Thursday, 23 January 2014

Review: The Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper

The Garnet DaggerTitle: The Garnet Dagger
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pub date: March 25th 2013
Buy: Amazon 
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?

A massive thank you to Andrea R. Cooper for letting me read this book for my honest review.

So the story follows Brock who is an Elvin living in a land amongst trees who always had a liking to human culture and sneaking away to watch humans and their behaviour. Until one day, a vampyre puts a curse on him turning him into a Vaer. (Still with me) Right so poor old Brock’s marriage to Liana is put on hold after he kisses her and accidentally steals her life essence. Oops.  He is then banished from his land to follow the quest set out by the ancient prophecies of killing a witch in order to get rid of his stealing essences habit. Easy peasy right. Not really.

After being captured by Father Morgan, he finds a witch with healing powers that helps him escape and will not leave him alone. But is she the witch from the prophecy? If so, why does he lust over her? Can he kill her to fulfil the prophecy and save his family?

Quite proud of the detailed description of the book I must say so.

So the book is a paranormal romance filled with mystery and confusion all around.  The writing I need to point out is very grabbing. The language alone is great, the book is set in the mythical olden days where innkeepers had to bring your bath to you and then carry water up to you so I did not expect to really know what was going on half the time. Ms Cooper has done a great job telling the story from a male point of view and making sure that everything was easy to understand.

The idea behind the book is intriguing. However it is not the best book; it’s also not the worst book. 

This little book has a story that fits only certain types of readers and it is an average book. There is nothing extraordinary about the book.  There are good and bad points about the story line, the characters and even the writing along the book.

I love the fact that Ms Cooper let the relationship between Brock and Celeste grow naturally over the months it’s not something authors really pay attention to. But I hate the fact that when Brock does steal the essence from people it’s not explained very well how it feels, what it’s like, ect. There is just a little description on something that I believe should matter a lot.

The book is a good enough read. It’s not something I would have picked up for myself exactly but I’m glad I got the chance to read the book. It’s just an ordinary book about some not ordinary characters and a story line about a quest. 

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