I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sterling by Dannika Dark
Length: 10 hours
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Nicole Poole
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Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until the night she was brutally attacked. She narrowly escapes death, rescued by Adam Razor, an ex-soldier who offers her friendship and a place to stay. But something else is 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. She meets him by chance - a man who's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she's a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. Zoë 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?
Zoë learns the price of freedom...and the value of loyalty.
First thoughts: Not a bad start to a series but a little strange, and not sure if I am going to be a huge fan of this series.
I have seen these books around the blogosphere and one of my favorite bloggers love this series, so I thought I would give it a try. I can’t say that it has charmed me, but it was okay. I know the first book to a series a lot of times isn’t the greatest as it is doing a lot of world building, so I am willing to give this series a try as I do have the next two books on audio to review.
Zoe was a human until one night a stranger attacks her and leaves her for dead. She wakes up in another strangers house and ends up staying for a while with Adam. Then she meets Justus and learns that she is a mage and he wants to take her away and be her gaurdian to teach her how to use her newly acquired powers.
Her maker Samuel wants her back and it’s his right to take her and there is nothing that Justus can do about it unless he wants to challenge Samuel. Later, Justus and Simon have to rescue her from her maker as he is not a nice person and Adam who is human decides to challenge for her. While this is going on she finds out that she isn’t just an ordinary mage and has a lot to learn about her new life.
So I really wasn’t sure what to think about this series and while listening to it I had a few thoughts like, if a stranger beats you and leaves you for dead and another stranger finds you..um why would you want to stay with that stranger. Yes, it was nice of Adam to fix her up, but she doesn’t know him, he is a total stranger, but she just makes herself at home. Then another stranger comes and tells her she is a mage and she needs to come with him to learn who she is and she just goes with the guy. She doesn’t know him although she knows something about her is different, she still doesn’t know him. It’s like she is this stranger magnet and just a little to dumb to go with them. I just think I wouldn’t be as trusting of people I don’t know after being attacked by a total stranger. It just didn’t set well with me.
Then it’s like she is lusting for everyone, Adam, Simon, Justus, and about any other male she finds attractive. I guess it’s a by product of being turned into a mage but it was just weird.
Overall, I am not sure if I am invested in the characters, but it does seem like the first book really just brushes over what the series might be about and I think the next book might (I hope) be better. Zoe still doesn’t know much about herself and so maybe I will like her more as the series progresses. If you like Urban Fantasy type books you might enjoy this one.
This was my first time listening to Nicole Poole and at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her, but the more I listened to her I started enjoying her voice. Her male voices are not the greatest but I think she does really well with Zoe.