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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 prisonerForbidden 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?...

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The Garnet Dagger Reviews

  • Andrea Cooper
    2019-02-24 12:51

    I hope you enjoy The Garnet Dagger. This is a fantasy/ paranormal with a light romance thread and is Book 1 of the Legends of Oblivion Series.Book 1.5, Cursed in Shadow is forthcoming March 2014Book 2, Son of Dragons is forthcoming. Book 3, War of Darkness, have been written and I'm working on edits.Thank you.

  • Am4u ❀ ~ AprilMarie4u ~ ❀
    2019-03-24 11:53

    Recommended for...People who love YA novels with fantasy, action, and romance. Characters...I loved all of Brock’s (the male lead character) inner-dialogue and thoughts. Plus, I just really liked this character. Some of his reactions to the lead female character Celeste were really funny. Celeste is portrayed as a strong, independent, resourceful, and smart young women. I loved reading about this character. If you need a break from reading about stupid and needy female characters, then this book is definitely for you. Writing style...When I first started reading this book I was surprised to see it written in the 1st person PoV of the male lead character Brock. Despite all my doubts, the author was absolutely and completely successful in making me believe I was reading through the male perspective. The sentence structure was also different from what I was use to. In general I think the author did a good job with staying consistent to the form. However, because of this form/style of writing, it kept me a little distant from the characters. I still liked the characters, but didn’t connect to them emotionally. The bad...The story dragged a little in the middle, but it did soon pick up again. I would have liked a little more information/world building details on the fae, vampyres, and witches. The romance portion near the end didn’t work for me personally. Overall...A very well written and interesting book, plus it has a fae infected by a vampyre - how cool is that!?! ** Copy provided by author for I could get caught up in the series for beta reading.

  • Jonel Boyko
    2019-03-24 11:34

    This is an intensely heartfelt novel. Cooper combines the supernatural with real emotions to create something beyond compare. This author paints a vivid picture of the world that she has created. As a reader you’re drawn in and have no desire to escape. It was so intriguing to see the prophecy intertwining with reality in this remarkable tale. It was breathtaking at times.The characters in this novel were also uniquely developed. As a reader you get to know them as they get to know each other and themselves. The stark contrast between the personalities and beliefs of the various characters added to the aura of the tale. I also got really caught up in the writing style that Cooper uses for this tale. By writing this as a first person narrative Cooper gives you a direct link to the main character. I found myself thinking like him, and using his speech & thought patterns. As a whole, Cooper takes the fantasy storyline and runs in the opposite direction to create a breathtaking work of art. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • ★Moonrise Books
    2019-02-24 15:44

    The Garnet Dagger is an epic fantasy romance that incorporates historical elements with mythological beings in an enchanting world of love, honor, and lore. Vivid imagery and descriptive passages create an alluring backdrop to this rich, well written, and absorbing tale of elves, dragons, and witches. But don’t be fooled, this is not a children’s fairy tale! Brock has always had a fascination for humans, and has secretly crossed the barrier to the human realm on more than one occasion. But when a curse befalls him, he finds himself cast from his home, as the elders advise, “Our fate depends on you. You are the Reaper of Death, but also the Bringer of our Hope.” Leaving his elven home, Brock journeys into the unknown world where he soon learns that things are much more complex, and far more magical, than he ever imagined. Traveling from village to village, he gathers bits and pieces of clues, and eventually joins forces with the tortured waif of a woman, Celeste, who has her own battles to overcome. The Garnet Dagger incorporates dark elements, brutality, and mildly descriptive sexual encounters into a perfectly paced and enthralling story. Beautifully executed and thoroughly spellbinding, this story was more of a journey than a book. And I loved every minute of it! A rare gem, indeed.

  • Becky
    2019-03-10 11:37

    It was cool that the vampires are different, they don't suck blood. Instead they take their souls. It was fun to read with dragons too.

