loved how these cultures and ideologies where explained within the story without having any info dumpy sections. I loved how organically the information was presented. I also really enjoyed the worldbuilding and atmosphere within this story.

Overall, this was incredibly sweet, exciting, and fun all in one. For someone who doesn’t typically like an enemies to lovers story this was written really well and felt so realistic that I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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