Onyx & Ivory
“At once fresh, at once classic, Onyx and Ivory is a page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance.” —Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch
Acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts readers into a beautiful, dangerous, and magical world in this stunningly epic and romantic fantasy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah Raasch.
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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
'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 ...more
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)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 d ...more
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 much ...more
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.
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 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 ...more
“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 wild ...more
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 ...more
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 c ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 characters, especially the secondary ones, were likable and I wanted to know more
~ The pacing was excellent all the way through. There weren't any sluggish points, or
unnecessary bits to mire it
~ It ...more
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, I like this more than I initially thought I would! It isn’t so much the characters—the main two PoV Kate and Corwin have generally mild, forgettable personalities, and their romance not quite convincing, but I really enjoy the world building (fairly intricate for a YA fantasy novel), the overall mystery plot and magic system that intertwines with so many other small elements—including the political aspects.
I consider this a rather calm, slow burn type of novel, with ...more
"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, Kate a ...more
This was one of those instances where there were too many plot-lines. Ye have a) the romance subplot; b) the civil unrest based on types of magic subplot; c) the two princes' god-driven contest for the right to rule subplot; d) main girl trying to overcome her father's traitorous behavior and solve the mystery of his ...more
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