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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 fallThey 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....

Title : Onyx and Ivory
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ISBN : 34739766
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Number of Pages : 273 Pages
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Onyx and Ivory Reviews

  • Candace Robinson
    2018-09-01 22:40

    I don’t know! I just didn’t find anything new here ... which is fine, because even books with cliches I can love. But I didn’t FEEL anything for these characters or the story in itself. The writing is great, but I guess I was expecting more from that cover! This is another book I have read recently that just feels too long and seems to drag. If it had been a little shorter, some of the unnecessary descriptions could have been cut. I think if you haven’t read a ton of fantasy books, you will probably love this book, but I have just read soooo many lately.

  • Anissa (FairyLoot)
    2018-09-07 15:52

    So much yes! Loved this.

  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    2018-09-22 18:42

    ✨Badass female? Who saves the Prince? And who doesn't need a prince to save her? I’m sold.✨I really hope to love this book. It seems promising. ✨I'm very excited (like always when it comes to books).

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    2018-09-11 14:55

    “Out here, darkness meant death.”I have two incredibly shallow reasons for picking up this book: I thought the cover was gorgeous- it’s a bit spooky but gilded at the same time- and I really love ampersands. Thankfully, Onyx & Ivory delivered beyond a pretty cover. We follow disgraced outcast Kate Brighton as she is brought back to palace life after she saves prince Corwin Tormaine from the deadly nightdrakes, which have somehow begun to attack during the day, by using her forbidden wilder magic. But Kate must protect her secret as she searches for answers about her father’s treasonous betrayal that made her an outcast years ago. Things I LikedI really felt like I was a part of these character’s stories. A lot of this was eastablished through the history between Kate and Corwin. I bought their feelings and conflict, which made what was happening more believable and enjoyable. Overall, the characters were enjoyable. I don’t think there was a standout for me personally, but I feel like they all filled their roles well and lifted each other and the story up. Things I Didn’t LikeI wanted to see more from the world and worldbuilding. I felt like I didn’t really learn anything about the kingdom and the different rulers, the history (including previous wars that have lasting implications), or the trials that Corwin has to go through to become king. Even the magic and wilder powers wasn’t really established or explained. I didn’t love the ending, it was the weakest part of the story for me. It was a little muddled and rushed. I also didn’t remember who the villain was after the reveal until they restated their job after a few pages. This book started off high for me, but kinda fell toward the end so I didn’t end up loving it as much as I expected. But is still think this was a really fun and enjoyable fantasy that kept me engaged. I also couldn’t put the book down, I wanted to keep reading it, which is always a good thing. Onyx & Ivory is a story of accepting your power and fighting for what you believe, even when doing the right thing isn’t the safest option. I received a copy of the book from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • mith
    2018-08-27 21:36

    Wooooow. Arnett's best book yet, easily. Onyx & Ivory definitely deserves to be on your radar.

  • Aila
    2018-08-27 17:56

    Every time the book had “Traitor Kate” (especially when it was trying to be dramatic), all I could think of was “Trader Joe’s.” Maybe I’m just hungry. The thing with the fantasy genre is that it’s hard to make a plot that has been written millions of times before unique. Onyx and Ivory has great writing, pretty swell characters, and a decent setting, but its major drawback was how predictable the plot was. It follows many traits of the numerous fantasies I’ve read before, and because of that I wasn’t quite excited for the twists. Here are bullet points of some of these familiar tropes:- Schism between different magic users. In this book “wilder” magic is seen as illegal and worthy of death, while “magist” magic is used for law-enforcing. - Main character has illegal type of magic. Kate has a power called sway, where she can push/pull ideas from animals’ minds. Other wilder magic include the elements.- Corrupt monarchy. The king cannot make decisions for himself, so the ministers and princes decide things. Of course, a couple of them are not as nice as they seem.- Hidden rebellion that comes into contact with main characters. The Rising are the wilder citizens who have been in-hiding, but want to come out and rebel so they and their children do not have to live in fear. - Second-son prince who has sympathy for wilder magic-users. This is Corwin, the other main character. And of course he’s put in contrast to the first-born son, who is power-hungry. - Forbidden romance between prince and girl. Kate’s father tried to kill the king years ago for some reason, and he was led to execution because of that. Although Kate and Corwin are first-loves, there is bad blood between them. - Rekindled, lost first love. Circumstances put Kate and Corwin together and they find that their chemistry did not dim. It follows a (thankfully) linear romance that is light in the book.- Mysterious monsters that threaten humanity. Drakes are dragon-like monsters that cannot fly and hunt for human flesh at night. However, new discoveries have seen drakes that can come out in the day, making them more dangerous to civilization than ever. What must these characters dooo? - Trials to choose the next king. The tradition is that the sons of the king have to complete trials of the uror to see who is the most worthy. Review to come, but above listed are things to expect.

