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Queen to Ashes

(Black Dawn #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  28 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
Shelves: 03read, dark-fantasy, own
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.”
Sheila Goicea
1) Black Dawn: ★★★★1/2

See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


BEWARE, this review may contain SPOILERS.

The sequel to Black Dawn only gets darker. After a rather fast and furious introduction to this series, Queen to Ashes certainly never stalls. There is nothing but action, action, action! If you get bored reading this book, then we aren’t reading the sa
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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
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
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
Mallory McCartney
Dec 02, 2019 added it  ·  (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!
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
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
Stephanie Ward
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, for-review, 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
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
J. A. L.  Solski
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-authors
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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
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
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
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
While the book started off kind of interesting, it really dropped off for me.

The plot points were all resolved and the ending was interesting enough but for some reason parts of the middle couldn’t hold me.

That’s part of the reason it took too long.

The beginning picked up with almost no time passing between it and the end of the first one.

Emory was still in trouble and the rebellion was still in hiding. The crazy guy was still in charge. In other words, there was no giant revelation early on. Th
Jamie Coudeville
I'm not sure where to start. I was debating between 2 and 3 stars, but I'm not entirely sure the issue was the book, it may have just been me. I really struggled with part 1. It didn't help that I barely remembered anything from book 1. I had a lot of difficulties connecting to the characters and the story. And the longer it takes me to get through a book, the more frustrated I get. However, I started to enjoy the book more once we got to part 2. I no longer had as many issues connecting to the ...more
Brianna Benton
Wow! This new version of Mallory McCartney’s Queen to Ashes is once again so much better than its original publication. The amount of work Mallory and her team have put into this carefully crafted story is incredible.

This is action-packed sequel is absolutely breathtaking. This is action-packed sequel is absolutely breathtaking. I still can’t believe that two main characters receive fatal wounds with uncertain futures. Though they are both presumed to be dead, I am stubborn and am holding out h
Sarah Olin
Mar 24, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
While reading the first book in this series, I was unsure why I was struggling so much to finish. Moving onto this novel made me realise that I just didn't care much for any of the characters. The prequel part of book 1 set out the characters very well, but then there were a lot of changes in their personalities that just didn't keep me engaged in their stories. I had to give up reading this when I was about half way through. I'm actually very disappointed that the incongruous characterisation p ...more
Meaghan Hurn
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Queen To Ashes the second book Mallory McCartney's Black Dawn series is just as fabulous as book one, and quite possibly better! The writing, character development, and world building completely swept me up.

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 loved it. 

I suggest you read the first book in the series, H
Apr 21, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
ARC from NetGalley

DNF at 12% so I'm not going to give a rating.

This book just isn't written very well. I understand ARCs often still need editing, but I'm really not enjoying myself. I'm becoming progressively more irritated, and, again, I have a finite amount of time on this Earth.

Nothing has grabbed me. Nothing is intriguing. No one has a face or a feeling. There are too many commas. The subject changes mid sentence. It's maw not maws.

I think this writer has potential. There are smatterings
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"Queen to Ashes" follows on from "Heir of Lies" in the "Black Dawn" series. As with the first book, the second is well-written, and the story is enjoyable. It's also much darker than book 1. I had the same problem as I had with "Heir of Lies" - "Queen to Ashes" just feels too long.
3.5 stars.

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an advance copy to review. This review is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.
Brianna Benton
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A thrilling addition to the Black Dawn series filled with complex characters and beautiful world building! Queen to Ashes is unpredictable with (literal) jaw dropping storyline endings. Check out the review on my blog to learn more!

May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must say, I had a very hard time getting into this book. I have not read book one and that may be the problem. The world building is okay but I just didn’t like any of the characters. They lacked depth and personality so I limped from chapter to chapter not getting involved in the story. I made it to 50% and then just could not carry on. I think this story is in need of a good editor. It’s hard to find any sentences that don’t contain commas and while the writing is very descriptive, sometimes ...more
Sifa Poulton
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
A messy book that was hard to follow as story lines kept dropping out
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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
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Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. 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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Black Dawn (4 books)
  • Heir of Lies (Black Dawn #1)
  • Kingdom of Broken Iron (Black Dawn #3)
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