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This was the first story in the Mageri series I've listened too, and it was fantastic! For being book six, the plot was well written, full of action, had lots of twist, and gave enough details, I understood the past events that lead up to these characters story, and never felt lost.
Dark did a outstanding job with the world building, and the magic, but the characters really made this story! They came to life, were multi-layered, and had distinctive personalities. I especially liked Simon, he was smart, sexy, full of life, and I loved all his witty flirtatious dialogue. Even when he was down, or stuck in hard place, he had something witty to say! His character really made this very entertaining story!
Nicole Poole did an outstanding job narrating. I loved how she performed Simon's character, and though she did a great job on the accents, as well, delivering on all the different emotions.
Well worth the time and credit!
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About 2 years ago I finally decided to listen to another blogger and picked up a Dannika Dark novel. I was awed by her work thunderstruck by the way she took a common paranormal subject like shifters and turned it into a world that was completely unique. I started with the Seven series then went on to devour the Mageri series, falling in love with each character including Simon. Simon is a brilliant character, so carefree and yet so grounded. We find out so much of what has made him the Mage he has become and of course who his maker was. Simon is a strategist he picks up signals that place him at a higher advantage than other Mages. Simon is also a tech specialist which means he’s one hell of a hacker. Simon is also a teacher and he’s a brilliant negotiator. Did I mention Naked Twister? *Laughs*He will need all his skills when he meets Hanna’s Learner, Ella. Ella is special in many ways more than she knows. Ella was a victim of an attack that left her deaf and Hanna thinks her flawed, in a race that values perfection this can be the death of her. Hanna hires Simon to teach her Learner and seems almost desperate for her to have skills that she feels she cannot teach. Hanna can’t bear the thought of having to terminate her learner and has made plans that only an ancient like herself can consider acceptable in this modern world. Hanna also has a secret that can affect her standing with the council; unknown to Hanna her past mistakes will come back to haunt her. Levi was an awesome addition to this story and becomes a big help to Simon, he also is a very caring Chitah who helps Simon deal with emotional luggage from his past. The end leaves Ella on top of the mess and Simon smiling with pride.
Nicole Poole narrates all Dannika Dark novels, which is awesome. I can’t begin to tell you that I greatly dislike when publishers vacillate between narrators. Ms. Poole is fantastic. When she narrates she grasps the personality of each character, becoming them and flawlessly changes between each as needed. Her talent captures the imagination of the reader and listener drawing them into the story. I could never be happier than turning on a story narrated by her, I turn myself over in complete trust that I will be experiencing an awesome ride. The combination of a story penned by Dark & narrated by Poole is a win win in my book!
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Ella is a difficult learner that Hannah can’t wait to be rid of. When Hannah arranges for Simon to train her learner, he doesn’t know what to expect but he certainly doesn’t expect her to be deaf. A mage with disabilities is unheard of in their world and he sets about putting the learner to the test. He soon finds out that not only is she a brilliant fighter who can compensate for her inability to hear but they have a unique gift between them.
Stepping out of Silver’s life and into Simon’s we get a different perspective of the Mageri world. Simon is the ultimate playboy with a liking for leather trousers and weird humour but he’s also a strategist which makes him one of the most interesting characters in Dark’s Mageri world.
Ella is a fantastic strong female with a unique sense of strength, humour, and abilities. Dark has a real talent for crafting brilliant, strong female leads and Ella has to be one of my favourites. She matches Simon’s intellect and compliments him in every way making me itch to read more about the couple.
The story has an ongoing theme to fit into the series but it also really explores a different side to the Mageri world and with every story I read this series just gets better.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
After thoroughly enjoying the adjoining book series, I was not expecting to enjoy this book nearly as much as I did. For me this book was unexpectedly enjoyable and well worth the listen, I feel anyone who enjoyed the adjoining book series will likely enjoy this story as well.