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Sterling (Mageri Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dannika Dark
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 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.

Contains strong language and appropriate for adult audiences
This series contains epic love stories, twists, explosive conclusions, and happy endings

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

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 (Seven Series #4)
Book 5 - Three Hours (Seven Series #5)

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


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. - Grave Tells

"Wonderful  and unique characters and creatures mixed with creative writing make the Mageri series one to add to your to-read shelf. " - Between the Bind

"Dannika Dark has created something so incredibly captivating with this world." - Reading the Paranormal

"The world was so compelling and mysterious it sucked me right in." - Dear, Restless Reader

"One of the best paranormal series that I have ever read. Ms. Dark's supernatural world building is just phenomenal. It's Urban Fantasy at it's finest." - Rabid Reads

"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


"There are laughs, loves, anger, tears, devastation and shocks, and not necessarily in that order. I applaud an author when they like to shake things up with a series." - Claire's Book Corner"

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

"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

"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

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: 585 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: #9,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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116 of 123 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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47 of 50 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 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Reluctant.... January 5, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased this book on Audible after it had come up several times as a suggestion based on prior purchases. I was reluctant to download it because I had no interest in mages, shifters, and the like. I've read a few vampire books over time, but that was as close to I got to this type of fantasy. However, I have an audio book addiction and I needed a download, so I took a chance.

Admittedly, at times, I wanted to thump Zoe in the head, but I wouldn't have the author change her and I don't think that this made the story any less appealing. I didn't feel like the story was slow, but as I got closer to the end I began to feel like I was on an airliner, taxing down the runway and running out of pavement; however, this is the first book of the series and I knew many questions and expectations would be met in time. If anything, it made me more eager to continue on, which I did!

I enjoyed the entire series, but Sterling lead me to, and prepared me for Dannika Dark's Seven Year's series, and I am truly appreciative of that. I would recommend this series to anyone who may have an interest in this type of fantasy, or anyone looking to step out of their boring box as I did. I can't wait to read - erm - hear more from this author!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BookWhisperer Favorite November 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dannika Dark has temporarily sated my seemingly insatiable desire for kick ass action, intensity, and romance. Our main character, Zoe, is a strong independent woman with a well loved crass witty charm. I loved her character from the start her personality is interesting and humorous keeping my interest throughout. When she finds herself unwilling turned in a Mage she is instantly entered into a crash course with reality. Trying to fumble her way through discovering a new life she will be taken on a journey that readers will never forget. As nothing seems to be in her control, and at every turn fate is dealing her a dirty hand. My sympathy followed her through the majority of this book, but after completion I reflected and realized that she may have been through hell, but all of the twists and turns also lead her to three wonderful men. Yes! I said three. Simon, Justus, and Adam are incredible characters as well. Each noticed and loved for their own individual qualities, and the support system that it appears is desperately needed. While each knows she may be a liable the loyalty they devote toward Zoe are exquisite. Although, I must admit to my bias nature that leaned me more toward one in particular. It was thrilling to see such an independent character with singular vision accept such monumental support from these men. It was also captivating to follow Zoe story and strength, but never the less these men all appear to be overly protective of her character. It allows the twist and turns in evident love triangles to seem plausible and incredibly entertaining.

Dark's story is intriguing, and a fresh twist in the paranormal genre. Mages are not something that we have heard often, so I was excited to take this book for a spin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Character Flaws
Well, I hate giving less than positive reviews but this series just isn't my cup of tea. The main character in this series (Zoe aka Silver) is obnoxious. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sue C. Dees
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
A good read, I am now on book two. I must admit that I like the Seven Series better, but I do like this series so far.
Published 14 days ago by Abigail
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked this book. Had to go back and get the next two volumes :-) Still good...
Published 1 month ago by rnutter
5.0 out of 5 stars This book started off a bit trite, after the ...
This book started off a bit trite, after the first few chapters it got riveting and I could not stop reading. I am getting the next book in this series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!!!!
This is a new series for me. I bought it based on the reviews that I had read previously and it did not disappoint in plan on reading the whole series now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This author is amazingly talented
Loved this whole series so much that as soon as I finished the last book.. I went back to the first and read them all again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diana Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I loved this book so much so I went and purchased every single book this author has written !!!!
Published 1 month ago by Candy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The story was sound the characters a little choppy but understandable and like the fact she didn't have to have happily ever after instead she got happily right now in this moment... Read more
Published 1 month ago by brandi west
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Dannika Dark and this entire series!
Published 1 month ago by Lindsay Piotti
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this.
I wish I could give less than one star. I don't normally rate things, but I hope can save someone else from wasting their money. This is just awful writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EJSA
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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.

Book 1 - Sterling
Book 2 - Twist
Book 3 - Impulse
Book 4 - Gravity
Book 5 - Shine

Book 1 - Seven Years
Book 2 - Six Months
Book 3 - Five Weeks
Book 4 - Four Days
Book 5 - Three Hours (APRIL 6)
Book 6 - Two Minutes (coming soon)
Book 7 - One Second (Coming soon)


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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.


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.



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