Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Onyx and Ivory

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. Fortun...

Details Onyx and Ivory

TitleOnyx and Ivory
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Onyx and Ivory

  • Anissa (FairyLoot)
    So much yes! Loved this.
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “Out here, darkness meant death.” I have two incredibly shallow reasons for picking up this book: I thought the cover was gorgeous- it’s a bit spooky but gilded at the same time- and I really love ampersands. Thankfully, Onyx & Ivory delivered beyond a pretty cover. We follow disgraced outcast Kate Brighton as she is brought back to palace life after she saves prince Corwin Tormaine from the deadly nightdrakes, which have somehow begun to ...
  • mith
    Wooooow. Arnett's best book yet, easily. Onyx & Ivory definitely deserves to be on your radar.
  • Aila
    Every time the book had “Traitor Kate” (especially when it was trying to be dramatic), all I could think of was “Trader Joe’s.” Maybe I’m just hungry. The thing with the fantasy genre is that it’s hard to make a plot that has been written millions of times before unique. Onyx and Ivory has great writing, pretty swell characters, and a decent setting, but its major drawback was how predictable the plot was. It follows many traits of ...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Traitor Kate inherited the title from her father after he betrayed the high king… Now she rides for the Relay, fighting off the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—when they come out to hunt. Kate has an edge, she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. A forbidden magic, it leads her to a caravan, massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight. Corwin,...
  • Kim
    Thanks to Edelweiss and Balzer & Bray for providing an eARC in exchange for and honest review.Release Date: 5/15/18I loved the characters in Onyx & Ivory but there were a few issues I ran into which prevented this from being a perfect read for me. First, the plot was a little too derivative of other books in this genre. It was entertaining, but there wasn’t really anything that made it stand out from the multitude of other YA fantasy books that...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    "The world changes, the wheel spins, and so we must change as well. That is what it means to lead - finding the wisdom to bring change when it's needed and to hold fast when it's not." Onyx & Ivory was an overall very enjoyable reading experience for me. While it's a little bit slow in parts and tends to fall into old YA Fantasy cliches, it also offers some unique and fresh aspects.The characters were definitely my favourite part. I liked both t...
  • Taylor Parker
    4.25/5 StarsFirst off, I need to just say, WOW. The premise for this book is awesome!-flightless dragons that can only come out at night-a competition for the crown by the heirs-persecution of some magic users by other magic users-magic doesn't work at night?-wait, now some of the drakes can come out in the day???There was so much going on in this book and it is all so unique, it really sucked me in and immersed me in the story until the very end...
  • Madison
    Onyx & Ivory is an epic YA fantasy, with equal shares magic, intrigue, power, desperation, uprisings, politics, friendship, and romance. Three years ago, Kate Brighton’s father attempted to assassinate the High King. Now, Kate is branded as Traitor Kate and works as a Relay Rider, risking her life as she rides between cities. If she doesn’t make it behind protected barrier walls before nightfall she will be attacked and killed by the monstrou...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I want to say first that I am a huge huge fan of Mindee Arnett. Loved her Nightmare series as well as her Avalon/Polaris series, they were seriously on point. I was super excited about this fantasy, but I found myself feeling like it was just too long for what it was. I loved the horse aspect and Kate's powers, and the characters have a lot of potential but the story dragged for me. I think there is a lot of setup for what is to come, and so I th...
  • Breanna
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC provided by the author through a giveaway.I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult Fantasy lately, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feel a bit of apprehension going into this. The other books I had read in this genre I ended up enjoying and I was worried I was going to compare this to them and find it lacking. I’ll admit that Onyx and Ivory does contain many of the same traits and tropes as o...
  • Alexandra
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*A high stakes fantasy with magic, some kind of mutant bad dragons and forbidden romance! I enjoyed the book with its rich world-building and well-developed characters. And there are horses! So many horses in this book!Kate and Corwin had a lot to go through in this book and while some tropes were too familiar to me I enjoyed the action ...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    It's a long book so it took me awhile to get through but I love elemental type magic and and how Kate's ability to commune with animals only grew. I love the whole concept of Prince Corwin having to compete to earn the crown and how the competition starts with the sign of a uror - a magical animal appearing half black and half white. And I love the war between those with this forbidden magic fighting for their right to live and those who want to ...
  • Katherine Moore
    *I loved this book, and now that I’ve finished, I need to absorb it a bit before I write my review (it’s a pretty big book at 512 pages, and so much in it). Epic.
  • Meg (PopReadsBox)
    Wow! This is so good! I need the next one, like now! :D
  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    What a fabulous high fantasy full of intrigue, secrets, and lies! The concept was awesome. There were magists that controlled/enforced magic and made spells, yet "wilder" magic was outlawed and punishable by death. (view spoiler)[And how very interesting that the mage's magic was actually wilder magic! The very thing they fought so hard against! (hide spoiler)]I freaking LOVED the drakes! And Kate's ability to control and speak to animals! Those ...
  • Ceres
    Un livre surprenant! Pourtant, au départ, je pensais retrouver un univers YA fantasy plutôt classique et prévisible mais il n'en fut rien! Je n'ai absolument pas vu les révélations venir, prise de court par la tournure des événements. Même si le livre a bel et bien une trame classique (pour avoir lu beaucoup de fantasy, c'est reconnaissable), Mindee Arnett a su créer son propre univers avec son propre code et lui donner une ambiance uniq...
  • Carina Olsen
    This book was all kinds of amazing, just as I had hoped it would be. The writing was gorgeous, and easy to get lost in this story. The characters were all awesome to read about and get to know. And I very much enjoyed reading about this stunning world that Mindee created. It was a bit scary yet all kinds of awesome too.I'm giving this book four stars, because while most of was pretty perfect and fun, there was a few small things that made my hear...
  • Milena
    4.5 starsIf you are looking for an outstanding YA Fantasy, don't look any further than Onyx and Ivory. This book is engrossing and unputdownable, it has all the elements of a great fantasy read: complex worldbuilding, compelling characters, interesting magic system, action-packed battles, and a star-crossed romance. In Onyx and Ivory, Arnett tackles many important social issues: prejudice, injustice, religious influence (and even access to birth ...
  • Kathleen Houlihan
    A creatively developed fantasy world, with characters that I felt drawn to. I loved Kate's fierceness, and her loyalty to her doomed horse right from the start, and the drakes that haunt the land at night are truly terrifying. While the romance is pretty predictable, that doesn't detract from a great story!
  • Ali
    Onyx & Ivory was nothing more than an average read, for me. It didn't feel all together fresh and new. And, at times, it felt entirely too lengthy. It seemed as if I'd been reading it for weeks instead of days and I had urges to skim.
  • JJ || This Dark Material
    While it may follow some familiar fantasy beats, protagonists Kate and Corwin, and the magical kingdom of Rime provide ample spark to the tale. Full review coming 5/11/2018!
  • Iryna Khymych
    I received an egalley of this title via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher! 4 out of 5 starsI really enjoyed Onyx & Ivory – it is a book of slow burning passion and fast paced adventure. Kate, our main female character, is in exile after her father attempted to kill a high king. Corwin, our main male character, is a disgraced prince, returning to his kingdom. Their lands are plagues by giant man eating lizards, and ...
  • Jackie
    *2.5 stars*With the growing popularity of the fantasy genre authors need to really go the extra mile in order to set their book apart from the rest whether that’s with strong characters to cover a plot we’ve seen before, or an exciting new element that adds something to the formula that forces you to remember it long after you’re finished and unfortunately this book had none of those things. “Onyx and Ivory” is a story told by our two m...