Title: Onyx & Ivory
Author: Mindee Arnett
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 15, 2018
“Out here, darkness meant death.”
I have two incredibly shallow reasons for picking up this book: I thought the cover was gorgeous- it’s a bit spooky but gilded at the same time- and I really love ampersands. Thankfully, Onyx & Ivory delivered beyond a pretty cover. We follow disgraced outcast Kate Brighton as she is brought back to palace life after she saves prince Corwin Tormaine from the deadly nightdrakes, which have somehow begun to attack during the day, by using her forbidden wilder magic. But Kate must protect her secret as she searches for answers about her father’s treasonous betrayal that made her an outcast years ago.
Things I Liked
I really felt like I was a part of these character’s stories. A lot of this was eastablished through the history between Kate and Corwin. I bought their feelings and conflict, which made what was happening more believable and enjoyable.
Overall, the characters were enjoyable. I don’t think there was a standout for me personally, but I feel like they all filled their roles well and lifted each other and the story up.
Things I Didn’t Like
I wanted to see more from the world and worldbuilding. I felt like I didn’t really learn anything about the kingdom and the different rulers, the history (including previous wars that have lasting implications), or the trials that Corwin has to go through to become king. Even the magic and wilder powers wasn’t really established or explained.
I didn’t love the ending, it was the weakest part of the story for me. It was a little muddled and rushed. I also didn’t remember who the villain was after the reveal until they restated their job after a few pages.
This book started off high for me, but kinda fell toward the end so I didn’t end up loving it as much as I expected. But is still think this was a really fun and enjoyable fantasy that kept me engaged. I also couldn’t put the book down, I wanted to keep reading it, which is always a good thing. Onyx & Ivory is a story of accepting your power and fighting for what you believe, even when doing the right thing isn’t the safest option.
I received a copy of the book from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.