Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy Romance
Series: Mageri, Book One
Publication Date: September 5, 2011
Sterling is the first novel in Dannika Dark's Mageri series and boy did it start off with a bang! The blurb does a great job explaining the novel so I'm just going to jump right in with the review.
This is the first book that I've read by Dannika Dark and man did she knock me out with her characterization. Zoë and the three sexy men introduced throughout were unique and interesting, requiring some definite *fanning* over here! I loved reading from Zoë's point of view. She is someone that women can easily relate to. She is tough but not unbelievably so. Experiencing what she experienced didn't immediately become inconsequential, instead, she had to heal emotionally and physically from her past and with each new incident. Simply put, she was a real woman dealing with bizarre circumstances at every turn.
Now onto the men. Adam is the human male who found Zoë after that terrible night. Zoë has many reasons not to trust men but Adam is the first to really open her up to the possibility. Then, Zoë meets Justus. And although I love Adam, Justus and his pure honorability and alpha-ness made me love him just a teensy bit more. There is much more beneath his sexy and commanding exterior and even through the end of the book the reader doesn't know the half of it. Finally, there's Simon. And boy did he heat up the pages! A bad boy with a soft side, Simon has Zoë wanting to take a bite in no time. All three of these men added to the depth of the story and kept me reading late into the night.
I also loved the creativity of the creatures in this story. Even the creatures that exist in most fantasy novels were purposed differently in some way with different abilities or names. Even with these unique changes, my favorite creatures were the new types that Dannika introduced. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Although I adored the voice of Zoë and appreciated her point of view, I felt like the pace of this novel was a little off towards the beginning. There were times that it moved very quickly and others when it slowed a bit too much. Honestly, this was small potatoes compared to how much I loved Sterling but it's what prevented the full 5 Stars.
Wonderful and unique characters and creatures mixed with creative writing make Sterling and the Mageri series one to add to your to-read shelf. Now I'm off to read Book Two, Twist!