Series: Black Dawn # 0.5
Author’s Name: Mallory McCartney
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 274 Pages
Author or Book Website: N/A
Link to Amazon purchase page: Renegade
Link to Goodreads: Renegade
Release Date: N/A
How I Got the Book: Review Copy
Summary of the Book:
“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”
Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, 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 Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. 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 most- finding out the truth.
In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.
My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. It has been awhile since I have read a prequel to a series before I actually read the actually series, but think this will give me a little background to reading the series to come. This is a novel about uneasy friendship and the tension that can be put on individuals when trying to live up to the legacy of one’s own family regardless of their destined path. This is the tale of Emory and his time at the Academy for those that are gifted. He is there with friends, but it seems the world are him and at the Academy seems to be forever changing. There were times this book made my heart pound. I really want to read the rest of the series. From what I have read so far the characters are amazing and the world is delightful detailed. For a prequel it was long then I expected, but that did not take away from my enjoyment.
My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars.