Heir of Lies

Kings. War. Unrest. The Faes are hiding something. Something that broke alliances.

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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 a YA Fantasy and the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series by Mallory McCartney.
Not the strongest of beginnings and in terms of plot development, it was good but I was not a big fan of the characters mainly because we don’t actually get to connect with any of them. The story moves at a very quick pace and even though I was expecting a lot of magic, mystery and intrigue this went a little bit overboard.
Again, this book had some of my biggest pet peeves, too many characters with too many changes in POVs and too quickly and too many time skips back and forth. The story lacked proper fluidity and that’s where the character development was lacking and it was because if this style of writing that I felt like I could not grow to love characters.
The only character that was distinguishable from the rest and remomarable was Adair, his mindset was what made him standout from the crowd.
Emory, who is supposed to be the main protagonist, isn’t my favourite but I don’t hate her. It’s just by the way she was potrayed, I know she is capable of great things but I’m not at that point where I can say for certain that she’s memorable.
The story overall has an interesting concept but the structure and writing was not my favourite but the book does end on an interesting cliffhanger to make way for the next book.

Rated 7/10
Melina L.

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