Title: Heir of Lies
Author: Mallory McCartney
Series: Black Dawn #1
Pages: 442 pages
Source: Sent by author
My Rating: 3.5 stars
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”
Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, 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 Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. 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 the most—the truth.
Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.
Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.
I was sent a copy of this book as part of an Instagram tour that I joined so thank you to the author and Shannon from R&R Book Tours.
What to say about this book? I went into this book only knowing the synopsis and I didn’t really have any expectations going into it which I think is the best way to go into a book. There are things that I liked and things that were kind of frustrating to me.
We get chapters from 5 different characters POVs. The first half we get the POVs from Brokk, Adair and Memphis and then Emory’s POV is added and then we get like one chapter from Nyx’s POV. The multiple POVs actually worked for me and it was easy enough to follow along with. What really started to bother me though was the time jumps. In the prologue we get 15 years prior to the Renegade. Chapter 1 is where we get chapters about the renegade. And then something happens that I want talk about because of spoilers and then 2 months pass and then in the next chapter we jump ahead 6 years and then we jump back 6 years to get another characters POV and there was 1 or 2 more jumps after that and while it all made sense and was easy to follow along with all the jumping around was annoying especially since for some of the jumps we only got one little chapter. I should also mention that this was broken up into 3 parts.
While I felt the world building was pretty good I was also left not fully understanding everything. Like the magic and the worlds it was just all a lot to take in and we basically just jump right in and are expected to catch on and for the most part I did but I still felt like I was missing something.
I have feelings about all of the characters but I am just going to say that Brokk is hands down my favorite and I don’t see why all 3 of our male leads was head over heels in love with Emory. Like I said we are thrust into this world and while it’s all new to the reader the characters have grown up together but I just didn’t see anything special about her. Pretty much all of the characters did something at some point that made me want to reach through the book and slap them and ask them why they were being so stupid. Also there’s is the one reveal toward the end of the book that I absolutely hated. I hate when this particular thing is included especially when I have grown attached to certain characters. I can’t say what it is because it is spoilery but that took away from my overall enjoyment. I am curious to find out if it is actually true. Lets just say if it turns out to be true I will not be very happy.
While I am not one to comment on the editing in books because I know that nothing is perfect no matter how hard we try I have to say this book could have used some more editing. If it gets to a point where all of the mistakes are taking me out of the story I have to mention it. Also there was this one chapter that was freakishly long. I like short chapters and all of the chapters in this book were perfect except the one that seemed to go on forever. This is just something that is personal preference but I felt I had to mention them.
Overall I was really drawn into the story despite the issues I had and I will be reading the next book next month.