  • Lillie Roberts
    2019-03-17 13:56

    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 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 out of five fairy kisses for this reader.I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Rowena May O'Sullivan
    2019-03-08 07:42

    The Garnet Dagger is a great, fast paced read written in the first person. I really enjoyed this new author from Crimson Romance. The Garnet Dagger has an interesting premise and was drawn so clearly I could see everything as it happened. The Elvin hero Brock is cursed after being bitten by a Vampyre and is banished from his home. A prophecy states he must spill the blood of a witch and kill her in order to cure the dying world. But how cruel his fate when the witch, Celeste, turns out to be the one he has fallen in love with. This book had very vivid characters and I could see it all as if watching a movie. Looking forward to the next book by Andrea R Cooper!

  • Laura Mcgee
    2019-02-24 11:27

    In this story it takes you along with Brock an Elvin who like to go to the forbidden human world. One night on his way back home Brock is attacked by a creature and an old prophesy will be filled. In order to save his family he has to break the curse. On his travels he helps save Celeste, who tries to hide some secrets of her own. Will Brock be able to stop the curse? Will Celeste be able to keep her life and Brock? Or will it go bad and they lose everything? That is something you will have to find out. This book is a great read! It takes you around corners you didn't know were there. I will give this book a 5 fang review

  • Nas Dean
    2019-03-20 11:56

    THE GARNET DAGGER by author Andrea R. Cooper is a Crimson Romance release for July 2013.Brock, though forbidden made frequent sojourns to human land. Then he was bitten by a vampire. It became a curse for him. Why was he then exiled?He must now find a witch who could free him. Could Celeste be that witch. He has to face difficult trials to find out. Could he kill her when the time comes? THE GARNET DAGGER was a well written story. The author Andrea R Cooper did fabulous world-building. The relationship depicted between the two main characters is flawless. And the description was very vivid.Highly recommended for all lovers of Paranormal romance.

  • Brandy Dorsch
    2019-03-23 14:34

    This was a wonderfully written story. I am still new to the fantasy world but I am impressed with how well developed this debut author has made this world. I like to read stories that I can visualize in my head and this one allowed it.I am not a huge Elvin fan, but I am anxious to see where she takes Brock and Celeste. I recommend everyone check out this new author if you are a Fantasy lover!

  • Sharon Tidwell Migl
    2019-03-14 13:51

    "The Garnet Dagger" is a compelling Elvin, Vampyre story that has intrigue, passion, and action without being so graphic that it leaves nothing for your imagination to create it's own visualization.

  • Jadie
    2019-03-18 08:39

    I can't wait to read the next book with Brock and Celeste.