  • Lisa
    2018-08-25 14:41

    Putting this down for now. The premise reads SO familiar. Plus I think the book description is very confusing, which already put me off before I opened the book. Will try again later.

  • Alyssa
    2018-09-17 17:34

    I WANT. I HAZ A NEED.I've only read Avalon and Polaris but I LOVED them!

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    2018-09-04 20:35

    I want to say first that I am a huge huge fan of Mindee Arnett. Loved her Nightmare series as well as her Avalon/Polaris series, they were seriously on point. I was super excited about this fantasy, but I found myself feeling like it was just too long for what it was. I loved the horse aspect and Kate's powers, and the characters have a lot of potential but the story dragged for me. I think there is a lot of setup for what is to come, and so I think maybe the second book is where the action and push for the story plotlines will go. I'm definitely interested enough to pick up the second book and support the series!

  • Alexandra
    2018-09-24 14:57

    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*A high stakes fantasy with magic, some kind of mutant bad dragons and forbidden romance! I enjoyed the book with its rich world-building and well-developed characters. And there are horses! So many horses in this book!Kate and Corwin had a lot to go through in this book and while some tropes were too familiar to me I enjoyed the action and the details Mindee Arnett gave to her plot and society. As also the politics of this empire.Not to mention that the cover is gorgeous and hints something in the story.

  • Meg (PopReadsBox)
    2018-09-11 21:51

    Wow! This is so good! I need the next one, like now! :D

  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    2018-09-04 21:57

    What a fabulous high fantasy full of intrigue, secrets, and lies! The concept was awesome. There were magists that controlled/enforced magic and made spells, yet "wilder" magic was outlawed and punishable by death. (view spoiler)[And how very interesting that the mage's magic was actually wilder magic! The very thing they fought so hard against! (hide spoiler)]I freaking LOVED the drakes! And Kate's ability to control and speak to animals! Those were my absolute favorite parts. As soon as the nightdrakes were mentioned, I was hooked. I wanted to see more of them! And I was not disappointed! Kind of sad that they were bad, though. (view spoiler)[I kept hoping Kate would eventually control them; so I was a little disappointed that when she did, it was just to lead them into slaughter or for a diversion. I kept hoping that they would team up! I don't like when dragons are the bad guys :( (hide spoiler)]Sadly I didn't care much for the romance. I think perhaps because Corwin and Kate were old flames, so we didn't see the build up of the romance. When a romance already exists I have trouble connecting to it. I need the feels of falling for one another! I couldn't quite connect to them I'm afraid.I can't say much else about this without spoiling anything, because there is a lot of mystery surrounding certain things. For some reason this book had a very similar feel to Defiance by C.J. Redwine, even though they're totally different. So if you enjoyed Defiance (I did!), I definitely recommend this one!This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Carina Olsen
    2018-09-06 19:32

