Review: Shine by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

I know all good things must come to an end, and despite the fact I am a little sad to say goodbye to these characters, Dannika Dark did a good job wrapping up their story.

This final book in the Mageri series wraps up almost all of the loose ends building over the course of the previous installments. And many of them tie together quite seamlessly. And the ax hanging over Logan‘s head about Terek’s death finally falls. Of course it had to. And it is all the more stirring, since Silver has accepted him as her mate. We learn what made Paige separate from Justus. And that one was kind of easy to figure out, but I enjoyed how it progressed anyway. Same thing with Adam’s mysterious blonde songbird we met in the last book. I’m glad the author did not rush this relationship the way some of the others were done, but it is obvious that these two are destined for an HEA. Her identity did not come as a great surprise, but I did appreciate the symmetry of it all.

Despite the fact there were a few things I found a little predictable and a little easy, there were a few minor surprises, particularly about Novis, Finn, and the way we witness the culmination of Silver’s ability. The climax was very dramatic and satisfying.

The core romance gave me everything I needed, but surprisingly held off on a few things I expected it to deliver. That’s OK, though. There were enough ways that the story ended borderline too perfect. I appreciate that not every stereotypical ideal had to be reached. Though I would have liked to have seen some kind of ceremony for these two.

There was plenty of action, angst, and warm and fuzzy feelings. My eyes, admittedly, welled up more than once.

Overall, this is absolutely a series worth reading. It has tens of thousands of ratings and reviews out there, so I’m obviously late to this party. But I’m glad I finally joined up. I understand that Dark’s other series all tie into the same world so I will no doubt end up reading them.

Obviously, this is not the book for new reader to jump in, but if you’re one of the few people who have not read this series, I would recommend you give Sterling a try. Soon, I think you’ll be as hooked as the rest of us.

Rating: B/B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Dannika Dark
Release Date: December 19, 2013

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