Onyx & Ivory by Mindee ArnettOnyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Onyx & Ivory

byMindee Arnett

Hardcover | May 15, 2018

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“At once fresh, at once classic, Onyx and Ivory is a page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance.” —Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch

Acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts readers into a beautiful, dangerous, and magical world in this stunningly epic and romantic fantasy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah Raasch.

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.

Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.

Title:Onyx & IvoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.53 inPublished:May 15, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062652664

ISBN - 13:9780062652669

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic new fantasy This book was so much more than I expected. It is YA but it reads like a great fantasy novel. Excellent world building and character development. This premise kept me interested the whole way through and I really couldn't guess what was going to happen next. I cant wait until the sequel
Date published: 2018-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good This book was better than I expected. I really enjoyed reading it. The writing flows nicely, I didn't want to stop reading it. Even though it has elements I've seen plenty of times, it still felt like an unique story. It's unpredictable and I couldn't help but be suspicious of everyone. I can't wait for the sequel.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid first in a series I did enjoy this book and will certainly read any subsequent novels.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A long, but well worth it wait. Kate Brighton is known as a traitor. Her father’s attempt at assassinating the King of Rime cost him his life and cost Kate her reputation. Kate now lives on the outs, clinging to her job as a member of the relay, and being forced to do her best to escape the night or else face the nightdrakes. Kate has a secret…one that can easily get her captured and killed. Kate’s a Wilder, someone who’s magic allows her to influence animal minds. Wilder magic comes in all forms, uncontrollable by the mages in charge, so Wilders are punished by death if caught. When her magic carries her to a caravan that was attacked by a horde of nightdrakes in the daylight she runs into the King’s son Corwin, an old family friend and lover. The drakes attacking in the day is a new threat and is indicative of an underlying darker force that may lead to a civil war. Danger, love, and mystery await. Wow, that sounds like an amazing book, right? The premise of this book gave me such high expectations and, considering those expectations, I was not let down by much by this read. The only thing I really had a problem with was the beginning. I found it really hard to get into, especially the first 200 pages. I feel like some stuff could have been cut out, but I do see the reason they left it in. The part that dragged on was the extensive plot development, but after the first 200 pages I really appreciated it. If you’re struggling to get into this one, keep reading, I promise that it’s worth it. Read more reviews like this at plentifulpages.wordpress.com
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was not Expecting it to be one of my new favourites I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. It was on my 'to be read' list for a while and I am so glad I decided to pick it up. I fell in love with the characters and the plot and MY GOD was the ending completely different than what I had in mind. If there is one book you should pick up this summer it's this one!
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourites of the year HOLY CRAP! I've read 125 books so far this year and this is definitely one of my favourites! so good! I am absolutely in love with the magic, politics and characters. The villain reveal COMPLETELY blindsided me! I adored the romance.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning Beginning to a New Fantasy Series! In the daring new read, acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts readers into a beautiful, dangerous, and magical world in this stunningly epic and romantic fantasy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah Raasch. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett was released in North America on May 15, 2018, and while I was hesitantly optimistic about this one, I picked it up, because I absolutely loved this book!  As stated above, I absolutely loved Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett. This is a fresh, classic, page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance. I could not get enough of this creative and fresh story, and I simply loved the characters, the magic, and the settings.  Beginning with the characters, I really found that Arnett had developed characters that were well defined with distinct personalities and interrelationships that created a weaving and twisting plot that will leave readers wanting to read just one more chapter before putting it down. Furthermore, I found Kate and Corwin very relatable and human, while I adored their friends, Signe, Bonner and Dal. Both Kate and Corwin were strong narrators with compelling arcs of their own, plus the storyline of their re-building relationship. Kate is an exceptional female lead that will ensnare readers with her grit, humanity, and flaws. Her story is one of loss and prosecution, following the loss of the life she knew and her family, and the constant fear of prosecution for what she is - a powerful wilder hiding in a nation that despises her kind. Despite this, Kate is initially a passive observer to this oppression, hiding behind the safety of