    This book was all kinds of amazing, just as I had hoped it would be. The writing was gorgeous, and easy to get lost in this story. The characters were all awesome to read about and get to know. And I very much enjoyed reading about this stunning world that Mindee created. It was a bit scary yet all kinds of awesome too.I'm giving this book four stars, because while most of was pretty perfect and fun, there was a few small things that made my heart hurt a little. Ack. But I found this book so be awesome. And I am dying to read the second book in this duology. It's going to be so good. As there really was a lot to love in this book. I liked it a lot.This book is told from the point of view of Kate and Corwin. She is nineteen, he is twenty. They used to be the best of friends their whole childhood, until three years ago. When Kate's father tried to kill Corwin's father, the King. Kate's father ended up killed, and Kate has to leave, now called Traitor Kate by everyone. And her starting love with Corwin ruined now too. They haven't seen each other for the past three years, but that is changing. And oh, how I very much enjoyed this plot. So much happens, and this world was so awesome too. I am not sure where to begin talking about this book. As I liked it very much, and that means I'm having issues already figuring out what to say about it. But going to try my very best. I will not be including any spoilers about this book.I really liked the characters in this book. It's told from two point of views, and they were both so awesome to read about. I think that I loved Corwin a tiny bit more. But Kate was amazing too. And I adored reading about the two of them being together. Corwin is a prince, second son of the current king. In this kingdom, something magical decides who will be the next in line to be king. Corwin doesn't really want this at all in the beginning of the book, but it has yet to be decided if he or his older brother will be the new high king.And I really enjoyed reading about that, how the next king is chosen and such. It was interesting. But oh, Corwin. This boy was all kinds of adorable. I loved getting to know him. He is brave and kind and pretty awesome. I loved his friendship with Dal, whom was also all kinds of great. There was a lot to know about Corwin, and I loved getting to know it. I know that Kate is angry with him, but to me, she was overreacting a bit. I did not think Corwin was at fault for what happened. But anyway. I adored this boy a whole bunch.And Kate was pretty amazing too. Fierce and brave and mostly loving too. I adored her two friends as well, especially Signe. She was awesome. And getting to know Kate was the best. I hated reading about so many things that she had to go through. Broke my heart a little. Yet I loved it too, because it made her stronger. I felt that maybe she was a bit too angry at certain times, though she did have her reasons most of the time. Kate also has a secret, to do with magic, and I loved that so very much. It was truly awesome.I must admit to loving the beginning of this book the most. Ack. Though all of it were awesome. But oh, that beginning, when Kate and Corwin meet again. There is a lot of action, because this world is not a safe one. There are monsters out every night. And they were all kinds of creepy. And I couldn't help but love them the very most, lol. Awesome creatures are the best thing. And these were pretty horrible and created a lot of death. I loved it. And can't help but wish there will be more creatures to come in book two.I'm not going to share much more about the plot of this book. Because there is a lot. And it's a long book. Which was awesome. I would say that a lot of the book is about Kate and Corwin finding their way back to each other, back to being friends again, after all those years of being apart. There isn't all that much romance, sadly, but I shipped them so much. And there is no love triangle. At all. And that was the very best thing. There is a bit of drama, though, but nothing too big. And I do have hope they will be together.I cannot help but share the reasons for why this book is a four star for me. And it is mostly for personal reasons, and nothing I think that most others will even notice. But I did, because it have bothered me a little before too, in other books. Kate spends the most of this book being angry with Corwin, because he did not save her father from being executed. And I felt like she was being completely unfair about this. He is not king. Not even close. He couldn't have decided the fate of her father. Hmph. That part bothered me.And that is a reason for why I'm feeling a little upset with Kate. Because she got angry with Corwin so much in this book. And it kept happening a lot of times. And while I did like reading about them arguing, as it was pretty cute, I did not like feeling that she was angry at him for no good reason. Probably just me that feels this way, though. But yeah. I didn't like how she was angry with him so often. He didn't deserve that, to be honest. But even so. Despite all of this, I still loved Kate a whole lot. She was pretty awesome.I found Onyx & Ivory to be such an amazing book. The world was all kinds of fun, scary and just so good. The characters were fierce and lovely to read about. And I simply can't wait to read more about Kate and Corwin. And also, this cover is all kinds of gorgeous. If you haven't already ordered this book, then get on it. It is out in May, and it is very much worth reading. A bit long, yet could have been even longer. I had a few small issues, but mostly loved this story and characters a whole lot. So glad that I read this book now.---This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here:

