Review – Sterling by Dannika Dark

Posted November 29, 2011 in Review / 0 Comments

Title: Sterling
Series: Mageri #1
Author: Dannika Dark
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: September 5, 2011
Source: Purchase
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
From Goodreads: Zoë Merrick leads a less than ordinary life. Late one evening, she crosses paths with a man who brutally attacks her. In one shattering instant–a stranger with a knife alters the course of her future.Unconscious and covered in blood, Zoë is found by a man named Adam. She undergoes a physical transformation, and strange new abilities begin to surface. Without hesitation, he takes her under his wing and an unexpected friendship forms between the two. Unable to return to her former life, Zoë feels lost.Serendipity leads her to Justus. He is handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. Justus gives her the truth she has longed to hear–that she is a Mage. He offers her answers and protection, as a young Mage cannot survive on their own. Forced to trust him, she must come to terms with accepting her new life and identity.When her immortal freedom is threatened by the one man who has a right to claim her, Zoë learns the price of freedom…and the value of loyalty. 
This book came out of nowhere to me.  I stumbled upon it when the author “friend’ed” me on Goodreads.   Of course, protocol dictates that I compare our books ~ a ton in common so great!  A new friend!  Then I saw she was an author and I read about her book… holy freakin’ crap!  This book sounds like all the books I love rolled into one!  Reminds me a bit of Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series because the world is completely out of left field.  It reminds me of Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series because of the strong female lead character.  And it stands on it’s own because the story is very original.  
The pacing of the story was superb.  Nothing is rushed and the ending is tied up very well.
There are huge gaping holes left open for future books, but nothing that isn’t too overly distracting.  I can see where they can be tied up in future stories.  
I would have given the book 4.5 stars or even 5 stars just because I love the world and story so far except for the typos and grammatical errors.  I know this happens with self-publishing and it gets better as more books come out.  I will say this, I am a huge OCD nut over grammar, spelling and punctuation that I’ve found myself get distracted in mass market paperbacks by typos and obviously spell checked & replaced words.  But with self-publishing, I give it a pass unless it is really, glaringly bad.  In this case, it was only moderately worse than most mass market paperbacks.
It’s definintely NOT worth skipping this book over!! As a 99cent ebook on Amazon, you really can’t miss with this one.  It is so worth a read!

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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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