Thursday, 13 April 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Welcome to the blog tour of Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney. I am your host today and I am reviewing it.

Black Dawn
by Mallory McCartney
Genre: YA/A Fantasy
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Clean Reads Publishing

Blurb :

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.


My Musings :

I didn't get the symbolism of the book cover till the end when Memphis meets the raiders. I too was in awe of the surprise and the author's writing. She knows how to add the sneaky twist here and there to keep me on my toes.

Usually the blurb is what makes me pick up a book. But this one's synopsis was kind of general with only a few intrigue points. The cover was what made me take a chance and I am glad of that!! I have fallen in love with the characters and the world built around them.

The beginning was just plain confusing! It took me a few pages to get oriented because the author landed me right in the middle of the action. Only after a couple of chapters I was able to get an idea of what it deals with. Once I made a mind map, it was an easy tale to follow. Attention grabbing too with the emotional tension among Memphis, Nyx, Brokk and Emory.

This is one book where the characters grabbed me strongly with their emotions. I love Emory and I kind of hate her too! She is feisty and after her initial confusion, she rallied around her friends. But, that's a huge but, she is falling for Memphis ( again or not, I am not sure ) which makes me annoyed. I am totally pro-Brokk. I love his strength and his silent patience and what he goes through, ouch, it left me hurting. And Memphis? I totally would like to punch him in the face. He comes out as a manipulator and though I distrust him at present, I have a niggling feeling that the author is going to further give him more power in the sequels. Now coming to Nyx, I kind of get where she's coming from so I have no complaints about her. She was totally in character. But poor thing, she is going to be shocked about Adair's actions. As for Adair, what I have read about him has me completely in like with him. I believe he has the outline to be a great villain!

The world built around them is unique. When I first read about the Academy, I thought it was a school-magic based book. I was half right. The Academy isn't just a school. It is more than that, it is a way of thought and so it is more of a deviation from the regular route. The magic system, though a bit similar to some others, seem to have a trait varying from others. I look forward to reading more about it.

The plot of people being oppressed is nothing new. This is an age old problem and the author has some twists and turns in the tale which kept me hopping to read the next page. Twists! Twists! That seems to the motto of the author and I wholeheartedly agree with her. Though it is a very short read, I completed it in 3 hours max!, I recommend this to all fantasy action lovers out there. Don't miss out on a great start to a very good series. I look forward to the sequels with much anticipation.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't affect my review in any way. All are my original thoughts and reactions to the story.

My one line review : A surprisingly twisty tale of action with magic and feels.

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5

About the Author

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.

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