  • Iryna Khymych
    2018-09-22 16:40

    I received an egalley of this title via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 starsI really enjoyed Onyx & Ivory – it is a book of slow burning passion and fast paced adventure. Kate, our main female character, is in exile after her father attempted to kill a high king. Corwin, our main male character, is a disgraced prince, returning to his kingdom. Their lands are plagues by giant man eating lizards, and it is when Kate saves Corwin’s life does our story really begin. There is a lot to this novel: from the man eating lizards, to a complex magic system, to the ability to control the elements, to a slowly burning passion. It is hard to capture all of its beauty in a few sentences. Yet I never felt overwhelmed, the progression is slow, the world building is well done and Arnett really knows how to write a story. What I absolutely adored about this book is the romance – it was not a love at first sight, it was a growing, building flame and it was masterfully done. While the romance is slow, the action in this book is constant and exciting!I would recommend this for anyone who liked The Star Touched Queen, Throne of Glass & The Demon Cycle.

  • Pili
    2018-09-03 15:55

    If, like me, you love your geeky loves mixed with fantasy, you'll love Onyx and Ivory! Set in a fantasy world with a definitive Firefly flair, great characters and quite a few surprises, this is one story sure to surprise you in the ways it makes you see what you think you know with new eyes! So very recommended!

  • Cassie James
    2018-08-29 17:56

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it.I've wanted to read Onyx & Ivory for quite a while now and I was not at all disappointed with what I read. I love YA Fantasy, really. I hardly read anything else so I have read just about every idea there is, but I am always impressed when I read books like this one that have a familiar feel to it yet many original and ingenious twists and turns that keeps it fresh. I applaud Mindee Arnett for her brilliant writing that has created such a lush and vivid world that I loathe to leave.Kate Brighton is the daughter of a traitor. Her father tried to murder the king of Rime (their kingdom), Her father is the Royal stable Master. His assassination attempt on the king failed but it left him in a state unable to rule. Instead the older of his two sons Edwin to take charge in his stead. It was not known why Kate's father did what he did and he refused to divulge any information. Kate is ostracised and abandoned by the second Prince, Corwin, who had been her friend since childhood and lover of recent. She ran away from Rime after her father's execution and changed her name determines to leave all the unpleasantness behind. But Kate has a deadly secret, She and her father are wilders. People with forbidden magic that has been outlawed in Rime. Kate's particular affinity is control over animals.Years later, Kate is working as a Relay Rider in Farhold (somewhere far away from Norgard, the capital city/Royal residence of Rime). Relay Riders are people who take messages across kingdoms in the daytime because whenever night falls in Rime, deadly beasts/monsters called nightdrakes appear and devour humans (They move in packs so not even large numbers of humans are safe from them unless they have magical wards or magic imbued weapons).One very interesting aspect of this book is the magical system, its quite different in a nice way. Magicians are divided into two factions Magists and Wilders. Magists are sanctioned by the Crown and have a great deal of power in the Kingdom while Wilders the more powerful ones with powers over mostly the elements are hunted and executed.Kate's life gets upended when she saves the life of they guy who broke her heart, Prince Corwin. She saves him from a drake attack, He was the only survivor. This leads them down a road that determines the fate of the kingdom and will tilt the axis of their world. Kate will learns many secrets and revelations that changes everything she thought she knew and at the end of it, it's going to make her or break her.Prince Corwin, the other main character is certainly a complex and interesting guy. His mother was killed by a Wilder when he was in his early teenage years and his life was never the same. Things got worse after betrayals, confusion and some misunderstandings made him lose the girl he loved without a chance of getting her back.He disappears from the kingdom without a trace for two years and returned a changed man. On his peace tour around the Kingdom, He comes across Kate once again due to different certain circumstances. Their roads converge as destiny thrusts them together, they had to work together to untangle the webs of lies and deception woven around them. Corwin's path leads him towards undergoing trials against his older brother towards inheriting the throne (as in accordance to their laws when the Uror sign(read the book to know what that means) appears in the land).Both Kate and Corwin will come undone by the revelations and discoveries in their way but only together shall they stay strong and overcome the darkness.Old feelings will be reignited as revelations come to light and as they question everything they thought they knew, they will both realise that each other is exactly what they need. Their romance is amazing, intense, hot and I fully and wholeheartedly ship them. I can so buy into it and the weight of their history does pay credence to the depths of their feelings. I really enjoyed their combination.The action is SUPERB, the vivid descriptions of battles, fighting, magic, monsters are amazingly detailed. Don't even get me started on the scheming and machinations, I really commend the author on making the mystery of it all so engrossing. I devoured the pages always eager to know what's next.The worldbuilding is phenomenal, each aspect carefully crafted forming one whole coherent and immersive world. Though the other major kingdoms haven't been visited yet, their foundation is solid and Rime was perfectly portrayed. There is a lot of supporting characters that carry the story too, they all have storylines that are equally fascinating. Also, the camaraderie of the three musketeers (Kate, Tom and Signe) is just golden.Onyx and Ivory is a magical, powerful and romantic tale that every reader has to partake in. The ending is shocking and epic, twists and turns leading there were shattering and it left me thirsting for what is next in the fabulous adventure. It's my first book from Mindee Arnett but I can't wait for my next. I happily recommend this book to everyone.P.S: Kate is totally badass and she's a fierce fighter. And her love for horses is beautiful.

