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
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews Onyx and Ivory

  • Katerina
    UNPUTDOWNABLE YA FANTASY ALERT PEOPLE!!*clears throat*The Fairyloot Team has an unparalleled ability to discover hidden treasures (metal detectors or something?). The edition of Onyx and Ivory they included in their May Box (black sprayed pages, oh my) was a feast for the eyes, but also the first book in a while that had me truly immersed in its dark pages. Politics, conspirasies, war, ancient rites, forbidden magic, rebels, wingless dragons and ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Fairyloot May 2018! It's got sprayed edges! Yay! Click on link after picture for the unboxing.THE GOODIES
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 4/5ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThey call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Kate is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a c...
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    Overall this was a really solid first book in a series! It started off a little slow, but that's understandable, as there was a lot of world building to be done, scene setting, an introducing characters and whatnot. This book is written in a split perspective (3rd person) between the 2 main characters, Corwin & Kate, which I really enjoyed! It's nice seeing how they both think and feel and what they're up to when they'er not together. I did reall...
  • Anissa (FairyLoot)
    So much yes! Loved this.
  • nät
    ❝betrayer of her prince, her kingdom, and her friends.❞ everyone should read this and then talk to me about it because ok wowcan’t even talk without spoilers because all I want to do is talk about those said spoilers *bites nails nervously* told through Kate’s and Corwin’s perspectives, we ventured into a world pretty much ruled by drakes, these dragon-like creatures (who in my most humble opinion, are victims here too. just saying 😉...
  • Elizabeth Sagan
    3.5Nice, enjoyable fantasy. I couldn't stand the main male character until the very end (because not even once has he thought about offering an apology!), but we're good now. Good character development. There were a few moments when I felt like the villain got his inspiration from The Villain's Guide (it wasn't his fault though, it was more about how other characters described him).All in all a good book.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • mith
    Wooooow. Arnett's best book yet, easily. Onyx & Ivory definitely deserves to be on your radar.
  • Georgina
    ✨3 stars✨It doesn’t usually take me that long to read books, but this one took me forever to get through. I think I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, and life has been quite busy recently too, but even so, at times it felt like I would never finish this book. It isn’t boring, it just isn’t what I wanted it to be; I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t love it. Which is a bit disappointing because it’s my 50th book of the year (meani...
  • Kath ☽ sheturnspages
    This was really enjoyable! It’s a high-stakes fantasy with highly fleshed out characters, subversive elements like girls who save princes 🙌🏻, dragons without wings who only come out at night, slow. burn. romance. and tons of satisfying twists and turns! I particularly recommend this if you love horses because it’s clear Arnett has a fondness for them. ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Jeanne
    A surprising 3.5 stars!Wow, I like this more than I initially thought I would! It isn’t so much the characters—the main two PoV Kate and Corwin have generally mild, forgettable personalities, and their romance not quite convincing, but I really enjoy the world building (fairly intricate for a YA fantasy novel), the overall mystery plot and magic system that intertwines with so many other small elements—including the political aspects. I con...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    HOLY CRAP! I've read 125 books so far this year and this is definitely one of my favourites! so good! I am absolutely in love with the magic, politics and characters. The villain reveal COMPLETELY blindsided me! I adored the romance.
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys!  So this book be a young adult fantasy novel that was just an okay read for me.  I be conflicted.  Overall it was enjoyable, but I wish it had been much better.This was one of those instances where there were too many plot-lines. Ye have a) the romance subplot; b) the civil unrest based on types of magic subplot; c) the two princes' god-driven contest for the right to rule subplot; d) main girl trying to overcome her fath...
  • K8
    I read most of Onyx and Ivory in a hospital. It's the sole reason I'm still alive to write this review. Between the stale oatmeal characters, the plodding plot, the wall after wall of bland text and the dry heterosexual nonsense, some vital part in the core of my being simply shut off. A battalion of medical staff encircled me as my will to live filtered from my body and into the standard just-comfortable-enough-for-torture waiting room chairs. A...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    ♦ Video Review ♦ "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 favour...
  • 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,...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    ONYX AND IVORY starts strong. Her father's actions may have destroyed her easy future, but Kate is determined not to let that keep her down. While the initial premise is familiar (magic is outlawed and two brothers are pitted against each other for the throne), I found Kate and Corwin's relationship a satisfying story hook.Unfortunately, ONYX AND IVORY slows down about a quarter of the way in. Kate's story arch is tied to her father's secrets, an...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3 starsI really wanted to love Onyx & Ivory, and on some levels I did.I think a big part of this lies in how this just isn't really my style. I've been trying to branch out to more traditional fantasy, but this part of the genre is not really for me.I have friends who love love love these types of fantasy. You guys will love love love Onyx & Ivory too.It just wasn't mindblowing or super special or anything extraordinarily moving for me.I still en...
  • The Library Ladies
    (Full review here at the thelibraryladies.com.)This is another book that I requested primarily based on the beautiful cover art. Another win for the “no models on covers” team! I was also intrigued by the dueling narratives, though I think I generally tend to be a reader who prefers only one POV. But, if done right, I’ve loved alternating narrators in the past, and I was hopeful for this one. Plus, I’m always there for any fantasy story t...
  • Paula Fowlkes Roussel
    Finally finished. I was definitely surprised by this book... It's nothing new, but it held my attention throughout. RTC
  • Isadora
    3.75 estrelas, na verdade.Onyx & Ivory é um livro com MUITO potencial. Todo universo criado pela autora, apesar de um cenário meio comum em fantasia YA (reinos, magia, batalha por poder, entre outros), tem elementos muito interessantes que diferenciam todo o universo criado por ela. É um mundo bastante complexo, com diversos elementos diferentes que dirigem a estória, vetores indo em sentidos distintos, porém que são estruturados o suficien...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Edelweiss/Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Onyx and Ivory, by author Mindee Arnett, is the first installment in what is hopefully a new duology. 19-year old Kate Brighton is a member of the Relay Riders courier team. As a relay rider, Kate has vowed to always bring their horses back safely. She has to understand that there are monsters called nightdrakes (flightless dragons) that prowl the night and are assume...