The Garnet Dagger
Blurb: Everyone knows what happens when a vampire bites a human…but what if the victim is Elvin?
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 his 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?
The Garnet Dagger Excerpt: Chapter One (condensed)
I’ve known death. For over half a millennia, I escorted many to death at the end of my sword. In the eyes of the dying, I watched it shroud them. Foolishly, I thought many more eras would pass before death came for me. It came so swiftly that I could not run; I could not escape. At a village, dressed in human clothes, I took in everything.
I delayed my return to my people as I watched human jugglers bounce torches and knifes. It was autumn equinox and the festivities would continue well into the night. Children laughed as they chased each other. A trail of leaves from their costumes twirled after them. It was dark when I reached the forest.
I hiked slower than my normal speed, so as not to startle whatever human called out. My leather boots crunched upon dried, diseased leaves and bark. Horrified, I glanced up. Branches twisted around each other to suffocating. Lifeless limbs cracked in the wind. Flesh of the trees sloughed off in layers, exposing its bones. Gashes hollowed out chunks of warmth. Fragments of leaves clung to finger tips, marking sepulchers of the dying trees. Trees mourned with wails like splitting wood, and I brought my hands over my ears. I must flee before I became infected, they told me. Flee before the stain of this defilement creeps into you, they warned. Trees spoke to my kind, always had. Yet these trees were in such agony of death that I could not breathe. Felt as though my lungs had folded in on themselves, like a moth unable to break loose from its cocoon.
Cooper, Andrea R. (2013-03-25). The Garnet Dagger (Crimson Romance) (Kindle Locations 60-67). F+W Media. Kindle Edition.
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Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Author Website: www.AndreaRCooper.com
The Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by Karen
Brock, an elf, have grown up without knowing that his bloodline was part of a prophecy. When the prophecy finally came for Brock, it took away everything he knew. An outcast, Brock is given one chance to try and save himself and his world. He must find a witch and with the garnet dagger, spill her blood upon the earth and free the world of the curse that is him.
Brock ventures out into the world and searches for this witch. He searches amongst children, as the prophecy says that she would still be young, still be child. But as the months past and Brock’s curse rains havoc, he can’t find her.
Until he was captured by an insane priest determined to rid the world of everything magical, including Brock. He finds a young girl, and with her help escaped to continue his search. But the young woman have joined him in his journey, and as time passes he falls madly in love with her. But when Brock finally find the witch he needs to slay, his world tumbles into chaos. Would he be able to sacrifice his heart to save his people? Or would he destroy earth to save the woman he loves?
What an amazing adventure! I was glued to the pages from start to finish. Cooper have created an amazing adventure filled with betrayal, love, anger, loss and so much more. Following Brock’s journey I fell madly in love with this character. Brock is a fine warrior and a decent being, all he wants is to rid the world of the curse that have befallen him. The more his journey continued the more my heart bled for him. When Brock finally meets Celeste I was so relieved for him. But Cooper made sure that this part of the journey became even crazier. Celeste is no nitwit child, having survived all these years under constant torture she is more determined to end the evil that took her family. When two strong warriors meets you just know that the story is going to turn into an epic battle between duty and love. I was not disappointed. Coopers writing style was perfect and I had no trouble at all to fall into pace and keep up with the story. An amazing adventure that you really need to read. Well-deserved 5 Stars from me.
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