Onyx & Ivory

Onyx & Ivory

by Mindee Arnett

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“At once fresh, at once classic, Onyx and Ivory is a page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance.” —Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch

Acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts readers into a beautiful, dangerous, and magical world in this stunningly epic and romantic fantasy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah Raasch.

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.

Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538500057
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: Rime Chronicles, 1 , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mindee Arnett is the acclaimed author of Onyx & Ivory and its sequel, Shadow & Flame, as well as Avalon and its sequel, Polaris. She lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. You can find her online at www.mindeearnett.com.

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Onyx & Ivory 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously could not put this book down. Simply entertaining, intriguing, and jaw dropping good. The twists were surprising and the romance was the perfect amount. I cannot wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I thought it had an interesting story that kept you with it from being to end. The plot was strong, characters well developed, and it continued to keep my interest from cover to cover which doesn't always happen. This is one I would recommend to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish. I cannot wait for this series to continue!
Theresajs More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a great fantasy that has: amazing world-building, forbidden magic, nightdrakes, HORSES, rebellion, intrigue, betrayals, great friendships, surprising revelations, and a slow burn romance.....then this book is for you!!!! Kate - the MC - has the ability to commune with animals - known as Wilder magic which is magic that is in tune with the elements or the world around them and of course is illegal. Mage magic - which is legal, involves runestones. The Wilders have to hide their magic because if caught, they will be sentenced to death. Bring on the rebellion!!!!! Corwin - he is the King's son, could possibly become king himself but doesn't want to, blames himself for his mother's death, struggles with insecurities (don't we all!) and he and Kate grew up together, were best friends until she had to leave because her father tried to kill the King. I love that the story is told in alternating POV between Kate and Corwin. I am a big fan of multiple POV as I feel it gives me so much more incite to the stories. There is so much more to this story! One key thing I do want to note is horses are important in this book and I know Mindee has horses herself as there are so many little details in this book that only a horse person would recognize. While this story may not bring anything new to the fantasy genre, it read and felt like a cozy blanket, I couldn't get enough and can't wait for the next book!!! I think we need more stories like that!
Shelley Murray More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5 I almost didn't read this because there were so many less than stellar reviews, but BOY am I glad I read it anyway! This book is amazing. It's got a bit of a slow build at the start as there's a lot of world building and backstory set-up, but that's pretty much to be expected for the first book in a fantasy series. Onyx and Ivory is told in the third person limited POV, and alternates between following Kate and Corwin so the reader gets a broader big-picture insight into their characters and the overall plot. I was really intrigued by the system of magic (especially since I'm writing a Snow White story in a sort of similar system where people have a particular affinity or certain type of magic!) I'd have really liked to understand a little more about the different schools of mages, but that info likely would have weighed the book down with too much world building. I'm hoping there's some more info in the next book, though! I really loved Kate and Corwin, both their individual stories and the romantic plotline that runs with them. I'm hoping for much more romance in the next book, not going to lie! And Bonner, Signe, and Dal are such incredible characters - I adore when a book has very strong and interesting supporting characters. I might be shipping Signe and Dal even harder than Kate and Corwin! Especially at the very end of the book - just, ugh *dreamy sigh*. I don't want to spoil it, so you'll have to read it to know what I'm talking about, but Signe + Dal 4eva! This is the first book in the series, and the main plotline wraps up pretty well while still opening the book up to the plotline for the sequel, so if you wanted you could read this one as a stand alone. However, I'm very much looking forward to the next book, Shadow and Flame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice swift moving read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been a long while since a book has captured me, causing me to be late for appointments. Definitely hard to put down. Please continue to work the storyline it is very well constructed and many adventures await.
