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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Book Review: Black Dawn

Fans of fantasy novels might be interested in Black Dawn, the debut novel by Mallory McCartney.

Black Dawn follows the tale of Emory Fae, who leads a quiet life on Earth, until two men show up in her apartment and take her away to the planet Kiero. There, Emory learns that she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and now must lead the Black Dawn Rebellion and reclaim her throne.

The novel is short (180 pages) and switches viewpoints throughout, which may jar some readers. But McCartney does a good job building tension and suspense and finding a balance between action and character development. Emory, Adair, Memphis and Brokk are among the characters who are built well throughout the narrative and I was intrigued to see how their paths would develop.

The book is the first in a series and many of the events are designed to build to later editions. That could present an issue for readers who like to see as many loose ends tied up as possible in a novel and not have too many questions left unanswered.

I didn't find that detracted from the overall enjoyment of Black Dawn, though. It's a well-paced, intense read that leaves me intrigued as to what's to come next -- a definite recommended read.

You may purchase Black Dawn through Amazon.

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