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Friday, June 17, 2011

ARC Review: Dark Magick by Stacey Thompson-Geer and Stevie Trinity

Dark Magick
by Stacey Thompson-Geer and Stevie Trinity
Series: The Gatekeeper, Bk 1
Publisher: Wicked Nights Publishing
Publication Date: June 17, 2011 Release date was postponed till next week due to final edits not getting done correctly. If you like to pre-order click HERE
Format: E-ARC
Rating: 4 STARS

BLURB courtesy of Wicked Nights Publishing
The world has changed, we have changed. The world we once knew has fallen away and left us in a wasteland of Magick. Powerful witches and underworld gods control our lives. The past comes back in ways we are not prepared for. The Gatekeepers are our only hope. The question is if we can get to them first. 

We are thrust right into the story, unsure of what has happened and what will happen. As the story unfolds we are given minuscule information on why the war happened and who actually started it. Dark Magick is told from Rhea and Lynn’s point of view. At times it was a bit confusing figuring out who was talking and the transition between the past and present was murky at times. Since this was an uncorrected manuscript I will not judge this book on those parts, only on the content which was an intriguing read.

Lynn and Rhea are strong witches who were brought together by fate and they are charged with getting the guardian to the gate and close it off to stop all the horrible things from coming through. War is being waged and witches are being hunted down by the government and if they don’t want to join their side they will be killed. The freedom fighters, as Lynn and Rhea call themselves, have help from several characters but the biggest help comes from Aberta, a Fae, who has just a little crush on Lynn. Raiden (my favorite character) is not too happy about Aberta coming into the fold but he does see his usefulness. Raiden is one of the men from Lynn’s past life and has always been with her. In what way is unclear but we see his devotion quite clearly. Rhea’s daughter, Allora, emerges as very bright beacon of light and is considered an Orenda, strong magical power, who must be protected because Allora and children like her will be the future leaders. Allora and Lynn’s daughter Hannah have the spell that must be given to the gatekeeper once they reach the gate.
The big baddies after the freedom fighters are Kalerian, who has an unhealthy obsession with Lynn, and Acacia, who is extremely jealous of Rhea’s power. Acacia and Rhea were coven sisters before the War but whereas Rhea chose freedom, Acacia wanted more power and chose the other side.

We learn a lot about Lynn and Rhea. How they met, their families and their secrets. The secrets are what will tear them apart and cause them to lose this battle if they don’t come clean with each other. The secondary characters really pull Dark Magick along. There are several magical beings introduced. Not only are there witches but there are fey, warlocks, wizards and other more horrific beings.

The storyline keeps you flipping the pages. I grew to love the characters and thought there was a lot of originality spread throughout. Will be awaiting another book in this series!

*Book was received from author for the purposes of an honest review.