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Woman King, Second Edition (Dark Horse Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Evette Davis
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nobody who works with superstar political consultant Olivia Shepherd knows that she has supernatural empathic abilities—and that’s just how she likes it. But when she wakes up one morning to find Elsa, an ancient time-walker, standing in her kitchen, Olivia can no longer ignore her gifts or the mystical path that awaits her. Soon she is plunged into the hidden world of powerful “Others” who operate beneath the dense fog of San Francisco.

Drafted to work for the Council, a shadowy organization that controls the fate of humanity, Olivia must decide whether to dedicate herself to its cause. Complicating matters further is Olivia’s new love interest, William, a centuries-old vampire who is far too jaded to take an interest in human affairs. As shocking details from Olivia’s own past emerge and her role in the world begins to take shape, will she rise to the challenge of her destiny?

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Woman King
By Evette Davis
Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5

In addition to its own fantastical world, Woman King makes full use of San Francisco as a backdrop...The city's ubiquitous fog, diverse culture, and environmentally conscious atmosphere tie into the novel's emphasis on the supernatural in unexpected ways. Woman King puts the witty, femme-power elements reminiscent of Charmed at a contemporary tempo, with, of course, the addition of myth and lore. Readers familiar with the area will appreciate constant references to the Bay Area, as well as creatively conjured world of the Council who quietly works within human affairs to keep a balance of justice.


About the Author

Evette Davis is an award-winning political consultant, daily newspaper reader, devoted library patron, and lover of warm chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven. She divides her time between San Francisco and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Product Details

  • File Size: 784 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Flesh & Bone Books, San Francisco; 2 edition (August 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woman King September 24, 2013
By Hotcha
Format:Kindle Edition
Woman King

Olivia Shepard had been born an empath, but as she watched the highs and lows of her mom, she rejected her gift as her mom and grandmother called it, but to her it was a curse. Olivia Shepard Consulting had trouble keeping her clients once Stoner Hallbert recouped from his ex-wife's embezzlement, it seem as if he could do no wrong and as she learned he had stolen another long time client, she flew to pieces and went on a drinking binge, only to pass out in her kitchen................

William, a one hundred eighty-one year old vampire, saw Olivia in a tunnel of San Francisco as he was playing his guitar and fell for the woman who was not quite human. Normally, he chose to leave humans to their own devices and screwing up the world. Humans never learned and continued to make the same mistakes over and over again.................

WOW, Beware of the fog that creeps across the city that hides The Other from human eyes!! Ms. Davis spins a completely plausible story that makes some forever squint at the the fog! Woman King will delight readers!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Mystical about this Story. Just a big Bore! March 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm sorry. I tried to be open minded about this book, but apparently that wasn't enough to find any merit in it. Mind you, it's competently written. The author can write. But the problem is that it's completely sterile writing. For a book that's supposed to be about witches and fairies and vampires, there's nothing otherworldly about the characters who possess these traits. We are simply told that they are witches and vampires and just are expected to buy it as simply as if saying that someone has blue eyes and someone else has brown eyes. And that whole bit about the fog in San Francisco being a cover for their paranormal meetings and existence, well, I'm sorry again, I felt like I was in kindergarten and the teacher had rounded us up and said, "listen children, do you know what is really behind the fog in San Francisco: witches and fairies and vampires. By my standards a very ludicrous and infantile manner of setting the premise. Another equally annoying trait of the writing is how the author has to take us step by step through each physical movement of the characters: I opened the door. I walked inside. I took ten steps to the bed. I sat down on the bed. I lay down on the bed. Granted, it wasn't that step by step, but pretty close to it and there were times I wanted to scream if I had to have this spelled out for me one more time. But perhaps the most annoying aspect is the main character of the story: a rather self-righteous, overly indignant female when things don't go her way. Just because William, who might as well be a milkman for as much a vampire as he is, doesn't agree with her political views or ideas about humanity, Olivia has a little hissy fit and won't answer his calls. And I can't stand the way he calls her "darlin. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review for Woman King July 7, 2013
By Maria
Woman King is the first book in a soon-to-be trilogy. It primarily takes place in San Francisco. Olivia is an empath that has blocked her ability most of her life because of the affects it had on her mother. Suddenly, her career and emotional state changes dramatically. She meets a time-walker set out to help her. Through the time-walker, she learns that a demon has been targeting her because she is weakened from not using her powers. Her world turns upside down as she copes with learning how to strengthen her abilities to protect herself from the demon and learning that there are a lot more paranormal things to this world than she originally thought - and she falls for one of them.

The story is written in first-person through Olivia. Olivia - after denying her gift for a long time - embraces her empathic abilities and discovers new adventures and job opportunities with the help of a new friend, Elsa. Elsa is a time-walker that was sent by her grandmother to help Olivia. Through her new connection she sees the world differently. There are "Others" that walk with regular humans - vampire, werewolves, witches, and even fairies. Olivia must train herself physical, mentally, and emotionally to overcome the destructive power of a demon. Yet, a demon is not the only thing that Olivia should be worrying about. She eventually falls in love with William, who is not quite human himself. Olivia is a strong character who learns to overcome her own limitations and help those around her. Without adding any spoilers, I'll try to stay vague on this next part. I was a little surprised that the one character disappeared at the end without finding out something of what happened to him/her before the book concluded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! September 3, 2013
By Karyn B
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This was a great book! I really enjoyed it. The main character showed growth, without whining. So many books right now have an MC that whines through the first half of the story about how they don't WANT to do something, it was refreshing to read something different. The story did not end in a cliffhanger, but left a few strands of the plot unanswered, which made me feel satisfied and yet wanting the next book. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I'll definitely be reading more! The male love interest was exciting and did not detract from the MC's independence, which was awesome. If you're looking for a book with an independent, strong, female protagonist, this one is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Purposes and Supernatural Drama
Book One of the 'Dark Horse Trilogy', Woman King, is key to following the progression of a powerful, San Francisco-based blend of supernatural influences and P.I. Read more
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Published 3 months ago by Terra R. Sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Cast of Characters
This book has an intriguing cast of characters - witches, fairies, time walkers, demons, and vampires. It's also well written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darcia Helle
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to finish and start the second. I thought the writing was good and the characters very likable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - paranormal/fantasy book
I got this book for free after seeing it on one of my free book lists. I did not know the author or the series but thought it would interest me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by UBizz
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Edition (Dark horse Trilogy Book 1) by Evette Davis is a real...
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Woman King, Second Edition (Dark horse Trilogy Book 1) by Evette Davis is a real fun book to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Coco
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love it :)
Published 7 months ago by Tramayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and unusual
Excellent reading - when does Volume Two come out?
Published 7 months ago by L. N. Potts
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More About the Author

Davis is a juggler by trade: writing novels, consulting with companies on communications issues as co-owner of a SF-based PR firm and helping raise a daughter in the City. She would like to sleep more, but that is not in the cards. She also serves on the board of the Litquake, San Francisco's iconic annual literary festival.

In 2014 Davis founded Flesh & Bone, an independent publishing imprint. Her writing has also been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Book Country and Searching for Superwoman. She splits her time between San Francisco and Sun Valley, Idaho with her husband, daughter and dog.

To join her mailing list for updates about events and giveaways, visit Or check out her Pinterest and Facebook pages, and follow her on Twitter @SFEvette.

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