  • Claire
    2018-09-18 17:42

    Oh man, I can't wait to read this one!

  • Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
    2018-09-25 20:30

    This had me at "by Mindee Arnett" but "Pitch Black meets the Pony Express"? Sounds like the premise of Tegami Bachi! Sold.

  • Meredith Thompson
    2018-09-06 20:48

    Everyone calls her Traitor Kate after her father tried to murder the high king years ago.  Now Kate works for the Relay, a band of the fastest horse riders, best bowman, to carry out imperial court messages.  They need to be the fastest to out run the dark.  For when night rises, so do the nightdrakes - dragons ranging in sizes up to elephants.  Luckily for Kate, she holds a secret.  She is a wilder, born with the power to influence animals, speaking to their minds.  However, wilders are killed, known to have destructive magic.  But are they really bad?      The high kings son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to be king.  He always believed his older brother would be the one to someday rule as the uror never happened.  The uror is a powerful magical competition between the high kings sons, each being forced to compete.  Each risking death with each trial.  After finding Kate, a person he had once loved, a person whose father he would have trusted with his life, comes back into his life everything is turned upside down.       As their stories intertwine, and young romance begins to rekindle, their affections for each other and their kingdom is questioned.  With a new threat on the kingdom of Rime, Corwin and Kate must set their past aside as they're thrown into the middle of a brewing civil war.   This is an honest review with the ARC copy of 'Onyx and Ivory' being brought to me by Edelweiss+.  This book is officially released on May 15, 2018.     I want to start by saying that this book was very well written.  As I did receive an ARC copy of it, there were some typo's I couldn't help but notice.  Overall, however, I enjoyed the feel of it.  The story flowed well between our two main characters, Kate and Corwin, and I enjoyed how well the mystery and revealing of their past was portrayed.  All too often in YA do we see the main characters refusing to acknowledge anything about each other to add to the mystery, but I find that to be quite frustrating and I believe that Mindee did a wonderful job with it.       I was caught with this book between a 3.5 and a 4 because there were some parts that I found to be dragging.  The ending, on the other hand, was by far my favorite thing and totally redeemed those slower parts, letting everything come together nicely.     Kate is a smart protagonist caught between two worlds.  She never actually had any part in her father's betrayal but because it was her father everyone kind of turned on her.  I think her progression throughout the book was wonderful and, again, the ending is just MMMMM.  I cannot describe how much the ending was amazing without giving it away, so just know that it was everything that you could have wanted for Kate's growth and her story. She was protective of her friends and so sweet.      Corwin was also quite smart.  I loved reading about two characters that weren't perfect but were also smart in the decisions they did make.  They thought things through and had realistic fears and flaws.  He never expected to be high king but his growth throughout this novel was fantastic.  Corwin truly came into himself and discovered what he stood for.  I live for that!      The side characters were fantastic and extremely lovable.       A lot of the time, especially when talking about shooting with guns, or arrows, Mindee described it always as "it flew true" and maybe it did.  But I feel like there could have been better ways to say that without describing it like that every time.  It got annoying after a while and I couldn't help but notice it, taking me out of the story.      After I discovered what the the title 'Onyx and Ivory' described, I couldn't help but smile.  It is a clear representation of black and white, good and evil, wrong and right, and the difference between Corwin and Edwin, his brother.  As well as the uror thing which I found to be a unique and different take on discovering who the heir is. I loved it, and I thought it was actually quite clever and different. 

