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Onyx and Ivory

(Rime Chronicles #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  8,763 ratings  ·  1,272 reviews
They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark fall ...more
Hardcover, 500 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Miriam Robarts Yes, there is some of all three. The violence is not described in a gruesome way. There are a few minor bad words, and there are mentions that people …moreYes, there is some of all three. The violence is not described in a gruesome way. There are a few minor bad words, and there are mentions that people are promiscuous, as well as at least one romantic scene. I’d give it a PG13 rating. (less)

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Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, fantasy

*clears throat*

The Fairyloot Team has an unparalleled ability to discover hidden treasures (metal detectors or something?). The edition of Onyx and Ivory they included in their May Box (black sprayed pages, oh my) was a feast for the eyes, but also the first book in a while that had me truly immersed in its dark pages. Politics, conspirasies, war, ancient rites, forbidden magic, rebels, wingless dragons and fierce heroes, it was an enchanting adventure that
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Fairyloot May 2018! It's got sprayed edges! Yay! Click on link after picture for the unboxing.

Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
wow. 2018 has truly blessed us when it comes to new fantasy series, and you can go ahead and add this book to that list of many.

'onyx and ivory' created a unique world filled with a host of interesting characters, hidden magic and dangerous dragons, cunning plots and deception, and not to mention a lovely romance. honestly, this had everything i love in these types of fantasy stories.

but i thought the characters were the most impressive. and honestly, there wasnt one in particular that i prefe
this has deadly flightless dragons with a badass heroine who rescues the prince. holy shit. this was awesome.

3.5 stars. this was really good but it was really uneventful for the first hundred pages. then i was slumping and stopped reading this for five days which made me feel really meh towards this. the ending was really action packed and a big plate of what-the-fuck which i enjoyed though.

buddy read with Rae, Nadhira and Scrill (who i'll tag later)
Candace Robinson
I don’t know! I just didn’t find anything new here ... which is fine, because even books with cliches I can love. But I didn’t FEEL anything for these characters or the story in itself. The writing is great, but I guess I was expecting more from that cover! This is another book I have read recently that just feels too long and seems to drag. If it had been a little shorter, some of the unnecessary descriptions could have been cut. I think if you haven’t read a ton of fantasy books, you will prob ...more
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Kate is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the on
Lucy Langford

The first 2/3 of this book were pretty slow and then the pacing picked up.

This has great characters - all very individualistic. “Traitor Kate” is a strong willed female, she is fierce and doesn’t let what others say (calling her traitor Kate) get in the way of her actions. Kate has a perilous job- she is a postal rider which means riding through vast lands with the fear of drake attacks when night falls. One day she is out riding and she discovers a caravan, being attacked by drakes during
a n i s s a
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-release
So much yes! Loved this.
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, fantasy
Overall this was a really solid first book in a series! It started off a little slow, but that's understandable, as there was a lot of world building to be done, scene setting, an introducing characters and whatnot.

This book is written in a split perspective (3rd person) between the 2 main characters, Corwin & Kate, which I really enjoyed! It's nice seeing how they both think and feel and what they're up to when they'er not together. I did really like both of the characters, but I would've like
Umairah | Sereadipity
4.5 stars
Plot: 4/5 Characters: 4.5/5 Writing: 4/5

Onyx and Ivory was a compelling and original tale that emphasised the importance of friendship and family.

It's tiring hearing about the same types of magic system again and again where giant fire balls, ice-swords or air shields are just conjured up on demand, no restrictions, all-inclusive with a fancy magical amulet, free of charge.That's why I liked Onyx and Ivory, the magic system was really well explained and it was different.

There were two t
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
❝betrayer of her prince, her kingdom, and her friends.❞

everyone should read this and then talk to me about it because ok wow

can’t even talk without spoilers because all I want to do is talk about those said spoilers *bites nails nervously*

told through Kate’s and Corwin’s perspectives, we ventured into a world pretty much ruled by drakes, these dragon-like creatures (who in my most humble opinion, are victims here too. just saying 😉) magic ruled by some and others condemned for it and a muc
Elizabeth Sagan

Nice, enjoyable fantasy. I couldn't stand the main male character until the very end (because not even once has he thought about offering an apology!), but we're good now. Good character development. There were a few moments when I felt like the villain got his inspiration from The Villain's Guide (it wasn't his fault though, it was more about how other characters described him).

All in all a good book.
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
I read most of Onyx and Ivory in a hospital. It's the sole reason I'm still alive to write this review. Between the stale oatmeal characters, the plodding plot, the wall after wall of bland text and the dry heterosexual nonsense, some vital part in the core of my being simply shut off. A battalion of medical staff encircled me as my will to live filtered from my body and into the standard just-comfortable-enough-for-torture waiting room chairs. An onlooker rushed to turn the TV to daytime soaps. ...more
Hafsah (on hiatus)
I'm sorry, but I. can't. go. on.

