Onyx and Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1) by Mindee Arnett
Publication: May 15th, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
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. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she 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 caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.
The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.
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I am going, to be honest, I don’t remmeber much about this book. I finished it in December and I did enjoy it but it did not stick. I will continue the series only because it is a duology. If it was longer I don’t think I would continue but it was interesting and intriguing. The pacing was pretty good and kept me interested but the story just didn’t have that extra spark to it. The story is about a girl named Kate and a prince named Corwin. Kate is considered a traitor in her home country and Prince Corwin is the man who made that a reality. When her father tried to kill the King things took a turn for the worst in her and Corwin’s life. From what I remember they also battle these monsters call Nightdrakes but are suddenly coming during the day making life unsafe.
I think they were interesting and really funny. One of my favorites was Signe, Dal, and Wraith. These were some hilarious characters and added some depth to the main characters. Kate and Corwin were interesting and I liked them too but much like the plot things did not stick.
In moments like these, atop a horse and flying over the ground, she glimpsed her old life. She became Kate Brighton again. Daughter of Hale Brighton, master of horse to the high king. She was free. A girl from the future. Someone who mattered.
“The last I checked, the high council does not rule Norgard or Rime. Their purpose is to advise the king, not make the decisions for him.” “Yes, but you are not the king,” Edwin said. “Neither are you, brother.” Corwin held up his right hand, palm out so that his uror mark was clearly visible. “But this says I might be, one day. And that is all the authority I need.”
“No, the rest of us merely use swords and guns and call it justice.” “And let’s not forget kings and high council members. They often make decisions that result in the pain and suffering of others—usually without them having to witness it. They speak a word and their will is done.” “Not unlike your brother refusing to send help.”
“Whether or not you’ll have me.” He stepped closer, their bodies nearly touching. “I love you, Kate Brighton. I always have. I’m yours however you want. As prince or pauper, husband or paramour. That power belongs to you and only you.”