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A Dawn of Onyx (The Sacred Stones #1)

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

Kate Golden

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Heat Level: 🔥🔥

Release Date: December, 2022

Romance: Slow Burn, Enemies to Lovers


Captured by the king of darkness, she was 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.


"Firstly, you may call me Kane. King Ravenwood is a little formal from someone I’ve made blush as many times as you”

Wow!! Tropes people!! We got Fae, Enemies-to-lovers, slow burn, and all this beautiful world building

I read a lot of fantasy. Needless to say its sometimes really hard to find that one book that you can give 5 stars to. This one was one of those. I loved the world building, the characters and theeeeeee tension!


A Dawn of Onyx is a captivating fantasy romance novel by Kate Golden, the first book in The Sacred Stones series. The story follows Arwen Valondale, a young woman with a rare magical gift, who sacrifices herself to save her brother from the cruel Onyx King. She becomes his prisoner and is forced to use her healing powers to aid his army. Along the way, she meets a mysterious fellow captive, who challenges her to face her fears and find the light within herself. But in a kingdom full of darkness, secrets, and betrayal, can Arwen trust anyone, even her own heart?

The book is a thrilling and emotional journey, with a rich and immersive world-building, a complex and intriguing magic system, and a swoon-worthy and angsty romance. The characters are well-developed and relatable, each with their own flaws and strengths. Arwen is a brave and compassionate heroine, who grows from a timid and insecure girl to a powerful and confident woman. The Onyx King is a mysterious and ruthless villain, who has a hidden agenda and a dark past. And the mysterious captive is a cunning and charming anti-hero, who has a twisted sense of humor and a soft spot for Arwen.

The book is full of twists and turns, action and adventure, humor and heartbreak, and steam and tension. The writing style is engaging and captivating, with a smooth and fast-paced plot, and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you breathless and eager for the next book. If you are a fan of fantasy romance, fae, magic, and enemies-to-lovers trope, you will love A Dawn of Onyx. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a well-written and addictive story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend it!

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