Black Dawn by Mallory McCartneyBlack Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Black Dawn

byMallory McCartney

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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 “The end of an Empire. The rise of a Queen.”

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life that is until two mysterious, and dare I say handsome soldiers show up at her apartment doorstep and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Coming from the magical and ravaged world of Kiero, Emory is brought back not realizing that both men are darkly woven in her past. Discovering she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line Emory is thrown into Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.  With both lives clashing Emory uncovers hidden secrets from her past, 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.


Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and thier two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, and first in the series. When she isn't working on her next novel or reading she can be found dog grooming, hiking, shopping for more books to add to her perpetually overflowing bookshelf, and on ...
Title:Black DawnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.44 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Astraea PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1621356132

ISBN - 13:9781621356134


Rated 4 out of 5 by from The end of an empire. The rise of a queen. “To have lost everything but have hope to rebuild the future is the strongest weapon in the world.” Little back story here before I get my review underway. I first found out about this book on my Instagram feed from other bookstagrammers. The first thing that caught my eye was the gorgeous cover, can you say cover crush?! A burning black rose… and anyone who knows me knows how I’m a sucker for a good cover! I hopped onto my holy grail (Goodreads) to read a few reviews and synopsis of this book, and it sounded right up my ally for a book I would love. It has everything that I’m drawn too in a fantasy story: mystery, action, hidden academy (called the Black Dawn Rebellion) filled with people of varying super powers. It reminded me a bit of X-men, to be honest, in the sense of a training school for people to learn how to utilize and understand their powers. So I did something that I have never done before, I reached out and contacted the author by email and asked if I could review her book. Since I had never done anything like that before, I had no idea the kind of response I would get (if any), but she replied back quickly and was happy to have me review her book and she was even as generous to mail me a physical copy so I could photograph it (double yay)! So here’s a huge thank you to the author, Mallory McCartney, for being so awesome about this whole process and giving me a copy of your book for me to review, it was such an honour! Now, in all my excitement after reading about this book on Goodreads, I didn’t happen to look at the page count, which I normally take into consideration. This book has only 186 pages, so it reads as a novella (in my opinion) rather than the typical full-length novel of 250+ pages. Again, that is just my opinion of a Novella vs. Novel in terms of page count, so I have to keep in mind that the world-building and character development might have seemed a little lacking, but given the page count, it was done really well! This story was certainly action packed, from the beginning of the book all the way through until the end there was mystery, action, and fiery dialogue! The author did a really good job of dispersing the action throughout the story and giving the story itself a really good steady pace. It took me a few chapters to get into it, because from the very first page we are dropped right in the middle of the story itself and we learn about what is going on as Emory, the heroine, learns about it too. Each chapter is also dedicated to a certain character: Emory, Brokk, Memphis, Nyx, and Adair (we learn about them and how they are connected as the story unfolds). That was also something that was a little difficult to get into, we are introduced to a ton of characters (considering they are all living together at a secret underground academy that’s made invisible by one of the residents—how awesome is that?!) we are just thrown into this academy and there are names and superpowers being dropped left and right. It was a bit confusing at first, but eventually it all makes sense and we see how everything is woven together. I won’t spoil the characters for anyone, but Brokk is easily and by far the most intriguing character… I didn’t see that plot twist coming at all, it almost felt like an entirely new story could be written just about him (I’m hoping the next installment focuses more on this)! Plus I think he had one of the best superpowers: being able to move through time and across worlds. One thing I always take note of is how a story makes me feel, and I don’t just mean if it makes me happy or sad or confused etc. I mean, yes, I take note of that too, but for some reason this story almost made me feel a bit nostalgic. It reminded me of something I would have read back when I was younger and first getting into the fantasy genre (and I mean that as a compliment). How this story was able to evoke an almost déjà vu quality really resonated with me…and whether the author intended that or not, I’m not sure, but I really enjoyed it! “Memories are strange things…” Yes, they most certainly are. I think one of the best parts of this story was when Emory was getting her memories back. I could definitely feel her confusion and fear as she realized the life she was living in our world was a lie. But at the same time, I could also feel her sense of longing while she was in our world, knowing she wasn’t entirely meant to be there. Her memories started to come back in fragments and little by little she remembered her family and her life in this other realm (Kiero). I love books that do this, again this goes back to the déjà vu feeling and almost eeriness of thinking “I’ve been here before, but I can’t quite remember it…”, it sends a shiver down my spine! My other favourite part of the story was closer to the end, when we learn more about Brokk. The story itself has a darker tone to it, but I found it got quite a bit darker during this part. It was a plot twist I definitely didn’t see coming, but the author did an exceptional job weaving it into the story! It also answered some questions that arose while reading and answered questions among the characters. My only complaint about this story, and my reason for removing a star was that I was hoping the book would be longer and be able to go more in-depth about the world of Kiero and The Black Dawn Rebellion. The author did a really good job explaining how everything came to be and answering questions about the past, but I was just hoping for a little bit more in terms of story-telling. I can’t quite put my finger on what is was I was hoping for though, it just seemed to be missing a little something. Despite that, overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves fantasy, it was very enjoyable, easy to read, and had one of my favourite elements: book-ception (a story within a story!) The characters were interesting and all individual which made them memorable for me and the mystery in the book was done really well, so it kept me intrigued about what was going to happen next! I can’t wait for the sequel and to see how the rest of the story unfolds! Also, a bonus is that Mallory lives in London, Ontario, so not too far from where I live and I’m hoping one day we can meet and discuss more about the characters and what the future holds for the world of Kiero and The Black Dawn Rebellion!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Rise of a Queen. A Mad King. A Rebellion trying to break the mold of their world. I may be biased being the author, but Black Dawn is 5/5 for me ;)
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The end of an Empire. The rise of a Queen. This is a world you will definietly want to dive into, action packed from the very first page.
Date published: 2017-02-12