Book Review - Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

About the Book

Black Dawn
by Mallory McCartney
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Clean Reads Publishing

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.



It's with a bit of sadness that I'm giving this book four stars, because this Author has great potential. There are a few error's that an edit could easily correct, but they are not enough to harm the story.

The premise is about a woman taken from earth, back to the world where she belongs to help her people. Emory is a good character. She's strong willed and has a mind of her own. As such, she is not easily manipulated, but that doesn't stop some of the people around her from trying. The supporting characters are also strong, but not always honest. They all have something to learn, and while the book has a stand alone ending, it still leaves the characters of the edge of what I expect to be much more discovery. There is a lot of room for sub-plots in the upcoming novels.

The story starts with two men retrieving Emory from Earth. It's a great start, with good tension, but the story soon slows it's pace to a lot of set-up, information and backstory. It didn't grab me until the middle where it takes off, and maintains tension. While there are a few stories that need that kind of set-up, I don't feel like this one does. It could easily have started earlier, and kept us in the moment, while endearing us deeper into the characters, and the motivations that drive them. 

I'm hoping the next book will kick-off faster, moving forward, with less backstory, which is what I expect, since the history has already been covered.

About the Author

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

Tour by YA Bound Book Tours


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