paisleypikachu More than 1 year ago
Going into ONYX & IVORY, I was pretty sure I would enjoy it. Fantasy is my favorite genre, the synopsis sounded pretty good, and I've heard great things about Mindee Arnett's previous books. So yeah, I thought I'd like it well enough. What I wasn't expecting was to stumble across a book that even from the first few pages showed that it was something special. Where to start! I've been gushing about this book to friends for days as I read it, and I haven't had a single negative thing to say. Susan Dennard is quoted on the back cover, saying, "At once fresh, at once classic, Onyx and Ivory is a page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance." I think she's really spot on with that blurb. Onyx and Ivory truly does feel like a classic, in the vein of Finnikin of the Rock or Song of the Lioness. It has all the same ingredients to make it stand out, but at the same time it doesn't feel derivative or cliched. No, Arnett has woven her own world, story and characters together in a signature way that just works. It works so incredibly well. I absolutely loved the alternating points of view, switching back and forth between Kate and Corwin. Both characters are strong, easy to love, and made me feel so much. Their stories are heartbreaking and uplifting, and so utterly sincere. Towards the end of the book I began to have actual visceral reactions, feeling everything right along with the characters. That, for me, is rare and I see it as a mark of true storyteller. Like I said before, I don't have anything negative to say about ONYX AND IVORY. A few other things that stood out to me were the pacing- excellent, the world building- original, and the way the story built on itself in a way that everything that happened mattered and came back around, rewarding me as the reader for paying attention early on. This is a book that I will definitely revisit as I impatiently wait for the sequel.
Rubys_books More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Rime Chronicles is just as great as the title, cover and blurb promise. It has action, love, intrigue, mystery, a little bit of humor and a lot of character growth. So basically a little bit for everybody. The book is told from dual POVs: Kate and Corwin. Kate is a fiery young woman, named a traitor for something she wasn't even responsible for, but something her father did. It was inspiring to see Kate be the best at her job and be a new, improved version of herself, despite the name-calling, the rudeness of most of the people around her, the suspicious looks, the hate of others, even if she did nothing wrong. I loved the fact that we don't learn from the start exactly what she did after her father attempted to kill the king, and exactly why she was called a traitor. Kate is such a strong heroine, one who thrives despite the harshness of life, and I loved reading about her. Corwin is a surprising hero. He's a mystery, from start to finish. We're not given the key to properly understand what motivates him from the beginning, what makes him the "errant" prince, why exactly he isn't "worthy" of ruling the kingdom. Because while he doesn't think he's worthy, his actions are that of a true leader, a good king. So the real question is what exactly happened after the attempt on his father's life that made him believe he isn't worthy. I liked that mystery, because it allowed me to not judge him for what he did or didn't do in the past, but for what he did in the present. I liked the growth he goes through in this book. He goes from reluctant prince to leader, from the young man who questions everything he does and tries to follow every rule, to the brave man who proves he is worthy of the crown. I found it easy to jump from one POV to another, as the author made a great job at making the two main characters sound very different. The pacing was also flowing, from fast at times, to slowing down when the story required it. There was a balance in there, that I enjoyed immensely. Also, I finally found out the connection between the cover art and the book. Boy, was I happy when I figured it out! I loved seeing who the bad guy was. And it makes me wonder if somehow we'll see the bad guy's mark on some events from before this book. I really was surprised at who the bad guy turned out to be, as I really, really did not see that coming. At all. All in all, a great story from Mindee Arnett, a great start for a series, and I cannot wait to see where the story is going.
