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Sterling (Mageri Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dannika Dark
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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


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 (Seven Series #4)
Book 5 - Three Hours (Seven Series #5)
Book 6 - Two Minutes (coming soon)

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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★★★★★
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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

PRAISE FOR THE MAGERI SERIES:


"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 dannikadark.net.

Nicole Poole, an Audie Award�nominated narrator, is the recipient of both AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards. She is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation.

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  • Print Length: 278 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LHI8K6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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123 of 130 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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53 of 56 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Reluctant.... January 5, 2015
By LD
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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56 of 68 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a Fantasy book with substance, this is not it.
Im a stickler for trying to hold out and read all the way through what I buy to get my money's value, but I just...could not with this book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Megan Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling
As with the other series of her books, she is wonderful!!! I gotta get the next one !!! I love her writing and her mind!
Published 4 days ago by donna carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series
My review for this book is going to be easy to write because I barely made any notes while reading. The story just sucked me in and I couldn’t put my kindle down to do something... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Megan Bedroom Bookworms
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, totally enjoyed it
Good read, totally enjoyed it.
Published 8 days ago by Bob F.
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful
I hate to be so harsh but it was really painful. Very two dimensional characters, no real structure to the story, stilted conversation that was a side effect of trying to make it... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jenn Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love dannika dark! Couldn't put these books down
Published 13 days ago by Amanda Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...just wow!
Now I'm just upset with myself for waiting so long to start this series. This was one emotional roller coaster ride! Read more
Published 15 days ago by J. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Great book
Published 16 days ago by To small
3.0 out of 5 stars I bought the whispersync version of this book and enjoyed it. The only...
I bought the whispersync version of this book and enjoyed it. The only and most annoying complaint about the audible version is that at the end of the chapter, every chapter, it... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Hillery Battles
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
I purchased this book after seeing it was 4+ stars and I was not disappointed. The story line had me hooked in its entirety. I absolutely loved this book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Anthea
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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.
STAY INFORMED: http://tinyurl.com/darknews

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
Book 5 - Three Hours ***NEW***
Book 6 - Two Minutes (coming soon)
Book 7 - One Second (Coming soon)

SEVEN WORLD NOVEL:
Untitled (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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