By Mallory McCartney
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult
The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better left in the shadows.
I remember when I requested to review this book. My expectations were low, as there have been so many let downs in my TBR pile lately. But to my great relief, Black Dawn did not disappoint.
The book is described as New Adult and Young Adult, which it kind of is. The ages of the characters are late teens to early twenties. Ad most books in the YA genre tend to turn main characters into pure, naive virgins (getting real sick of the trope) Black Dawn is full of characters of different personalities, each of them have their shadows that are explored in little ways, and there is no hint of the main characters being naive or innocent.
Another trope that I am sick of: the love triangle, and this book has two. The difference here is that in one triangle one of the girls is a placeholder, and the third is more of a background filler exploring questions but never really giving you the answers.
The cover is beautiful, and was the very reason I wanted this book to begin with. And thankfully, the editing is top notch. I wasn’t so concerned with getting thrown out of the story.
When you read a book, you go into it with certain expectations. You want to escape your world for just a little while, you want to feel something that you just can’t get from the real world. The Fantasy genre is always a go-to for this sort of thing. Ms. McCartney created a world, giving just enough detail to build the studs of this world and us the imagination to put the rest together. The military-like community works together like a well oiled machine, keeping the story going until one rusty gear rips the whole mechanism down.
But just like in most dystopian-like fantasies, you need to know how to tell a story without giving too much away. Black Dawn is the name of the group of survivors looking to overthrown the dark, murderous king. With all of the foraging, and border watches, they never even consider that there are other survivors or that there is any other thinking of how the world should be run once the war is over.
There is dissension amongst the ranks, but as well as with others in this world. There are secrets, lies, hidden puppeteers, and almost a sci-fi like quality where parallel dimensions are mentioned here and there.
I didn’t dwell too much on the characters, but rather on how they propelled the story forward. Each character added his/her own flavor and story-line that created this world and the narrative. But it was the ideas, the disillusionment, and the betrayal that lures us to the end.
We end on a cliffhanger so large, I wonder if McCartney can guide us safely to the other side.
I gift you 4 stars, Ms. McCartney.
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.