Publication Date: September 5, 2011
Reviewer: Amber R.
Zoë Merrick lived a less than ordinary life, until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead.
A man named Adam spotted her running down the road covered in blood, and took her under his wing. Zoë didn't just survive that night - she underwent a physical transformation and acquired strange new abilities. Severed from her old life, her frustration grows as she tries to comprehend what's happening to her.
Serendipity leads her to Justus. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. Zoë learns the truth about what she is, and just how dangerous their world is for a young Mage. The only way she will understand her power is by putting her trust in this man, and accepting the protection he offers.
When her immortal freedom is threatened by the one man who has a right to claim her, Zoë learns the price of freedom...and the value of loyalty.
Sterling definitely brings something new to the forefront. I can't say that for absolutely certainty because although I've been trying my best to read every book, I haven't read them all yet. I wasn't really sure what Sterling was about, I'll admit. However, I was really enthralled in this book when I started reading it.
Zoe goes through a lot in a short period of time. Although we aren't really sure what happens to her or why some of the changes she goes through happens but we do eventually get the answers. I really liked Adam, I felt like he had her best interests at heart. However, things happen that cause her to have to leave Adam. She needs to learn who she is and what she is. And Justus is the man for the job. He's a hard man but he's the best man for the job; to teach Zoe what she is. Once Zoe starts learning about her true self things become muddled even though they were starting to become clear. The man who essentially killed her has claim over her.
If you can get past the confusion of what's going on at first, I think you'll really enjoy this book. It was fast paced and really interesting. I liked seeing this different kind of story line. It's not something I've read before and that kept me into the book. I'm definitely going to continue in this series.
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