by Mallory McCartney
(Black Dawn #0.5)
ebook, 250 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Clean Reads Publishing
Rating: 4/5 stars
“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.
*a copy was provided by NetGalley*
Hmm, this took so long to read. The beginning was really hard to get into… probably because it’s been sooo long since I’ve read Black Dawn, but it did help fill in some of the blanks, because I remember Black Dawn started in an awkward place.
Renegade is a prequel to Black Dawn, telling the story of Emory’s time at the Academy, training with friends and family. Nothing good can last, though, and things at the Academy and Kieros in general, are becoming frayed. This all leads up to Emory’s situation at the beginning of Black Dawn, and let’s you see up close and personal how Adair became the person he is in that book.
Although it’s ONLY a prequel, I fell like it’s more of a book 1, it was a bit longer than Black Dawn.
I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this world. I recommend it.
Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.