anonymity. However, throughout Onyx and Ivory, Kate increasingly witnesses the harsh realities of what this type of persecution, based on nothing more than fear, is like for those who have not had this type of shield. Once she is thrown back into life alongside those in power, she begins to see that her role can no longer be that of a passive player, content to use her powers in secret and live a quiet life. I also liked how Arnett built the world as the reader progressed through the book - it never felt quite like an info dump, and nothing was ever explained so explicitly that it felt bland, yet the reader never feels lost because the world grows in step with the plot. For example, Kate’s magic was intriguing, and throughout the story, the reader learns alongside her what she is truly capable of, building the narrative of what a wilder is and can be. Furthermore, the magic system was consistent from beginning to end - wilders, drakes, and mages all made appearances early on, demonstrating their power (for good or destruction) in ways that showed the reader how the magic system worked. This allowed to reader to more easily understand the magic system as Kate delved more deeply into it, and it simply felt well fleshed out.  My only complaint about the magic system was the uror - the namesake of the book. Arnett simply explained the uror as a "mythical trial", and throughout the book the reader sees that it is deeply steeped in tradition and religion, but never really gets a full explanation of its origin or power - just hints here and there.  Finally, a brief comment on the quality of writing, including the plot, in this book. While I felt that (at times) the writing bordered on a tad bit childish for the YA audience it seems to have been intended for (that is, the older half of YA), the writing was, generally speaking, quite refined, mature, and polished. There was a nice balance of dialogue (with plenty of quips and banter), thoughtful introspection, and description, and Arnett's style of writing certainly pulled me in quite quickly, and kept me hooked from beginning to end. This definitely supported a strong plot. The story gets started write away, launching the reader right into the action, then keeping them on the edge of their seats as Kate, Corwin, Signe, and Bonner jump from one problem to the next upheaval. While the middle of the plot did drag on a bit for my liking, it was never boring, and I liked that at the end everything came together nicely, making the bit I had thought a tad superfluous seem more important and relevant. And the ending - I loved it! So much action, personal upheaval, and an actual conclusion to the story told in Onyx and Ivory, while still flawlessly setting up the next book!  Overall, I think it is safe to say that Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett left me with an overwhelmingly positive impression - and an impatience for the next installment in the series! Readers will love the characters, the magic, and the sweeping nature of this story, that will keep them hooked from beginning to end (4/5). 
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New series to look for! This story is part western and part fantasy all in one. One of the main characters Kate rides in the Relay, the messenger service of the Kingdom of Rime. Riding on horseback much like the Pony Express that inspired it, from city to city is no simple or risk free task. For every day when the sun goes down mysterious creatures emerge from the shadows ready to attack any unprepared traveler outside the safety of a city or building with powerful magical enchantments. The book is the first of a new series by Mindee Arnett. The magical elements of the story combined with nods toward real life influences creates a fun and inviting setting for most readers! The characters are well defined with distinct personalities and inter relationships that create a variety of sub plots that will leave you wanting to read just one more chapter before putting it down. Can't wait for the next one and would recommend grabbing this today!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dragons! Magic! Unfortunately Slow Paced I received an eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The magic system and core conflict is very interesting! I also enjoy that the book features dangerous dragons. I think most people love dragons in books and movies. I also enjoyed Kate's friendship with Bonner and Signe. Seeing healthy friendships is important and also just lovely to read. I think the author paid great attention to detail when it came to crafting these relationships, and also when describing horses. However, I found the pacing to be quite slow. I struggled a bit to get into the story. The writing was sometimes weak. For instance, the world seemed to be medieval, and yet there are guns and steam engines. It made the setting confusing. I also found that characters were sometimes problematic, especially with regards to their opinions on gender roles and women. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great start to a new fantasy series Actual Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars Disclaimer: I won this ARC in a giveaway from the author. Neither the author, nor the publisher have influenced my review in any way. