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What a fantastic book this was. The author comes up with with another great original story, seamlessly continuing with the big picture, further developing the character relationships, and expanding the amazing world he has created. As previously, again I thought this was my favourite book in the series. Until the next one, I guess. This book was a bit different than the others in a sense that the danger came from within and not from The Elders. And by within, I mean several withins, some of them not expected at all. But just because there are no elders does not mean that there is less action or a slower pace, exactly the opposite. While previous books had a buildup to the grand finale, this book has a crazy fast pace, and so many grand moments that the ending is just one of the nerve wrecking moments here, not the only one. But Trust in Dustin, he always prevails with the help of his friends, and I hope he, and they, will in future. Dustin was especially adorable in this book. Due to some of his insecurities, the old immature Dustin popped up here and there and I loved it. I missed him a bit, I must admit. He is, after all, one of my favourite characters in the world, and I fell in love with him while he was adorably immature and irresponsible. All of the regular crew is here, apart from Prudence who is away on vacation, and I hope she comes back before the next book. The Boneyard gets new family members, who are freaking adorable, one of them being a supercute corgi, who reduces all of the Boneyard inhabitants into cooing mess of superprotective corgi lovers. For some reason I feel like getting a corgi after reading this book. The plot is so incredibly well thought through that there is not one single detail out of place or a question left unanswered, unless it was purposefully left for the next book. I hope there is a next book coming, because I am not ready to day goodbye yet. The author keeps impressing me more and more with each book, and I could not love him more for it. I am proud to say that I've been following this author's journey since the prequel came out, and regardless of how ridiculously high my expectations might have been, the author fulfills them each time, and beyond. I said it before and I'll say it again: This is one of my favourite series, and one of the best series out there. The books are best read in order. Reading order is Penumbra (Darkling Mage Book 0), Shadow Magic (Darkling Mage Book 1), Dark Harvest (Darkling Mage Book 2), Grave Intentions (Darkling Mage Book 3), Oblivion Heart (Darkling Mage Book 4), Midnight's Son (Darkling Mage Book 5), Last Rites (Darkling Mage Book 6), and Blood Pact (Darkling Mage Book 7) .
Great pacing - perfect balance of humour, horror, action, entities, plots coming together The UF world building is always strong and vivid The character development across the board is excellent I increasingly appreciate, and thoroughly enjoy, the camaraderie of the Boneyard and their allies from the Lorica, even Bastion has me tentatively liking him. Royce too The relationship between Dustin and Herald is a little weak, not as much chemistry has been developed as I'm used to, but this is UF and not romance. I'm sure it will become more comfortable, or easy, given time - it's new. I'm always glad for diversity, and this series delivers via different cultures, and now sexual orientation Sterling was on point in this book. He cracked me up and I love his capacity for protecting his 'family' - he's mine. I've claimed him Arcane drag queens the F@ck-Tons were back in formidable style - I do love Imperial and Metric, and I want their pink glasses. That x-ray vision? Yes! There is a nice darkness to this story but it never completely envelopes you because the humour breaks it up Some old favourites, some not so much, returned in new ways, including one I truly loved, just don't call Dustin dad Banjo the Welsh Corgi was something else, don't let him bark (bork)near you because if he doesn't like you, well... let's just say unpleasant
Great to read the introduction of the character Mason. I’d already read Sins of the father omnibus which included the prequel story. Looking forward to the next book. Hope there is more about Dustin’s relationship.
Well! This is another snarky, suspenseful, whacky, violent, dark, book that this author has given us. How can you resist Dustin as he grapples his way through a destructive corgi, all his other team acting like idiots around the dog, Carver becoming a pile of mush with the dog, Bastion becoming a Scion, him and and Harold getting it on. sunshine in darkness, invisible enemies and a witch loosing her crumpled appearance and becoming enemy number one? Dustin is having a hard time of it with all that is thrown at him. He and Sterling find a sweet little cute Corgi at a mass murder of some rich people who are trying to use him as a sacrifice. Dustin is the only one who thinks the corgi has something to do with the pulverizing of 30 people. Of course Dustin is the only one that the corgi doesn't like in the Boneyard. Everyone wants Banjo the corgi. Gods, demons, and of the guys at the Boneyard. Dustin still secretly mourns the loss of his dark side and fights to learn to fight and defend himself without his shadow stepping ability. His sword wants out of Dustin's back pack to get the taste of blood and things are generally going to hell in a hand basket. A story that leads us again towards the Elders not giving up. So pull up your big people panties guys, you're going for a wild ride. I voluntarily read and reviewed this ARC book.
I really love the way the Gods and Goddesses are portrayed in these novels. The story delves into the persona of each one appearing and interacting with our heroes. Some are spoiled rotten, as you would expect from the all-powerful. But those who are not, are rather endearing and getting to know them is fun. It is an entire cast of just who can show themselves to be the most powerful.
I was surprised to find the little Corgi pup, who is an integral part of the cast in this book has abilities that make him exceedingly powerful for such a little guy when he feels his buddies are threatened. Rather like the sword belonging to Mage, Dustin, the main character. There are so many characters in this series that come in and out on the stage and endear themselves with their special brand of unique abilities. The vampire is sexy and funny at the same time, the werewolf is loveable yet vicious when it has to be, the headmaster finally reveals himself as an old softie when it comes to his tribe of young mages and the new little dog. I could go on and on about many of the other players in this exciting story as it hurls these guys into more rough and tumble challenges. What fun this is. Now it's time to get on with the next book. I am so happy to have something to look forward to in the face of frustrating times and glad I can be safe at home rather than feeling stuck at home.
With much anticipation which was absolutely fulfilled! I love how nearly everyone went doggy crazy and being the owner of dogs well that's how I feel about my two adorable, loveable pains.Author has a gift for giving surprises and twists and turns but I love, really love that there is no cliff hanger at the end. I mean there are very much a lot of story lines to pursue from each book and he does get to them but each book is an end in itself to that plot line. Again no sex and even though it does say LGBT friendly it's not really a gay theme or any kind of sexual theme. It's just a lot of tame G rated caring between people and I don't care if it's L or G or whatever but it's clean and nice. Seriously it's not a concern to me of who someone loves as long as it's consenting adults. If you haven't read the previous 6 books - do so, you're missing out on a lot of fun and action. And lucky you to be able to continuously read up to book 7. I think I was reading 2-1/ books per day! So yeah, get outta here and get the book!
Another AMAZING book as always action packed with intrigue and betrayal the old ones are up to their shenanigans . Plus our boy's have a mysterious and deadly little dog that they have taken as their own . Nothing is as it seems and the boy's are left with trying to protect their new fur baby as they try to unravel of the cute little dog . We are also introduced to another new addition too the Boneyard a Hart Angle Hart human young man things spiral out of control when a new cult shows up . Can out boy figure out the mystery that is Banjo while trying to stay alive also Dustan and Herald's relationship year's up they are know dating carved becomes a fur Daddy and ticks off Odin the ALL Father can they survive the raythe of the Nother God .
I received an ARC of this book and decided to write a review. Just when you think he's given you everything he's got, Nazri Noor proves he has so much more to offer. This time the guys in The Boneyard adopt a new friend, a magical corgi. So Dustin's not the only one people are looking for. Mammon and a host of others want the dog (and/or Dustin). The insults and innuendo fly in this excellent tome. Thanks for proving me wrong, Nazri. I'll never doubt you again.