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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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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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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.

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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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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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Amazing Story...

Beautifully written. Full of twists, turns, and unexpected surprises. Enjoyed the narration, as well. Khristine brought the character’s personalities out. Magic, mystery, action, adventure...I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any fan of fantasy.

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Great story

Strong heroine. Great characters and plot was original. I will be getting the sequel to this book. Pace was good and like the duel point of views.

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  • Karen
  • Miami, Florida, United States
  • 06-27-18

LOVED IT...I need more ASAP!

Loved the story, loved the characters, and absolutely can’t wait to see what happens next! With so many questions left open, book #2 can’t come soon enough! I liked that each persons power had been perfected, so they weren’t like children when using them, they had perfected them, and are able to do big things with just a flick of the wrist, truly like someone that has lived with it their whole lives.

As far as the narration, I loved the accents and voices of each character, but wasn’t too crazy about the monotone voice that everything else was read in.

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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.
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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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Very imaginative and entertaining

I enjoyed the pace of the book, hard to put down and look forward to the next installment, a really great read.

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I Want Another

This was a riveting story, fast paced and fun. The characters were interesting, if a bit annoying. Over all, I enjoyed it.

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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