drakenfyre More than 1 year ago
Kate Brighton aka Traitor Kate thanks to her father’s attempted assassination of the King. Kate is also a wilder a magic user that needs to keep hidden from others or it could mean her own death. While in the middle of an assignment for the Relay Rider’s Kate comes across a brood of nightdrakes attacking a caravan in the daylight, little does she know that her first live Prince Corwin is a part of that caravan. She risks her own life and her secret to save him. Prince Corwin just wants to keep his head down go with the flow and focus on the upcoming Uror between him and his brother, but after the attack on the caravan he is pulled into a larger issue that no one of rank really seems too worried about. Angry towards the lack of actions and Kate showing back up in his life, Prince Corwin along with Kate’s friends SIgne and Bonner and Corwin’s own friend Dal. They try to find out what is going on and where these daydrakes are coming from and how it’s possible that they even exist. I found the situation with the wilder magic frustrating since you find out that those that are allowed to use and wield magic are the same as wilders. I felt like I was playing Dragon Age and dealing with the Chantry all over again. The Uror, oh man can I just say that this was so cool, different tests and challenges for both sons, a mythical creature that shows up to announce the start of the Uror, and how it ties into the title (that A-HA! moment), the history of the Uror and the family history and how it all plays into the story itself was the best. I was somewhat surprised as to who it was behind the scenes pulling the strings and directing the attacks. I’m looking forward to the next book, and seeing where things go with this rag-tag group, the drakes, the continued corruption and the outcome of the Uror.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Onyx & Ivory was a fast read full of forbidden magic, friendship, and high-stakes action. In some ways, it reminded me of Tamora Pierce's books. Considering she's one of my favorite authors, that's a pretty big mark in this book's favor. There were spots that could have been a bit better but, overall, Onyx & Ivory was an entertaining story with likable and nuanced characters. The book starts off pretty slow. Luckily, the pace picks up quickly. At the beginning, Kate's backstory as the daughter of a traitor is explained and the reader is introduced to the realities of her day to day life. I enjoyed seeing Kate interact with her friends, particularly Signe. (Side note: I want to be as good as coming up with fantastical explanations on the spot as Signe). In general, I loved the interpersonal dynamics in this book. The romance between Kate and Corwin was very well done.  I liked that they brought out the best in each other and that they had to communicate to fix their misunderstandings. I thought that the plot was pretty engaging. Some spots were a bit slower than I would have preferred but it was good overall. I do wish that there had been a bit more world-building, I wanted to know more about the different types of magic, the various lands, and their histories. Additionally, I wanted more information about the trials that the two Princes had to go through. However, I have a feeling that the second book will develop those themes more. Onyx & Ivory was a story about fighting for who you love and what you believe. It's about defying labels and questioning the status quo. It was an entertaining read full of likable characters. I'll definitely be continuing with the series, I can't wait to see what's next for Kate, Corwin, and the others. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was also on her street team to help promote the book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ElsaVivi More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!!!! The characters were beautifully imperfect! Each and every one of them grew and changed within these pages! This book has so many beautiful quotes that speak of staying true to yourself, to take chances even if they circumstances seem dire, to find a way to keep going. I honestly felt this book speak to me on an emotional level even if it's set in a fictional kingdom. It was amazing and I can't wait to read the next book!!!!!!
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you HarperCollins.
First, lets start off with the cover. It's stunning. I love it so much! I'm thinking of buying it, so I can add it to my bookshelf. :)
A little about the book...
Kate is known as "Traitor Kate." She's living as an outcast, trying to survive. She does have an edge because she is a wilder. She was born with magic and it allows her to influence animal minds. Especially, horses, which she loves. She's trying to keep hidden because wilder's are hunted down and killed. Until one day, the high king's second son, Corwin, arrives in her town. Their paths unite but will they be able to let go of their past to fix the future?
There's magic, betrayal, lies, death and all kinds of things going on in this book. I really enjoyed it. I will say that it was not a fast read for me. This is a hefty book, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's some points that really drag on a bit. I really wanted to know a lot more about the traditions, specifically in choosing the next king. I feel like that part was kind of skimmed over and not really a focus, when it should have been. It was quite interesting.
I loved the characters! I loved Kate and Corwin and their banter. I also loved Dal, Sig, Bonner and I'm really looking forward to reading about them in the next book. They grow so much in this book and some of it even broke my heart a little bit. I did get annoyed at times with how much Kate blamed Corwin for the past. He really wasn't king, so it was unfair to blame only him.
I loved that there wasn't a love triangle! At first, I thought she was going to but then when she didn't.. I was so happy! So over love triangles in YA! Anyways, I did enjoy this book. It was one that I couldn't put down because I just had to know what happened next. I was really intrigued by all the magic and there's a lot of it. It was well written and I can't wait for the second book!

