Review of Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Plot outline:

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, she now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the relay and only the fastest survive. Fortunately for Kate she has a secret edge: she’s a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

Her magic leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes. The only survivor Corwin Tormane, the son of the High King. Kate’s first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death. With their paths one more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face the new threat of drakes that attack in the daylight and the darker menace behind them!

Onyx and Ivory is the newest Fantasy read by author Mindee Arnett whose other novels include A Nightmare Affair and Proxy.

The story focuses on Kate Brighton a wilder who can control the minds of animals. Although she sounds quite intriguing I felt Kate’s character was quite one dimensional. I didn’t feel an emotional bond with her or any of the other characters, which unfortunately made me unbothered with what happened to them.

The plot was well written in parts and there are plenty of twists and turns that I did not find predictable. The antagonist changes throughout the novel as the plot develops and the characters learn more. This did ensure that you keep reading Until the end of the book to find out who the true enemy is.

The love arc between Kate and Corwin Just fell a bit flat for me. There was no whirlwind romance and I didn’t feel any deep emotions come through when they were together.

This book was a 3/5 for me. Although the plot held plenty of twists and turns the fact that the characters were quite one dimensional made the story lack emotion. I would pick up the second novel in the series but I’m not waiting with bated breath for it to come out.



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