Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Review: Onyx & Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1) by: Mindee Arnett

Release Date: May 15, 2018
from Balzer + Bray
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Source: I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

I was immediately drawn to this book because of that cover and the concept was so so cool. Magic and horses and romance? Sign me up. Plus I really enjoyed Mindee Arnett’s Avalon duology, so I was excited to see her take on high fantasy.

I have to start with Kate because I loved her. She is so strong and she will not be kept down. She is known to everyone as Traitor Kate, but she doesn’t let that stop her from making a life for herself. She is a fierce Relay Rider and if she were anyone else people would be fawning all over her and her skills. The Relay Riders were super cool and I do wish I had gotten to see more of them. I also really liked Corwin. He really comes into his own over the course of the book and I really enjoyed his growth. He comes to terms with who he is and who he is meant to be and what he wants for his kingdom. Of course I was rooting for him and Kate because they are forbidden and that just makes me want it to happen all the more. It was the perfect amount of angst.

I also really enjoyed our side characters. Bonner was such a sweetheart. And Signe was fierce and awesome. But my favorite of all was Dal. Oh him and that smart mouth won me over incredibly quick. I loved all of these characters and I loved their dynamic together. And I also hated the appropriate people. I especially want to take Prince Edwin and push him off a cliff.

My only complaint with Onyx & Ivory is that the pacing can be a bit slow. It got off to a good start and kicked off quick and the ending was really awesome and action packed. But for a bit there in the middle it dragged. I think there could have been a bit cut out from the middle there to make the story flow a bit better. But in the end it didn’t overly impact my enjoyment of the book. I still really liked the story.

Onyx & Ivory is a really good high fantasy that establishes an interesting world. I can’t wait to see where Mindee Arnett takes this series.


  1. I think I'm sold on this one. I've seen a few reviews now and I haven't tried Mindee arnett's books yet, so I think I'll start w/ this one. Plus I need a good new high fantasy. :)

    Excellent reviews!

  2. I've heard such great things about this book! I downloaded it from Edelweiss a long time ago but forgot about it. I need to read it soon. I can't wait to read that forbidden romance. 😉 Fabulous review, Teresa!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. The romance was a really great slow build too!

  3. I want to read this one, and like you I love the cover.

  4. Arnett is an author I've had my eye on. I love the sound of these characters and the story seems interesting as well. Too bad the pacing was a bit uneven. But I'm happy you enjoyed the story overall. :)

  5. Forbidden romance is my absolute jam. I typically like slower books, so I hope I love this one! Thanks for the review!


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