  • Trista
    2018-09-05 20:57

    Every time I read a new Mindee Arnett series, I feel like it hooks me even more quickly than the last did. The synopsis of this one sounded really interesting, maybe a little similar to other fantasy novels, but I was confident Mindee Arnett would put a spin on it that would make me love it. And I did. The history, the world-building, and the characters were more than enough to make up for the tropes used and I found myself getting sucked deeper and deeper into the story the more I read, which was exactly what should happen.It was told in the two POVs of Kate and Corwin. Kate, nicknamed Traitor Kate due to her father's attempt to kill the king a few years before, tried to stay under the radar working as a member of the Relay. She had the power to connect with animals, understand them, control them, though she only used her powers when absolutely necessary. Her magic, like many others, was forbidden and if she were caught, it would be death. Corwin was the second born son of the king, childhood friend of Kate before her father tried to kill his, and someone who never expected to contend for the throne. Their paths collide during Corwin's peacekeeping tour and it really ended up changing everything. I enjoyed both these characters, together and separate. Kate was strong, determined to find the truth about why her father tried to kill the king, his friend, and she bravely went back to the city where it all happened even though she knew the reception she would get. Corwin was battling some demons and unsure about his ability to lead, feeling unworthy of the throne he'll likely never have anyway. I liked how these two were childhood friends who knew each other better than anyone but, after the event with their fathers and a few years apart where they both changed, they were almost strangers. There were so many moments to remind us how close they used to be and just how much their relationship had changed.I absolutely loved the supporting cast. Mindee Arnett is so great at writing supporting characters that I love just as much as the leads. Kate's friends Tom Bonner and Signe were so loyal but they also had great stories on their own. They weren't there just to support Kate. Tom was like a brother and Signe was her hilarious, never boring best friend. Corwin's best friend Dal made up the last of their group and he as well was more than simply a character to prop up Corwin. He was the last born son of a low Lord, always quick with a joke and looking for adventure. They were a great group with interesting dynamics and that's something I will always love in books.The plot had a lot of key components. Kate's search for the truth about her father, the nightdrakes/daydrakes that were attacking travelers around the kingdom, and the ritual battle for the throne between Corwin and his brother. All three wove into each other and were equally important. It also felt like learning something new in one plot could lead to something new in one of the other plots. It was intriguing and kept me reading. There were surprises, some more easily guessed than others, but overall, I really enjoyed it.And I also really want the next book.*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy
    2018-09-16 14:59

    Actual rating: 3.5 starsMany thanks to Harper Collins Publishers and Edelweiss for providing me with a free eARC for review. All opinions are my own.This was a solid, OK fantasy story, but compared to some of the other knockouts I've read recently, it didn't measure up. There was a great deal of story line that was merely told to the reader instead of shown in character interactions or by thoughts. While the chapters switched points of view, it was still third person and this omniscient narrator merely relayed events to the reader at times, especially when dealing with interactions with the secondary (but still important characters). Some reviews/publicity information I've read about this book indicated it was a standalone, but the ending leaves MANY other avenues for continuing the story, so I am unsure if it is a series or not. Kate Brighton hasn't been home since her father tried to kill the high king. Before then, she, along with the crown princes, ruled the courtyard. Now, she works as a Relay rider, traveling by horse to deliver messages to the far off cities and holdings. But, with nightdrake attacks becoming more common, the routes are becoming increasingly risky. Plus, Kate has a secret she's never told anyone before: She's a wilder, someone who has an uncontrolled and unbridled magic. Being a wilder puts her in danger, even more so since the Inquisition began three years ago so the mages could round up and purge the wilders.Prince Corwin is known as the Errant Prince since he took off for three years and abandoned his role in the royal family. Now he's back, and is ready to submit to his older brother's rule. While their father is still alive, he is ill, and Edwin has been ruling behind the scenes for years. But now, the uror has appeared, a sign from the gods that the trials must take place between the two brothers to determine the rightful ruler. Corwin isn't sure he wants the task, but he also ins't one to give up. Especially now that he has convinced Kate to come back to Norgard with him to look into her father's actions all those years ago.This had some promising plot points that the author just didn't hold up. The trails never get completed. The secondary characters show promise, but we don't get enough of their voice/story. The world building was just OK, but left me with some questions. This book is geared towards YA readers as opposed to MG libraries. I would give it to fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Winner's Curse .

