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Sterling (Mageri Series: Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dannika Dark
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)

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Book Description


★★★★★ "Urban Fantasy doesn't get much better then this." - PureTextuality

"My eyes may not know all of you, but my heart does. I loved you before I was born, and I will love you long after I pass from this earth."

Book 1
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.

Cliffhanger free
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MAGERI SERIES READING ORDER:
Book 1 - Sterling (Mageri Series: Book 1)
Book 2 - Twist (Mageri Series: Book 2)
Book 3 - Impulse (Mageri Series: Book 3)
Book 4 - Gravity (Mageri Series: Book 4)
Book 5 - Shine - (Mageri Series: Book 5) - Final Installment

SEVEN SERIES READING ORDER:
Book 1 - Seven Years (Seven Series #1)
Book 2 - Six Months - (Seven Series #2)
Book 3 - Five Weeks - (Seven Series #3)
Book 4 - Four Days - December 16

OTHER BOOKS:
Closer: A Novella

"Like a fine wine, her books grow broader and better with the telling, each installment deeper and more succulent than the last." - Tamara Rose Blodgett - New York Times Bestselling Author


Editorial Reviews

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"Sterling was fresh, humorous, and gripping. One of the most balanced stories in terms of darkness, action, romance, and humor that I've read in a long time. I couldn't put it down and was reaching for the sequel as soon as I finished it. Sterling is a GraveTells Must Read!" - Grave Tells

"If you like edgy adult urban fantasy from authors: Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs and Stacia Kane... you'll love Dark's work." - Tamara Rose Blodgett - New York Times Bestselling Author

"I am so impressed with the level of creative thought that went into crafting the world of the Mageri. This is a departure from, vampires, werewolves, zombies and the like." - Pure Textuality

"Dannika throws the reader into her unique fantasy world where literally everything you thought you knew is thrown out the door and reinvented in a smart new way.... The world is fresh, unique and compelling"
- Literal Addiction"

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PRAISE FOR THE MAGERI SERIES:


"I recommend it to all readers who love strong female protagonists, some magic, a lot of excitement and a splash of romance." - Unconventional Book Views

"Dannika Dark balances the action and mystery of a traditional UF with a romantic storyline featuring a hero that if HE doesn't make your toes curl, I need to check you for a pulse." - My ParaHangover

"This by far is the most emotional of them all. Dannika took a simple story about a girl who was changed into an immortal being and turned this into something much bigger."
- The Book Diaries

"Dannika has created a world that draws you in and characters that will make you want to be part of their lives." - Viviana, Enchantress of Books

About the Author

Dannika Dark is the USA Today bestselling author of the Mageri series, the Seven series, and Closer. When not writing, Dannika enjoys a great sci-fi or fantasy movie, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side. She lives in the South. Visit Dannika at dannikadark.net.

Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher's Weekly Listen-Up Award, and nomination for an Audie Award.

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  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LHI8K6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The description does not do this book justice! November 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Zoe Merrick is an average Jane. She lives with her cat, just got out of a bad relationship, and her best friend is gorgeous, leaving her feeling slightly less than perky. But on her way home from a girls night out, Zoe's average life ends with a brutal attack and she's thrust into a new and confusing existence.

It begins when she wakes up in a body bag covered in blood. Then she goes through physical changes: she grows taller, her eyes turn green, and her copper hair turns black and glossy. Luckily her rescuer, Adam, has a protective instinct and a strong stomach as he takes it all in stride and helps her without question...until Justus arrives and reveals the truth: Zoe has been transformed into a Mage, a Breed that can control energy and manipulate it based on individual gifts. Usually, a Mage is made by special selection and it is an honor to be chosen, but Zoe is unique in that she did not choose to be Mage. Her Creator attacked and left her for dead. Without a Creator, Zoe is left vulnerable to other Mage until she has enough power and control to protect herself. Justus takes her under his wing, becoming her Ghaurdian until her Creator comes to claim her, a Creator's right by Mage law, and he can do whatever he wants with her.

I didn't have high expectations for STERLING based on the original description, but I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every minute of it. I can't wait for the sequel!

Characters: **** 4 Stars
The beginning of the novel was a little rough in the character development arena. After being attacked, Zoe is rescued by Adam, a handsome former soldier who watches over her while she sleeps and her body physically transforms. The problem I had was how quickly Adam takes it all in stride and Zoe feels comfortable around him.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dannika Dark's writing is laugh out loud amusing. November 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had to buy this after reading the most hilarious opening paragraph, "A black panther lapped his rough tongue across my cheek. Max wasn't actually a panther, just a house cat with a massive ego. When the only tongue you are getting is from your cat....it is time to get out more."

Dannika Dark can write sarcasm and some really great descriptions. I was continually reading funny lines out loud to the girls because they wanted to know why I was laughing out loud. I LOVE the way Dannika Dark writes except for her profanity ("F" word, GD and MF). Other than that, the story is amusing and full of fun and exciting action scenes.

