Publisher: Crimson Romance
From the Cover:
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?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Brock is an Elvin with a liking for the human culture, curious creatures who capture his attention, and he’s not really sure why. Marriage to Liana will put an end to his human wanderings. On one of his trips, he comes across a human desperate for help with the forest is dying around him. Brock doesn’t want to stop, but feels he must offer help. When he does, he’s attack by the creature who isn’t human after all, but vampyre. Instead of taking Brock’s life as was the creature’s intention, Brock somehow manages to steal the vampyre’s essence, turning Brock into the Vaer, both the curse of his people and their savior. He’s banished from his land after accidentally taking Liana’s life. He must search for, find, and kill the witch foretold in the ancient prophecies or suffer banishment, the loss of his father, and the forest with all his people.
Celeste, a witch with healing powers attempts to help him, but is she the witch from the prophecies? And if she’s the prophecised witch, how come she stirs his heart? Can he kill her if he must?
The Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper is a paranormal romance filled with mystery of the Elvin way and magic. Brock doesn’t understand the prophecies until it’s too late, both for himself and Liana. Banished, he sets off to find the witch that can free him and his people. Celeste has been abused and used by the unholy monks, one in particular has a cruel streak, Father Morgan. When Brock ends up her cellmate, she saves him, but can he do the same for her? Or will he have to kill her, even as it breaks his heart?
The Garnet Dagger is told in the first person POV, from Brock’s perspective. It’s hard writing in the male perspective, but Ms. Cooper pulls it off. It’s even harder to write in the first person, everyone has their own style, but she manages to kept the story engaging. If you like stories that contain a bit of mysticism as well as a bit of romance, you’re going to enjoy The Garnet Dagger. Brock encounters hardship after hardship, yet, by the end of the story, he has the prophecy figured out and it’s not at all what you expected. An entertaining read from Ms. Cooper!
Five Star Read for this review!
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.