Friday, July 20, 2018

REVIEW: Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett - Erin

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Onyx and IvoryOnyx and Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1)
by Mindee Arnett
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062652669

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.  (Goodreads)



A great opening to a new fantasy series.  Told through Kate’s and Corwin’s alternating perspectives we get a glimpse of what each character is feeling and how their story got them to where they are now. This means great character development for characters that you’ll love and root for.  The setting is mysterious and wonderful, scary and beautiful. With the new threat of Daydrakes looming around every corner and with the magic guild hunting wilders you’ll be worried for the main characters lives throughout. Yes there is some romance, but there is also a badass female who saves the prince! The story is not exactly unique, but it’s still good. The book is a pretty fast read filled with action and adventure. A perfect summer read for any fantasy fan. 

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