  • Berls
    2019-03-08 15:52

    Review appeared first at Fantasy is More Fun I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewMy Initial Reaction...More than anything, I was swept away by the creativity of this book. Cooper satisfies your expectations, by giving you elves, vampires (which she spells vampyre), and witches but then she topples those expectations by making each fantasy creature so different from anything you've read. And to mix it up, she throws in a few you've never heard of. This book drew me in and I had a hard time setting it down when it was time to go to bed.The Story...The story centers on the quest of an elf, named Brock, to heal his lands, save his people, and cure himself of his curse. Brock finds humans interesting and longs to see more of them. His curiosity lands him in serious trouble, though. One day traveling in human lands (despite strict orders not to cross the elven barrier), Brock encounters a vampire and is changed by the vampire's bite, igniting a set of prophecy fulfilling events with him right at the center, whether he likes it or not. The fate of his people and their lands now lie in his hands - to save them he must pierce the heart and spill the blood of one witch, whom he must find using a magical garnet dagger. On top of that, he has been cursed by the vampire's bite; he sucks the life force from all whom he touches.He finds Celeste, a witch gifted with healing powers, but imprisoned by monks and eventually he learns that she is the witch of the prophecy. But not before they've each saved each other's lives, gotten to know each other, and started to fall in love. Not to mention they are constantly fighting for their lives against all sorts of magical creatures, sent by an evil warlock determined to twist the prophecies to his will. The action is thrilling, the creativity constantly surprises, and the romance will touch your heart. This is not one of those insta-love scenarios where you find yourself rolling your eyes at the incredulity. The situations that Brock and Celeste are thrown into shape their relationship in very believable, topsy-turvy ways.I do have a few minor complaints that keep this book from being a 5 star read for me The moments of prophecy were sometimes confusing for me and I had to slow down and reread them to fully understand what was happening. Likewise some of the action scenes snuck up so quickly that I found myself reading back to find what transition I had missed. Sometimes it was there, but a bit awkward and unclear. At other times it was missing altogether. The author also has a habit of writing fragmented sentences, missing the subject- usually the "I" - for example: "Told them of the human clothes, and sneaking out." I don't mind, this style from time to time for effect, in fact I even like it. But it was overused in my opinion (you can open almost any page randomly and find one) and didn't have the desired effect most the time. These shortcomings certainly wouldn't keep me from recommending the book or reading another one by the author, but they do distract at times.The Characters...Although this story is told from Brock's point of view, it was Celeste that I was addicted to; when I was reading sections with her in them, I could not put the book down. Celeste is a strong character, whom you can't help but fall in love with. I loved the way she handled people, from strangers she encountered on her travels to Brock himself. She may have suffered for years as a prisoner forced to heal her fellow prisoners, just so that they could be tortured further, but she is not a victim. Her time behind bars, cruelly starved and tortured, have made her strong and compassionate, not weak or hardened. She also manages moments of humor, making her the perfect character for me.Brock, on the other hand, has had an easier life by all accounts, and is weak for it. Don't get me wrong - his Elven strength and speed, combined with his deadly vampiric touch make him a force to reckon with on any battle field. But he is infuriatingly weak-minded at times. I can't tell you how many times at yelled at him and wanted to reach into the book and tell him what to do. But he does have moments of clarity and at those moments I love him as a character. His conflict comes through perfectly (if not infuriatingly at times) and I really felt how he struggled to make his decision.Cooper is very skilled at making you care about characters; in fact, a few showed up in the story for little more than a few pages and already I cared about them and their fate (for example, Laurel, whom you'll meet in chapter twenty-one). The side stories and characters are few, but when they do appear they only add to the story.Concluding Sentiments...This is a great, refreshingly creative story. The characters are well-written and the story has several unexpected twists and turns that will keep you hooked until the end.Get in on Amazon

  • Lori
    2019-02-24 10:29

    Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews!Andrea R. Cooper’s debut novel, The Garnet Dagger, is an enthralling paranormal romance with strong elements of fantasy too. The author does a masterful job of building her own unique world where elves, witches, demons and dragons are the norm. Using first person point of view, Cooper tells this dramatic story through the eyes of Brock Rashwe an Elvin.After being bitten by a vampire, Brock transforms into the Reaper of Death. Unfortunately, Brock is unaware of this change until he accidently kills his fiancé, Liana, when kissing her. Because of a prophecy, Brock is banished from his home so he can hunt for the witch whose touch changes the color of the stone in the garnet dagger. When he finds and kills her, Brock will free himself from his curse and save his people too. Struggling with being partially evil and the cause of Liana’s death, Brock frequently thinks about Liana while on this quest. This remembrance drew me to his character’s compassion. When Brock is captured and tortured by the monks, Celeste, a witch, saves him. Brock is disappointed when Celeste’s hands do not change the stone’s color in the dagger since he is so anxious to find the right witch. On the run from the monks, Brock and Celeste get to know each other. Celeste is smart, strong, and stubborn, and I absolutely adored her character. The witty banter between Brock and Celeste brought a many smiles to my face. Because Brock is afraid to touch her, their attraction to each other grows on an intellectual and emotional level. Brock faces a conundrum when he realizes he loves Celeste and she is the witch he needs to kill. Completely captivated by Brock and Celeste, I kept reading to discover how Cooper was going to resolve their relationship. I’m happy to say that I was overjoyed with her solution. Along with the romantic tension, Cooper meticulously builds a multilayer plot with lots of pulse-pounding action scenes.Successfully tying up the major plot points while leaving just enough unanswered questions, Cooper leaves the door wide open to return to her unique world again and again. The Garnet Dagger is an intriguing and thoroughly entertaining paranormal romance that is worth the read.I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • Mary Lou Hoffman
    2019-02-27 10:43

