Monday, October 21, 2013

Book Review: The Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper

The Garnet Dagger
by Andrea R. Cooper

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Crimson Romance

Our Review:
Twists and turns overlap and multiply in this very fast-paced story. The writing is good, the characters likable, however the pace left me a bit too breathless at times. With a touching and tender opening scene that quickly turns to horror, the reader is launched, along with the elfin hero, into a mysterious quest to save his people. He is given a magical, garnet-embedded dagger that will help him find his quarry, but it comes with only a vague explanation of what he must do once the quarry is found. His route to understanding and fulfillment of his quest is fraught with roadblocks, uncertainty and every sort of evil being.
Had Ms. Cooper slowed down and taken the time to develop a real sense of evil from the bad guys, and a more compelling sense of the growing attraction/love between the hero and heroine, I would have given more “fangs”. Nevertheless, The Garnet Dagger is very imaginative and worth the read.

-Cary Morgan Frates

About the Author:
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always enjoyed creating characters and stories. But it wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Once she heard about a writer who never let her characters deviate from the script. If they did, she just killed them. How sad, she thought. For her one of the best parts of being a writer is letting the characters have a mind of their own and seeing where the story takes them.
She loves this quote from Robert Frost, which sums up her opinion on allowing the characters their freedom: "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
― Robert Frost
Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She is excited to work with Crimson Romance on her forthcoming debut paranormal romance, The Garnet Dagger. She hopes you will enjoy the story as much as she did writing it. Viking Fire, her historical romance, is forthcoming late July 2013.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.

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