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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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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-18-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 09-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Home is where my books are.

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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!

    11 of 12 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 03-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good start for a series"

    She's attacked, saved by one stranger, then saved by another stranger, and still another stranger runs to her rescue. I don't know what's so special about this girl, but the men seem to know, as everyone wants to protect and maybe love her. She's not without her enemies though, that want her for hidden reasons. That's where the story becomes interesting, the mysterious part of it and hopefully we will learn more about Zoe's special gifts in future installments. As for this one, it's a nice beginning that introduces us to the mage world, that she's been thrown in to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luz 12-30-14
    Luz 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awwww!"

    It was so good, I held my breath in certain parts. And Simon is so funny. I'm obsessed with Dannika Dark !!!

    2 of 2 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    julie wood 07-16-14
    julie wood 07-16-14 Member Since 2015

    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.

    4 of 5 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 2011
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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.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    K. Akpabio 07-15-15
    K. Akpabio 07-15-15
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    "Love the narrator"

    The story is unique and the narrator makes it even better! Her voices are unique for each character and the male voices she portrays sound natural and accurate. She totally made this story worth listening to as I was able to focus 100% on the story with no distractions from inaccurate or inconsistent narration. I find that to be a rare thing and highly appreciated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 06-14-15
    Marian 06-14-15
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    "Different approach to a paranormal plot"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sterling to be better than the print version?

    Definitely not. Nicole Poole's narration was spot on. All the accents were great and she did excellent with the various male voices. The combination of a great story by the author and fabulous narration made the characters so very real.


    What other book might you compare Sterling to and why?

    This is my first book by Dannika Dark but it will not be my last. Will be considering jumping into some of her other series also.


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

    I think her performance of all of the males were great but especially Simon. She really brought him to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes definitely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Did I have different book than most people?"
    What would have made Sterling better?

    A female lead with some self-respect, strength and brain and less hysterics.


    What was most disappointing about Dannika Dark’s story?

    Where to start... I found some descriptions too expanded while others- important to story rather shortcut. That much to writing. As for the characters in book, it just didn't do! The lead character is probably weakest female lead I came across in past couple of years and I read a lot of paranormal and fantasy drivel! The failure to take her life into her own hands at nearly 30 is just sad.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think the narrator is more suitable for different type of book. The voice is fine, the accents so-so, but every time she does somebody screaming it’s like nails on blackboard.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I would love to say yes, but I am very sorry for myself to have spent a credit on this. I wish a band of sexy males who are all completely into me even though I have terrible taste in books would die saving me from my foolishness. After getting me extra credit and some first obviously.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LizG
    1/29/15
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    "Enjoyed it"

    Much better prose than many audiobooks, performance was good but the stage English accent for Simon made me want to cringe. Shame, because the rest of the narration was very good. Perhaps it's only because I'm English not American!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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