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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Queen To Ashes is a work of dynamic fantasy fiction with plenty of action and adventure and was penned by author Mallory McCartney. Written as the second novel in the Black Dawn series of books, the novel is suitable for readers from young adult upwards and contains only mild fantasy violence. We find our hero protagonist Emory Fae at the point where she has abandoned her seemingly ordinary life on Earth, accepting her destiny as Queen of Kiero. A clever game of deception and truth-seeking plays out as Emory must feign her alliance with the Mad King as the forces of the rebellion rise up for the ultimate attack.
The kingdom of Kiero is a vibrant fantasy world with much to offer fans of the genre, and author Mallory McCartney sinks us all deep into its atmosphere and culture right from the off. The descriptive techniques and backstory to the world bring us right up to date with the events of book one, and we find Emory in a really interesting predicament with Adair and her own fractured memories. What follows is a slow-burning intrigue that introduces us to the situation, and when the pace ramps up to bring on the secrets and the rebellion, this book really is magical. Emory too is a well-developed heroine with much to relate to as a reader, and her dilemmas and decisions are beautifully imperfect and active in the plot. Overall, Queen To Ashes makes an excellent and engaging sequel that fantasy fans of all ages are sure to enjoy.