Book Review

Onyx and Ivory {DNF Review}


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. IMG_6896And 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.

Received an ARC copy from HarperCollins Canada
in exchange for an honest review.

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆ {2.5}

Release Date: May 15th 2018 from Balzer + Bray

I’m very sad to say that this is a DNF.. I got to around 70% through Onyx and Ivory before calling it quits. It started off great, captured my attention right from page one, but by about 15% it started to slow down. Normally I don’t mind a slower paced book, yes it may take me a bit longer to get through.. but overall the pacing doesn’t effect my enjoyment of a book in most cases. In this case however, I just couldn’t push on and finish the book. Onyx and Ivory held such potential, in a world where it’s not safe to travel at night because of drakes (dragon like creatures), elemental magic (of a kind) and two princes going through trials to see who is fit to rule the kingdom.. what more could you ask for?

Unfortunately, I found the characters quite bland and the plot to be mediocre. I wanted more focus on the trials or the magic but instead the focus was more on this poorly planned rebellion plot line (which is barely even touched upon until about 55-60% through the book) and the romance between one prince and the main character Kate. Speaking of, Kate is the daughter of the man who tried to assassinate the king. OOOH MYSTERIOUS PLOT THREAD! The number of times it is mentioned that Kate is known as Traitor Kate and is the daughter of the man who tried to assassinate the king was borderline unnecessary.

Overall I’m sad because the book had such potential, and I was in love with the cover. Normally I don’t review books I DNF, but because I made it through a decent amount of the book I felt I had read enough to write this review. Thank you HCC Frenzy/ Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC of Onyx & Ivory, I really appreciate it!