Keystone

Keystone

With over 1 million books sold, USA Today Bestseller Dannika Dark introduces her next addictive series… 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,...

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Title:Keystone
Author:Dannika Dark
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:310 pages

Keystone Reviews

  • Dannika Dark
    Feb 12, 2016

    Preorder available exclusively on iBooks.

    AUDIO RELEASE DATE: 1/31/17

  • Cheryl La Pa
    Jan 21, 2017

    Ms Dark has done it again with another fantastic series! Loved seeing Christian again (from the Mageri series) and getting to know Raven and the Keystone group. Raven is a little rough around the edges, independent and impulsive, so it is a big adjustment for her when she joins the covert organisation, Keystone, and has to work as a team player and follow the rules. Her partner is Christian Poe, a handsome charming vampire who would rather work alone.

    Ms Dark knows how to create deep, real chara

    Ms Dark has done it again with another fantastic series! Loved seeing Christian again (from the Mageri series) and getting to know Raven and the Keystone group. Raven is a little rough around the edges, independent and impulsive, so it is a big adjustment for her when she joins the covert organisation, Keystone, and has to work as a team player and follow the rules. Her partner is Christian Poe, a handsome charming vampire who would rather work alone.

    Ms Dark knows how to create deep, real characters and I connected immediately with the Keystone team. They are a mishmash of immortals: chitahs, shifters, vampires, mages and gravewalkers, each with different special abilities- and together they hunt outlaws that the authorities cannot touch. I loved their dynamics, their witty banter and their comraderie. Things don't go smoothly for Raven as the latest recruit, as she tries to find her place and fit in with the tight knit group.

    I loved getting to know the characters, and revisiting the Mageri world (though it is not necessary to read the Mageri series first) and was transported into lives of Raven and the Keystone clan.

    Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Nurse Lisa in Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
    Feb 23, 2017

    how I ADORE the Dannika Dark - Nicole Poole audio book team! I think this will be a strong and entertaining series and it's always wonderful to be back in the mythical breed world that Dannika beautifully creates and Nicole magically brings to life!

    I'm pretty traditional when it comes to reading, in that I prefer to actually physically read, but NO JOKE, stumbling upon this team has me 1000000% committed to ONLY audio books (via audible.com) for anything these two are on together; they're just

    how I ADORE the Dannika Dark - Nicole Poole audio book team! I think this will be a strong and entertaining series and it's always wonderful to be back in the mythical breed world that Dannika beautifully creates and Nicole magically brings to life!

    I'm pretty traditional when it comes to reading, in that I prefer to actually physically read, but NO JOKE, stumbling upon this team has me 1000000% committed to ONLY audio books (via audible.com) for anything these two are on together; they're just a stellar combo! :))

    cheers! L.

  • Nicole Locker
    Jan 21, 2017

    Dannika Dark is at it again. I don't know how she does it, but she just has a way of drawing you into this fantasy world of Breed with rich characters and addictive story lines.

    I've read every book Dannika Dark has ever put out to the public, and I've loved every. single. one of them. But the Mageri Series has literally been my all-time favorite series out of all the books I've ever read, and Christian Poe, the snarky, Vampire bodyguard introduced in

    , Book 2 of that series, was one of my

    Dannika Dark is at it again. I don't know how she does it, but she just has a way of drawing you into this fantasy world of Breed with rich characters and addictive story lines.

    I've read every book Dannika Dark has ever put out to the public, and I've loved every. single. one of them. But the Mageri Series has literally been my all-time favorite series out of all the books I've ever read, and Christian Poe, the snarky, Vampire bodyguard introduced in

    , Book 2 of that series, was one of my all-time favorite characters. There's just something so utterly bad-ass about him, so humorous and salty yet likable. Oh, and did I mention Irish?

    Now enter

    . A whole new series that begins after the final Mageri Series book (reading the former series not required), and we get another satisfying dose of Christian Poe as the leading man of the story. This book centers on a brand new character, a cross-breed anomaly who is half-vampire and half-mage. Raven Black is a rogue having to live under the radar for being what she is, and she's got demons of her own to deal with. She's a deadly huntress who's killed more Breed than she'd care to count, and every one of them deserved it.