Zoe is attacked and turned into a Breed. Adam discovers her and helps her because he is good and kind, but he is not a Breed and cannot handle her power in a romantic way. Justus finds Zoe in a bar and sees that she is untrained and unclaimed by her maker. He offers to help her and although she doesn't want to leave Adam, she does want to learn to control her power and not fall into her creators hands again. Justus has a friend, Simon who explains to Zoe many things about the Breed that Justus has kept a mystery while training her. All three men are very protective and attracted to Zoe and she likes them all too. I kept wanting her to pick one and decide he was the one for her, but that never happened and it was a little weird having her "be" with them. Unrealistically, these "alpha" males did not battle each other for her affections or even try to be the only guy in her life. They "shared"(Yuk) her.

The writing was great, the story fascinating, the romance - weird and the characters interesting. It was a great diversion for .99; especially Dannika Dark's style of writing - really amusing. She is funny and expressive.

Would I/Did I buy it? Yes (.99)
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes, older adults for profanity and sex.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried to read and finish it, I really did! November 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really tried to read this entire book but I only made it to 33% (on the Kindle). I don't know what page that translates to in real book form. I just couldn't get through the entire book and decided that life is too short and there are too many wonderful books out there to occupy my time. I will tell you that I couldn't read this book for a couple of reasons. First off, the dialog was just so disjointed that I found it very difficult to figure out which character was speaking much of the time. At the beginning of the book I honestly thought that I was double tapping my Kindle and skipping pages because it was so difficult to follow.

Second, the poor (weak) character development just wouldn't allow me to like the characters much less care about them and the troubles they were facing.

Please know that I don't often review books because I usually like everything I read and while I find that I am good at reading, I am not that good at writing and putting my feelings and opinions into words so I leave book reviewing to people who have a way with words. But with this book there were so many 4 and 5 star ratings that I believe they helped sway me into purchasing this book. I did download the sample and while there was a bit of two character dialog in the sample, it was minimal and the author handled that well. The disjointed, hard to follow dialog didn't come along until after Zoe is rescued by Adam and there was a lot of two person interaction and that didn't happen until after the sample ended and I had already purchased the book. Also, I expected some character development but what little development there was (up to 33% of the download book) lead me to not care for the characters. I just found Zoe kind of rude and bitchy and Adam seemed wishy washy to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loves it!
Published 3 days ago by Norma
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of the mageri has to be one of the best stories I have read
The series of the mageri has to be one of the best stories I have read. I read these books three times. Love the characters in the books.
Published 11 days ago by Carol Vaticano
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Wow what a great read. Action from start to finish. I've already bought the next book. Great character development. Presenting a side of the world that could be possible. Read more
Published 16 days ago by go4par
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 20 days ago by Tabitha Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Laura Kay Hamilton
I liked this book but it reminded me of Hamilton's vampire books. I just hope it doesn't end up being too much like them and turn into nothing but smut.
Published 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ
Have you ever read a story and said I can so relate to what she is going through? Well if you haven't this is the book no let me say series for you!!! Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amy Balog
4.0 out of 5 stars good book with a great narrator
I listened to the audio version of this book and absolutely adored the narrator. I listen to a lot of books on tape and she has now become one of my favorites. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Calyla22
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
This book started out well, but depicts a confusing mix of human motives without reference to either logic or psychosis. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am enjoying the series. There is a lot of action in all the books. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Todd Descutner
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more
You are an amazing writer I'm hooked an need more in this series....!!! Please tell me there will be ..
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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Dannika Dark was born on a military base in the U.S. and traveled the world before she was nine. Now she is rooted in the south, but her head is planted firmly in the clouds. When Danni is not writing, she enjoys a great sci-fi or fantasy movie, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.
WANT TO KNOW WHEN THE NEXT BOOK RELEASE IS? http://eepurl.com/q_nCz

MAGERI SERIES (COMPLETE):
Book 1 - Sterling
Book 2 - Twist
Book 3 - Impulse
Book 4 - Gravity
Book 5 - Shine

THE SEVEN SERIES (IN PROGRESS):
Book 1 - Seven Years
Book 2 - Six Months
Book 3 - Five Weeks
Book 4 - Four Days (Dec 16, 2014)
Book 5 - Three Hours (coming soon)
Book 6 - Two Minutes (coming soon)
Book 6.5 - Untitled (coming soon)
Book 7 - One Second (Coming soon)

NOVELLAS:
Closer

THE MAGERI SERIES is an exciting adult urban fantasy romance following the journey of a young woman's claim to immortality and her own identity. Dark, unique, and full of unpredictable twists, the Mageri series provides an original spin to an old concept. Sometimes ordinary people are destined to lead extraordinary lives.

THE SEVEN SERIES is a light paranormal romance that portrays Shifters living in secret in the modern world. A blend of humor, darkness, heartwarming romance, drama, and real-life issues. This series is for those who love a good love story and believe in second chances. Cliffhanger-free.

MAGERI SERIES VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESLTPGmn1mo


NOTE: All of Dannika Dark's books take place in the Mageri Universe. Each series stands on its own and is not dependent of another. However, because of some character crossover, it's more fun to experience them all.

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dannika-Dark-official/148451945238628

WEBSITE: WWW.DANNIKADARK.NET

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