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Sterling (Mageri #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  9,795 Ratings  ·  702 Reviews
Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until the night she was brutally attacked. She narrowly escapes death, rescued by Adam Razor, an ex-soldier who offers her friendship and a place to stay. But something else is different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body.

Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. She meets him by cha
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published September 5th 2011 by Dannika Dark
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Abigail Myers No, not in the 1st one.
Stick with the series it gets better and better as the books progress.
Heather If you are going to read the series I would not skip this one as there is a lot if world building and character development that you will miss. If you…moreIf you are going to read the series I would not skip this one as there is a lot if world building and character development that you will miss. If you like Ilona Andrews (kate daniels series) you will probably like this series. Is it as awesome as the Kate Daniels series- no but it is worth the read.(less)

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Jan 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am going to start by admitting that I didn't actually finish it, I gave up 56% in.

For me, if the prospect of sleeping instead of staying up all night to read a novel is more tempting...then the story has failed.

That's what happened with Sterling.

I found the premise and concept interesting, all the mage, mageri and Breed, but it wasn't enough. What deterred me from continuing was the protagonist. I honestly could not stand Zoe, or Learner.

Seriously, isn't it absurd that when you're attacked
Jun 01, 2012 rated it did not like it

Oh, this silly book! The concept was great, the execution awful! Be forewarned. Stupidity abounds! To wit, I was dumbfounded that anyone could be so stupid as our heroine, Zoe. I ask you, who would come back to life after being MURDERED by a stranger in a deserted place, then go walking dark streets, yet again, with another total stranger? Certainly no one I'm interested in reading about.

I could forgive Zoe staying at the house of the man who rescued her, Adam, (though I can't say
Sterling is the first installment in Dannika Dark's adult, urban fantasy series titled Mageri. I have found a lot of joy in Ms. Dark's Seven series and was interested in experiencing her earlier work. I have to admit I'm pretty conflicted about Sterling. It is such a promising start to a series I do intend to continue but there were many notable distractions caused by the writing.

I always have a hard time critiquing an author's storytelling because it's not like I could do any better, but for t
Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: indie, signal
Zoe is a woman stuck in a strange, male-dominated culture.
She's surrounded by men who insist that (1) they love her and are absolutely devoted to protecting her, but (2) because of a series of stupid rules and traditions, they're going to do horrible things to her now.

This was honestly pretty terrible. I very rapidly got sick of Zoe's string of pandering-yet-domineering boyfriends. I was uncomfortable with the way she kept abandoning one of them when the next one showed up: basically she would s
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Pamela by: Danielle (Danniegurl)
Shelves: paranormal
I think I found another series-addiction!

This book captured me right from the start. After Zoë is altered by an unknown man, who attacked her on her way home, she is taken in by Adam, a guy she runs into when fleeing. I loved him immediately, although I always wondered why he never pressed to learn more about what happened to her. He does eventually, but if I were him I would have wanted to know right after meeting Zoë. Especially since Zoë's appearance changes after the attack and with time it
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Zoe was an ordinary girl, leading an ordinary and somewhat boring life. Until one fateful night when she is on her way home from a night out. She is brutally attacked. She thought she died during the attack, remembered her heart stopped beating, until she woke up.

That night everything changed. She was running down the highway, covered in blood when Adam found her and took her in. He became her friend and protector. After Adam took her home, she fell into unconsciousness for three days and when
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
The premise of the book made me think I would enjoy it. I was wrong.

The main character (I can’t even bring myself to calling her a heroine) is Zoe and she is one of the silliest characters ever. She is surrounded by a bunch of domineering males and they all think it’s perfectly fine to treat her as if she were (choose all that apply):
- a child (oh wait, she acts like one!)
- a brainless twit (oh wait, she is!)
- an object (oh wait, that one is pretty obvious: Zoe is a woman and therefore an obje
☕ Kimberly
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world in STERLING is the same from the Crossbreed and Seven series making this urban fantasy a welcome listen. We meet Zoë Merrick a twenty-nine-year-old human on the night she is attacked and killed. She awakens in a body bag and runs for her life. She awakens three days later to find she is healed and physically changed. The first few chapters were interesting, and I was curious to discover what Zoë was. I enjoyed the growing friendship between her and Adam the man who discovered and prote ...more
Pam Nelson
5 Sterling Stars

I have never made it a secret that I love Dannika Darks writing. Her Seven Series is and probably will be one of my most favorite shifter books ever.

