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Sterling: Mageri, Book 1 | [Dannika Dark]

Sterling: Mageri, Book 1

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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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2012 Dannika Dark (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"One of the most balanced stories in terms of darkness, action, romance, and humor that I've read in a long time." (Grave Tells)

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    julie wood 07-16-14
    julie wood 07-16-14 Member Since 2006

    Since discovering audible I have become an avid "reader" I have been able to read more books than I ever thought possible, as I am dyslexic. I love self help, thrillers, sc-fi, so much more.

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    "Fantastic Book I Have Listened to it Several Times"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sterling to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sterling?

    The whole book was memorable but the part that stands out is when Adam finds Zoe just after she has been attacked. He is such a noble person.


    What about Nicole Poole’s performance did you like?

    Amazing!!! She brought this story to life. The emotion was amazing, I could feel the pain, joy and energy of every character. I look forward to listening to anything Nicole reads.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It will leave you wanting more


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read for anyone who likes the supernatural. Its a refreshing story when you think have heard it all and everything sounds the same this will draw you in and won't let you go. You will have to finish it in one day and then look forward to the next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 08-08-14
    Lisa 08-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I Found a new Series, Victory Dance!!!"

    Starts slow; but when it gets going, you cant stop listening. Fantastic new paranormal Fantasy world. Our main character is sassy and stubborn; just the way I like um, and has no problems finding trouble. Told in first person; great narrator. Riveting, give it a shot, you wont be disappointed. I'm already well into the third and have loved them all. You go Dannika Dark.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 08-07-14
    Jessica Katy, TX, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable new addition to PNR"

    A new and interesting start to the series. It was an enjoyable read, and will continue to follow through with the series. The story line did pull me in and was pleasantly surprised with the authors world created in the Mageri series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-18-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-18-14 Member Since 2009

    Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!

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    "Sparkling Paranormal!"

    I love the world the author has created in this series. Filled with shifters and mages and vampires, she nevertheless imbues them with a sense of purpose and reality. My favorite thing is that we follow the main character, Silver, and her cohorts through each book. I enjoy series of this kind, where the characters are allowed to grow and evolve over time -- and these are great characters!

    A young woman is walking home alone across a field late at night, when she is viciously attacked and killed by a man with surprising strength, and strange glowing eyes. But that's only the beginning of her journey and she is reborn to a world she never knew existed.

    Along the way, she figures out who and what she has become, even as she struggles to hang on to her humanity.

    There is plenty of action, and a heroine who is headstrong and determined to get the bad guys -- even as she learns to trust and rely on those around her -- and they learn to trust her. There aren't a lot of TSTL moments, but there are a few as she negotiates her way, but they make sense in the context of the plot.

    The love interest is original, sexy and mesmerizing.

    I'm delighted to have found this series and love the trajectory it appears to be on.

    The narration is top notch as well. Nichole Poole (AKA: Justine O'Keefe) can't pronounce words like valuable, but I find it charming and her performance here is even better than on the Sinners on Tour series!

    Loved it!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Springfield, VA, United States 12-03-14
    Nina Springfield, VA, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Super Exciting Listen"

    I had read it in ebook version and decided to buy the audio to experience the story in a new light. It. Was. Awesome! Nicole Poole did a marvelous job capturing the feel of the story and gave each character a voice that suited them perfectly. 5 stars all the way!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 08-23-14
    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2010

    I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!

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    "Good story, I'll go on to book 2"

    The story here was good, the characters defined, if a bit predictable. Sterling wraps up the story and lets you know there's more to the overall saga. The narrator was a bit flat. Sometimes really good, other times, just meh. Not very good at strong emotions or "yelling". I found myself wishing for a strong narrator like Renee Raudman (Kate Daniels - best series ever!) or Tavia Gilbert (Night Huntress - 2nd fav series).. but she did ok, and didn't ruin the story, which, as I said, was good. I'll move on to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 07-27-14
    Tanya 07-27-14

    My taste varies depending on my mood. I use to read primarily crime dramas (fiction & true crime), but have been on a NA & PNR kick lately.

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    "Good Series"
    Where does Sterling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series just might rank high up there among my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me interested the whole time. Some authors can become too descriptive and drag out some scenes. This book flowed nicely.


    Which character – as performed by Nicole Poole – was your favorite?

    My favorite character? Hmmm... It's a toss up between Adam and Simon. The narrator did a good job most of the time with the different voices. Her voice wavered in pitch a few times & she has a tendency to whisper scream when someone is suppose to be yelling. Otherwise, the narration was good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I never really cried, but I did laugh several times.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna 10-06-14
    Joanna 10-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about Sterling?

    The performance was terrible the narrator's voice was so monotone and boring that you would have to strain to listen to what she was talking about.


    What could Dannika Dark have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change the narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Nicole Poole’s performance?

    Poor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Couldn't even finish the book.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cherish Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-24-14
    Cherish Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "No no no"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was boring. She never really learned anything and never really illicited any empathy from me. Also the narration was unmoving. She barely emotes any emotion. I found myself listening on fast forward just so that I could get to the end.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Pacifica, CA, United States 08-01-14
    Cynthia Pacifica, CA, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I can't put my finger on the Problem"
    What did you love best about Sterling?

    The underline story was a interesting.


    Did Nicole Poole do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Here is my problem.... I think may be a different reader would of made this book better... Nicole just didn't do Zoe right in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I actually thought the last hour of the book was the best....


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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