Book Review: A Dawn of Onyx by Kate Golden

My review of A Dawn of Onyx by Kate Golden.

Title: A Dawn of Onyx

By: Kate Golden

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Pages: 456

Release Date: December 15th, 2022

Publisher: The Daisy Press

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Captured by a king of darkness. Forced to find the light within.

Arwen Valondale never expected to be the brave one, offering her life to save her brother’s. Now she’s been taken prisoner by the most dangerous kingdom on the continent, and made to use her rare magical abilities to heal the soldiers of the vicious Onyx King.

Arwen knows better than to face the ancient, wicked woods that surround the castle on her own, which means working with a fellow prisoner might be her only path to freedom. Unfortunately, he’s as infuriating as he is cunning—and seems to take twisted
pleasure in playing on Arwen’s deepest fears.

But here in Onyx Kingdom, trust is a luxury she can’t afford.

To make it out of enemy territory, she'll have to navigate back-stabbing royals, dark magic, and dangerous beasts. But untold power lies inside Arwen, dormant and waiting for a spark. If she can harness it, she just might be able to escape with her life—and hopefully, her heart.


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I couldn't tell if this book wanted to be fantasy or romance. It has elements of both, but they didn't mesh well. At times it was a little awkward, but still very intriguing.

The story started off strong with an interesting fantasy story line. Arwen is a headstrong and smart character who's self-sacrifice shapes the outcome of the war between her country and the Onyx Kingdom. I loved how her storyline unfolds piece by piece, giving the reader just enough to keep the mystery going until the end. There was little fault to find in her path.

There was a wonderful scene between Arwen and Kane in the forest. They're racing toward a lake, each trying to beat the other and jump in the water first. The tension between the characters was optimal and I think the first time I really felt their connection and where the story would take them.

Favorite Quote:

“I had learned to live without my family. To sword fight, to be bold.”

Although there were a few small things that could have been improved on, like the romance and the fact that you don't learn anything about the Fae, or even hear about them until nearly the end of the book, this read was very enjoyable. 4 out of 5 stars from me.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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