Now the Mageri Series is just as well written, she sucks you in and doesn’t let you go. You become invested in Zoe and everything she is put through. To become what she is. She has strength like no other character I have read. She only shows her hurt when she literally can’t hide it any longer and even then she is fighting to contai
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I have to say that this is one of my top favorite series. Dannika has done a brilliant job creating the world of the Mageri. Her characters are so captivating that you get emotionally connected with them. This was a nonstop read. Zoe was attacked on her way home from a night out with her friend. Left for dead, luck was on her side when Adam found her. With mysterious Adam by her side, Zoe struggles to recover from her attack and find out who attacked her. Not to
*I gave this audiobook 4 Stars for the story and 4.5 stars for the narration at The Book Nympho*

Being a huge fan of The Seven Series by the fabulous author/narrator duo of Dannika Dark and Nicole Poole, and with that series now complete, I was thrilled to find that there was an entirely whole other predecessor series, the Mageri Series, waiting for my discovery. So with the Seven Series sadly over, I jumped right into listening to Sterling (the first book in the Mageri Series); and what a ride
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
This and other reviews can also be found on my blog.

This whole book was amazing! Extremely well written, a completely new world that made sense little by little, and intriguing and very likeable characters!

Zoë was a normal 29-year-old until one night she decided to take a short-cut home, where she was attacked and thought she died. She woke up in a body bag - completely panicked, after getting out of the bag and the ambulance, she ran like the devil was after her, until Adam found her.

Adam and Z
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
STERLING starts with Zoe Winter Merrick heading for a night out on the town with her best friend Sunny. After a few hours hanging in a club, Zoe heads home. Zoe is attacked violently by an unusual supernatural being on the way home and is left “dead”. Well, dead for a little while, she wakes up in an ambulance’s body bag Upon waking confused and scared, Zoe rips her way out and runs for her life. She runs right into Adam Razor.

Adam find Zoe crumpled on the ground bloody and confused and he takes
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was great from beginning to end.
Not your typical UF with shifters/weres/vampires, this series centers around the world of the Mage.
While it had some errors that should have been caught with editing, it didn't detract from the story.
Although the story was well paced, some little things bugged me:
1- When Remy was telling Zoe her "future" she just got up & walked to the bar. WHY?? Wouldn't you want to know more about this new life you were just thrown into?
2- When Zoe felt a presen
Naomi 🐨
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific book - absolutely loved Sterling❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ now onto book 2 ...more
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Danielle (Danniegurl) by: Bridget

Re-read with Gotta Have Romance with a Kick group in the Dannika Dark Book Series Buddy Read that I'm putting on in the group. We were reading the entire Magiverse. Come join! :)

Second Review

So we find out a bit in this book and basically how this new world works for Zoe. We also find out what specifically happened to her, since she doesn't know.

Basically Zoe is a (view spoiler) what that means is that she can (
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One word - WOW, there are no words that I can think of that do this 1st book from Dannika justice, I was hooked from the beginning, there is all that you would look for in a book, a bit of romance, a lot of action, interesting characters - very interesting characters, there is something in this book that everyone will like. I cannot wait for the 2nd book in this series to see where this one takes us and what we learn in it.
Dannika Dark
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Brandee Price
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gah! Why did I wait so long to read this?!? I'm ever so grateful my friend, Lexxie, from (un)Conventional Bookviews, kept raving about this series. I've been meaning to read it for ages because I knew if Lexxie loved it, I would love it. And guess what? I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to the world of the Mageri!

Ms. Dark did some fine worldbuilding in Sterling. The world of the Mageri is rather complex, the characters even more so. It's the mark of great craftsmanship, in my opinion, when th
James Rulison
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well I know someone who has been waiting for my review on this book. Normally I just put a book down when I can't stand it but I had nothing else to read so I mucked my way through it. I am not even sure where to start. So there is a lot of characters who don't act all human even our main character. There is several traumatic events that happen and she is very flat about them. There was no emotional contact with the characters so they never really warmed up to you. This was the biggest part of w ...more
Anna Serene
DNF'd @ 39% 5/6/16

Not enjoying it. The first 25% was good, but once Justus (again, stupid name) entered the picture I was over it.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF fans
3 stars to the first half of the book, 4 to the last half.