  • Kate
    2018-09-21 22:54

    I received this ARC from Edelweiss+.Kate Brighton has a secret. No, it's not that her father tried to murder the king - everyone knows that, hence her nickname "Traitor Kate." Her secret is that she's a wilder, able to use magic to influence the minds of horses, which comes in handy in her job as a Relay rider. Only mages are legally allowed to use magic, and wilders are captured and killed or exiled by the Inquisition. And mages are the ones who keep the cities safe from the nightdrakes that attack anyone unwarded by the magic city walls. When Kate's old flame Prince Corwin arrives in town, she does her best to avoid him, but when Corwin is attacked by daydrakes, Kate steps in to save him. Their old romance flares up again, and Kate finds herself on the way to the capital city with her wilder friends in tow. She's determined to figure out why her father tried to murder the king - and she ends up uncovering much, much more.So, my name is Kate, and I used to ride a horse named Pip, so from the get-go I was intrigued. Kate's horse-related abilities really appealed to the horse-lover in me. The world itself wasn't the most original, or maybe it was so easily understood that it felt like it was somehow building on assumptions from other fantasy books I've read recently (the idea of some folks having magic and others not, and the sanctioned magic vs. wild magic were also part of Leigh Bardugo's Grisha series which I just finished). The uror trials, which the heirs to the kingdom must compete in, gave our non-magic hero Corwin something to do, and there's a hint of some possible magic in the uror itself (an animal that is half-black and half-white and shows itself as a sign for the trials to begin). The romance also had some echoes of the Grisha series, where Kate and Corwin grew up together and Kate's developing magical abilities drives a wedge between her and Corwin. However, they clearly had a more defined romantic history and talk more about their possible future together. I also enjoyed the side pairing, and Kate's friends Bonner and Signe and Corwin's friend Dal are all well-developed. While the major crisis is handled, it's clear that there are other challenges facing them at the end, and I know I'm going have to hunker down for the wait for book 2!

  • Jackie
    2018-09-14 22:42

    *2.5 stars*With the growing popularity of the fantasy genre authors need to really go the extra mile in order to set their book apart from the rest whether that’s with strong characters to cover a plot we’ve seen before, or an exciting new element that adds something to the formula that forces you to remember it long after you’re finished and unfortunately this book had none of those things. “Onyx and Ivory” is a story told by our two main leads the traitor’s daughter Kate and the crowned Prince Corwin and both characters are so one dimensional it’s a shame we had to spend over 500 pages in their headspace. I adored everything about the side characters and would have happily read from their point of view or learned more about their backgrounds because they had so many interesting qualities that each scene with them was automatically better just because they were mentioned. The romance element itself suffered as well because I couldn’t bring myself to root for two boring characters which is a shame because of the shared history between these two, while ultimately strained by her father’s attempted assassination of his, should have made them more compatible or at least tolerable, however instead I spent my time hoping that Dal and Signe would knock them out of the way in order to take their rightful place as leads for both the romance and action itself. In terms of the plot, it’s something we’ve all read before to the point that I can name two books that come out this year that are nearly beat by beat the same, and the magic element is touched on just enough to remind you it's there but not enough to make you care or distinguish it against anything else you might end up reading this year. Overall this was a book I was really excited for and I’m sad it didn’t work out, I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series maybe if I’m given more of the side trio but other than that I might have to pass. **thank you to edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  • Susana Zemlyakova
    2018-09-04 15:37