    Received from: Andrea Cooper (in exchange for an honest review)Date completed: 08.20.13~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The story is written in first person narrative, which is always a different write. Add in that the person doing the talking is Brock, an Elf who has a fascination with the humans, but apparently not a firm grasp on the language. For me, as a self-proclaimed "grammar-Nazi," this was very difficult to read, but I understand the literary tool as it is being used. I loved how the author took the time to allow the relationship between Brock and Celeste to grow naturally over months. There is no sense of rush in any of the writing, though there is certainly a deadline, danger, battles, and magical creatures to provide turmoil and action! Though there is no mention of another book, this definitely has the ear-markings of an epic series. I hope I'm right on that!Recommended for: 14+, some mature themesOther Books from this Author:• Viking Fire

  • Joanna Lloyd
    2019-02-23 08:56

    The author hurls you headfirst into this fast paced fantasy of mythical creatures, blood lust prophesies and captivating lovers. The Elvin hero, Brock, has been turned by a vampyre and must spill the blood of a witch to halt the creeping rot that kills his land and people. But the woman he loves is signalled by the garnet dagger to be the witch he must kill.Not only did the plot and characters hold me riveted but the unique writing style, different from any I have read in the past, had my heart racing and my attention captivated. Andrea R Cooper writes in the first person, using stunning imagery and crazy, staccato sentences – which at first don’t seem to make sense and then you slap your forehead, acknowledging their brilliance in evoking the exact emotional response required from the reader. I have goose-bumps just talking about this book, let alone reading it. Needless to say, I thoroughly recommend it.

  • Emily
    2019-03-21 10:47

    Cursed by a vampire, Brock is changed from his Elvin self into a Vaer. Tainted he is forced out of his land after an unfortunate incident led to a death. Now on a journey to fulfill a prophesy, Brock must find a witch and draw blood. Celeste is a witch who Brock happens upon and there is just something about her that has him captivated. Unsure if she is the witch he will be forced to kill or if by chance be the one to change everything Brock thought he knew.Enchanting story, not in my normal genre but I found The Garnet Dagger to be fascinating. There is a lot to this story with the prophesies and background to what happened to Brock. I was caught off guard a few times and kept guessing with which way the story was going to go. Excellent story.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-03-03 15:46

    3.5/5.0Elves and witches and magic, oh my! Fans of Tolkien will be smitten with Cooper's debut novel, which lures us in to fantasy worlds filled with an array of color, imagination and thoughtful creativity.Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.

  • Brenda Dyer
    2019-03-15 10:50

    I read the blurb for this book and thought, hey, this book sounds different--a vampire/elf. And man, this book was different in an excellent way. I really enjoyed the characters and their adventures.If you are a fan of elves and vampires, this book is a must read. Actually, it is a must read for all readers of romance.

  • Samm
    2019-03-06 10:55

    Overall I really enjoyed this book! I was continually surprised by all the plot twists. I got sucked into this rather quickly and I would love to get my hands on a physical copy instead of just kindle. Definitely looking forward to the other books in the series coming out. 4/5★

  • Holly
    2019-03-11 12:48

    I found "The Garnet Dagger" a fun read. I enjoyed the twist at the end.

  • Tarran
    2019-03-08 09:55

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and full of adventure. The characters and the plot were well written.