I enjoyed the premise of this book, which is that Mage, who can control energy in different ways, can be made. A Mage is not a witch. A Mage can live forever and stay young forever. A Mage can only be made by a Mage that has the special power of making. Once a Mage is made and presented to the council that oversees all Mage, they are given a Mage name.

The plot of this book includes a twenty-something girl names Zoe, who is forced into b
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good pnr and doesn’t mind caveman antics or love triangles
4 stars

Holy hot alpha men, I LOVED this. Sterling is a short, slow-build but hard-hitting paranormal romance with not 1, not 2, but a damn parade of hot, possessive alpha men. Topped off with super special sundae sauce (a suspenseful plot) and some really serious feels, this was McDelicious. Apologies, I had an Oreo McFlurry today for the first time in years and forgot how FREAKING good they taste.

The plot: Zoe Merrick is unremarkable, unnoticed and unknown. Until one night she is attacked, ki
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is not your run of the mill, every day paranormal series. It is so amazingly unique. I seriously can not stop talking about it to my reading buddies. I am pretty sure they are all going to read it just to shut me up. There is so much I love about it.
Zoe is a very to relate to. She finds herself thrown head first into the world of the paranormal. She feels like someone you might know and watching her grow as she comes to terms with what has happened to her and the new life she now leads. Ad
Rachel Heather Sangster
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, supernatural
I really liked this book, the writing was good, the characters well built and the descriptions were on-point. There was never a moment where you're thinking 'okay I can imagine the way sunlight is pouring in blah blah, get on with it' nor were there moments I thought more was needed.
Zoe is our protagonist, and I liked her, freckles, brown eyes, copper hair and all. It's a darn shame she changed quite so drastically.
It all starts when Sunny, Zoe's best friend drops her off at the train station af
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm a little surprised by some of the reviews on this one. This book read a little like English was the author's 2nd language, or like it had been tranlated from another language. Many of the phrases and phrasings had me scratching my head in bemusement. I found the dialogue hard to follow at times, as the author didn't make it clear who was speaking. I honestly found it a hard slog to make it to the end of the book. I'm assuming that the reason for having three carbon-copy males (muscular, attt ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm always amazed when I read other reviewers slam a book I find intriguing. They seems to expect the characters to be fully developed from page one. I for one like character development. We grow, learn, expand our knowledge and horizons - why shouldn't the subjects of the books we read? I LOVE the concept of this book. Humans, who are chosen and changed to become Mage, who then live in immortality like humans and NOT vampires. Reminds me of one of my favorite TV series -Highlander. I have had m ...more
The idea for this book was good, but it was poorly executed. I’m amazed I actually bothered to read the whole thing. The characters did not have any depth and weren’t likeable. I could have cared less if any or all of them died. The storyline did not flow well. Sometimes the characters said things that did not go with the flow of conversation and sections would have to be reread in an attempt to understand what was going on. There were several times where a seemingly important plot element was i ...more
Sarah T
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Please do yourself a favor and read this series! I just finished book 5 last night and it has become one of my favorite series of all time! The characters are amazing and I fell in love with each of them! The story pulls you in and keeps you engaged from start to finish! Each book gets better as the story progresses and I absolutely loved watching the characters develop. I'd like to thank Dannika (and also curse at her for making these amazing characters that I've grown wayyyy too attached to) f ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I know some people didn't like this, but I didn't mind it at all. Although some saw her as being sought after in her womanly attractiveness (?). I saw her skills as intriguing to some and attractive (or as Jimmi H would say, a foxy lady) to others which made her a naive ideal to be manipulated.
Anyway, after all this blather I enjoyed it.
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THE MAGERI SERIES is an exciting urban fantasy romance about a young woman's claim to immortality. Passionate, humorous, dark, and full of unpredictable twists, the Mageri series will take you on an unforgettable journey of love, friendship, and the hidden power within us all. C
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