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. This was a solid start to a new fantasy series from Mindee Arnett. It reminded me of Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals Series meets the Red Queen Series. While I have my issues with the pacing and length of the book, the story and world created within are interesting enough to surpass any problems I have with it. This book is quite the chunker, at 512 pages it covers a lot. For me, although something was always happening it felt like the story was dragging and just tried to cover too much in one book. The story was a bit too ambitious in my opinion and some of the stuff towards the beginning/middle of the book could have been cut out. I ended up taking a two week break reading this book because I got bored and couldn’t bring myself to continue. I regretted putting it down later though because the story started to pick up again and I loved the ending. Kate at the beginning was just kind of just a blah character; I didn’t love her and I didn’t hate her. It wasn’t until she started to explore more of her power and the extent of it that she really started to interest me. At the end of the book I loved her because she has explored her dark side, and although she did give in to it she wants to do the right thing and not let herself go again. The only thing that really frustrated me about her was how she idolized her father to the point that he could do no wrong. I don’t understand that she wasn’t more upset when she found out her father had a secret life and another family that she was unaware of. Also, why wasn’t she more appalled that he father tried to use their power on another person? He had other choices he could’ve made, whereas when Kate used that same power on a person (other than Vikras) she used it to protect people and she had no other choice. I just felt like she hero-worshiped her father and didn’t really see him as a person with faults. I love that Kate doesn’t need anybody to save her and she is badass in her own right. Corwin’s character quite annoyed me towards the start of the book, but I liked him much more towards the end. It really bothered me how Corwin liked to just blame all of the evil deeds done in the kingdom on the wilders. Just because of one incident, which granted did kill his mother he decided that wilders were the main evil in the kingdom. Even when common sense told him that children didn’t deserve to be arrested and killed, he willfully made himself ignorant to their plight. He also had a really defeatist attitude which bothered me. He just took everything he didn’t like in his life and just decided that there was nothing he could do about it anyways so why even care? I found the main factor to change him started with the uror trial. I also felt like the trial was kind of a side story that merely existed to protect him so he couldn’t be killed and to progress his character development though. It was so satisfying to see his change throughout the book. Minister Rendborne was around too often, so I started to get suspicious. Is he behind the daydrakes? Or is he a part of the Rising? It turns out that he was the “Big Bad” for the book. I knew he was no side character because he popped up in the story too often to not be more important. I didn’t see that he was the Nameless one and a previous uror participant. Something I really loved in this book is that we get actual character development throughout the story. And not minor developments either, Kate and Corwin changed their life views on the journey through the book. Corwin went from a spoiled prince who only saw the world as not perfect, but unchangeable and blaming the wilders for all the evil happening to seeing that not all rules should be followed and the world is more of a greyscale and all people have good and evil in them. Kate on the other hand was all about getting revenge for her father and hiding the fact that she’s a wilder but at the end of the book she’s decided she is no longer going to hide the fact that she’s a wilder and she doesn’t want anyone else to hide either as well as that getting revenge isn’t all it is cracked up to be. She got her revenge on Vikras, but it didn’t make her feel any better afterwards and in fact opened her up to the darkness inside herself and her power. Even the side characters like Dal, Signe, and Bonner have major character developments at the end and are no longer the same people they were at the beginning. It was one of my favourite parts of this book and I am looking forward to seeing who they become as they go further on their journey. I absolutely adored how this book ended. I really liked that the story didn’t just end with the wilder revolution and the Rising. It expanded into a bigger tale with saving all of the wilders shipped off and stoping a massive war that could destroy the kingdom. Kate is focused on saving her brother and making it so the wilders no longer have to hide who they are and Corwin is focused on saving the wilders to prevent his kingdom from collapsing and warring with the Godking. Both have the power to protect and have the darkness inside of them and it will be interesting to see how far they will go to protect or save those they love. I was going to be so disappointed if this turned into another book about a girl saving her people, but I a,pm so pleased with how it ended. There are things that I am interested in getting some answers. From the mundane like linked names (Edwin and Corwin), was this just coincidence or is it a trait in this world? To more serious questions like does Corwin actually have magic, or is it the uror magic working through his mark? I think the latter is more likely to be honest. Also, is this series going to deal with core problem of the daydrakes/nightdrakes and how to get rid of them for good? I would love to learn more of the history and how they came to be in the kingdom and just more worldbuilding and learning new things about the history and this world in general. Overall this book is a great start to a new fantasy series and I am looking forward to where the story goes next. I can’t wait to see where the characters go and how they are going to further change and meet the Godking. There is so much left to explore in this world and I can’t wait to go on the journey!
Date published: 2018-05-15

Editorial Reviews

“Part political thriller, part fantasy epic, this is a high-octane adventure that untangles issues of choice, bias, and injustice. This series starter will suit any high-fantasy fan.”