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Black Dawn Paperback – February 14, 2017
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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.
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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This is the first book in a series and many of the events that take place are clearly designed to lead to what's to come in later books. For those who like to see as many loose ends tied up as possible in a book, save for a few that are to be resolved, they might not like that plenty of questions are left unanswered and plenty of events left unsettled.
That did not detract from the overall quality of the book, though. I enjoyed it and think it is a great debut novel. I am intrigued by what's to come in future installments.
Title: Black Dawn
Author: Mallory McCartney
Review: The prologue to Black Dawn was amazing we meet Emory Fae during a power outage when as strange man she seems to know enters her apartment and attacks her. We also met Brokk who is a solider of the Black Dawn group who are in the middle of a war. We then change perspective to that of Memphis who is the Commander of the Black Dawn group, I love novel with dual or multiple perspectives because we see the novel from various viewpoints and it gives us a more rounded opinion on the story. The Black Dawn Rebellion seem to be fighting against the reign of a man called Adair. We learn that Emory is a key figure in this rebellion but years ago Brokk and Memphis wiped her memory and left her on Earth away from their world to protect her from Adair and now they are going to use her as the face of the rebellion in order to reclaim their world.
As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel we can see there is a lot of history between Memphis, Brokk and Emory maybe even so romantic history between the trio which causes a lot of tension. We see Emory try and intergrate herself into a life she can barely remembers and displays a huge amount of truth towards these people who could very well be holding her hostage so in that aspect it was a little unbeleivable but I still enjoyed it. As we cross the 1/4 mark in the novel we see Emory rebuilding her relationship with Memphis as her memories return very slowly but for some reason she is scared and weary of Brokk despite being told they have been friends for most of their lives.
As we approach the half way mark in the novel the Black Dawn Rebellion is preparing to take on Adair as Emory is the only one who surpasses him in power and the only one who can draw him out far enough to be vunerable. As Emory learns more about Keiro and herself the more confused she becomes, she can't understand her fear of Brokk or her attraction to Memphis which Nyx complicates at every turn as she is currently sort of dating Memphis. While the love triangle aspect of this novel is implied we haven't really seen much of it and we haven't seen any real interaction between Brokk and Emory. The fear between them which has been presented since Emory's arrival in Keiro has also had very little explanation. In addition to Emory's, Brokk's and Memphis' points of view Nyx's is introduced providing an antagonistic view alongside Adair's perspective as the main antagonist. While it was meant to be impactfull I saw Nyx's betrayal long before it arrived, the animosity between Nyx and Emory was only going to end one way so this scene doesn't really hold the weight it should.
As we cross into the second half of the novel I liked the fact that there was something bigger and more evil at work than Adair and a lot of the characters are weighed down by their own emotions and sins especially characters like Memphis and Nyx. We begins to see the novel as one massive game of chess covered by a web of lies and deciet now it is up to a few keys players to unravel to web and open their eyes to the truth. All the while Adair is beginning to make his move and close in on the Black Dawn Rebellion and the main question now is will they prepared for the fight when it arrives. We also see a rift growing betwen the three main characters when Emory learns that Memphis manipulated her memories to make her fear Brokk so he could have her to himself but this doesn't dampen the attraction she feels for him. I felt that Memphis didn't really care for Emory but rather he was just using her for his own selfish needs the same why he did Nyx and eventually this would come back to haunt him.
As we approach the 3/4 mark in the novel I was very frustrated at Emory's actions she knows Memphis is manipulating her but she allows him to do it. In my opinion Emory's primary love interest should be Brokk he just suits her so much better and to be honest I don't like Memphis as a character and I was kind of hoping he would die before the end of the novel. So when Nyx's betrayla is uncovered and the Black Dawn have Adair's men upon them I was hoping so much that Memphis would end up as one of the dead so Emory could end up with Brokk. As we head towards the final section of the novel the true controllers of this game have been revealed along with their plan. Both Brokk and Emory are now at their mercy and whether they all die or peace is restored solely rests on their shoulders and depends on them freeing themselves of their current situations.
As we cross into the final section of the novel Emory is in the process of making new allies, trying to free Adair's hostages and trying to piece together her broken memory. With Memphis and Brokk captured I was wondering whether Emory would be able to do this all alone. When Memphis' own sins are shown to him he is left broken with Nyx dying at his feet and Emory on a throne beside Adair. When Emory makes her sacrifice the only person that can save her now is Brokk but whether he will make it in time is the question now. The final pages of this novel were very confusing but it does leave a cliff hanger for a second book, so I am definitely going to have to read that just to figure out what happened at the end of this one.
Overall I found this to be a fast-paced and enjoyable read with great characters and a huge amount of action. I would recommend this novel to all fantasy and actions lover. While the plot and characters were great the romance was completely lacking. I found the love triangle to be weak at best although this is explained for the reveal to hold more weight the triangle between Emory, Brokk and Memphis should have been more in depth and drawn out. This novel deserved its rating despite the fact it does need some work and improvement.
Author: Mallory McCartney
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing, 2017 (February 14)
Genre: YA Fantasy
**I received a copy of this book free from Xpresso Reads and the author in exchange for an honest review**
This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page
Credit is definitely due for this amazingly beautiful cover, which sucked me in hardcore. It’s stunning. It’s why I emailed back and said, “Yes PLEASE” to this book.
I’m still torn about that decision.
I have already forgotten most of the book, and that’s never a good sign. But I’ll do my best:
We are told the story from several POVs that jump around: we start with Emory briefly, a girl who has been abducted from her apartment by the man in her nightmares. We hear from her briefly before she passes out and is taken away.
Memphis and Brock return Emory to her real world. Apparently she was stashed on Earth for protection, as she is the last in line of a prominent family and is needed for a rebellion of the people against the evil ruler. This world of Kiero is a world of magic and is ruled by King Adair, a man who used to be friends with Emory, Memphis and Brock’s family but became power-hungry.
Memphis is in love with Emory. So is Brock. Emory wakes up and has her memories restored: she remembers the rebellion and she remembers who she is…and she is eager to get the rebellion (named Black Dawn) into shape to stop Adair.
(I was totally confused at this point bc of the POV shifts…I normally don’t mind them but one min I was in Emory’s head and the next minute I’m in Memphis’s head, and he seems like he is supposed to be a bad guy but his thoughts don’t sound bad…then we are in Brock’s head and he really missed Emory but because of some memory-tampering by Memphis, Emory is scared of Brock, which to me seems like a really shitty thing to do). Are you following? Ok…I wasn’t. I almost DNFed the whole book at this point bc I had no connection to the characters and had no idea who to root for as I didn’t care about anyone too much.
THEN, it’s like the story finds its groove and we can understand what’s going on…and some crazy cool stuff goes down but the book is only 180 pages and it ends by the time you really start feeling it.
The author (pictured right) tells me that a sequel is in the works hopefully – if there’s enough of a demand. I’d like to continue the series, but I forget it more and more each day. When I finished it the first time, the cliffhanger had me in its grip and I was clamoring for more. But it’s not sticking with me. The book actually reads like it’s a sequel to something else: it’s good, but it takes most of the book to get good, and then you’re left with that empty “what do I do now?” feeling.
I can’t really recommend this for any educational reading and I am going to simply give Black Dawn ★★★☆☆. It’s an okay read, and it does become extremely creative with its path at the end…but unless something follows it up soon, I can see Black Dawn fading from the memories of most readers.
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by Mallory McCartneyPublished by: Clean Reads Publishing
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