Reddjena More than 1 year ago
This book made the last few workdays fly on by. I’ve enjoyed participating in the street team and am so glad that I picked up the audiobook as it is read by one of my favorite narrator, Kristine Hvam, who also did the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Things I enjoyed most: character depth, elemental magic, horses!, friendship, slow-burn romance, and pacing. Things I didn’t like: give me a minute… um… yeah can’t really think of anything right now, so there you go. Definitely check this one out! I felt like the author did a really good job wrapping up a lot of threads while leaving plotlines open for the sequel. And I can’t wait to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where do I start with this book? It’s so amazing I can’t even pick where to start. Let me just say that I loved Kate and how strong of a female main character she was. She pretty much gets shunned by society for the actions of her father and despite this and how she is treated, she still keeps going and is a total bad ass. I loved her friendships with Bonner and Signe and her powers were so cool. The writing style kept the story fast paced and the unique plot really sets it apart from other YA fantasy and made for a refreshing read. The world building was also fantastic and the story led up to a great opening for the next book. I’m so excited to see the rest of this story and where it takes the characters next. This was one of my favorite reads of 2018 so far. I was part of the street team for this book’s release and promotion and while the synopsis sounded really interesting, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I fell in love with this book. Highly recommend for any fantasy lovers.
kamoorephoto More than 1 year ago
Before I fully launch into my review (which I've saved up for release day), I have to first say how totally excited I am that this book is going to finally going out into the world. I got to be on the ‘Street Team’, one of the 'Relay Riders', for 'Onyx and Ivory', which meant I helped get the word out for it on social media. BUT that does not play into my review of the book. Happily though, I fell in love with Mindee Arnett's book. I've not read her other books but I have a feeling she is putting something different out here and pouring something of herself into this one. O&I is an epic fantasy that started off (I believe) as a germ of an idea for Mindee some 6 years ago now, and it became a novel that opens up a world of dark monsters, forbidden magic, and brings us characters that feel complex and vibrant. The main character of the novel is Kate, otherwise known as ‘Traitor Kate’, named as such for her father’s actions, for trying to assassinate the high king of Rime many years ago. Her father had been master of horse to the king, but he was executed for his crime, one that Kate can’t believe he would have knowingly committed. Now she hides the gift of wilder magic that allows her to touch the minds of animals that makes her so in tune with horses as her father was, but wilder magic is forbidden and punishable by death. Because of her father’s treachery, she has been relegated to being a Relay rider for Farhold, the imperial courier service, but there are these nasty monsters out there called ‘nightdrakes’ (deadly flightless dragons), that make her job intensely dangerous, and soon these drakes are attacking in the daylight, massacring whole caravans of people. Now, beyond this basic plot of Kate and her forbidden magic, and the drakes, as a reader you are quickly immersed in a world where there is a lot going on. This is a book that is not fast-paced but it is totally absorbing: when I took my time to read it, I felt like I was settling in to fully entrench myself in the world of several sub-plots that weave together and a number of fascinating characters. They are key to enjoying this book. To name some, there’s Corwin (Kate’s first love, and heir to the throne), Signe (her spunky best friend), Edwin (Corwin’s nasty brother and competition for the crown), and Bonner (long-time friend who knows her magical secret). Kate reunites with her first love Corwin, after saving him from an attack by drakes, and she and her counterparts must embark on a full-on quest to not only understand who tried to kill the king, but also who is controlling the daydrakes. Corwin must also prove he is more worthy to be the heir to the throne than his brother. Something that I particularly think that is important for a novel of this length, is that the characters felt fully realized and fleshed-out, so much so that I could imagine them all throughout the book like companions. While there seem to be a number of subplots going on in the book, Arnett proves she is a skilled writer because I never felt lost. When one part of the story wasn’t being written about, it was fine to just leave it for a while, and continue with another part, and then go back to the other one. I don’t want to say too much about the plot lines of the book because it is jam-packed, but somehow Mindee has threaded them all together, and they’ve culminated in an ending that begs for another epic book. As long as O&I is, I didn’t want the journey and the book to end!