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Dawning (Black Earth Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M.S. Verish
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Book Description

He has no name but is known by many. He is a Demon, surrounded by the chaos inherent in his own shadowy nature, and it is the magic of Shadow that is killing him. Unwilling to accept his imminent demise, the nameless Demon embarks on a mission to find the witches who may hold his cure. He discovers the alternative to his death may be a greater price than he is willing to accept, and what is acceptance in a world full of Humans?

In the company of the immortal prisoner he has liberated, the Demon struggles to survive, understand who he is, and shape a future that once seemed impossible. It is, for better or worse, a new beginning, a Dawning in this foreign world.

**Black Earth is a Trilogy**

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About the Author

M.S. Verish, better known as Matthew and Stefanie Verish, are co-authors as well as husband and wife. They knew they were destined for marriage when they could write together without killing each other. Their writing partnership has rewarded them with wonderful journeys into the realm of fantasy, culminating in their epic world: Secramore. The couple shares a love of nature and art and lives in Northeast Ohio with their Kirin and large family of cavies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1500 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Apple, LLC; Second edition (17 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZP4QMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dawning 5 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is part of the world of Secramore and is the tale of the White Demon after his brother, Hawkwing, dies in The Hawk's Shadow.

Whilst understandable, Hawkshadow/Arythan has major temper issues and does seem to fly off the handle quite quickly. The relationship that develops between him and the "Stone of Prophecy" is a brilliant one although it is left rather suddenly near the end. I am hoping that this relationship and characters develop more in the second book of this series. There are a few relationship endings in this book too, some come as a shock, some are expected. Some names come up that you will recognise too.

On the whole, this is an intriguing tale that still has loads more to tell in the next two books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Character-driven, solid first entry 23 Jan. 2012
By C. Baker - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Dawning is the story of the Demon, a winged, clawed being who can also control the elements, and his love-hate relationship with Eraekryst, an immortal Ilangien he rescues from a mountain prison in the first chapter. Together, they cope with tragedy and joy, but mostly tragedy. The Demon in particular has a lot to deal with in this book, but as awful as this sounds, you'll enjoy his struggles. I don't want to spoil anything for new readers, but he becomes a better person along the way, and he still has a long way to go at the end of the book.

Which leads me to my biggest issue with Black Earth: Dawning - it's the first book in a trilogy, and the second and third books aren't out yet! As a fan of Raven's Heart, the authors' previous work, I couldn't wait to pick this one up. I was disappointed that some of my favorite characters from that book weren't in this one, but I was still excited to read more and discover new characters in this new series starter. Now I can't wait to find out what happens to them in the next two books.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast pace, great characters 25 Jan. 2012
By Richard Moore - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've read "Raven's Heart", you know the quality of the Verish's writing. Although "Dawning" is written in a slightly different style, that high quality is still there. Unlike "Raven's Heart", this story focuses mainly on one character, The Demon. The plot moves forward quickly, but rarely in a straight line, with the unexpected twists that have you wondering what's going to happen next to the Demon. And things do happen. A lot of things happen.
As for the characters, about all I can say is that I know some of these people. At least, I seem to. The characters act, and react, as you would expect real people to. Sometimes well, sometimes not so well, sometimes cleverly, sometimes you want to reach out and shake some sense into someone. (And I'll guarantee that, as well-intentioned as he may be, at some point you'll want to just smack Erik upside his head.)
But if I say anything more it would spoil it for you. Read the book, and you too will be anxiously awaiting Book 2.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book in the "Black Earth" trilogy... stunning in its quality and depth 1 Aug. 2012
By R. Nicholson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
"Dawning" is the first book in a fantasy adventure, "Black Earth" trilogy by the husband and wife team of Matthew and Stefanie Verish. This Kindle e-edition was a 1175 Kb download (approx. 412 printed pages) and was priced at $2.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: the authors provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Chance circumstances throws two unlike characters together. One a benevolent but troubled demon (Arythan) and the other, an 'immortal prince' (Eraekryst)... both with some magical abilities. With personalities completely unmatched they travel through the realm seeking some answers to their own unique problems. But it does not take long for them to discover that they depend (however reluctantly) on each other when the going gets tough. They encounter an assortment of people, groups and royalty, who upon learning their 'talents', wish to procure their services in attaining their own personal goals and agendas. Some of course are good, some decidedly not. Thus the tale unfolds...

End Spoilers

Some thoughts on 'Dawning"...

The Pros:
1.) a great story; well told... right from the opening paragraph to the closing sentence.

2.) I was amazed at the consistency of the story telling in this novel. Most books have ups and down where the writing excellence fluctuates. Not so here... great stuff with nary a drop in quality the entire way through.

3.) really liked the two protagonists. Their personalities clashes making for many memorable moments... some as wary friends, some as feuding antagonists and other times counter-point in some humorous dialogue and exchanges.

4.) maps... 3 maps, one global, with two others that are close-ups of important areas found in the realm.

5.) a detailed 'Glossary and Pronunciation' in the back to give detail on persons, places and things found between the covers. Usually an indicator of how much the authors care about their work. Much appreciated by this reader.

The Cons: a couple of minor comments...
1.) Arythan's persistent boorish and frequent ill-tempered behavior tended to wear thin after a while. HOWEVER, these traits were probably justifiable given his background. Nonetheless...

2.) the final separation between Arythan and Miranda could have been given a larger scene. An opportunity lost perhaps to show some emotion... some of Arythan's 'other' side. I'll say no more lest I spoil things for other readers.

I read another of the co-authors' book a year or so ago... it was the first book in the then "Raven's Heart" trilogy call "The Forging". So when I started this book I was hesitant and somewhat skeptical because "The Forging" was (IMHO) not very good. It featured several uninteresting characters and although it had an intriguing plot, it was poorly utilized. However, this book ("Dawning") showed an advancement of quality that is light years ahead of that previous book.

The consistent high quality, the great story and memorable protagonists made this one of my best fantasy reads in 2012.

Bravo Matthew and Stefanie!

5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, can't wait for the next book 29 Mar. 2012
By B. Allen - Published on
I was looking for something to kill time with until a book I was waiting to come out finally had. I picked this by chance and was captivated from the onset. The accents are a little difficult to figure out how to read at first, but eventually your mind will pick up on them.

All in all, a fantastic story and I was extremely disappointed when I realized that books 2 and 3 had not been published yet! Now I have yet another series I have to wait on and find another book to read while waiting for the next book in this series to come out.

One note, at the end of the book is a glossary of term and characters. I would have liked to have known this at the onset so I could reference is, but the Kindle starts on chapter one, not the TOC, so I never saw it was there until I read to the end. So if you want to know who a character is or where a place is situated, check the glossary at the back!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 31 July 2013
By Shimmer - Published on
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I'll be honest and say that it took me a very long time to finish this book. The beginning felt so very slow; however, I'm very glad that I kept reading because the momentum really picked up, and I plan on purchasing the sequel to this story. If I had stopped reading, then I would have missed out on a story so intriguing that it ultimately wound up keeping me up late enough at night that it was time to go to work before I knew it. ;)
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