Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney

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Exciting news folks!!! Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney is now available as an audiobook!

Read on for more details and a chance to win either your choice of a hardcover edition of Queen to Ashes, or an advanced reader’s copy of Kingdom of Iron (Black Dawn #3)!

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Queen to Ashes (Black Dawn #2)

Rating: 4/5 stars

Publication Date: April 21st, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

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“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.”

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface.

With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process.

Sequel to Heir of Lies, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her heritage. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

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Excerpt

All she could hear was buzzing. Tight, unrelenting buzzing. The world dipped, and she was a ghost amongst the living.

Her mind screamed that she was going into shock as the color drained from her skin, as her limbs trembled harder. Her body betrayed her for the briefest of seconds as Adair looked at her hungrily, his dark gaze ravaging her.

The room seemed to tilt, and her mind felt thick and constricted. The bloodied sword was still in her hand, and Brokk’s body splayed out lifelessly between them: Life and Death. Love and Loss. Light and Dark. This is the divide her life had taken, and one that she was completely and utterly lost in. Suffocated in.

What had she done?

What. Had. She. Done?

Before Emory could take another look, to convince herself that it wasn’t him—it couldn’t have been—a strong hand gripped her arm and Adair said something she didn’t register. Then, she was ushered out with the promise of tomorrow on his gaunt lips, and the burly guard led her away from the king.

The door shut, sealing away the gory scene.

Breath lodging in her throat, Emory tried to adjust to the world around her. It was numbing, her senses overloaded, the bustle of Adair’s world seeming too sharp and loud as they moved through it. Her pulse roared, and beneath the grime and blood she held on, trying not to give in to the panic tearing through her

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About the Author

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.

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Other Editions: Amazon | B&N | Indigo

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*Spoiler free review*

If you’ve read Heir of Lies, the first book in this series, then you already know that McCartney does a fantastic job both at world building and character development. I’m happy to announce that this holds true for Queen to Ashes as well.

The characters that I got to know and love in Heir of Lies just continue to get more engaging and real. Their problems and motivations almost drip from the page and into real life. Their struggles have weight to them, their sacrifices have cost.

As a sucker for a good relationship, I enjoyed the way McCartney had the characters interact with each other. No relationship is easy, especially not one that exists while you’re fighting for the rights of your people. Whether we’re talking friendship relationships or romantic ones, every relationship takes work. McCartney does a fantastic job at showcasing this concept. And I, for one, can’t wait to read more about how these characters continue to grow and change together.

If you’re looking for a great, action packed story, look no further. Of course, you’re going to want to start with Heir of Lies first so you’re not confused jumping into this story. And trust me, you won’t be disappointed with either.

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Other reviews in this series:

  1. Heir of Lies (Black Dawn, Book 1)

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