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett is a fantasy duology. We meet our heroine, Kate Brighton, who is a Relay Rider, for the imperial courier service. Three Years ago, Kate was considered part of royalty, as her father was the right hand man for the High King of Rime. When her father was killed because he tried to assassinate his king, Kate became an outcast, with nicknamed Traitor Kate, because she refused to accept that her father was a traitor. Kate is one of the best relay riders, and when we meet her, she is pushing her horse to the brink in order to make it back before nightfall, when the barrier walls go down. No one wants to be out in the open at night, as the monster Nightdrakes kill anyone they find. We also get to meet Kate’s best friends, Bonner, a blacksmith who has developed revolvers; and Signe, her bff, who also helps Bonner, by creating the gunpowder needed. Signe was very outgoing, fun, sassy and good friend to Kate. These two know that Kate harbors a secret that can never be revealed. She is “Wilder”, those with magical powers, who are looked upon as a danger to the kingdom; all those suspected of being a wilder, are captured by the Inquisition and put to death. On one of her relays, Kate overhears a battle ongoing, and rushes to help; only to find a new species attacking the prince of Rime and his soldiers. Daydrakes are new, and Kate using her revolver manages to kill many of them, and saving the prince. Corwin Tormane, our hero, and Kate’s former boyfriend from her royal days, is surprised to see Kate. She has never forgiven him for allowing them kill her father, instead of sending him out in exile. But both still find themselves with the old feelings, which will be the start of a slow built rekindle of a romance. Corwin, travels with his best friend and right hand man, Dal and the prince’s soldiers. They ask Kate for her help in discovering more about these new revolvers, in order to help them fight off the Nightdrakes and these new Daydrakes (sort of dragons who cannot fly). She reluctantly introduces them to Bonner and Signe, and soon all three will accompany Corwin and company back to Rime, where she hasn’t been in three years. Upon his arrival home, Corwin and his older brother Edwin will be forced to undergo trials, to determine who will be crowned King. It was interesting to see all the illusions and dangers both brothers have to face to survive. What follows is an exciting adventure, where Kate will return to the Kingdom where she grew up, and try to find the truth about her father. What she will find are some surprises about him, and learn more about The Rising, which is a rebellion of “wilders” in hiding, who want to come out and live normal lives, not in fear of being put to death, because they were born with certain powers. Most wilders do not use their magical powers to hurt anyone, unless in defense of their lives. Kate can sway animals, Bonner uses his magic to help make the revolvers, and some have elemental magic. But the powers that be in Rime, including Edwin, and the governing monarchs fear and hate wilders and plan to eliminate them all. Kate, Bonner, Signe will find themselves in danger, when a surprise powerful enemy in Rime’s government kidnaps them to use their powers. Corwin, Kate, Dal wil have to fight to save themselves, as well as the Rime kingdom who will not listen to reason, and tries to kill them. This leads to an ultra exciting climax .
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew it was right up my alley. And for the most part it was, but it didn't quite live up to my full expectations. I absolutely loved the unique twist this book took on traditional elemental magic, and Kate's particular gift was a lot of fun to read about. I also loved the inclusion of horses and animals, which I don't see often enough in YA fantasy. My favorite part was that this book addresses real world issues, like birth control, in its fantasy setting, which added a lot of meaning to the story. The pacing and level of action kept me entertained throughout the entire 500 pages. However, I didn't care much for the writing style, which at times felt cheesy and heavy-handed. I also felt like this book was mainly set-up for the rest of the series. There's a huge cast of characters and an expansive setting, but I felt like we barely get to see it or get to know who these characters are. I'm hoping that a lot more development will be seen in later books. I also think this book could've been more inclusive in terms of characters of color and LGBTQ+ characters. Overall, I'd recommend this to people who don't read a ton of YA fantasy and are looking for something lighter. I'll definitely be reading the sequel(s)!