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Onyx & Ivory

Written by: Mindee Arnett
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts listeners 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.

©2018 Mindee Arnett (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

What the critics say

"At once fresh, at once classic, Onyx and Ivory is a page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance." (Susan Dennard, New York Times best-selling author of Truthwitch)

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  • Amanda Perez
  • 2018-06-09

Entertaining story

Not the best book I've ever read but it's far from the worst. Its enjoyable, fun and fast paced. The story is enjoyable enough to anticipate the next installment but not so great that I will lay awake wondering about what happens next.

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  • Alex Tollefson
  • 2018-06-04

Fantastic.

I am very picky about what books I like. I loved this book. The narrator is one of my favorites, which certainly factored into my decision to listen to this book, but the story itself was wonderful by itself. The differing viewpoints of Kate and Corwin made for a more detailed experience of the world and showed both sides of a very complicated story.

My favorite part, however, is how Kate and Corwin communicated with one another. There were no miscommunications that led to easily resolvable conflicts, like what you see in so many YA books, and the fact that they are willing to be honest with one another is so, so refreshing. And the way Corwin respects Kate and her decisions- it is so hard to find relationships like this anymore. I truly appreciated their dynamic.

I am more than looking forward to the sequel.

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  • grace m.
  • 2018-11-06

not great.

feels like it was written by a sixteen year old. characters were rather "eh" and didn't examine their motivations., for a book driven by relationships (not just your flagship romance ones, we're talking broader, friendships, parent child etc) one would have liked to see significantly more development. as it was, the narrative was flat with the subject matter was similarly 2 dimensional.

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  • Killian
  • 2019-04-17

ehh

it's an okay story but it lacked any real interesting plot, there isn't much complexity but it's an ok YA. just not what I was expecting. The biggest saving Grace for me was Khristine Have, she's a masterful narrator who brings much more to the characters than I know I'd have had if I read it on my own.

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  • Sebastian
  • 2018-12-22

okay story

It's a predictable story with an ordinary setup, but it's not boring. At least there's not a love triangle. It's also the first in a series and doesn't resolve much, which I find endlessly frustrating.

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  • Lori B.
  • 2019-03-20

Fairly Predictable but Good Story

I enjoy the concept of this world and characters the author built. The narrator also does a splendid job of reading this. The only slight downside is that most of the is books plot was predictable, even to me from fairly early on in the book. Which is kinda disappointing.
Overall I'd recommend this if this book is your thing, like it is mine, but I wouldn't recommend it to people highly bothered by a predictable plot.

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  • Pookies
  • 2018-10-19

I could have skipped chapters 5 to 30....

I could have skipped chapters 5 to 30 and still get the entire story. This wasn’t my thing. The entire book felt as if I read this before somewhere. Maybe similar to the bird and the sword, except, I like the bird & sword. This book was a miss for me. I don’t mind a long book if the background matters but for me this just didn’t match up. I will not be reading the sequels. On the plus the narrator was good.

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  • Anastasia Alexandrin
  • 2018-05-28

Great read!

I was captivated from beginning to end! Loved the story! There wasn’t one slow moment. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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  • Copley Allen
  • 2018-06-25

waste of a credit

I couldn’t get past the first 30 minutes. maybe its meant for younger people (im 21) but it’s annoying and leaves me asking why this main character is so significant.
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first off, i wanna know why the fact that her father tried to kill the king is such a big deal. i feel like murder attempts on a king are common. all kings have enemies. To me it’d make more sense if they did a public execution and left it at that. but literally a anniversary announcement for the day kate’s dad’s attempt at murder?? To me he seems too irrelevant. And either kate would be wanted by the crown to be murdered and used as an example of what happens when you defile the king. like “if you try to take the kings life he will not only take the life of you but you family as well”. Also kate is irrelevant too. like why does it make her a traitor too?? Also i dont understand why wilder magic is so bad. in a world of magic, if controlling animals is the worst a person can do (compared to necromancy or more destructive/ powerful abilities) then this is just a underwhelming world. why is it punishable by death. it makes 0 sense. ALSO it makes no sense why they would be like “protect the horse like its your life, ITS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY” like uhhh wouldnt protecting the MAIL that she delivers be more important??? also making pip run to the gate was protecting them BOTH from the dragon things?? so how is it bad??? the characters are over dramatic and not relatable, half the time someone says something or does something i ask myself “who reacts that way??”. the world building and writing style is nice and the performance is top notch but the story and characters are annoying

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  • Jmonaco28
  • 2018-06-07

This was a great start!!

It has been quite awhile since I've really gotten into an audio book but Onyx & Ivory did it!!! I only wish the whole series was out now.

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