Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature? Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Audible Audio, 11 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Tantor Audio
Four stars: A thrilling and exciting UF book with intriguing characters.
Raven Black is always on the run. She is a crossbreed: half Vampire, half Mage. She doesn’t fit in anywhere. As a rogue she stays alive the best she can while hinting and killing the evildoers. Then one night, Raven meets Victor, a Russian Shifter, who offers her a job and a place to call home as part of a covert organization known as Keystone. Raven is leery, but she decides to check it out. If she stays a member of Keystone, her partner will be Christian Poe, a snotty vampire who drives her crazy. Unfortunately, Raven has been rogue for so long, she has a hard time adapting to working with others and following the rules. Will Raven finally find a place to call home?
What I Liked:
- I have been reading stellar reviews for Dannika Dark’s books, so I finally decided to take the plunge and try one. What is wrong with me? Why didn’t I do it sooner? I immediately devoured this book. Loved the characters and the story. I need more.
- I loved the complex cast of characters. First off, there is Raven. I am going to be honest, Raven was a little hard for me to connect with as she is rough around the edges. She is a loner, and she has some big issues. I felt sorry for her, but I wasn’t always a fan of her rash decisions. I would call her a work in progress, I know she is going to grow and change, and I am eager to see how she turns out. I loved the characters in Keystone. Christian Poe, the vampire, is all kinds of interesting. Dark, brooding and sexy, I loved him. My other favorite was blind, healer Mage. Blue, the shapeshifter, was an enigma and I want to learn more about her. I am eager for more from this rag tag group.
- The story was packed with danger and action. There was hardly a moment to catch your breath. Even a simple shopping trip is fraught with danger.
- The climax was brilliant. Lots of action and it leads up to a satisfying finale. No cliffhangers, it ends in a good spot, leaving the reader eager for more.
- I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Nicole Poole. Ms Poole does an excellent job with the characters, and I appreciated that she was able to pull of Irish and Russian accents. I will be listening to the rest of the series.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled somewhat with the world building. I never felt like I had a good sense for the world. Why was it always cloudy and rainy? I hoping the world is fleshed out more in the next volumes.
- I grew increasingly frustrated with Raven’s lack of knowledge of vampire and mage powers. I know that all will be revealed soon, but it was annoying to not have a better picture of what the supernaturals can do.
- I am hoping I will like Raven more in future volumes. She is rough around the edges and too impetuous right now.
Keystone was a fantastic introduction to a new author and a new UF series for me. I loved the characters, the camaraderie, the action, the danger and all the supernaturals. I devoured this book, and I can’t wait for more. I should have read this sooner.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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