I mean I could but it would HURT because....
I have Z.E.R.O care for these characters right now.
And the pacing is SO sloooow.
And the plot is....wait, what plot??!
Aaaand I'm a little confused.
And unimpressed.
And the final straw: the Kate-Prince pairing is just not working for me at all- just like the book as a whole.

After a while I felt my interest being sucked into the black hole that was my detachment; an all-consuming rift between me and this book. I mean the
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“Out here, darkness meant death.”

I have two incredibly shallow reasons for picking up this book: I thought the cover was gorgeous- it’s a bit spooky but gilded at the same time- and I really love ampersands. Thankfully, Onyx & Ivory delivered beyond a pretty cover. We follow disgraced outcast Kate Brighton as she is brought back to palace life after she saves prince Corwin Tormaine from the deadly nightdrakes, which have somehow begun to attack during the day, by using her forbidden
Helena of Eretz ✰
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was excellent! Best friends to lovers is so rare in YA fantasy, so I definitely enjoyed that aspect! I liked the magic system, the political intrigue, the characters...all of it really! The pacing was also on point because I managed to fly through over 400 pages in one sitting and barely noticed. xD I can’t wait to read the finale!
Every time the book had “Traitor Kate” (especially when it was trying to be dramatic), all I could think of was “Trader Joe’s.” Maybe I’m just hungry.

The thing with the fantasy genre is that it’s hard to make a plot that has been written millions of times before unique. Onyx and Ivory has great writing, pretty swell characters, and a decent setting, but its major drawback was how predictable the plot was. It follows many traits of the numerous fantasies I’ve read before, and because of that I w
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 -3.7*
Buddy-reading with Geo 💞
It has a promising plot, but occasionally was a bit slow.
Ashlee » Library In The Country
This is one of those books that leaves you with the question: why didn’t I read this sooner!?

Onyx & Ivory is a truly stunning story that captivated me from the moment Kate and her steed Pip were introduced. Mindee Arnett has created a fascinating and complex world with the Kingdom of Rime, it’s history rich and it’s people full of passion for their causes.

I loved the representations of friendship, love and family we see in this story, for there are many forms present - each one driving the chara
Wooooow. Arnett's best book yet, easily. Onyx & Ivory definitely deserves to be on your radar. ...more
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
This book is a solid 4 stars for me. I enjoyed it especially because the author is a horsewoman, and threw us a lot of relatable little equestrian moments! The colt blowing snot all over the prince and Kate kind of put the book into my heart.
The worldbuilding and characters both were pretty great too. I liked all the history and geography and history of magic that was given. I could have cut 100 pages out with no trouble though - not that we don't love endless banter and background, but it was
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
✨3 stars✨
It doesn’t usually take me that long to read books, but this one took me forever to get through. I think I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, and life has been quite busy recently too, but even so, at times it felt like I would never finish this book. It isn’t boring, it just isn’t what I wanted it to be; I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t love it. Which is a bit disappointing because it’s my 50th book of the year (meaning I’ve completed my 2018 reading challenge of 50 books!!) and it wa
Christine (allthingschristine)
Actual Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars

Disclaimer: I won this ARC in a giveaway from the author. Neither the author, nor the publisher have influenced my review in any way. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

This was a solid start to a new fantasy series from Mindee Arnett. It reminded me of Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals Series meets the Red Queen Series. While I have my issues with the pacing and length of the book, the story and world created within are interesting enough to surpass any problems I have with i
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I'll try to be short and sweet on this. The book gets a 4 - 4.25 stars

Things I liked:
~ The plot was very interesting from the very beginning and I breezed through half of the
book in no time. And other than a little snafu at around 60%, it stayed engaging through to
the end.
~ The characters, especially the secondary ones, were likable and I wanted to know more
about them
~ The pacing was excellent all the way through. There weren't any sluggish points, or
unnecessary bits to mire it
~ It
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-done
Video Review

"The world changes, the wheel spins, and so we must change as well. That is what it means to lead - finding the wisdom to bring change when it's needed and to hold fast when it's not."

Onyx & Ivory was an overall very enjoyable reading experience for me. While it's a little bit slow in parts and tends to fall into old YA Fantasy cliches, it also offers some unique and fresh aspects.

The characters were definitely my favourite part. I liked both the main characters,
kath | novel + folk
This was really enjoyable! It’s a high-stakes fantasy with highly fleshed out characters, subversive elements like girls who save princes 🙌🏻, dragons without wings who only come out at night, slow. burn. romance. and tons of satisfying twists and turns! I particularly recommend this if you love horses because it’s clear Arnett has a fondness for them.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
HOLY CRAP! I've read 125 books so far this year and this is definitely one of my favourites! so good! I am absolutely in love with the magic, politics and characters. The villain reveal COMPLETELY blindsided me! I adored the romance.
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Traitor Kate inherited the title from her father after he betrayed the high king… Now she rides for the Relay, fighting off the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—when they come out to hunt. Kate has an edge, she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. A forbidden magic, it leads her to a caravan, massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight. Corwin, the high king’s 2nd son and her childhood first love,
They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.

Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

And it’s this mag
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