Review - The Garnet Dagger

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Title: The Garnet Dagger
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
"Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?"
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*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*

The Garnet Dagger tells the story of Brock, whose curiosity lands him in a heap of trouble when a vampire bites him and he changes. His transformation into a creature of death, heralds the beginning of the end for him and his people. But all is not quite lost yet, because there is a prophecy that says there is a way to stop the never ending winter that's coming. Determined, he sets off seeking the witch of the prophecy. What follows was one of the cutest Elvin stories I have read in a long while.

Brock was an interesting character. He's young, very curious about humanity, and willing to bend the rules to satisfy he curiosity, yet when bad things happen, he is determined to set things right. Even if it means hunting someone down and killing them. I rather enjoyed following the story while in his head, he amused me with his inner dialog. Brock had the right blend of quirky, loveable guy and bad-ass, will kick your bum hero material, to balance out his flaws. '

Celeste is just plain awesome. She's been through some tough s**t, and yet, she's taken her battle scars and tossed them back at the world. She's tough, resourceful, and isn't about to let a pretty face get everything he wants. Nope. I loved it when the heroine in the novel is a fighter. It's inspiring to read about a character who isn't going to follow the traditional roles, and who isn't going to fall into the stereotype of a damsel in distress.

The story itself spanned quite a few weeks of searching and bonding, leading up to a dun-dun-dun battle. The author does a good job passing the time and turning their relationship into something believable. Normally this is one of my biggest pet peeves with books. I dislike long spans of time being tossed away. Not exactly sure why, it just bothers me. But the author did a good job at sneaking the days in there so that it didn't feel like it was full of long winded traveling or a book on fast forward. I liked watching the the two of them interact. They had chemistry, but it wasn't insta love. As they traveled and interacted with other people and faced their dangers, you got a sense of how their relationship was changing from an awkward, he wants to ditch her phase, into something deeper.

The book ends with a set up for the sequel. So, you may be asking yourself, if there is one, will I read it? I'm curious about where the story is heading. A few different possible teasers enter into the conversation at the end and now I want to know more.

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