Review: “The Garnet Dagger” – Andrea R. Cooper

December 21, 2013 Book Review 2

Review: “The Garnet Dagger” – Andrea R. CooperThe Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper
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Published on: 25th March 2013
Published by: Crimson Romance
Pages: 222
Series: Legends of Oblivion #1
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

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 realising 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?

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My Thoughts

When I first started reading this book I will admit I wasn’t sure. It’s not my usual type of read, but I was pleasantly surprised as Andrea Cooper brought me into this world that she had created and took me on a journey of self discovery and love.

Brook is one of the Elven, and a curious one at that. One day on his way home from the human world he is attacked by a vampyre. What follows is a curse that threatens all those that he loves. To save him kind Brook must find a specific witch and spill her blood.

I, like probably a lot of people my age, have read numerous vampire books. Always about humans being bitten, and the consequences of it. The refreshing thing about this book was that it wasn’t a human being bitten by a vampyre, and it wasn’t a human-vampire romance. The vampyre is the bad guy, end of story.

Brook is a very likeable character who is forced into a horrible situation. The way Cooper writes him makes it very easy for us to sympathise over his predicament. The book is written from his POV in first person, which isn’t easy to pull off, but Cooper does it very successfully.

Celeste is very far from your typical damsel in distress character. When Brook finds her she has spent years being abused, but instead of wrecking her she becomes even stronger. She is kick-ass and, smart and independent and is in fact the strong one who gets her an Brook through a few dangerous situations.

Cooper brings us into a world full of numerous mythical and magical creatures and it is really interesting to read. However at times the descriptions feel a bit lacking and their were parts of the story were I felt myself getting a bit lost.

The idea for the story is a good one, and although I mostly enjoyed reading it there were parts that felt a bit lacking. There were times when I felt like the characters were literally just wandering around waiting for the next exciting thing to happen.

A romance between our main characters was not surprising and thankfully it was not an insta-love connection. However, after nearly a full book of nothing much romantic happening suddenly everything happens and it all just feels a bit fake and all too convenient.

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Final Thoughts

Overall a great idea and story, but the book was not consistent in pulling it off. I doubt I will continue with this trilogy.

Re-Readability: Nope

I would recommend this book to fans of: Fantasy, elves, fantasy creatures

Rating Didn't Enjoy

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The Author

1) Where did the idea/inspiration for The Garnet Dagger come from?
My idea for The Garnet Dagger came from the movie Underworld. I was in the movie theater and loved the protagonist’s voice and the mood of the film. At the end (*spoiler alert) I thought if there can be a vampire-werewolf hybrid, what about another species?
What if an Elvin was bitten by a vampire? How would this dark gift manifest itself in a creature of light and magic? I wrote The Garnet Dagger the same year that Underworld was in the theaters. I thought I was only going to write one book, but it turned into a trilogy.
I’m working on revisions to Book Two – Son of Dragons, and Book Three – War of Darkness.

2) Where did you start when creating the world for The Garnet Dagger? Was there a lot of research that you did and then adapted for your world, or did it all just come straight from your head?
The entire world for The Garnet Dagger came from my imagination. When I was younger, I saw elves on TV as The Shoemaker and Santa’s elves, and I never thought of them as tiny. Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to read or watch Tolkien, Martin, C.S. Lewis, or anything that had to do with magic or mythical creatures. So naturally, I craved them and still do. It wasn’t until I was an adult and saw the first Lord of Rings movie that I said, “yes, that what Elves look like.”

3) Who is your favourite character and what is your favourite part of The Garnet Dagger?
Celeste is my favourite character in The Garnet Dagger. I like the part in the book where Brock is fighting the Bergone and doesn’t listen to Celeste’s advice. It shows both of their characteristics. I also enjoy their bantering with each other throughout the book.

4) When did you realise that you wanted to be a writer and what did you do to make sure you got to this point?
Ever since I can remember, I thought up characters or plot and acted them out with friends. However, I wrote poems from fourteen until my mid-twenties. Then the characters and their stories that I had created as a kid came back demanding to have their stories told. This time, words on paper became the stage.

5) If you could invite any 5 authors (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would you chose?
J.R.R. Tolkien (because he was a master of creating worlds and characters), Terry Goodkind (because he was the first fantasy writer I read and opened the floodgates of other authors I love), P.C. Cast (to find out how she writes the HON novels to appeal to YA and adult readers alike), Kim Harrison (to ask how she makes difficult characters likeable), J.R. Ward (to discuss her books and who would play the main characters in movies).

6) If a book was written on your life, what would it be called?
The Storyteller, because I’ve always thought up characters, plots, and worlds. I remember kids coming up to me at recess in Elementary School asking what we were going to play that day. I came up with the story, then me and my friends acted out the characters.

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