Review – A Secret in Onyx by Jessica Florence

Title A Secret in Onyx

Author Jessica Florence


I knew died when the end of the world came. People dropped dead, and electricity vanished. Those who remained alive were never the same again.While on the run with my boyfriend Tor across the desolate continent, the worst humanity had left attacked. Torn from the one I love, I boldly raced for help at the last human safe zone. Only it’s not humans I found, but the Fae. Now I have one month to rescue my boyfriend and release a savior princess from an onyx tomb or lose them both forever. A seemingly impossible task when Rune, a cursed, pain in the ass Fae warrior is assigned to train me. He’s hellbent on freeing his beloved princess and I’m desperate to save Tor. But no matter how hard we snarl during training; we can’t stay away from each other.

I thought the worst thing that could happen to me was the apocalypse. I was wrong.

Release Date June 8, 2020

Initial Thoughts

I stumbled upon this series on Instagram and was thrilled to learn that it was available as a Kindle Unlimited title. It felt like Throne of Glass meets Vampire Apocalypse and that sounded right up my alley!

Some Things I Liked

  • World building and magic system. I loved the dystopian setting as well as the way the magic revolved around gemstone and animal cores. I loved the way the aforementioned cored influenced the magic and personalities of the users.
  • Secrets and lies. I loved the intricate plot woven here and the fact that so many characters seemed to be keeping secrets. Furthermore, I loved the plot twists. I never saw those coming and was so excited to be surprised.
  • Romance. The romance was enemies to lovers and I loved every second of it. Rune and Sapphira were so Rowan and Aelin and I was here for it!

Series Value

I actually discovered this series right before the second book, A Truth in Ruby was set to release so I was thrilled to keep reading right away. This is definitely a strong start to a series and I can’t wait to read more about these characters.

The banter and side characters would also make for excellent spin-off characters and I’d love to keep reading about them.

Lastly, I’d definitely reread this book. The dialogue was fun and there are tons of subtle details that I’d love to pick apart as potential foreshadowing.

Final Thoughts

I am so glad I found this book. I loved ever page and read it all in one sitting. I actually loved it so much, I ordered a physical copy for my library.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • A Truth in Ruby by Jessica Florence – if you enjoyed this book, do yourself a favor and keep reading. This series keeps getting better.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – you definitely know how I feel about this series by now. But, if you enjoyed the Fae elements as well as the romance elements, try this longer series by SJM.

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