Black Dawn

Black Dawn

by 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 dare I say handsome soldiers show up at her apartment doorstep and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Coming from the magical and ravaged world of Kiero, Emory is brought back not realizing that both men are darkly woven in her past. Discovering she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line Emory is thrown into Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both lives clashing Emory uncovers hidden secrets from her past, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621356134
Publisher: Astraea Press
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and thier two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, and first in the series. When she isn't working on her next novel or reading she can be found dog grooming, hiking, shopping for more books to add to her perpetually overflowing bookshelf, and on the hunt for her next favorite coffee and dessert shop.

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Black Dawn 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ShesGoingBookCrazy More than 1 year ago
Updated review! Content Warning: Borderline possession? Violence I think I may have underrated this book the first time around. While I found it enjoyable before, I found it doubly so this time through! Yes, this book is a little short for my liking. I cannot complain, though, because it is jammed packed full of goodness from start to finish. Especially finish. That's not a proper sentence, but whatever. Due to this book being shorter, I don't want to say too much for fear of giving anything away. I will say that the characters are well fleshed out and feel real. Not only that, but they each have interesting and weighty roles. Emory Fae, is the main character, but shares the stage with Brokk, Memphis, and Nyx. I can't wait to figure out what happens with these characters (especially Brokk) in Queen to Ashes! If you enjoy strong characters, twisted plots, faeries (known as the Oilean), magic, and fast-paced stories, I'd recommend on checking this series out! My Rating: ★★★★1/2 ---------------------------------------------------------- (Former Review) I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Well this was a nice little find! I say "little," because this is on the shorter end for a fantasy read. I'm used to at least three-hundred pages for a fantasy. But, I enjoyed it all the same! Naturally with a shorter read, there isn't as much detail in world building and character development. However, the writing style and the way the story advanced made this lack of information work. I will always take more if I can get it, but the information that was given was enough to keep the plot moving forward and engaged me as the reader. The beginning of the story begins on Earth, where we meet our heroine Emory Reia Fae. A girl who grew up in an orphanage gets a reality check when two men who have haunted her nightmares for years suddenly show up in her house. She is spirited away to the world on which she was born--Kiero--where she re-learns her past. Not only does she originate from Kiero, she also learns that she is the rightful heir to the throne. But her lineage was overthrown by a vile man known as Adair. Emory joins up with the Black Dawn rebellion to earn back her rightful spot on the thrown, and to overturn the damage Adair has done to their world. With having a history on Kiero, Emory also discovers that her past holds some dark secrets--some her own doing, but some by other people. With a complicated past, and tumultuous future, Emory must relearn who she is and the power she holds in order to follow the purpose laid out before her. Black Dawn is an interesting plot written from multiple characters' perspectives, so the reader gets a glimpse of both warring sides and their motives. The end is left wide open, allowing for a sequel to follow. I just heard that there will be a prequel of Black Dawn coming out sometime in July 2018, so be looking out for that! Overall, this was a great, fast-paced read. I'm looking forward for more in all areas, to get a better picture of this world and what all is happening in it. My favorite aspect of it was that it was very clean! Vulgarity: None! Sexual content: Kissing only. Violence: Some, but not very graphic. 3.5 stars.