  • Carrie
    2019-03-14 14:44

    Review originally posted on Once Upon A Dream Books*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.**Some scenes may not be appropriate for young readers.*The Garnet Dagger tells the story of Brock, whose curiosity lands him in a heap of trouble when a vampire bites him and he changes. His transformation into a creature of death, heralds the beginning of the end for him and his people. But all is not quite lost yet, because there is a prophecy that says there is a way to stop the never ending winter that's coming. Determined, he sets off seeking the witch of the prophecy. What follows was one of the cutest Elvin stories I have read in a long while.Brock was an interesting character. He's young, very curious about humanity, and willing to bend the rules to satisfy he curiosity, yet when bad things happen, he is determined to set things right. Even if it means hunting someone down and killing them. I rather enjoyed following the story while in his head, he amused me with his inner dialog. Brock had the right blend of quirky, loveable guy and bad-ass, will kick your bum hero material, to balance out his flaws. 'Celeste is just plain awesome. She's been through some tough s**t, and yet, she's taken her battle scars and tossed them back at the world. She's tough, resourceful, and isn't about to let a pretty face get everything he wants. Nope. I loved it when the heroine in the novel is a fighter. It's inspiring to read about a character who isn't going to follow the traditional roles, and who isn't going to fall into the stereotype of a damsel in distress.The story itself spanned quite a few weeks of searching and bonding, leading up to a dun-dun-dun battle. The author does a good job passing the time and turning their relationship into something believable. Normally this is one of my biggest pet peeves with books. I dislike long spans of time being tossed away. Not exactly sure why, it just bothers me. But the author did a good job at sneaking the days in there so that it didn't feel like it was full of long winded traveling or a book on fast forward. I liked watching the the two of them interact. They had chemistry, but it wasn't insta love. As they traveled and interacted with other people and faced their dangers, you got a sense of how their relationship was changing from an awkward, he wants to ditch her phase, into something deeper.The book ends with a set up for the sequel. So, you may be asking yourself, if there is one, will I read it? I'm curious about where the story is heading. A few different possible teasers enter into the conversation at the end and now I want to know more.

  • Maghon Thomas
    2019-03-23 15:43

    So the story starts out with Brock, who is an Elf, who is getting married to another elf, and life is pretty good. But his human curiosities turn into his biggest mistake. This story is one of those where when you have something bad happen to you, you shouldn’t give up everything, because sometimes it’s to give you something better than what you would have had before. This is the case. Brock gets cursed when he helps a “human” in distress, who is actually a vampire, who literally takes Brock’s entire life away. And then there’s the twist. This is going to make the whole story worth while because not all is as it seems. :) Brock is a character that’s torn. He was raised in elf culture, which is kinda anti-human. And when his vampire incident happens, not only is he kicked out of his home with the Elves, he’s also the only thing that will save his entire race, as well as maybe keep that race from killing him and everyone who knows him. He’s so mad at his curiosity that got him in this mess, but he’s also a little more prepared for his journey in the human world than someone else would have been. He has to find “THE” witch who will have the power to get rid of the curse, on him and his race. Ummm, I don’t think he expected to be attracted to said witch LOLCeleste is a little spitfire. I loved her! She is not what you expect from a woman in that culture, which was awesome. She’s not broken, regardless of the terrible things she’s endured. She’s amazing, and her horse is totally fantastic! She was tortured and locked up by the crazy monks who are torturing and killing folk who don’t fall into their “approved” categories. Those monks made me so mad, but Celeste still keeps going. She strong, she’s beautiful, she’s resourceful as all get out, and to top it off, she’s got a sense of humor. The writing is very good, especially since it’s a female author writing in a male first person POV. That’s a hard thing to do. I didn’t have any second guesses that the author had any missteps. This story has mystery, paranormal, romance, crazy bad guys, amazing good guys, and some pretty interesting guys in between. I definitely enjoyed it and it was a very fun page turner. I like when things aren’t predictable, and that little curse and prophecy, HEH, totally blew my mind when I finally understood what it meant. VERY COOL! And it made the plot twist all that much more interesting. A wonderful 4.5 PAWS from me!

