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 Asheswas 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 just packed with things happening that kept me turning the pages!
What I Loved: I loved the idea of this story. Emory Fae is living her normal life when she is taken to a different world, Kiero. In Kiero, she is the rightful queen with fabulous powers! I love a story where a character finds out they are magical in some way. I loved watching Emory learn about her powers and take hold of them.
How I Felt: Isn’t the cover just beautiful on this book? I find covers to be a fascinating thing. They can be terrible and completely hide a wonderful book underneath. They can also be the most beautiful, amazing thing and hide a terrible book inside. In the case of Heir of Lies, I got a beautiful cover and a good book!
This book is packed with action. There are a lot of battle and fighting scenes, which gave me great exposure to the magic! I enjoyed this, but I do believe it led me to be a bit disconnected with characters. There wasn’t a lot of down time, but there are a lot of characters to meet and understand. It’s definitely a book you want to take in slowly so that you can get a good grasp on the characters and their backstory.
To Read or Not To Read: This is a good read for you if you enjoy high fantasy with action-packed battles.
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”
Heir of Lies
The Black Dawn series is re- releasing and “Heir of Lies” (book one) is coming April 21 2020! This edition will have an exclusive map and bonus content!
Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.
An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most—the truth.
Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.
Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.
Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney
Series: Black Dawn Book 1
Page Count: 397 Pages
Publisher: MM Books
Pub Day: April 21, 2020
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.