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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Heir of Lies: Black Dawn Series Book 1 by Mallory McCartney is the story of Emory Fae and Adair Stratton as they navigate their lives and figure out a truth that may change everything they have ever known. Emory hasn’t really had much contact with the outside world. With a legacy to uphold, all her time is spent inside the Academy where she and fellow students with special abilities reside. Her days are spent honing her skills and spending some quality time with her friends Brokk, Memphis and best friend Adair. Everything was going well until it wasn’t. With the arrival of a rogue king from across the sea, the balance on which the lives of these young people were barely hanging is tipped over. Things are changing so fast that they have a hard time catching up to what is happening. With the burden of the world on their shoulders, these friends have to find a way to navigate the circumstances and make the best out of what they have. The future of everyone is at stake and it seems like Emory and Adair have to make some serious decisions.
This is a fast-paced story with an incredibly well-woven universe that makes you feel like you are transported there. There was never a dull moment in the story; this is an adrenaline rush-inducing story that had my heart racing almost all the time. Emory and Adair have a very beautiful and poignant friendship. I enjoyed the development of the story, the development of the characters and how the circumstances affected their lives. Emory is such a cool character to read, she adapts herself to the situations and makes sure that her attention is completely on the task at hand. Adair is my favorite; he has a struggle within and a struggle with the people who are passing judgment on him left, right and center. This is such a strong beginning to a series that is bound to become an obsession.