Monday, September 10, 2018

Renegade by Mallory McCartney (Black Dawn 0.5)

by Mallory McCartney

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Black Dawn - Book 0.5
Publisher: Clean Reads (August 18, 2018)
Publication Date: August 18, 2018
Genre: YA Dystopian Fantasy
Print Length: 274 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”

Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, 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 Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. 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 most: finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Renegade by Mallory McCartney  (Black Dawn 0.5)

Renegade (Black Dawn, #0.5)What happened to destroy friendships, trusts and a land that once prospered? Mallory McCartney brings the story of the “before time” of her fabulous young adult fantasy, BLACK DAWN to life in RENEGADE! Although a “prequel,” this is a full-blown novel in its own merit and the world building, as well as the rest of the story is a thrilling ride through dark magic, deceit, secrets and loyalties tested beyond the breaking point.

All Adair, Emory, Brokk and Memphis wanted was the truth of what was happening to the land they loved and the academy they trained in and the families they thought they knew. As one of them fights against a deep darkness that has invaded them, lines will be drawn, trusts broken and the birthright of nobility may be tarnished.

Mallory McCartney has a strong sense of atmosphere creation and character-building that shines through, filling in those questions one may have in reading BLACK DAWN. This powerful prequel carves out each character’s role and their metamorphosis into who and what they will become. Dreams will be shattered, but even in darkness there can be light as four friends face destinies they never could have imagined!

Fabulous YA reading in a fantasy world infused with magic and the eternal battle of good versus evil! The perfect stepping stone into book one! Highly recommended for all ages!

I received a complimentary copy from Mallory McCartney!

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