Queen to Ashes: Black Dawn Series 2 Hardcover – April 21, 2020
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Queen To Ashes is a work of dynamic fantasy fiction with plenty of action and adventure and was penned by author Mallory McCartney. Written as the second novel in the Black Dawn series of books, the novel is suitable for readers from young adult upwards and contains only mild fantasy violence. We find our hero protagonist Emory Fae at the point where she has abandoned her seemingly ordinary life on Earth, accepting her destiny as Queen of Kiero. A clever game of deception and truth-seeking plays out as Emory must feign her alliance with the Mad King as the forces of the rebellion rise up for the ultimate attack.
The kingdom of Kiero is a vibrant fantasy world with much to offer fans of the genre, and author Mallory McCartney sinks us all deep into its atmosphere and culture right from the off. The descriptive techniques and backstory to the world bring us right up to date with the events of book one, and we find Emory in a really interesting predicament with Adair and her own fractured memories. What follows is a slow-burning intrigue that introduces us to the situation, and when the pace ramps up to bring on the secrets and the rebellion, this book really is magical. Emory too is a well-developed heroine with much to relate to as a reader, and her dilemmas and decisions are beautifully imperfect and active in the plot. Overall, Queen To Ashes makes an excellent and engaging sequel that fantasy fans of all ages are sure to enjoy.
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Picking up at the end of Heir of Lies, we find Emory, the rightful Queen of Kiero, fully immersed in her new world. She still doesn’t have all of her memories and struggles to remember so that she can save her people. The action seems to never end for these characters! It was just packed with things happening that kept me turning the pages!
The characters are just as wonderful as they were in the first book. I really enjoyed Emory’s character growth. I feel like she’s really embracing who she is, and I have enjoyed seeing her evolve.
The villains feel especially vile in this story, and I love it! I liked how detailed McCartney makes them, creating such a real-feel to each persona. Having these awful characters in the story made their losses and defeats so much sweeter.
Overall, I was so happy to have this story in my life! I enjoyed Heir of Lies, but Queen of Ashes has become my favorite! I am excited to see this story continue!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Queen to Ashes for readers that like a magical fantasy with a strong heroine. I would highly recommend that readers read book 1 in this series, Heir of Lies, before jumping into this book. I think you would find the book much more enjoyable if you read the first book before starting this one. If you haven’t read book 1, I have a bit of a synopsis and link to my review farther down in this post.
I was provided an advanced reader's copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.