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From the searing heat of the desert to the vastness of the savannah, The Onyx Crown tells the story of Jorann, Gesi, and Sania, threechildren who grow up in a pre-medieval era of wars and successions, not fifteen years after the greatest king in the history of thecontinent has been deposed and assassinated.When the legendary warrior of Numerian history, K'Nan of Loffri ish ...more
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Published January 27th 2019 by Alan Hurst
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Jessica Belmont
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooh, The Onyx Crown is a really unique African fantasy and if you know me, you know I love a good fantasy!

In typical fantasy fashion, there are a lot of characters and a lot of things happening. We follow three main characters, and in the beginning, it's a little difficult to follow. It doesn't take long for the pieces to start falling into place though, and suddenly, we have an epic fantasy going on.

I'm really impressed with Alan Hurst's writing style. In the intense moments, he's able to grip
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Claire Davis
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Onyx Crown by Alan Hurst four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book is about an ancient African fantasy which follows chaos, conflict and calm. These are three representations of three human identities otherwise known as Khuselas. This book was very well-written by the author and I really enjoyed reading the fantasy behind this African story.
The first half of the book I found it quite difficult to grasp. There are three main ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
The Onyx Crown is a powerful tale of self-discovery and destiny intertwined into an inescapable fate. Against all odds, three young children must overcome adversity to fulfill a prophecy - one that will change their land forever. You'll find yourself quickly drawn into this tale as Hurst masterfully weaves the threads of the story around you. A must-read for adventure lovers! ...more
Danni (_forbookssake)
*MY RATING IS 3.5 STAR, BUT I HAD TO ROUND UP*

The Onyx Crown tells the story of three children–Sania, Gesi, and Jorann who grow up in a pre-medieval era of wars and successions less than fifteen years after the greatest king in the history of the continent has been deposed and assassinated.

Unknown to the children, as infants they had a great destiny bestowed upon them. They must overcome the traumatic circumstances of their birth, and childhood, and face many dangerous trials in their quest to f
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Mary
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throughly enjoyed this book
Alaknanda Agarwal
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First of all, the fact that this book is about a crown made of onyx is SO cool. I mean, we hear of gold ones and jewelled ones all the time, but an onyx one, now that’s something different!

Right from the first page, it gave off an Avatar like vibe to me(the movie Avatar), what with hunter parties, beasts and magic- I don’t know why but I imagined them as thsoe blue-green Avatar character hunters.
(Alan thinks of the book as a cross between Black Panther and Game of Throne
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Anne Morgan
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Onyx Crown is book one in a trilogy set in a fantasy version of ancient Africa. Three children discover that their destinies may be much more than they imagined, and that it may be their fate to restore to the throne a deposed noble house.

Jorann, Gesi, and Sania are three children growing up in different parts of their world, different castes, and with vastly different personalities. But each discovers that they are part of a prophecy to bring the young heir of a deposed royal house back to
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Lisa
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tribe of Toloron has fallen. Lord Regent Okon rules in Numeria until the Heir of the Tribe of Azu comes of age to take the throne. But rumor has it that there is an heir to Toloron who yet lives. A prophecy tells of three Khuselas who are destined to restore the Tribe of Toloron to the throne. Chaos, Conflict, and Calm. This is their story.

