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Queen to Ashes

(Black Dawn #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  48 reviews
“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.”

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into
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Published February 19th 2019 by Clean Reads Publishing
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Candace Robinson
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent sequel! The writing, character development, and world building completely swept me up. I am a huge fan of a certain couple and after that ending, I need to know what happens next!! I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll keep this short for now!
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt like you were actually part of a story, that you could see every scene? Mallory McCartney’s QUEEN TO ASHES the second book in her Black Dawn series is just as fabulous as book one, and quite possibly better!

Emory Fae has left the world she knew behind to embrace the world that sang to her heart. The memories taken from her are slowly coming back and she will realize that all is not as it seems. Those around her wear masks of deceit and she must pretend allegiance to her parent
Mallory McCartney
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.”
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This is the second book in the Black Dawn series by Mallory McCartney and is a fantastic sequel to book one. I highly recommend you read book one first otherwise you won't fully understand the plot.

Fast paced and full of well scripted, diverse, strong characters this book did not dissapoint and is a must read fantasy series which is unique and easy to lose yourself in. This bo
***Read Book #1 First: Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney

Genre: Young Adult | Fiction | Fantasy | Romance

5 out of 5 stars (for both book 1 & 2)

Alright! So first off, this is a re-release.. how exciting! I LOVE this trilogy so much.

So roughly a year back I read the first book in this trilogy and at the time it was called “Black Dawn.” Before I dived into the second book Mallory reached out to let me know she was re-releasing the whole trilogy with some amazing changes and was wondering if I would
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good sequel to the Black Dawn series.

In the first book, Heir Of Lies, we are introduced to the main characters in a smaller setting, the school that they live at. They are younger and more naive to everything around them. Queen To Ashes essentially sees them mature, both in years and mentality. There is also a lot more world building in the prequel and the reader is introduced to street markets, city life and mythological creatures that are unique to Mallory's imagination.

Christine Rees
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dark spellbinding journey that will entice you with its ancient magic, tricks of fate, and fierce rebellion. Get ready!

Wow. After finishing Queen To Ashes, I've had to take a moment to fully digest the twists and turns this story has taken since Black Dawn. Every single character has had to face their own horrifying and traumatic events, but I absolutely love it. (Maybe I'm a little morbid that way?) The story is beautifully crafted and with that ending... MALLORY I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS N
Mallory McCartney
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The Black Dawn series is re-releasing April 21 2020! Queen to Ashes (Black Dawn Series Book Two) will have fresh edits, an exclusive map and bonus content!
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Queen to Ashes
Author – Mallory McCartney
Series – Black Dawn
Publication Date – February 19, 2019
Genre – Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Type – Part of Series
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author(NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
When I requested to review this book from NetGalley, I wasn’t aware that this was a second book in the series – so I first had to go back and read Emory’s story in Black Dawn to get the back story of all of the c
Hallie’s Bookshelf
I was so excited to read this book after finishing the first one last month and let me just say that it did not disappoint!! Once again, I loved all of the multiple POVs and the relationships between all of the characters!! I was immediately thrown right back into this magical world and let me tell you, this book was ACTION PACKED! I have to admit, I think I even enjoyed this one more than the last! I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of it and now that it’s over, I need book three ASA ...more
Richa Sharma
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An escape from the ordinary that's how I'll explain this book. The writing is extraordinary and the story has developed beautifully. The book had different perspectives to the story which was expertly narrated. The build up of the magical elements of the story was exhilarating.⁣

The book is fast paced and full of twists and turns to keep you entertained. It's a fantasy series that I am eager to read more of. ⁣
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian
*Rating* 4.0


Queen to Ashes is the second installment in author Mallory McCartney's Black Dawn series. I have to say, I am absolutely stunned by the endings to this story. Endings meaning two characters face life or death moments. I dare say it's given me some time to think about my review before sitting down and actually writing it, or in this case, typing it. This is a story that features many different characters. But, let's start with
Georgina Power
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for a gifted eBook “Queen To Ashes” the second book in the Black Dawn series; in exchange for an honest review

"You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this."

Queen Of Ashes is Book Two in the re-released Black Dawn series, following on from the events that occurred in Heir Of Lies (Book One – which I would recommend be read first to fully understand the plot and the characters in the book) We find out the fate
Melina Lobo
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queen To Ashes is the sequel to the bestselling YA Fantasy series Heir of Lies.
When we ended the first book we were left on an interesting cliffhanger that makes you want to know what happens next and compared to the first book I enjoyed this one a lot more.
Emory has a much better character development now that she's Queen and I loved her role in the part of the series. In fact, I loved almost all of the characters here, maybe it's because now I know them better than I did while reading Book 1 b
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What a wonderful sequel!! I am always so, so happy to find that the second book in a series not only lives up to the first but does even better! Queen to Ashes was an absolutely wonderful addition to the Black Dawn series.

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 j
Book Hunt With Us
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
At last!! I got the time to actually re-read some of my favourite parts from this book- "Queen to Ashes" by Mallory McCartney👸😻This is her second book from the Black dawn series✌️ And guess what?? I am waiting for her to re-release her work on Renegade!

