I liked the premise for Seven Years. Wolf shifters and mages are the main players in this first UF installment. Dannika Dark begins by introducing a sI liked the premise for Seven Years. Wolf shifters and mages are the main players in this first UF installment. Dannika Dark begins by introducing a still grieving Lexi Knight on the seventh anniversary of her brother's death, as well as her brother's best friend Austin Cole just returned home after having been gone those seven years. He is a young wolf alpha assembling his pack. His return home is filled with guilt caused by his discovery that Lexi and her family were abandoned and left without protection by her father after Lexi's brother's death. She and her family are in danger and Austin arrives on the scene just in time to become their protector.
Austin comes off as too overprotective, but he is a nice guy who gives Lexi choices we don't usually find in other stories with alpha shifters as protagonists. Lexi and her family have been targeted from a few different fronts. She is independent and used to taking care of her mother and little sister, but Lexi, who is new the world of shifters and magic, doesn't ask the right questions and suffers from lack of judgment. On the other hand, Austin doesn't explain situations clearly and makes some pretty basic mistakes himself. Some of it has to do with their mutual attraction, but much of it seems to be lack of experience or stubbornness from both sides.
I like many of the secondary characters in this UF series and the whole mage with shifters magic that develops. Some sections of the storyline did not quite make sense, i.e., Lexi inheriting a business when she is admittedly not the most knowledgeable or close to the person who left it to her. But it could be that this thread is further developed later on. Overall a good first installment filled with a sense of menace, action, and interesting secondary characters. Even with some of the issues mentioned above, Seven Years is a good enough read that I will follow up by picking up the second book of the series....more
Surprise! The best urban fantasy read of the year so far. Way to weave threads throughout the series and wrap them up while creating new ones! AnswersSurprise! The best urban fantasy read of the year so far. Way to weave threads throughout the series and wrap them up while creating new ones! Answers, betrayals, heartbreak, loyal friends and more questions for a Toby that is finally paying attention. Love this installment. ...more
I loved Rachel Bach's Paradox series and as a result decided to pick up this new book. This refreshing urban fantasy installment, first in a series wrI loved Rachel Bach's Paradox series and as a result decided to pick up this new book. This refreshing urban fantasy installment, first in a series written under her name Aaron, is filled with dangerous action and humor. I love the main characters, Julius the young, nice dragon and his side kick the tougher and more worldly mage Marci. However, the secondary characters are fantastic and make this book a well-rounded urban fantasy read: Bethesda the Broodmare, the Heartstriker's dragon's mother, and Julius' siblings, Chelsea the Enforcer, Ian the Suave and Spoiled, Cocky Justin, and of course my favorite Bob (Brohomir) the Crazy Seer.
This first book is a solid introduction to a series set in a free for all Detroit Free Zone where magic with weird, fantastical creatures and modern technically savvy dragons (with ancient traditional values) are the basis for the world-building. There is only a hint of romance with some promise in that area. I'm hooked. ...more