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Review: Black Dawn

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Title:Black Dawn

Author:Mallory McCartney

Series:Standalone (Not too sure about this)

Rating★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Note:I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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Emory was the star of the show. She had every other male character in love with her, she was the chosen one, a princess–everyone had to love her except (of course) for the one girl who rivaled her for another guy’s attention.

Memphis I didn’t really care for. The more I read the book the more I disliked him for his choices. He was pretty willing to shut everyone else out just to have Emory’s attention.

Nyx was one of the characters I was starting to like, but unfortunately, her character just sunk into jealousy, anger, and stupid decisions because of her rivalry with Emory. I was a little upset that her character was reduced to nothing just to play the rival.

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Her mind was a tornado, unforgiving and pure destruction.

*DNF Review at 70%

I don’t think her mind was the only one that was a mess. I was so confused right off the bat because so much information was being thrown at me about their world. But even with all these info dumps I was still really confused as to what was going on between different characters. There were characters lying and hiding things left and right so I kept getting all these really confusing gaps.

Part of it was also that you had so many characters thrown at you in the beginning that it was hard to keep them straight and remember who had what ability, who was together, all that. The other part of it was that I couldn’t connect to the characters at all. They all just felt very flat with nothing to really set them apart.

Most of the characters felt like a blur anyways because the story mostly focused on Emory and Memphis.

You mean to say that I have fallen into a modern fairy tale? I was the royal princess whisked away, and you and him have brought me rightfully home to… to what? To fight in an epic battle? To restore harmony to the land?

Emory was easily the center character of the book. She was the “chosen” one to save them all and the only one everyone could depend on–basically the typical stereotype. That might not have been terrible on its own but Emory really had no idea what she was doing and everyone was quickly ready to stand behind her. It just didn’t seem realistic. The story moved way too fast right after Emory came in.

Not only this but there were too many characters in love with her. Where I left off we had identified at least three. I couldn’t see what made her so special that just about every other male character wanted her.

I also didn’t like that she forgave a certain character too easily after he admitted to doing something without her knowledge, just so that he would stand a chance with her. And the romance also felt rushed and forced. Really, it was pretty much insta-love which was justified with the explanation of her having known him before and she just got her memories back.

As I said, I didn’t finish this book in its entirety, but I tried to give it a fair chance by reading 70% through. I think the story had potential but the writing felt sloppy and it came out poorly executed.





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