I loved how her book had a spark of its own and the unusually creepy villains. I actually don't want to spoil the book for others, blurting out all of it😅Because it has the vibe where it helps you to get back and fight. I was so excited during the
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Emory Fae is the Princess of Kiero. She had been hidden on Earth for six years (with her memory wiped), before coming back to Kiero to lead the Black Dawn Rebellion and claim her crown. The Black Dawn Rebellion base, the Academy, was burned down in the last book with many members of the rebellion dead or captured by the Mad King, Adair. Emory herself has pledged allegiance with Adair, while secretly looking for an opportunity to kill him. In the meantime, the remaining members of the rebellion s ...more
Madhu MaBookYard -
"Life and Death. Love and Loss. Light and Dark. This is the divide her life had taken, and one that she was completely and utterly lost in. Suffocated in."
Queen to Ashes is the next installment to Heir of Lies and it follows our main characters Emory, as she gets accustomed to her life after that ending and stepping up to her role as a Queen; and Adair, the now tyrant king as he tries to hurt everything she loves. It's a story about betrayal, second chances, making the best of your sit
Stephanie Ward
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, ebook, owned
'Queen to Ashes' is the second book in a New Adult/YA fantasy series that fans of the genre are going to want to check out. You're definitely going to need to read the first book in the series before this one in order to know the characters and be caught up on the events that have happened/are happening.

The book was very well written with a great female main character, an intriguing plot, and amazing world building. The author did a wonderful job introducing us to the characters and their world
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When Mallory messaged me on Bookstagram asking me if I’d be interested in reviewing Queen to Ashes, I couldn’t respond quickly enough. I enjoyed Black Dawn, and it left me wanting to know what was going to happen to Emory, Memphis, Brokk, and the rest of the rebellion. I’m so glad to report that Queen to Ashes did not disappoint, it left me on the edge of my seat, and it made me fall in love with Mallory’s
J. A. L.  Solski
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-authors
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Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Overall, I am giving this book 4 Stars!
Queen to Ashes is an epic fantasy novel with nonstop action and adventure! In this book, our heroine, Emory Fae, has officially abandoned her life on Earth and has accepted her role as the true Queen of Kiero and an important part of the Black Dawn Rebellion.

While I enjoyed the first book in the series, this book exceeded all expectations! It was incredibly well written and the character development was so well done. I felt like this book truly gave us the
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the Author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This book takes place immediately after book 1, now unfortunately I read them as book 1 then 0.5 then this second book so I did spend a lot of time confused about who was where and doing what. I think that this as well as RL stuff is why it took me so long to finish the book and I did end up distant from the characters. This may have been why certain plot points did not hit me how the author intended but this is an entirely me t
Misty's Book Space
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book via R&R Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

This is the second book in the Black Dawn series and we pick up right where Heir of Lies left off. We once again get multiple POVs. Some we got in book 1 but we do have a couple new POVs.

In the first book we got a small taste of the world. In this book we travel more of the worlds and are introduces to more creatures and people. I will say I would have liked for the magic to be e
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“An heir of a family lost. A princess to what? To become queen to whom? There is nothing left of her life here but the ashes that remain.”
QUEEN TO ASHES is the second book in the Black Dawn series. Mallory McCartney has written it from multiple povs. I should have read the first book before starting this, I would've enjoyed this better then. Even though this book does a decent job with telling the story before, but I'd still recommend to read Heir of Lies before reading Queen to Ashes. This book
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was received as an ARC from Clean Reads Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was so caught up in the action of this book and the storyline of how Emory does not recollect her life in past years and has her focus on being the future queen of Kiero but when the Evil King Adair makes his mark and past memories are now being pieced together and her memories are becoming clearer and clearer, the plot can't help b
Kareenah E
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so shocked that I actually enjoyed this 2nd book in the series, being that I really didn't like book 1. From the being, I was thrown into this intense storyline. I find myself getting invested and hoping that the main characters can complete their mission. I am eager to read the next book in this series because the author left things off on a cliffhanger, and I can only imagine how much more intense and compelling the next book will be.

Emory finally gaining a sense of her purpose and actual
Silvia C.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very exciting, as the first book in the series left a lot of questions unanswered, on several directions: where is Emory's story headed, the origin of Brokk's story and where it's headed. Also, new very interesting characters turn up.
In this second installment we see again a lot of new information come up, twisting the story even more, making it more complex and interesting. I'm intrigued by a lot of the things that are happening.
Personally, I also find it a bit un-chiseled, some part
Amy Poirier
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is all carnage and commitment! What's left of the Black Dawn rebellion is a small but fierce group. They've got little chance of winning, but they're not backing down. Facing a supernatural superpower, they're mustering all the support they can get, and, lucky for them, there are still a few powerful options available.
Be prepared to have your heart ripped out a few times. This is war, and not everyone will make it out alive. The fighting is brutal, and the enemies are ruthless. Howeve
Suzan Amin Khoja
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really loving this series. I read its first book and loved how the characters have developed in the second book. The writing style and the story's plot is nicely carved although I am kind of exhausted by the war and everything but I am in total love with the friendship and love between the characters. I am dying to see a happy ending in this novel because if I don't get one, I will cry for the rest of my life😭😭😭. Even though this book was not so awesome for me. I still love the concept and ...more
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Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband, their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard and two sphynx cats Luna and Legolas. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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