REVIEW by Lorna: Shine (The Mageri Series #5) by Dannika Dark (@Dannikadark, @Mollykatie112)

Love is infinite.
Hate is absolute.

In the short span of a year, Silver has gone from becoming a Mage to discovering the truth about her unique genetics. Logan Cross went from her mortal enemy to her immortal lover, but a threat is fast approaching like an inevitable storm. Attacks are underway against the Mageri and one man is behind it—an elusive foe who is an unstoppable force. Nero is not Silver’s only concern as someone close to her is arrested for treason. In the midst of chaos, Silver discovers she cannot protect everyone from the wrath of fate, including her own Ghuardian.

Justus finally opens his heart, but an unexpected turn of events could darken his soul forever. Secrets are revealed that will leave you reeling from one twist after the next. Would you sacrifice everything for love?

Destiny has set sail and once she alters her course, no one’s life will ever be the same in this explosive conclusion to the Mageri Series.

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This is the latest and last of the Mageri series by Dannika Dark. I finished it a few days ago but wanted to wait and let everything sink in before writing this, because this book is guaranteed to give you a major book hangover, as it did me. I would like to say that I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this book and series, but then there wouldn’t be a review, so I will try to explain how really fantastic this book experience has been for me.

The series started with Zoe, just an ordinary woman with maybe a bit more static electricity in her touch then normal, but pretty normal all things considered. She is attacked and left for dead. When she wakes up and escapes the body bag in the ambulance, she is rescued by a man named Adam and eventually completely changes her looks-as in she is a completely different person- except for her mind-all this done somehow magically while she heals. At this point in the series, I was totally hooked.

So much happens in this series. As Silver(Zoe’s new name after her transformation) starts learning what she actually is now and what powers she has, Dannika deftly orchestrates the story so that so many of the little nuances that you either might or might not necessarily notice, become important later on in the series. This helps move the story along until its ending. And what a perfect ending Dannika has crafted. I loved that so many things get explained and most(but not all) of the loose ends get tied up with a beautiful bow like a present to her readers. Every time something else would get explained or finished in this book, I would literally say out loud..”Ah that’s why” or words to that effect. I actually read it a lot slower then usual, as I wanted to make it last.

My absolute favorite thing about this series? The character of Logan Cross. The best alpha male character that I have ever read, bar none. The romance between Silver and Logan is just the best and really different from most romances-especially the way they first meet.

I loved that although this is the last book in the series, the author plans to include at least one of the characters in a future book. This character, Christian, is one that needs a bit more explaining to find out what happens to him, so that works for me! I would be happy to see a lot more then just one of the characters used in future books(Simon) and I am sure the author’s readers would agree with me. I became completely involved with these characters and I will miss reading about them. Ms. Dark is very accomplished at fully drawing her characters. I feel like I could pretty much describe most of them, right down to the smallest attribute.

I had mixed feelings about reading this book. I wanted to read it and couldn’t wait for it to be released, but at the same time I really didn’t want the series to be over. I attribute this to the excellent story telling by the author. This series has it all, romance, mystery, action, humor, and yes even some tragedy. You laugh, you cry and you totally immerse yourself in this extraordinary world the author has built. Urban Fantasy doesn’t get much better then this and I would recommend this to all people that love UF or paranormal romance.

On a side note, if you read the series and want to vent or just discuss, there are two groups on Facebook just for that. A visit to the Dannika Dark Facebook page will get you pointed in the right direction.

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The Mageri Series #5

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