About the Book:
Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
“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.
Nei glanced at Roque, hiding her surprise beneath a blank mask. He was arrogant and entitled, but maybe her pleas had come through to him. She had begged him endlessly, their arguments flowing late into the night. He could not turn a blind eye anymore, even though he was afraid of what the world would think and say. But here he sat, powerful and determined, and for the briefest second, admiration flared within her.
“Nei and I are ready to move forward in our lives, and we are sorry to say the council and my father will not be privy to our decisions anymore. It’s time for you all to step down.”
The council’s voices rose in an uproar, accusations being thrown at them both.
Oren’s voice cut right through the rest. “This is because of her. Roque, you have been poisoned by this, this witch, from those cursed Islands.”
Spittle flew from Oren’s mouth as his pointed finger shook toward Nei’s chest. Slowly and surely, she focused on Oren, taking in the old man.
I will end you, even if it means war. Nei swallowed down her thoughts and she was proud her voice was steady. “No, Oren. I am not a witch, only a healer. Only a woman who wants to see a world that is not trying to tear itself apart. Only a queen that has dreams for her king and her daughter and to ensure we will rule justly and not ravished in lies and corruption. Too long has this council pushed the idea that their one true king is one of triumph and power. When our people are taking this notion and abusing their abilities on my kinsmen and enslaving them. When they are hunting out desolates and killing them because they aren’t worthy of life.”
Oren spat, “And what do you think they will do when the world finds out your husband is a desolate?”
Roque slammed his fist down on the table, the wood shaking from the force. “It is time my people know the truth. I am a king that is barren of ability, but it takes more than might to rule. It is time to rebuild our world, and this will start with our new government.”
Laughter danced around them, and Nei clenched her fist, her nails biting into flesh.
Roque rolled his shoulders, bringing himself up to his full height. “The time of this monarchy is done. There will be consequences for slave traders and for the slaughter of desolates. It starts today with the expulsion of this council. You are all relieved of your duties and services.”
Oren pushed his chair back, the wood screeching against the cement. He looked feral as he seethed. “And what exactly are you going to do?”
The Roque she recognized flickered back through and he leaned forward, almost touching noses with Oren as he said, “Nei and I are building a sanctuary for all who want to learn how to control their abilities and harness them to be used for good and not for fueling the death tolls and riots. A place for desolates to take refuge. Most importantly, a place to build a government that will preserve our culture and uphold the rights of our people.”
“A place that will never exist,” Oren said fuming.
Nei chuckled. “Oren, you are already behind the times. A place that will exist and you are staring at its founders.”
Roque leaned back. “I do believe we are done here.”
Each of the council members flushed a deep shade of purple and left in an arrangement of glares and rolling anger.
Oren stared at them both, collecting himself before saying, “I hope you are both prepared. We will not let this stand. And Roque, that you have chosen this… this woman over the dreams of your father…”
He left, allowing his words to linger in the air, before snapping the door closed behind him.
“We have to go. Now,” Roque whispered. She collected herself. The council would move fast, but they were faster. Bresslin was ready for them, with Emory and her husband, Cesan. They would leave this city behind and flee for their futures.
Nei consumed the distance between them and, throwing her arms around his neck, whispered in a relieved sigh, “Thank you, truly.”
Roque encompassed her, bowing his body into hers, into the push and pull of their energy.
Nei broke away first, tucking a golden hair behind her ear. “They will probably try to kill us, you know.”
“Oh, no doubt. And it will take years for people to accept this idea, this mad dream of ours.”
“Let them try, Roque. We already broke the mold the day you married me. This is another step toward fighting for the life we want.”
His crooked grin spread fast and wide across his face as he shook his head. “You are insane; you know that, right?”
Her heart cracked as she replied, “Of course, why else would I ever agree to marry you?”
His laughter chased at her heels as they left, racing toward freedom, toward their best friends and their daughter. The note in Nei’s sleeve felt like lead, anchoring her to her decisions. She was torn in two, a queen and a daughter loyal to her people. Their footfalls pounded around them, echoing in the hallway, and she summoned a flicker of energy, calling to her elements. Her skin burned, and the note ignited, quickly dissolving into ash, the remains soaring behind her, lost and unseen. No one would know. Not Roque, Emory, or Bresslin. Her father’s reply to her letter seared through her. “I will miss you, my sweet daughter. But know we will wait, and when you are ready, we will answer your call for war. May the winds be with you and your fierceness never falter.”
She ran, her heart pounding. She dared Oren to come after them, to declare a threat to their peace. Because the Shattered Isles were ready, and they answered only to her.
Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better left in the shadows.
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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