Review ~ Sterling by Dannika Dark @DannikaDark

Posted November 23, 2017 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 9 Comments

Review ~ Sterling by Dannika Dark @DannikaDarkSterling by Dannika Dark
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 9 hrs 58 mins
Series: Mageri #1
Published by Dannika Dark on September 5, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 276
3 Stars
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Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body.

Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

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Sterling is book one in the Mageri series where we meet Zoe. Zoe is attacked one night and wakes up days later changed. Everyone assumes she is dead and she is left with the person who saved her. Adam Razor. He didn’t know what he was getting into when he saw this woman suffering on the ground, but he picked her up and took her home with him where he took care of her for days and watched as her body changed. Zoe wakes up looking different and feeling different. She has no idea what is going on with herself until she goes on a work trip with Adam and runs into a Mage. This Mage has the answers Zoe has been seeking. It is determined that she is a danger to Adam and really needs to find out more about herself so goes to live with this Mage, Justus. He becomes her guardian in the eyes of the Council while she is his learner. He begins to train her and show her how to use her new abilities.

I had a bit of book one syndrome with Sterling. I wanted it to be a Paranormal Romance. I kept thinking I was going to get a relationship only to have my hopes dashed. As each new man is introduced into Zoe’s life, I thought, maybe this is who she hooks up with, only to be disappointed. The story circles around Zoe’s training and confrontation with her creator. It seemed to drag on a bit as we learned more about mages and what they can and can’t do. Even when the heat gets turned up and Zoe must deal with her creator, the story seems to lag some. I was kind of put off by the second mage that visits Zoe (Silver) after she is taken to her creators. His forcefulness on her bothered me. I didn’t feel like it went into a lot of detail of what he did, and what “stealing her light” truly means, but it seemed close enough to rape that it bothered me. The ending blew me away and I was very close to having a good cry. It was an exciting end which brings hope and potential for new adventures in the future.

I am continuing as I’m pretty sure my interest in Sterling was lacking because of my good ole book one syndrome. I think the series is going to pick up and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Nicole Poole does a good job narrating. I did find her quiet voice got way too low for me, and her yelling voice was more of a cross between a yell and a whisper. Kind of scratchy. I enjoyed her take on Silver’s sarcasm and wit. Nicole made it seem like it was flowing unchecked out of Silver’s mouth which is the way I envision her comebacks.

I’m excited to see where Twist takes us and what kind of trouble Silver can get everyone into this time.

Mageri Series

About Dannika Dark

Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist.

Dannika traveled abroad in her formative years, learning that life was bigger than her own backyard. With an active imagination, she developed a love for poetry and classic literature. At age 12, influential modern writers such as Stephen King and Anne Rice sparked her interest in writing short stories about magic and the apocalypse, but it wasn’t until decades later that Dannika left her 9-5 corporate job to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, reading, Netflix, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only. Dannika’s books have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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  • This is a series that I love. I want to try more series by this author. I’ve just got to get to them.

    I will say that you will get a romance, but it does take a few books. I think you’ll be happy with it in the end.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I started with this series as I wanted to get all of her series and I heard they were spinoffs of each other and this was where to start. So far it’s ok, but I know my reading habits and it always takes me a book or two to really get into the world. I’m sure this one will pull me in too.

  • I love this series and just recently finished it. This is Urban Fantasy, but oh so good. I hope you try the next one.

    • I’m listening to Twist right now. Not sure on the men’s voices. I’m kind of up in the air on my feelings about the narration of them. I wish things weren’t so crazy around here so I could get more listening time!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    I hope you continue, Tanya…I love this series! I get what you’re saying about the book 1 syndrome. Book 2 is great. And I recently read book 3 and loved it. I will say that I’ve read this series (although I did listen to Sterling for a refresher) but I love NPoole’s narration. I listened to Dark’s Seven series and was amazed at NPoole’s delivery. 🙂

    • Is it Seven that is a spin off of this series? Or is there one in between? I’m trying to make sure I read these ones in order. It probably doesn’t really matter, I’ve jumped into the middle of spin offs before, but I wanted to get this one right if I was going to binge it. Book 1 syndrome sucks. I’m afraid I miss out on some good series because of it. Most of the time I try to push through at least to book 2 just to see if I get into the groove of the story.

      • Bookworm Brandee

        I think I’d view the Seven series as a companion series. It’s set in the same world but it focuses on shifters – in Texas. The Crossbreed series is the spinoff of the Mageri. I’m kinda sticky about reading in order so I get it but it’s not completely necessary to have read Mageri to read Seven. I agree with you about the syndrome. 😉 I try to at least get thru book 2 as well but I’m not always in a hurry to do it so I probably miss out on some great series as well. *sigh* Oh well, there are sooo many books to read! 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I love Dark and Poole! This one is on my list to start this month. I’ve listened to all the other series so I’m work backwards to this one.

    • I actually had the audios to the Seven series already and planned to start with that one, but then saw how all Dark’s series were spin offs so backed up to this one to start. I’ve now heard that Seven is more of a companion to Mageri. I hope my brain can keep them all straight! LOL