Heir of Lies (Black Dawn #1) by Mallory McCartney
Publication Date: April 21, 2020
“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”
Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, 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 Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. 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 the most—the truth.
Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.
Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.
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“Hey, Em. I was wondering if you would be up for a walk?” Questions hung in her emerald gaze as she appraised him.
“Sure. Give me a second.”
The door clicked shut as internally he kicked himself. Did she wish Memphis had been on the other side when she opened it? Maybe his best friend had already sought her out, finding his own reprieve from what they had gone through. Exhaling, the door opened once more, Emory adorned in a black collared jacket and high leather boots. A jeweled knife was buckled around her hip.
“Where were you thinking?” she asked. “I need to talk to you. Come on.”
Before he could think this was a terrible idea, he grabbed her hand, warmth traveling up his arm, as he led her outside. The sun welcomed them; the warm breeze unseasonably warm for the end of summer. Drinking it in, Brokk let go of Emory’s hand, trying to keep his voice level.
“Up for a trip in the woods?”
“Brokk, we can’t. Whatever you have to say to me, you’re going to have to do it here.”
“And when did you start caring about the rules?”
“When people started dying.”
Her tone was equally as icy, and he shook his head.
“This was a bad idea. Sorry to bug you, princess.”
His words were hostile. Emory stepped back.
“Do you have a problem with me now, Brokk? Whatever it is, get it off your chest.”
Standing in the courtyard, there were so many things he wanted to say. That he was sorry for not telling her the truth about the secret he carried. That he wished everything could go back to normal between them. Tension hung heavy, like a live wire. But most of all, he wished he could tell her about his darkest secret. That deep in the night, his heart revealed his greatest wish these past years. And it was her—had always been her. To taste her lips, hold her against his chest, feel her heart beat in time with his own. He was unconditionally in love with her, and for a fleeting moment he had the impulse to tell her everything. But now, being with her, his best friends face swam in his mind the fear of losing Memphis made him bite back every word. Shooting fear clambered through him as Emory pointedly looked at him, daggers in her eyes.
“Just forget it.”
Gruffly, Brokk dropped his books, shifted in one motion, and galloped toward the trees, blood pounding, heart roaring. The coolness of the forest washed over him, as he tried to empty his mind, not looking back at Emory once.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
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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