    But dammit, a girl's gotta eat, and when you're a rogue in the Breed world, it's nearly impossible to find lucrative work. That's where Keystone comes in, and though Raven fits right in with this bunch and their mission, to rid the world of evil, out-law Breed that the Higher Council is unable to find or unable to pin their crimes on to punish. The problem is, she has to prove herself first, and partnering her with the one Breed she hates the most - a vampire - might just be the deal breaker.

    What I just freaking loved about this book, aside from being completely engrossed in the story from start to finish, was the moments here and there when we got to see this tender or seductive side of Christian-freaking-Poe. He says his heart is black as night, and he doesn't feel love. He's mouthy, and at times down-right hilarious in a sarcastic, ass-hole kind of way. And every now and then, he gives you a glimpse of this other side that no one gets to see, and I just ate it up. Couldn't get enough of it.

    Then there were ALL the other characters. I'm amazed at how Dannika Dark can create these secondary characters that are so individual and full of life. Every one of them could have books all their own, they are so detailed, interesting, and full of personality. She did it in the Mageri Series (umm, hello... Christian Poe was a secondary character in that series, and look where we are now), and she's done it here with Keystone, the first book in her new Crossbreed series.

    And I cannot wait for Book 2.

  • Kimberly
    Feb 17, 2017

    The world will be familiar to fans of her Seven series and Mageri series (one I fully intend to listen to as well). For those who have read the series the familiar character Christian Poe appears. Dark is promising all sorts of twists and turns in this new series, and she started it off with plenty of action with life and death moments. It was utterly addictive.

    Our heroine Raven Black is undocumented. Since she isn't registered and has no standing with the Breed, she is living off the streets an

    The world will be familiar to fans of her Seven series and Mageri series (one I fully intend to listen to as well). For those who have read the series the familiar character Christian Poe appears. Dark is promising all sorts of twists and turns in this new series, and she started it off with plenty of action with life and death moments. It was utterly addictive.

    Our heroine Raven Black is undocumented. Since she isn't registered and has no standing with the Breed, she is living off the streets and taking odd jobs. She fears her Mage ties and loathes her vampire ties. She is a bit of a vigilante and has spent her years killing criminals in the Breed world. From the onset, I connected with Raven and was intrigued to know more. When Raven is approached to join Keystone, a secret organization that hunts outlaws she jumps at the chance. Not only will she have a salary, but for once she will have a safe place to lay her head. What follows is a whirlwind plot with Raven adjusting, meeting the members of Keystone and dealing with some nasty and dangerous Breed members

    It was a blast seeing Raven adapt to being a part of a group and dealing with RULES. This girl has been rogue for a long time and has to learn to play nice. Maybe? Christian Poe is a member of Keystone, and their interactions were intense. There are sparks but one of the rules of Keystone is no relationships with members. I will be curious to see if a romance develops- rules be damned. Raven is on probation which leads to some series problems, and not everyone wants her to become a full-fledged member. Secondary characters from a blind healer who wields knives to villains added to the tale. I am excited at the prospect of learning more. The case provided lots of action, trouble, and suspense all of which had me listening into the wee hours and ignoring my other reading material.

    Nichole Poole is the perfect narrator for this series and is quickly becoming a favorite female narrator for me. She gives each character their own unique voice and captures their emotions perfectly through her tone. I wholeheartedly recommend grabbing your earbuds and listening to her books.

    Audio provided by publisher.

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    Feb 11, 2017

    Aside from that one scene that really pissed me off -

    , even though I suppose it wasn't the worst thing seeing as there isn't really a romance going on, just some sexual tension - I enjoyed this. The whole group dynamic and Raven learning more about herself and what she could do.

    Oh and boy did I love that little twist that Raven aske

    Aside from that one scene that really pissed me off -

    , even though I suppose it wasn't the worst thing seeing as there isn't really a romance going on, just some sexual tension - I enjoyed this. The whole group dynamic and Raven learning more about herself and what she could do.

