“At once fresh, at once classic, Onyx and Ivory is a page-turning blend of monsters, magic, and romance.” —Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch
Acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts readers 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.
Arnett (Polaris) offers a gripping story of two people's search for courage and answers in a chaotic world. Kate Brighton was branded a traitor after her father tried to assassinate the king. Then the man she loved let her father be executed, and the kingdom increased persecution of "wilders," those with magic tied to the four elements and spirit. Kate is one of those beings; she possesses the ability to influence the minds of animals. Adding further challenges, nightdrakes (flightless dragons) are attacking more frequently, and Kate's first love, Prince Corwin, returns. Corwin wants her help to figure out why the drakes are attacking in broad daylight now, and he asks Kate to return with him to Norgard, her home, where she can find answers about her father. Kate hopes the journey will bring closure and peace, even as her rekindled friendship with Corwin stirs long-buried feelings and unrealistic dreams of the future, and the threat of invasion by a conquering nation looms. Arnett builds a rich world of magic and intrigue, enhanced by side characters of substance that create momentum for subsequent books. Ages 14 up.