Jorann - the nameless slave boy found by great warrior K'Nan - is Calm. He has no idea of his true identity until K'Nan frees him and opens his eyes. Gesi
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Kerrilyn Sorenson
I decided to rate this book a little higher than normally I would have for another of this genre because it's not only African-themed, but it's very easy for me to understand. I did find myself getting lost within some of the many characters, but I didn't feel like I needed a translator, which is major for me. The story seems kind of typical: 3 youngsters are tasked to fulfill an ancient prophecy, yadda yadda. But the way the author spins it is quite novel and dare I say it, interesting. How the ...more
Gemmy Tellermin
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than Children of Blood and Bone and much, much better than Black Leopard Red Wolf. Any by that I mean this book gets better as the story goes along, not worse. The only thing I have a problem with is the overplayed "Part I of 3" nonsense, but at least it's a great book. ...more
Bonita Davies
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing take on the fantasy genre, different but not confusingly so. Superior diverse fiction and one of the best I've read this summer. ...more
Kristine
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three young children, separated by many miles, who are brought together to fulfill a destiny. The premise may sound familiar but Alan Hurst is anything but formulaic in this VERY strong first effort. I expect to hear a lot more good things from this series.
Tom Jergens
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very good first effort in this trilogy by Mr. Hurst. It takes a couple of chapters to really get rolling. The descriptions and terminology is quite refreshing, and I loved his setting of the fictional (I think) land of Numeria. The kids who are the focus of this story are extremely likeable, they have a lot of powers but I don't think it's unbelievable how they obtained them (after all this IS fantasy). I was hoping to see a couple more big battles, but it's obvious this boo ...more
Yolanda
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so, so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint. I'm a big Game of Thrones fan and when I read about there being a "black" Game of Thrones, I couldn't resist reading this book, The Onyx Crown, and seeing what it was about. I was almost in tears during parts of this. It is so well-written and has none of the gratuitous rape and violence that you have seen in other adult fantasy novels these days. I wish I could rate this even higher. ...more
Jeffrey Halembt
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, which follows the adventures of the three teenagers Sania, Gesi, and Jorann is about coming of age and beheadings with the sword. Mr. Hurst may be my new favorite author, at least when it comes to sword scenes, because I can't remember ever reading any better than these. No spoiler, but you won't be disappointed. ...more
Hunter Mohsin
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me constantly laughing. I was on the edge of my seat during the fight sequences, and it being an AA fantasy instilled a sense of pride within me--there's not a lot of true EPIC black fantasy out there right now, just witches and voodoo and nonsense. I consider this book a major achievement for AA fiction.
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Fred Murray
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CLEARLY the best of the new wave of epic African fantasy that seems to be everywhere all of a sudden.
Karl Clemens
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just good, not great.
D.J. Wheeler
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book I wish had existed when I was a kid. For everyone, but strikes a special chord with those folks who like to imagine themselves as a part of the fantasy that they read. I won't go over the plot, as there are many folks who did that here, but I was thoroughly entertained and satisfied by this first effort from the mysterious Alan Hurst, Jr. ...more
Kevin Jackson
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed following the journey of K'Nan, Sania, Gesi, and Jorann. I especially enjoyed how they each came from different, though terrible backgrounds and managed to overcome it all. The fights were absolutely fantastic, and Alan Hurst's way of spinning words into action is quite unique. I will definitely be reading the second book. ...more
Betty Book
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was sooooo much better than I expected. Only tiny complaint I have were the number of names and places I had to keep up with. I know that sounds a little odd, and I'm usually pretty good with that, but the author really does introduce character after character - rapid fire - while their development comes a bit later after that introduction. Again, enjoyed this tremendously, and can't wait for the second book. ...more
David Jermain
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is probably one of more "well-written" fantasies out there. It starts slow but picks up and really makes you identify with the characters. Can't wait for Book 2. ...more
Jeffrey A. Dewey
Awesome

Awesome read with more twists and turns with unexpected events and betrayal the followed the lives of the chosen ones.
Jenifer Trowertzky
I loved this book!
Bayo Boyumbo
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much more than what I expected when I read the summary. Could have been a bit longer, but maybe that's a good thing. ...more
Cyril Shoare
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starts off slow, then takes off! This book is a true eye-opener to anyone interested in African fantasy.
Felicia Kenan
I will begin by saying this work left me eagerly awaiting the next iteration. Although the work is intended to be that of fantasy, the underlined symbolism and messaging are a gracious slap of realism. I will begin with the character of Sania (Choas). At first, I was a bit offended that Choas was female. As the character developed, I learned to appreciate the symbolism. The "Chaos Theory' proclaims the smallest of impacts lead to enormous changes. Using a young female, reared in an environment t ...more
Mike Hudson
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So what do you get when you take a young girl raised in a brothel, a young boy raised as a slave, and a young companion to a pair of royal siblings, bound together by a common birth tattoo and a legendary warrior as a teacher of all three? Lots of badassery, that's what!

I couldn't get enough of this. I think overall it may be the best book I've read all year, and certainly the best fiction book. The cover and synopsis are eye-catching, the font is easy to read, and it's just the right size for
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Lisa Hodorovych
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, or Black Panther than you will enjoy this debut novel from Alan Hurst. This was my first time reading an African fantasy and, to say the least, it was fascinating.

The Onyx Crown follows two young men and a young woman (Gesemni, Jorann, and Sania) who learn they're more than what they thought. They're not these poor, enslaved kids who may not have a future ahead of them. They're actually warriors and protectors for the true heir of the entir
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CK Gill
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved reading this book. The story is engaging, and the writing is wonderfully detailed, but not in a tiring manner and helps you fall even deeper into the story. I am definitely interested in knowing what happens to K'Nan in the next book, he appears to have lost his main charge so soon after finding him. I hope that Mr. Hurst can keep up the quality of this first book. It looks like this new African fantasy sub-genre is really taking off now, with the Blood and Bone series, Black Leop ...more
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