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5.0 out of 5 starsSecrets shared can be liberating.
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2016
Finally, we got the story we have all been waiting for. Simon Hunt the man who captured our hearts even with his secrets, his humor, his sexuality and baby that accent. Simon is given the task of training a Learner with a disability. First surprise, the the Learner is a female. He has never trained a female and she is a firecracker. ++++ If you haven't read the Mageri series, then you are not going to understand where Ella was injured, to cause her disability. ++++ Love the glimpses into the lives of our old friends. Sunny and the twins, Logan and Silver before Lakota, Justus, Page and Rose, Levi and Kane. It was nice to see how their lives have developed since the end of the Mageri series. This is a well written and completely enjoyable addition to the Mageri world created by Dannika Dark. Some secrets need to be shared in order for one to heal.
(RabidReads.com)It’s been two and half years since Dannika Dark’s Mageri series was wrapped up with the last book, Shine. Since it is one of my favorite series of all time, it was hard to see it all end. Well turns out it didn’t exactly end, and with Risk, Ms. Dark has gone back into the Mageri world to give one of her most beloved characters from that world, his own story. A story I have wanted pretty much from the beginning.
Simon Hunt. There is so many wonderful characters in this series that it’s hard to pick favorites. But of course, I did. My absolute favorites are of course Logan and Silver and their amazing romance. But Simon was throughout the whole series, lending humor to every situation-even when there’s nothing humorous about the situation-being one of Silver’s best friends and fellow board game enthusiast, and pretty much being a womanizer most of the time. He’s a Mage, immortal, outlandishly dressed in leather most of the time, super handsome, and a strategist for the Mageri Halo organization, and the Mageri counsel as well. So many laugh out loud moments when Simon is on the page. But he never told his story to Silver, where he started from, who his Mage Creator was, nothing from his beginnings. Nor would he ever settle down with one woman. He has his reasons and they are good ones. So we finally, with this book, find out Simon’s back story and it’s pretty heartbreaking. I am going to leave it at that.
What kind of woman would finally break down Simon’s walls and actually “get” him? I’ve wondered that frequently throughout the series. We find out when Novis asks Simon to help out with the training of a learner who was created by one of the Mageri counsel, Hannah. The learner is deaf due to an attack and it’s incurable. Hannah can’t stand that a learner of hers could be defective and is about ready to give up on her. So it’s up to Simon to train the young woman in warrior type skills. Ella has just about decided to give up before meeting Simon. She’s been hidden away and not allowed to leave the house by Hannah. Simon opens up a whole new world for her under his tutelage, and eventually some of his strongest walls start to crumble around her. And that’s all I am saying about that, except to say that Learner’s are newly created Mages that must live with their creators until they are able to control their light. This process can take five years, or more.
Besides the fact that we finally have a book starring Simon, I also enjoyed catching up with so many of the characters from the Mageri world. Silver, Logan, Sunny, Justus, Novis, Levi, and Finn to name a few. There’s children in this world now, and they were a fun addition to the series as well.
I loved finally getting to really know Simon. So many questions are answered. I feel like Ella was an excellent match for him. However, if you read Dark’s books, you know she doesn’t always answer every question, or even necessarily completely finish a story line-on purpose. But she also is cliffhanger free on all her books. A big plus in my mind. Dannika’s writing is nothing short of amazing and I found myself stopping and re-reading certain passages many times, due to her unique phrasing. I am looking forward to her Mageri novella, The Gift, coming in December this year, and hopefully we will learn more about Simon and Ella together, as well as the other characters.
It’s not absolutely necessary to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, but I personally recommend that you do so, or you could be a bit lost. Mostly though, because they are so flat out good reads! Highly recommended to adult paranormal romance readers! Adult due to one of the most unique sex scenes I have ever read, in my opinion anyway.
What a great love story. Simon is a Mage and he has been offered a job to train a young Learner (also a Mage) how to protect herself. Ella has had a terrible past, first as a human and then being made into a Mage. Her creator, Hannah, has been awful to her and was planning a bonding of marriage, between Ella and a disreputable man. Simon, who loves loving the ladies, but no strings attached, takes on Ella, who is deaf, but can in a very special way, communicate with Simon. The story is full of suspense, training, two people with sad and upsetting pasts, learn to trust and work with each other. They slowly find they enjoy each other’s company as each new week goes by. A great and fun ending and it does leave open a chance for another story, which I for one, would love to see happen.
Wow. This book is so well written it deserved every star given! First I recommend reading the mageri series prior to risk due to spoilers. Next let me state that risk stands 100 % true to the character that I have so loved from moment one! Which is so refreshing to have an author stand by her character and write him/her as they should be written vs. What a reader may want to read. Simon is not a perfect man. He's not the true romantic many readers want to read about. (Please enjoy a little Logan in the mageri series for that type of man!) And she stood by him! She stayed true to the character that we truly enjoy and that is amazing. We got a wonderful glimpse at his life. The writing from his perspective is exactly as I would have expected with a past even darker than I imagined. I LOVED it! I would give more detailed reasons for its awesomeness but I don't want to ruin the story with spoilers. Definitely recommended. Loved every minute and glad as hell simon got his own story!
