Hello Book Dragons!
Hope you all are having a great start to 2020. I can’t believe that half of this month already went by! But, I can say that I have got my reading game on. All the books that I read so far have been amazing!
Today’s my stop for the Heir of Lies blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks to the publisher and Rockstar Book Tours for my copy of Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney.
Book Title: HEIR OF LIES (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Publication Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: MM Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Content Warnings: Violence, Feelings of Isolation, Marriage of Convenience, Possession.
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”
Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.
An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most—the truth.
Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.
Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.
The Black Dawn series is re- releasing and “Heir of Lies” (book one) is coming April 21 2020! This edition will have an exclusive map and bonus content!
Heir of Lies is the first book in the Black Dawn series. The book started off pretty well and had me hooked from page one. But I’m kind of sad that I didn’t get to know what happens in the end and will have to wait for the sequel! But that’s not really a bad thing since it will be a sequel that I look forward to read.
Heir of Lies has a very complex storyline as there are many characters and elements which are in accordance to the Fantasy genre. Having all the different perspectives did make it confusing for me to keep track of the story but it was engaging to read the book, nonetheless. The story begins with a prologue set fifteen years before the actual story begins but builds on the circumstances that builds the plot of the book.
Nei Fae finds herself in an arranged marriage with prince Roque. It was an arrangement which she agreed to purely for the welfare of her people of Shattered Isles. The marriage promised that her land would be lively, her people being taken care but even after a year long marriage, the reality is anything but that. Nei is hated by almost everyone in the Court but she tries to keep her anger in check. We do see her rebellious nature soon and I loved her for that.
Fifteen years later, the story begins with Brokk, Adair and Memphis who are shown to be a part of The Academy which forms the first part, Renegade, of Heir of Lies. This part allows all these characters to develop. There’s a lot of action and I loved all those scenes. Roque’s and Nei’s story continues through flashbacks and is connected to the present characters.
Emory Fae ultimately emerges as the main protagonist of the novel and all the events that happens throughout the course of the book are one way or the other connected to other. I couldn’t sense it before and I was pretty much oblivious to how Emory is going to fit into all of these events.
I did feel that the characters and their POVs could have been connected better because every time I was reading a character’s POV, it was difficult for me to understand his/her connection with the plot and the other characters.
As you guys might know, I don’t read too many Fantasy novels but in an attempt to change that, I have challenged myself to read more books of this genre which is why I chose to read Heir of Lies. The plot wasn’t really new to me as I have read books with similar fantasy elements before but what I liked about this book was the way everything comes together in the end. McCartney has used a good narrative technique. It’s complex in the sense that there are multiple POVs but at the same time the simplistic language nullifies the confusing nature of the plot. Maybe reading the book once before before I read the sequel will help me to understand the series better.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.