BOOKSTAGRAM MONDAY IS HERE!! I love stories with magic having to do with influencing animals… so this was a no brainer for me to pick up…
Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett
This is a fascinating cover… Quite modern without even a hint in the premise about what the title is referring to. And we have a magic that allows someone to influence animals!! Plus dragons that are a menace?! Me likes the idea of that… because then there is the reverse, that a drake could be an ally?! YES! I so love the idea of that… I hope the book has a creepy tone like the tree on the cover… And three swords are intriguing…
I love the color scheme of this picture… the deep green with the goldish tones and the black and white … though it is all rather stark compared to what I normally love. I’m not at all sure what to expect with this book… I hope its not predictable but has lots of fun with animals!
About Onyx and Ivory
They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.
The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.
by Mindee Arnett
Published May 15th 2018
by Balzer + Bray
Animal magic + a Prince = Drakes to Influence!
What do you think of that cover?! Modern, right?! I’m hoping that the cover is NOT to hide flaws in the story but to accentuate the publisher’s great choice in buying the book! I do feel princes and the royalty angle is getting as tropey as the dystopian genre! But I really am a sucker for dragons… even monster ones…
Thanks for Reading XOXO