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Dawning (Black Earth #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  7 reviews
He has no name but is known by many. He is a Demon, surrounded by the chaos inherent in his own shadowy nature, and it is the magic of Shadow that is killing him. Unwilling to accept his imminent demise, the nameless Demon embarks on a mission to find the witches who may hold his cure. He discovers the alternative to his death may be a greater price than he is willing to a ...more
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 412 pages
Published January 18th 2012 by Night Apple LLC
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Dawning starts off with a bang, beginning (or continuing, if you've read the other books) the story of the White Demon (a.k.a. Hawkshadow)in a singularly dangerous fetch-quest to gain a journal and a "Stone of Prophecy". Like with most quests, this one turns out to be more trouble than it's worth when he finds the "Stone" isn't exactly what he, or his employer, expected, the knowledge of which plunges him into even more trouble - compounded by the fact that he is dying of a particular disease, p ...more
Kirsten Lenius
Another good tale from the writer team M. S. Verish. The only thing I didn't care for was the use of acronyms which felt far too modern for the story. All else was good! I do recommend reading the previous book first, as much is drawn from that.
What do I think? I think I might have a better chance of writing a lucid review if I waited until tomorrow, but I just finished reading this and I want to gush a little. This is the best Secramore novel yet. It's told from one character's point of view, the White Demon from Raven's Heart, and what a great leading man he turns out to be. He's grumpy and reclusive, dangerous and damaged, mild-mannered until you get him riled, which isn't all that hard. Arythan Crow - a name gifted to him by a well ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This book is part of the world of Secramore and is the tale of the White Demon after his brother, Hawkwing, dies in The Hawk's Shadow.

Whilst understandable, Hawkshadow/Arythan has major temper issues and does seem to fly off the handle quite quickly. The relationship that develops between him and the "Stone of Prophecy" is a brilliant one although it is left rather suddenly near the end. I am hoping that this relationship and characters develop more in the second book of this series. There are a
Dawning from M.S. Verish is an action-packed read that kicks off with an explosive scene with the Demon, an unlikely central figure in a book who's both tortured and misunderstood. When he teams up with an immortal prince, the pair end up unraveling an alarming conspiracy that threatens to unhinge the entire world. Of additional interest is the inventive fantasy species and their attributes, as well as some very cool magic.

The pacing of the book is quick enough, although enough attention is give
The short version: I liked it.

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A bit of the way this book was written bothered me. I got an impression of the writing being slightly choppy in the beginning, and some of the transitions weren't the smoothest. I felt as if the writer(s) just really wanted to write the next scene and jumped straight to it - there were explanations in the scene itself, so you could eventually catch up, and what happened in between was pretty well implied, but they still didn't actually feel smooth.
I read the first 9% of this free e-book before giving up on it. It's a traditional fantasy with ridiculous naming conventions and the annoying habit of referring to characters by species instead of name. I got so tired of reading "the Demon did this…the Demon said that". He's a main character, perhaps the hero of the story - give him a name! I did really like that the demon character was immediately interesting and relatable. If the writing hadn't suddenly taken a nose dive, I might have continu ...more
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M.S. Verish, better known as Matthew and Stefanie Verish, are co-authors as well as husband and wife. They knew they were destined for marriage when they could write together without killing each other. Their writing partnership has rewarded them with wonderful journeys into the realm of fantasy, culminating in the epic world, Secramore. The couple shares a love of nature and art and lives in Nort ...more
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