4.0 out of 5 starsA Story Of Overcoming Your Demons
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
This was an exciting, action packed novel, while touching on overcoming your internal demons. The character of Ella was very well done, and made her very relatable. We were also given the reason why Simon behaves like he does. The two together made for an explosive combination of a touched and a feeler. They very much complemented each other.
We find out what really happened in Simons dark past, and it was a surprise. We also get the back story of Ella, and her creator Hannah. This was a well told story, with humor and action, and plenty of surprises. We also get to see the other characters we know and love.
Overall, a wonderful story of overcoming fears and disabilities, and making them work in your favor. I would really love to know what happens between them later down the line. Highly recommend.
Risk By Dannika Dark is a stand alone book in the Mageri world books, but it can be read as part of the Mageri series. But reading this book without reading the Mageri series which starts with Sterling, will give major spoilers in the series, and you will want to read the series as Simon is so compelling that you will need to know more about him. He is a colourful character in the Majeri series but in this book he really comes to his own.
Simon is a great Mage and a very skilled fighter with a love of knowledge, games and strategy. He isn't the most Charming of men, and hasn't met a woman he hasn't made a crack at. Apart from one, a council woman named Hannah that physically repulses him. When he is asked to provide a favour to her on behalf of another council member, He agrees but not without some concerns.
That favour is training her learner Ella, a deaf mage with a troubled past that is slowly revealed. Simon and Ella have met before they played a game of chess on a night that rocked the Breed world in a Mageri series book, and left Ella deaf.
During the training they develop a strong bond, and Simon delivers some of the best one liners I have ever read!! This is a compelling read, and as their story develops and they grow and both learn to deal with issues they have faced Ella the loss of her family and Simon his own personal demons.
There are simply to many great lines in this book to pick one to quote. Dannika Dark has out written herself. Simon is by far my favourite character even if he is a bit of a man whore at times. Maybe one day he will learn that he doesn't have to be a man whore in leather trousers to be happy. But in some ways if he does, I will miss those trousers.
I really hope that we get more books about Simon and Ella and the gang, as I really think they have more to say, and hope Dannika Dark agrees and if not we should stalk her until she does.
I'm glad Simon got his own book - in fact, at least two or three more would be good. The English slang is wonderful - always spot on and defines Simon perfectly. He is perhaps the most complex and enigmatic of all Dannika's characters and Ella is his perfect foil. I do hope we hear much more of them. The book is a real page-turner and exciting to the very end. I really like the frequent reappearance of Simon's friends. I'm glad they haven't all disappeared as their stories have been told. Thanks and...... more, please. I'd like Adam to find happiness and Levi to find acceptance. And, of course, hope that Simon will change the habit of multiple lifetimes and commit!
Maybe it's the Brit thing, maybe it's the bad boy thing, maybe it's his sense of humour, but this cheeky chappie has always been a favourite of mine since I first read Sterling. Throughout the Mageri series I was always dying to know more about Simon's story than just the few breadcrumbs that were tossed our way and this long-awaited book didn't disappoint. Dannika really does his story justice giving us plenty of details on his history and delivering some insights into his psyche via the observations of some unexpected sources (without constantly using annoying time-jumping flashbacks). It was great to revisit some of the other characters too, seeing what was happening in their lives now, but it's done in a way that doesn't give you so much going on that you lose the thread of the main story arc and end up wondering whose story you just read (which is something that some authors do that drives me mad - jeesh, if you've got another story to tell, write another book for Pete's sake!) As usual with a Dannika Dark story, the writing (and editing) is superb; there's great character chemistry, plot twists and turns, and in this case more than one Ta-Da moment. I know the Mageri series was originally written about Silver, but I have to say that this is probably one of my favourite books from this world, but maybe I'm just biased because it's Simon's.
When a new book from Dannika Dark comes out I get so excited, I gobble it up like I am starving. I have loved every single one of the Mageri novels and this one is no exception. It was a first class read from beginning to end. I never spoil a good story by explaining any of the plot, but suffice it to say, that you will fall in love with Simon and slip into the lives of the Mageri and be hooked before you know it. Dannika is a master story teller that weaves a spell with her words that capture my imagination. Her plots and characters have captured my heart.
Simon was one of my favourite characters in the Mageri series and I was so happy to see he had his own story. This is back on form from the author as I felt that the Seven series towards the end was getting, dare I say, a little lacklustre. I was so glad we got to hear about the other characters as well, as I really missed them. Great story, full of wit and humour and exciting action, which you don't often find. She also does quiet, sexy scenes so well and it does help that Simon is very easy on the eyes!! I can't wait for more stories around this series ... maybe it's Levi's turn coz I just love him! Fantastic read and highly recommended.