    3.5 stars for Onyx and IvoryI enjoyed book one of Mindee Arnett's new Rime Chronicles. Our protagonist is a strong-willed, mail carrier named Kate Brighton. Exiled from the gentry due to her father's attempted murder of the High Lord, Kate rides across the country to try to escape from her past. Her world, however, is plagued by dragons/lizards who attack at night called the nightdrakes (this reminded me A LOT of The Demon Cycle but a little more tame).Kate dwells on the mystery or reason behind her father's actions and his ultimate execution but also the betrayal of her lost love, the Prince Cormin. Fate brings the two together again as Cormin fights for his life against daydrakes - a new species of the dreaded dragon/lizards. After the rescue, the two band together to uncover the forces driving these new monsters. At the same time Cormin fights internal demons that stand between him and a potential coronation. Like the title, the theme of black and white is interwoven throughout the book. Cormin finally concludes in the end that the world includes more shades of grey.The action was almost nonstop since the very first page. The magic system is layered with mages controlling substances or magestones and wielders weaving magic from the elements (fire, water, earth and spirit). The romance between Cormin and Kate is a big plot device. If you don't like romance as a central part to the story then you may not like this book. I thought the romance between the two was sweet. The only complaint I had about this story is the moon belt. I'm still not clear on what it does. Aside from being symbolic of sexuality it is also birth control? Aren't there herbs for that? Why "moon"? Is that the shape of it? Not a huge deal. I'm sure as the relationship heats up in future books this will be explained in more detail.I look forward to picking up the sequel.I received a digital ARC curtesy of Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Anya
    2018-09-09 21:59

    As someone before me has pointed out the cover is beautiful, but I won't judge a book by its cover and since the expected release is somewhere in the future of 2018 the blurb is all I have to go on ....Judging by the blurb only, I get a Fire ( changeling book 2) vibe ... like there seems to be some " ish "-common factors : * father accused of murdering the king *daughter with the power commanding others minds although Kates power seems to be limited to animals only ( Is there a fancy word for it , like telekinesis and other esp:s ?)* second son of King entangled with daughter well maybe the similarities are a coincidence , and surely this book couldn't possibly compare to the chageling one since that is one of my most favorite ya fantasy trilogies. But I can't help to be excited about this one ... probably because it reminds me of annother great book. Which is funny because the marketing is directed to fans of Diving eden , Six of crows and Red queen all books that I have read but haven't hyped like other readers, at most I midly enjoyed them.

  • Teresa
    2018-09-15 14:39

    This is a fantastic start to a new series (maybe duology) and I can't wait to see what will happen in this story. Kate is deemed a traitor; her father tried to kill the king, he failed but was executed and his only child was thrown out and forgotten by the royal family. Kate has found a place for herself as a messenger throughout the realms; but soon her past will come back and she will have to make a decision of where her loyalties lie and where her heart leads her. (Did I mention that magic exists in this world and that Kate possess a certain kind of magic that everyone is scared of?!) Mindee Arnett has written a gripping story, with an abrupt ending that left me yearning for more, more, more!Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC! (When can I get the next one :)?!

  • USOM
    2018-09-05 16:30

    This was more like a 3.5 for me. Don't get me wrong, I really liked many aspects, but it was one of those books where I can see the sequel getting way better. There was a lot of time put into establishing the world and the characters and what made them tick, but my most memorable characters were the side ones. Additionally, this seemed really plot driven, and there's nothing wrong with it, but in the next book it seems that there could be more character development now and that's what I'm waiting for :) That being said, I'm really excited for the sequel!Disclaimer: I found this arc in my Dad's office.

  • Ashley
    2018-09-25 21:56

    Fun story! I loved the whole kingdom aspect and fighting for the throne. And of course all the animals! ♥I liked Corwin and Kate's relationship. It was definitely complicated because Corwin was prince of a kingdom that outlawed wilders, and Kate secretly was a wilder.This book definitely sets up the series and I think the next book will have higher stakes.I knocked off a star because Onyx and Ivory did feel kind of long. Although I enjoyed it, I was also ready for it to end.

  • Ellyn
    2018-09-24 19:31

    This one took a while for me to really get into. Arnett does a great job with the world building, but Kate and Corwin fell a little flat for the first half of the book. The do eventually become more dynamic in the second half of the book. The concept doesn't feel too different from many other YA novels, but that said, I enjoyed the writing, and will read the second book when it comes out.

  • Nicole Wang
    2018-09-14 16:34

    God damn. Review TK