    Oh and boy did I love that little twist that Raven asked from Christian near the end.

    Excited for the next book and my fingers are crossed there's some romance.

  • Lorna
    Jan 21, 2017

    (Rabid Reads.com)Whenever Dannika Dark publishes a new book it’s an event for me. Her stories are always full of romance, humor, suspense, and all sorts of paranormal characters. Perfect recipe for a good time reading! With Keystone, the author continues her foray into her intricately fleshed out Breed world, and introduces us to a half Mage, half Vampire, crossbreed named, Raven Black. And for the Mageri fans out there, she has added Christian Poe from that series, into the mix as a major chara

    (Rabid Reads.com)Whenever Dannika Dark publishes a new book it’s an event for me. Her stories are always full of romance, humor, suspense, and all sorts of paranormal characters. Perfect recipe for a good time reading! With Keystone, the author continues her foray into her intricately fleshed out Breed world, and introduces us to a half Mage, half Vampire, crossbreed named, Raven Black. And for the Mageri fans out there, she has added Christian Poe from that series, into the mix as a major character.

    Raven is what is known as a rogue. She is undocumented as far as the Mage world is concerned and wants nothing to do with the vampire side of her heritage. Since she has no standing in the Breed world she can’t work, so she has to scrounge for meals and shelter. She is making it her business to take out the worst of the worst Breed criminals. She gets nothing but the satisfaction of taking one more bad guy out of the world. She has no idea that she is making waves with the criminal element in the breed world. When she is approached by an underground group named, Keystone, to come work with them, she jumps at the chance to finally have a home and get paid for what she already does.

    Raven is already a good character. She is so real, flawed, but down deep a good person. She’s got snark and a bit of an attitude, and at times she isn’t the best at taking orders. She’s been a rogue for a long time. Now it’s time for her to learn to play well with others. Will that happen? I can’t wait to see how all that goes as the series progresses. Christian is a member of Keystone and a vampire. He was enigmatic, with a side of bad boy in the Mageri series, but with this book, we see another side of him. Oh, he still has his mysteries, but we do get to see a different Christian. This Christian is more than a little attracted to Raven, and she to him, but he doesn’t believe that he has a capacity to love. Wouldn’t matter anyway, as they are not allowed to be together due to the Keystone rules. There’s also interesting and finely drawn peripheral characters that were part of the Keystone group and I enjoyed getting to know them as well.

    I am not going to go any farther into the story due to spoilers. I will say that this book is full of life and death moments and plenty of action. To me, the pacing was pretty perfect and the writing outstanding, as always with this authors work. The action was balanced with the moments of Raven going through the whirlwind of finding a new life. And possibly the chance for a bit of romance with Christian? Only time will tell. I am already chomping at the bit for the next book.

    The author has told us to expect twists and turns in this series and I can’t wait to see where it’s all going. I have a feeling it’s going to be quite the ride and I am excited about the whole thing.

    Highly recommended to adult urban fantasy, and paranormal romance readers may enjoy this as well.

  • Feminista
    Jan 30, 2017

    The book started out well. Tough lone-wolf heroine with flaws and vulnerabilities. But before this book was over all that changed. She pretty much begged to be let back into Keystone after they kicked her out. They said no. Her love interest was a promiscuous vampire who loathed and lusted after her at the same time. There is nothing attractive about him. He is an asshole, arrogant, doesn't care for her. But who doesn't love a hero who treats heroine like shit.

    After a poignant moment where she s

    The book started out well. Tough lone-wolf heroine with flaws and vulnerabilities. But before this book was over all that changed. She pretty much begged to be let back into Keystone after they kicked her out. They said no. Her love interest was a promiscuous vampire who loathed and lusted after her at the same time. There is nothing attractive about him. He is an asshole, arrogant, doesn't care for her. But who doesn't love a hero who treats heroine like shit.

    After a poignant moment where she sees him with another woman in the back room of a bar, she wishes she were that woman. How pathetic. Go get your own man.