Melissa_Ann More than 1 year ago
How would it feel to be taken from the life you know and brought to a different world and given a new set of memories? Of your real memories? That's exactly what Emory goes through it Mallory McCartney's "Black Dawn" when she is pulled from Earth and thrust into a land of magic, faeries, witches, and people with extraordinary powers. She then finds out that her Earth life has been a lie, and she's really the princess from this forgotten land, just like a fairy tale. If that fairy tale was in a dystopian society where the people are fighting for their freedom, that is. I enjoyed the premise of McCartney's book. A fight to return freedom to a destroyed land? That's always a story that sucks me in. There is also some romance and love triangles thrown in, but I wasn't really invested in it. Emory feels drawn to the rebel leader, Memphis, and I wasn't able to get into it. Every chapter is told from a different character's point of view. This was nice because it gave the reader the chance to see what was happening in different locations, and made it easier to grasp the full picture. I would have liked to see more world building. There isn't that much descriptive detail in the book, and I wanted to see more. They're in a different land, but besides the fact that everyone has their own unique power, it didn't feel much different from our own world. The powers themselves is something else I'd like to know more about. All the characters we meet have a different one, but is everyone different? Are there groups that have the same power? The main action doesn't start until about two thirds of the way in, which made some of the beginning drag a little. A lot of the story was told through internal thoughts, the backgrounds on the characters' relationships with each other, and them waiting for something to happen. More action in the beginning would have made it a quicker read. "Black Dawn" is under 200 pages, and I did enjoy reading it overall, and would read the next book in the series if given the chance.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Aside from those funky dreams she has every night, Emory Fae is the epitome of a normal young woman. Then the two men in her dreams sneak into her apartment and kidnap her to another world, saying she is the heir to the throne in their magical kingdom that is currently overrun by an insane king. Apparently, a few years ago, she asked to have all of her memories removed and to hide away on earth for a later time. Now, she is slowly regaining those memories as she retrains herself to be a warrior and ruler—and as she tries to figure out the complicated past she had with those two young men. Can I just say that the cover of Black Dawn is absolutely marvelous? It, along with my favorite cliché of a long-lost princess from another world, initially drew me to the book. That fire burning, but not consuming, the rose is absolutely gorgeous and speaks of mystery. So, I read Black Dawn, and it wasn’t exactly what I had expected. I’m not really sure what to think of it at this point. Instead of putting all the focus on Emory as the main character, the point of view is split between her and her three friends, Memphis, Brokk, and Nyx. The four of them formed some kind of love quadrangle, with Emory being loved/desired by the two men and Nyx in love with Memphis. The fact that Emory can’t remember their shared past—and, more importantly, that Memphis planted some false memories of the two of them together—screwed the situation up more. Because of this, I can’t like the idea of Memphis and Emory together, even though the book seems to want me to from the beginning. He is just too manipulative. And because Emory is thrown into the middle of the conflict, she sometimes seems like a naïve child stumbling around while the three “adults” prepare the real battle plans and leaver her in the dark about too much. Despite this, Emory demonstrated great strength of character. I can see her growing into a great leader in a second or third book in the series. And there needs to be one, because this one ended with a horrible cliffhanger. Besides all of my reservations about the characters, I did think the overarching plot and the fantasy world were well-done and intriguing. I want to see what happens next, and I want to visit their beautiful world (after Emory becomes queen, though, because I would probably die within the first five minutes otherwise). Just as a warning in case anyone is sensitive to that kind of thing, there is some dark, demonic magic mixed into the story. And a bit of passionate kissing. ;) I enjoyed this book as an intriguing fantasy, and I suggest other fantasy fans to take a chance on it. I received a complimentary copy of this book through YA Bound Book Tours. All opinions are expressly my own.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 3.5 Stars Mallory McCartney writes a book filled with conflicted hearts, buried promises, and a war ready to rage. It’s told in several alternating POVs which sometimes had me a bit confused. I can’t decide if I liked it or not for this particular story. I also admit that it took a bit for me to fall into its rhythm. But overall the whole book has a pretty cool vibe, an interesting mix of fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal, and I really like the cover art. It really got exciting past the halfway point of the book and was a fun creative read :) Read my full review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