  • Darkest Cravings
    2019-03-08 09:40

    Review by KarenAmazing!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.

  • Echo
    2019-03-22 09:53

    The Garnet Dagger is fantastical, richly detailed, wonderfully written and awesomely thought out. I loved it! The writing is in a word - wonderful. I love all of the detail, it's rich without ever being overwhelming. So often throughout the story Andrea R. Cooper did such an amazing job with setting the scene and describing what was happening that I felt like I was along for the ride with Brock and Celeste. The world building was awesome, and transported me to a world that had a feeling of being very historical while being laced with a whole lot of fantasy.The characters were also really great, especially Brock and Celeste. Brock the main character, an elf cursed with a deadly gift, the gift (or curse) of death. When he kills someone close to him and his people learn of his curse they also begin to realize that the prophecy is coming to pass and they are in danger. Punishing him but also giving him a chance to not only save himself, and his family but also his people, they send him back into the human world with a dagger, to find the prophesied witch and spill her blood.Embarking on his quest, he encounters some interestingly despicable bad guys, with an ultimate big bad that was whole new levels of bad. He also encounters a young woman, that in equal parts intrigues and irritates him, Celeste. A witch with great powers, one of which - healing. As he helps her, he gets dragged along on an adventure of epic proportions with creatures chasing them and a prophecy that is destined to end with someone dying. As they go along secrets come to light and destiny is realized.Overall, this was a fantastically done story with elements of fantasy, action, romance, adventure and magic. With an intriguing ending that left me very curious to see if Andrea R. Cooper will be visiting this world again, either way though, I loved this book. If you like the Fantasy Romance genre, than definitely go check this one out.I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. Originally posted on Me, Myself & Books

  • Patricia Eddy
    2019-03-01 10:44

    Brock is an elf. Or he was an elf, until he encounters a vampire, waiting in a trap for an unsuspecting human. The elf is changed, turned into the bringer of death, or of salvation if he can find and kill a virgin witch. Celeste is that witch. Imprisoned, her power kept in check by her captor, chance brings them together. By the time Brock realizes that she's the witch he's meant to kill, his feelings for her have him conflicted. Can he kill her and save his lands and his family? Or would killing her end him?The action and emotion is high from the first few pages. The author has a gift for description and for keeping the pace of the book moving rapidly. This is a book you can read in a weekend. I read it in two days. I devoured it. The ending is exactly as it should be. I won't give anything away, but let's just say that misdirection plays a role and plays it well. I was left very satisfied. The only issue I personally had with the book was the phrasing used. The book is not written in complete sentences. We have prose such as the following:Sun rose unhurried, as though to mock me. Time wasted while I waited for these humans to wake. Then a bit later: "Closed the door, I rubbed my arms inside my room." Normally, if I found a book's writing not to my liking, I'd simply stop reading. But the story held me. It's such an amazing story. So I kept reading. As I did, I realized that the phrasing used actually works. Brock, as an elf, is not supposed to have the most perfect grasp of the human language. He is a magical creature and as such, speaks as one. By the time I was about 30% of the way through the book, I didn't even notice the phrasing which had irked me in the first few pages. I had to go back and verify that it was even still there. It was, but again, it just works. I loved the characters. All of them. The evil ones were sufficiently evil, the good ones sufficiently conflicted so that you could sympathize with them. I loved the ending, the payoff before the ending, and the action sequences. Well worth the read.

