About the Book
Title: Black Dawn
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
Author: Mallory McCartney
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
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.
Black Dawn was a fun little read. It's got everything in it that makes it the perfect "popcorn" book. It's quick, the characters do all have personalities that make them seem real, the plot (while not exactly 100% new) was done very well. I enjoyed the story a lot, even when I was a little confused. I quickly and quite happily gobbled it up, no matter what the next part of this review seems like.
There is a lot going on in this book. A lot, and while that's not necessarily a bad thing in the least, I did occasionally get a bit lost. There are perspective shifts that can be a little jarring at first, but not horrifically so. There is a lot of info dump in the beginning, which makes perfect sense since it is the start to a series, but I did wonder if I had accidentally started on the 2nd book first.
Black Dawn isn't going to change the face of YA, BUT it is a very fun book about a long lost princess saving the day! It's a quick read, with great characters, a good deal of growth from beginning to end, which will make for a very interesting series. I wasn't bored, but I wasn't shocked. I do think I'll read the next book in the series to see what happens!