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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

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"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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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.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Some men don't leave

I struggled to get past the first chapter or so. .. The voice of her best friend was terrible but it only lasts a chapter or so. The story was good, amazing men characters but a few open ended issues by the end. So many men, so much sexual tension but NO SEX...
I MEAN SHE NEVER seals THE DEAL! By the end I'm tense and feel unsatified for her... Maybe a PRN but not the steamy sexy times I love to listen to. Affordable book, passes the time but not a reread kind of book.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Katy, TX, United States
  • 08-07-14

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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AWESOME! NEW TO ME, AUTHOR AND SERIES TO LOVE!

love book 1. New take on standard fantasy "Breeds". Narrator good/new/2/me. Downloading books/2-5/NOW! SQUEEEE/HAPPY/DANCEING NOW!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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loved this book

I was captivated from page 1 Dannika Dark is a powerful author who had me experiencing an amazing roller coaster ride from start to finish.
I am not a reviewer unless something I get from amazon really was terrible, but I felt compelled to tell all that this was an amazing book.
For me what was also cool was having the whisper sync audio so that I could listen in my car as well as read on my couch.
this book was just that good I just couldn't put it down and so far book 2 is of the same stuff.
back to my couch I go to enjoy book 2 if it continues being as good as the first I might just write another review :-) happy reading

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • Springfield, VA, United States
  • 12-03-14

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Incredibly good series

What did you love best about Sterling?

The main character is tough and sassy. The way the author does the love scene's is masterful. The series is great even without the romance but it is the icing on the top.

What other book might you compare Sterling to and why?

Haven't read one like it

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the sweet relationship between her and Adam

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

It was heartwarming

Any additional comments?

I've almost completed the series. I enjoy each one as much as the last. Good job to the author and narrator

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 08-24-16

AWESOME ! GOOD PARANORMAL SERIES.

I am so... glad I picked up this book. I did not realize it was that good! Absolutely enjoyed it from start to finish. I felt so sorry for Silver when she was attacked but after that with the help of some wonderful people who became really good friends she can start a new life again as a Mage. I like Adam, Simon and Justus for steadfastly helping all the way. Am amazing plot with action and suspense. I will be continuing the whole series . Worth a credit. Dannika Dark is an amazing writer and Nicole Poole performed all the characters very well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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awesome

loved it
loved the books love the audiable
cant wait to start the next
loved the voices Nicole poole

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Eva
  • 02-04-15

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaylee L.
  • 03-26-16

boooooaring

well first of the narrater was very quiet, the story dragged on filling the time with pointless chatter, i tuned out several times.
at no point did i feel emotianaly captavated.
the use of rude words were just throwen in with no real concept to the story. hopefully it will get better with the second book, of witch i acsedently bought.

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  • Struth
  • 02-26-16

Really difficult to listen to

I found the narrator really hard to listen, her very breathy voice was so unpleasant I gave up after about an hour.

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  • Mrs Murray
  • 01-10-16

change

this is the first DD book I've listened to on Audio book. The voice of Simon was annoying, and took me a while to get used to. Reading the book myself was a totally different experience to listening to it. it felt like I was listening to a book I've never read before.

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  • I OFarrell
  • 11-04-15

Strong female

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Learner and Simon's interaction and flirting.

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

I both laughed and cried during this book.

Any additional comments?

After having read Dannika Dark’s series Seven, I was expecting something along those lines. The breed references and world set-up are indeed the same, but the actual story doesn’t resemble the romantically based Seven. Zoe begins as a regular human, but is violently changed one night and wakes up in the worst place of all, scared and alone. She runs straight into Adam who has a super sexy nurturing side and tries to take care of her. She soon comes to the notice of Justus and her new, safe life is torn away and replaced with a harder existence under the rule of the Mageri. The reader can really emphasize with the girl, who loses the right to use the name Zoe, and is taken through her journey into the world as a Mage. I was expecting a little more romance and didn’t really get it, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed in the content and I must admit, tears trickled for a while in there. This book is about a girl’s strength and durability in a harsh world.

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  • LizG
  • 01-29-15

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 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Claudia
  • 05-01-15

Great Story!

I enjoyed listening to this as it was a great story and a great narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-23-17

Silver

The start was promising but it got tedious and slow till the last few chapters. i might buy the next book just to see what happens to Adam. Nicole Poole have the huskiest voice ever and i enjoyed her portrayals of each characters but mostly Simon she has a smashing English accent :)

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  • JaniceO
  • 02-23-16

Story line a little uneven

I wanted to like this but found the story at times trite and rehashed from stories I've read before. Not a fan of societal condoned brutality and it was not particularly well written in this instance. Perhaps the storyline improves through the series but not enough here to tempt me further.