Cala Gobraith More than 1 year ago
*This book was reviewed via Lola's Blog Tours* Recommended McCartney’s Black Dawn tells the story of the fall of Kiero’s Academy. On a world where magick manifests as special abilities (much like mutant powers in X-Men), the elite institution was created by the King and Queen to be a place where the best could hone their skills to better aid society. But soon enough, a student turned rogue. He destroyed the Academy, slaughtered the ruling family, and usurped the throne. The Academy lives on, fighting guerilla battles. And the last of the ruling line still lives, secreted away through magic of time and space. Now is the time for her return. Six years ago, Emory Fae was sent from Kiero to Earth, her memory wiped. Her return from the dead is a shock to everyone save the two who sent her away to begin with, and not everyone is happy she's back. They feel she should have been with them the entire time, and Emory will have to work hard to gain their trust. As she trains, honing her unique leech skills, she begins to formulate a plan of her own to take down Adair. The question is, can she do it before betrayals, and secret histories threaten to undo all that Emory, and the Academy itself has worked to build? I had a bit of trouble getting into the beginning of the story, but it soon captured my attention, and I ended up getting lost in it when I was supposed to be going to bed! I liked that the chapters moved from character to character, so you got a bit more of the puzzle, things that some characters haven't learned yet, but are needed for the story flow. I loved that the magicks were unique, and, while Brokk shifted to a wolf, he wasn't a 'werewolf’. Wolves as shapeshift animals have become a trope in my eyes, and is usually a big turn off for me. The feel here, though, was that he could be something else if he wanted. I enjoyed the twists and turns to the story, as we learn Brokk's parentage, and get less clouded glimpses into what Roque and Nei may have really intended with the Academy. I really want to know more about the Oilean too! Another good proofing would be in order. The story itself is thoroughly enjoyable, and I am looking forward to the sequel. The cover is awesome, and was one of the things that intrigued me to reading it.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
With the characters being older than in regular YA books, I would classify Black Dawn more as a new adult read – although it’s a clean read, so young adults can enjoy it too. New adults might find it easier to connect to the main characters, though. Anyway, Black Dawn is the start of a brand new series, and it’s a promising start at that. Emory Fae leads a quiet, normal life – until two mysterious, handsome soldiers show up at her apartment. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from a different world, the war ridden world of Kiero. Emory is the long lost heir of the royal line of Kiero, and is thus thrown right in the middle of the conflict, as soon as she arrives there, and urged to reclaim her throne. The story is told in different perspectives, which could be a struggle, but it’s not the case here. If anything, it adds more to the story to be able to see it from differnet perspectives. The characters are three-dimensional, well-developed, and they act realistically, in particular Emory. I also liked Memphis. He had a complex, mysterious personality and it wasn’t always easy to figure out why he did what he did, which made him intriguing. The pacing is fast, and there’s never quite time to catch a breath, which is pretty much how the whole experience must feel like for Emory, so to have the reader experience something similar works rather well. The world building was pretty solid, the writing was fluent, and overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to all fans of fantasy novels, and look forward to reading the second book in this series. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite Shape shifting, betrayal, romance and time travel conspire in Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney. The heroine, Emory Fae, is a twenty-one-year-old young woman who is troubled by the man she encounters in her recurring dream. But it is not a nocturnal mishap. It is the work of Memphis Carter, a Commander of the Black Dawn Rebellion, trying to reunite with Fae to defeat Adair, an evil leader responsible for limitless deaths of family and friends. As Fae learns of her fate as the future Queen of Kiero, she discovers that Adair intended to unite with her in an arranged marriage. So she is the only one who can defeat him. As Bokk, a shape shifter, Byrd, Wyatt and Jaxson prepare her for the fight of her life, Nyx, a purple-haired rival female, has other plans. Will Adair accept her tempting offer or will the future of Kiero remain in peril? I enjoyed Black Dawn. The title is apt and the graphic cover design is as beautiful as it is sinister. This 150-page work of fiction is fast paced and introduced me to colorful characters and ethical dilemmas. The relationships were complex and full of teenage angst. It was a coming of age story as Emory Fae learned about her past. Mallory McCartney is a talented writer with a gift of enthralling her audiences with genuine characters and beautiful imagery. The dialogue was genuine and added credibility. This is McCartney's debut novel. Black Dawn is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago