April 18, 2018

#BookReview: Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

About the Book:

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

This title will be released on May 15, 2018.



Publisher: HarperCollins
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Fantasy 
How I Acquired this book: Edelweiss
Overall rating: 
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About the Author:
Mindee Arnett is the acclaimed author of Avalon and its sequel, Polaris, as well as the Nightmare series. She lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. You can find her online at www.mindeearnett.com.
Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: The description was very confusing and didn't match the book well. 

Check out author's other books? No 
Recommend this book? No 

Notes and Opinions: This is one of those books that you have read before. There is nothing new here and it all seemed very much like a cut of other great fantasy books out there that were mushed together into a new story.  I wished it would have been fresh and new as although the description was confusing it made me want to find out more.  So this one was very lacking in anything we haven't already read. DNFed 20% 

Go Into This One Knowing:  Needed to be fresh and new 
 









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