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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts listeners 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.

©2018 Mindee Arnett (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"At once fresh, at once classic, Onyx and Ivory is a page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance." (Susan Dennard, New York Times best-selling author of Truthwitch)

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Entertaining story

Not the best book I've ever read but it's far from the worst. Its enjoyable, fun and fast paced. The story is enjoyable enough to anticipate the next installment but not so great that I will lay awake wondering about what happens next.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic.

I am very picky about what books I like. I loved this book. The narrator is one of my favorites, which certainly factored into my decision to listen to this book, but the story itself was wonderful by itself. The differing viewpoints of Kate and Corwin made for a more detailed experience of the world and showed both sides of a very complicated story.

My favorite part, however, is how Kate and Corwin communicated with one another. There were no miscommunications that led to easily resolvable conflicts, like what you see in so many YA books, and the fact that they are willing to be honest with one another is so, so refreshing. And the way Corwin respects Kate and her decisions- it is so hard to find relationships like this anymore. I truly appreciated their dynamic.

I am more than looking forward to the sequel.

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Great read!

I was captivated from beginning to end! Loved the story! There wasn’t one slow moment. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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This was a great start!!

It has been quite awhile since I've really gotten into an audio book but Onyx & Ivory did it!!! I only wish the whole series was out now.

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waste of a credit

I couldn’t get past the first 30 minutes. maybe its meant for younger people (im 21) but it’s annoying and leaves me asking why this main character is so significant.
(spoilers from here down)

first off, i wanna know why the fact that her father tried to kill the king is such a big deal. i feel like murder attempts on a king are common. all kings have enemies. To me it’d make more sense if they did a public execution and left it at that. but literally a anniversary announcement for the day kate’s dad’s attempt at murder?? To me he seems too irrelevant. And either kate would be wanted by the crown to be murdered and used as an example of what happens when you defile the king. like “if you try to take the kings life he will not only take the life of you but you family as well”. Also kate is irrelevant too. like why does it make her a traitor too?? Also i dont understand why wilder magic is so bad. in a world of magic, if controlling animals is the worst a person can do (compared to necromancy or more destructive/ powerful abilities) then this is just a underwhelming world. why is it punishable by death. it makes 0 sense. ALSO it makes no sense why they would be like “protect the horse like its your life, ITS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY” like uhhh wouldnt protecting the MAIL that she delivers be more important??? also making pip run to the gate was protecting them BOTH from the dragon things?? so how is it bad??? the characters are over dramatic and not relatable, half the time someone says something or does something i ask myself “who reacts that way??”. the world building and writing style is nice and the performance is top notch but the story and characters are annoying

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Thunderstruck!

Absolutely breathtaking! Lovely plot twists, awesome fight scenes, charming romance, gut wrenching disaster, and dragons! What’s not to love!

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I could have skipped chapters 5 to 30....

I could have skipped chapters 5 to 30 and still get the entire story. This wasn’t my thing. The entire book felt as if I read this before somewhere. Maybe similar to the bird and the sword, except, I like the bird & sword. This book was a miss for me. I don’t mind a long book if the background matters but for me this just didn’t match up. I will not be reading the sequels. On the plus the narrator was good.

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love love love it!!

I loved this, kept my attention the whole time. Well written. I cannot wait to read more.

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worth reading once. I enjoyed the fantasy

I enjoyed the overall story, but I struggled to feel the connection between the main characters. I would have liked to hear more from Kate about how she felt towards Corwin. I get that it was a mystery to him why the reader?

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Amazing story and fantastic narrator!

This is one of those books that leaves you with the question: why didn’t I read this sooner!?

Onyx & Ivory is a truly stunning story that captivated me from the moment Kate and her steed Pip were introduced. Mindee Arnett has created a fascinating and complex world with the Kingdom of Rime, it’s history rich and it’s people full of passion for their causes.

I loved the representations of friendship, love and family we see in this story, for there are many forms present - each one driving the characters toward a precipice of discovery that cannot be unlearned.

Not only is this a story about Kate Brighton – Traitor Kate – it is also the story of Corwin Tormane, the Errant Prince of Rime who disappeared for two years after Kate’s father betrayed the throne. Where was he all that time and who is he now?

Kate herself, rider with the Relay (think: Pony Express), wields forbidden wilder magic and must keep is concealed from most around her, for its discovery means her death. The stakes become even more dire when her and her companions are offered a place back amongst the court, an opportunity she seizes, hoping it will bring her the answer of why her father attempted to kill his king and friend.

This story encompasses powerful and dangerous magic, dragon-like creatures called drakes, courtly intrigue, well built friendships, faithful horses and compelling romance. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something that is both traditional fantasy but also something new entirely! I absolutely loved it and was sucked in the moment I started it. The audiobook is also fantastic, narrated by veteran voice actor Khristine Hvam (known for Daughter of Smoke & Bone and the Country Saga).

Can’t wait for the next!

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  • pianofreak92
  • 10-20-18

A showstopper

Some books are pure magic and this is one such book. This audiobook was riveting from start to finish as the listener joins the complex, multi-dimensional characters as they grow and blossom through the book. It is a story of resilience, love and listening to the still, small voice within you. Mindee Arnett has created a beautiful start of a series, well-deserving of a sequel. This is fantasy at its best.

Another excellent performance by Khristine Hvam. She brings so much soul to the characters. One of the best narrators of our time.

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  • Amie Jordan
  • 09-23-18

More Than Pleasantly Surprised

I actually really enjoyed this audiobook.

It was refreshing, most YA books that involve any kind of fantasy are all very samey-samey now, all seem to include fae and magic and everyone is immortal and theres always an evil queen that has a soul aim to destroy the whole world somewhere etc but this book wasn't exactly like that.

This is more 'real life', yeah, some people have magic but it's not the 'i am magic and i can do anything i want' kind that makes you roll your eyes when the main character can do everything they want no matter how outlandish or ridiculous just to fit round a weird storyline, it has its limits and the rest of the world around them is relatively realistic. All humans - aka not jam packed with fairies or goblins or monsters or whatever, they live in houses and ride horses and have standard human weapons etc. Basically apart from the odd fantasy bits for excitement, I found this more relatable in some ways than some YA books out there.

The narrator is great, really engaging and sounds enthusiastic. I'd have given the story 4.5 stars if i could, as the beginning is slow to start, but as this is going to be a series, it's understandable that it needs to be set up properly.

The review below said it was good but they wouldn't listen to any more in the series however I am interested to see what happens next. Has good potential. Would recommend.

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  • Sophie
  • 06-15-18

Interesting story

I went into this not expecting much as I have recently gone off YA, this came with a Fairyloot box so I thought I'd better see what it is like. It was a lot better than I expected. I loved the different story lines and I loved Kate. I don't think I will carry on with the series though. Also I think the narrator did a very good job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-18

anticlimactic

the story had a promising beginning, but as the it go on, the motives of the characters and 'the big reveal' for what kates father did what he did, it was a let down to say the least. and the final boss reveal? who the heck even is that?!

the voice actor did an excellent job non the less, the magic and world building too is great but its the back and forward relationship with the two protagonist that made me struggle to finish it. its somewhat irritating to be honest, I don't think I'd be purchasing the sequel