  • Eclipse Reviews
    2019-03-16 08:48

    Thrilling adventureBrock stumbled upon a man one night, only to discover that it was a vampire. When the vampire bit him he unleashed a great prophecy that could destroy earth itself. Within Brock now lived a monster that ate at the very essences of life. But when Brock flees to his homeland he is banished and given one chance to save all. He must find the virgin witch before her first bleed cycle and kill her. Easier said than done, but determined Brock ventures into the world searching for the witch.Months passed and Brock’s cursed have taken its toll. Lives have been lost and the world around him is dying. But he can’t find the witch. When he is captured and tortured the young woman Celeste helps free him and also decides to stay with him, even if he doesn’t want her to. But as time passes and Brock searches for the witch, he falls slowly in love with the menacing woman. When he finally discover the truth about her, Brock must choose between love and duty. Can he sacrifice everything for her? Or would he stay true to his people and slay her?Wow, wow and wow. Cooper have created a thrilling adventure with this one. At first you will be heartbroken by the trails this poor elf had to endure, only to be even more heart broken near the end. Brock is an amazing character with all the amazing qualities we are looking for in a hero. Strong, determined, duty bound but also a man just like any other. He falls madly in love with the wicked witch Celeste who make sure that he works hard for her heart. Celeste was a strong character right from the moment she enters the picture. I had to smile when the two of them had their quarrels. Celeste made sure that Brock had a few moments of insanity. As we reach the end of the story, my heart was thumping wildly for the two of them. At one point I just wanted to chicken out rather than read the doom that had befallen this amazing pair. But cooper made sure that I had no choice but to read it to the end. And it was an amazing end to what I hope will be a great series.

  • Kayla West
    2019-03-15 10:34

    Brock is an elf who is fascinated by humans. So much so, that he has observed them for many of his years and has learned much of their language and ways. But when he encounters one suddenly on his way back home from travelling to yet another human village, he cannot suspect the trouble that will come of their meeting.The human, much to Brock’s surprise, is a vampyre, and it seems that Brock’s life may soon be at an end when the vampyre begins to feed from him. However, something strange begins to happen. Because Brock is not human, the effects of the feeding are not the same. In fact, it seems that Brock is sucking the life out the vampyre. Neither knows what is going on until it is too late and the vampire lay dead.Brock arrives back home, still reeling from the shock of what happened. He decides to go on a private search for some answers, heading down into the vaults where only a select few have access. But the vaults hold only a cryptic message for Brock, and with the sudden appearance of his betrothed he searches for someone to confide in. But tragedy soon strikes, and the message finally becomes clear to Brock, bringing a monstrous reality in its wake.The fate of his people is in his hands, so with his sudden exile to the human lands, armed with a garnet dagger that will aid him in his quest, Brock goes on a search for the one person that could allow his people to survive. A witch.The Garnet Dagger was an interesting story to start, because I have never pictured the world of elves along with vampyres. It never occurred to me that these two concepts can go together so wonderfully, but they do. I commend the author on this. Throughout the story, I never felt a lack of substance, every word and sentence hooked me and made me want to read more.This book is definitely recommended for those who love fantasy, prophecies, elves, humans, witches, evil torturing monks…the whole she-bang.

  • Aixa
    2019-03-04 08:49

    *I received this ARC for a honest review.*Getting tired of reading the same supernatural, fantasy story line? You want to read something different but yet the along the lines of what you like to read, then The Garnet Dagger could be the book for you. What first drew me in to the story was what I read about it. It had a bit of everything I like from vampires, to witches and magic to different worlds fill with adventure. So I told myself why not.As soon as I started reading I was pulled in and intrigued with the words that I was reading, and I didn’t want to put it away unless I had to. It starts off as how Brock was turned and the ups and downs he has to encounter to find the one cure that can turn him back to his Elvin self but that is not without a cost.Then we meet Celeste a strong and independent woman that is not weak and needy but has never had an easy life. Imprisoned by monks who held her captive for years she must find a way to escape and survive with suppressed powers.Once they meet they try to help one another and during that time Brock falls for her even though at the beginning he cant understand what he feels for her. I love how their relationship is not rushed and is a slow buildup while they face dangers, battles and magic.The Garnet Dagger has the perfect amount of magic, love, action and suspense that any YA or/and adult would love to read. It’s intriguing and entertaining. But like all novels it’s not perfect. It had its moment where the story was slow and was dragging a little. I wanted to skim read but I hung in there and read through.I give it 4 stars/olives for a great book and I definitely recommended to others that like the same genre.