    Of course, the author makes it so that she has not been with a man for the length of this book, while Christian, her love interest, is free to sleep around. Very 21st century attitude. Very feminist.

    Please, if you are going to write an urban fantasy, don't make it read like a harlequin romance.

  • Pam Nelson
    Feb 02, 2017

    5 Keystone Stars - ❤

    It’s no secret I am a huge fan/supporter of Dannika Dark’s work. I love how she draws you in to her worlds.

    I never want to leave.

    When I first found out about the new series I was over the moon with anticipation. I can honestly say this is going to be a contender of which of her series is going to be my favorite.

    This is different from the other series but still takes place in the same world. And we get more Christian Poe! He has always intrigued me but

    5 Keystone Stars - ❤

    It’s no secret I am a huge fan/supporter of Dannika Dark’s work. I love how she draws you in to her worlds.

    I never want to leave.

    When I first found out about the new series I was over the moon with anticipation. I can honestly say this is going to be a contender of which of her series is going to be my favorite.

    This is different from the other series but still takes place in the same world. And we get more Christian Poe! He has always intrigued me but I love that you don’t have to have read the other series to understand this book or even Christian.

    Raven is a character I want to be like, she is fearless. Maybe a little lonely sure but she is a fighter and I love that about a female character, she doesn't make excuses.

    Her luck changes off and on throughout this book and you can’t help but be rooting for her.

    Trust and loyalty is the name of the game and learning to trust who and what you are.

    We get to see some fun and interesting characters I can’t wait for more.

    I feel like I need to do the grabby hands I don’t want to wait! This book really is everything and more than I thought it was going to be.

    I lovvvvvve Nicole Poole’s narration of any and all books she has done. She has a way of making each character different and unique you never feel like you don’t know who is in the driver’s seat so to speak.

    The emotion she can put into her voice is amazing to me. I am a fan.

    Worth the Credit, worth the money, worth it all.

    I highly recommend if you are a paranormal lover because this book will suck you in and not let you go, in all the good ways.

    *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  • Michelle
    Feb 08, 2017

    4 - 4.5 stars for this newest addition to the "breeds" world that Dannika Dark created with the Mageri Series. I LOVED the Mageri series, so it was nice to be able to venture back into that world.

    Raven Black is a crossbreed: half Vampire, half Mage. Crossbreeds are not well received in the breed world, and as such, she has been living on the streets: sleeping in dumpsters and scrounging for food in Breed establishments. Along the way, she has seen the worst of the breeds, and has become a kind

    4 - 4.5 stars for this newest addition to the "breeds" world that Dannika Dark created with the Mageri Series. I LOVED the Mageri series, so it was nice to be able to venture back into that world.

    Raven Black is a crossbreed: half Vampire, half Mage. Crossbreeds are not well received in the breed world, and as such, she has been living on the streets: sleeping in dumpsters and scrounging for food in Breed establishments. Along the way, she has seen the worst of the breeds, and has become a kind of "vigilante". She has gained a reputation as "the Shadow" and catches the eye of some interesting people, who offer her a place among them. The question is, can she trust anyone? Is she destined to be just a "rogue"?

    So I liked this book, but there were a few things that kept it from being a 5 star read for me. One, there is a lot of background info that was never revealed about how she became who and what she is, for example. I guess that will have to come in another installment, but I was kind of hoping for some explanations.

    The men - oh the men! I mean "the breeds". They were HAWT. Dannika Dark knows what kind of "male" I like and she writes them perfectly. All of the males were spectacular. The Chetah, The Vampire, The Mage, The Shifter, etc. GREAT GREAT GREAT. And surprisingly, she even wrote some really likable secondary female characters.

    It's a great start to a new spinoff series for the Breed world. It takes place in "Cognito" - the breed haven city where Mageri world is set, so I am hoping to run into some people from that series. This series includes Christian Poe, the vamp from Mageri. HAWT HAWT HAWT.

    Will definitely continue reading this spinoff series.