Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday #Review - Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney #YALit #Fantasy @MalMcCartney ‏@CleanReads_ @XpressoTours

Series: Unknown
Format: E-Book, 180 pages
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing 
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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.

Black Dawn is author Mallory McCartney's debut novel. It is the first book in a series which remains nameless at the time of this writing. Black Dawn starts out with 21 year old Emory Fae finding two men in her apartment during a blackout, and then flips the script to the next chapter. No worries, things get really interesting from here. The story guns full speed to a world the author is calling Kiero. Kiero is a planet that could be considered to be post-apocalyptic in nature. It is the place where we find the Black Dawn Rebellion.

Black Dawn is led by Commander Memphis Carter, along with Brokk Foster, who is a soldier of the Black Dawn, and one of Memphis's main core which also includes Nyx & Alby. The Rebellion was formed to create a sanctuary for anyone who has been terrorized by the so called King, Adair. With Adair collecting the powerful among the survivors & killing the rest off, the Academy is supposed to be a place where humans with powerful abilities can train, be safe, and form a government based on equality and prosperity.

But, with the Rebellion trying to push forward to defeat Adair, Memphis calls in an audible. What if there was a way to actually give the rebellion a chance at winning? What if there was a girl who was spirited away to another planet, had her memories erased, and has no clue who she is, or where she comes from, or how powerful she may be, but could be the hope of a people who have been brutally subjected to Adair's reign? But, in order to get to where they need to be, Memphis & Brokk need to travel to Earth, kidnap Emory, bring her back to Kiero, and then hope she can regain her memories enough to actually help them, and not fall in with Adair and his minions after learning what really happened to her 10 years ago. 

Black Dawn is a story that is short of 200 pages in length. Even though it is short, it makes up for it in action, suspense, intrigue, and characters who really do stand out like Brokk who I have to say may end up being one of my favorites. This story has been compared to X-Men since part of the story takes place in an Academy for those who have a whole slew of amazing abilities. Brokk, for instance, can not only shape shift, but he can also travel through time. Emory makes some really interesting choices at the end of this story, so it appears I will be continuing to the sequel to see what the author comes up with next.

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