January 19, 2012

Review: Sterling by Dannika Dark

Series: Mageri 1
Format: Digital
Excerpt here
Release Date: September 5, 2011
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Zoë Merrick lived a less than ordinary life, until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead.

A man named Adam spotted her running down the road covered in blood, and took her under his wing. Zoë didn't just survive that night - she underwent a physical transformation and acquired strange new abilities. Severed from her old life, her frustration grows as she tries to comprehend what's happening to her.

Serendipity leads her to Justus. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. Zoë learns the truth about what she is, and just how dangerous their world is for a young Mage. The only way she will understand her power is by putting her trust in this man, and accepting the protection he offers.

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.
I had this novel for a while and with my own personal challenge, Purge the Fire, I thought I'd finally take it up. Sterling is a fantasy novel about a woman, Zoe Winter Merrick, who died and resurrected from the dead under mysterious circumstances. And on her second chance in life, she experienced growth spurts, looks altered, and just a powerful current running through her that can't be explained.

Mages are made and they draw their power from the Sun like Superman. They defy certain laws of physics, their politics as dirty as ours and their laws medieval. Now Zoe was forced to become a Mage and after her transformation, she became this femme fatale, there's just something about her that draw men in. Adam is the one who found and nurtured her back to health. When she found out who she is, Justus, another Mage, because he Ghuardian and his friend Simon became Zoe's flirting companion.

I didn't really warm up to Zoe. I felt like she's a tease as far as the men surrounding her are concerned, flirting and seducing. As a Mage, she's powerful, formidable and her instinct to survive is very admirable. I find Justus a coward and Simon naive. Why? I find it preposterous that they didn't try to challenge Samil on behalf of Zoe, now Silver, and let Adam, a mere human, do their work for them. Only Adam tickled my fancy. DDark's villains are deplorable and the Mage Council is something to watch out for.

Now I have these thoughts swirling in my head when I was 85% into the book. Then as I was moving the towards the ending, that's when I had my BAM! moment.

It totally caught me by surprise. It's full of superlative emotions like wrath, vengeance, grief, greed and death. It's a power punch that left me teary which ended up changing the entire story for me. Adam changed my viewpoint on the series.

Twisted is out and we'll see if Adam will be a good Mage as the council predicts... Ooops... spoiler!

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