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Elana Black. Saving the day even if she has to tear a hole in the universe to do it.  

An unbeatable mythological horror has its sights set on Elana, and that's not the worst of her problems. Gods want to use her, shadowy agents want to eliminate her, and a powerful sorcerer wants to kill her; all as she rushes to stop an event that portends the death of her best friend, Olivia. It's all catching up with her, and just in time for Christmas. Elana is going to have to figure out how all of it is connected but she's in over her head, outnumbered, and running out of time.  

And she always thought magic would make her life easier. 

©2017 Danny Bell (P)2018 Danny Bell

Critic Reviews

"In this fantasy, Elana Black can insert herself into a book or television story and engage with all the characters. Whitton Frank narrates this story breathlessly, portraying the characters, both real and fictional. Frank's narration becomes more emotional as Elana flexes her skills, her ability to change storylines and save their characters from death. Unfortunately, Elana is not the only person who can change stories, a situation that forces her to battle for her life. Frank works hard to keep up with the shifting scenes as the line between fact and fiction blurs and the action heats up. Her performance fades into the story as good battles evil and characters chase one another from book to TV and back again. The dialogue is nonstop, the action fast paced, and the story good enough to make listeners willing to suspend their disbelief." (AudioFile Magazine

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A Killer Sequel that Stands on Its Own!

One of the problems I have with sequels is that they are usually just weak reflections of the first book. Not this time. This book has a strong story, possibly stronger than the first book.

We start out the book with our heroine Elana Black again. In the first book, she had just discovered what she was and what she could do, now she's not only having to deal with it, but has to deal with a Godzilla-sized monster sent to destroy her. There is loads of action that leads to an epic battle, but a solid plot as well. The characters in this book are faced with many unpleasant choices and sometime they cannot escape making those choices. This book is a rollercoaster ride, yes, but not without pulling on your emotions. A completely absorbing, 100% original tale. A bravo to the author for having a female hero who isn't afraid to throw a punch or a sarcastic line, yet still manages to be completely human.

The narrator...what can say. She is the character, no matter who she's playing. The right voice, the right emotion. What a stellar team!

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Warning Call is Awesome!! Get it!!!

I really loved the first book, Empty Threat, and immediately marked Danny Bell as an author to watch. Warning Call, the second book in the Black Pages series shows that the first book was no fluke. If anything Warning Call, is even stronger than the first book and shows Danny’s growth as a writer and crafter of tales. Elana Black is one of my favorite new protagonists— complex, layered and surprising in the best way possible. The Audio book is so well performed by Whitton A. Frank, it’s up there with my favorite audio books, like Neil Gaiman’s own reading of Neverwhere. She embodies Elana and the other characters with great nuance and skill.
I highly recommend this book and series!

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Who needs a Tardis when you have a Bookstore?

This book was a lot to unpack. It doesn't stand alone, by the way, so read Empty Threat first.

I have to say that I wish there had been more reminders of who is who and what is what. Because. Unpacking. Lots.
Elana is a young introvert who has stumbled (maybe) into magic and a special brand of fantasy. She has a major God-like creature angry at her and another who wants her to become her pet assassin. While evading 2-headed monsters and avoiding murder, she's also trying to re-build broken friendships.

But all she really wants to do is save everybody. And, for some reason, she wants to do it by herself. This is a hard concept for me. I mean, even Jack Bower had sidekicks. Though usually they were at a desk on a computer while he outran all the bullets on his own. I did like her refusal to accept that, if your only two choices suck, then there must be a third choice out there. That is heroism in the vein of Kirk and Kent. I can only guess that Elana's sweeping embrace of her sudden power and purpose are about her, as yet unrevealed, heritage. Stay tuned?

Whitton Frank is very talented with dialogue. I think her exposition needs work. And that may be because the core voice of the book is Elana's and I found that voice too stagey and not personal enough. As in she's performing the story from a big stage instead of telling it to me in my headphones. She does find that intimate tone in several of her other characters though - so yay! Her accent work was fun and not heavy-handed. The book itself has some very funny lines and concepts in it and I think Ms. Frank didn't do Mr. Bell's humor the justice it deserved.

Overall, I did like it and can recommend it highly.

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A more focused story

Warning Call serves as the follow up to Empty Threat, making it the second in what looks to be a long series.

Right away, Warning Call is a much bigger story. While Empty Threat often bounced around, taking care to set up a lot of dangling threads for the rest of the series to tug at, in this story we are immediately treated to a more linear experience with a bigger cast. Most of the cast returns for last time in the form of Bres, a psychotic antagonist, Claire and Olivia, two of Elana's friends. The mysterious Aos Si. But the actions Elana took in the first book make a larger cast necessary. She's gained attention and notoriety. This time around she gains more friends as well as enemies, the problem is that she's not always sure which is which.

The plot is more focused. Elana isn't quite the fish out of water she was the first time out. She knows what she can do and what she's capable of to an extent, but now she needs to put it into practice. Someone is trying to kill her, a monster threatens everything, and she needs to survive long enough to save her friends life. It sounds simple, but in practice it is anything but. It's all connected and she needs to figure out how and why.

Whitton Frank narrates the book fabulously, adding real emotional depth to key scenes. Her performance makes the book a very easy listen and keeps it all moving along at a comfortable pace. The story moves fast and frantic and in the hands of a lesser narrator the story might have suffered. Thankfully what we got instead was energetic and emotional and fun.

Empty Threat left the readers with a lot of questions for the future and Warning Call does a great job of answering them, showing that every inch of the story is deliberate. However, for every question it answered it feels like another one popped up in its place.

Elana is slowly but surely becoming a hero, I'm excited for the next installment.

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  • S. Ragsdale
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Great sequel, great narration!

Elana Black is my favourite story-loving nerd, fast food taco connoisseur, and magic user. I enjoyed "Empty Threat", and "Warning Call" is a worthy successor. Elana Black is back as a more powerful, and confident with bigger challenges - it's great to see her grow as a character. Whitton Frank is both the real life inspiration for the character and a brilliant narrator.