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  • Enjoyable

    Half-vampire, half-gypsy Karolina Dalca (Karo) has been brought up by her human mother in Canada, never knowing her father who was Romanian. Her mother tried to shelter her from the life of her vampire family. With aspirations to be an investigator, Karo struggles to keep her inner self concealed when dealing with offenders, but when there is an attack on her home and her mother is killed the police suspect Karo as being the murderer and her career looks lost. On the run to find answers Karo is confronted by a powerful vampire who claims to have been sent to protect her and take her to her Uncle in Eastern Europe but is he really working for her Uncle? With no-one else she can turn to she has to learn to trust her instincts and a man she has only just met. Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes is a supernatural, fantasy. It is fast-paced and the adventure hits you from the first page. Karo is an intriguing character. She is skittish and sarcastic as well as having a decent sense of humour. She is hot-headed and doesn’t always think before she acts which gets her into some tricky situations. The idea of someone being a half-vampire and half-gypsy was interesting, especially as the Gypsies also had some powers. I can’t say that she was an easy character to like as I found there was something a little stand-offish about her and didn’t really connect with her. I did like the werewolf Roman who has a crush on her and was there to protect her, even if she does try to get rid of him. There were some raw, dark, gritty, violent scenes but nothing that I would class as frightening or horror-Esq, just scenes that fitted the moment, I mean we are dealing with vampires so there are going to be some bloody scenes! Overall, the premise was good, the plot-line was a little far-fetched, but then we are talking about supernatural events and I wouldn’t have expected anything else, and the journey was enjoyable.

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  • Sheer delight

    “Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes” is a delight to read and author MR Noble is a wordsmith whose writing is playful, light and sure, and powerfully evocative: I can smell Carpathian pine, ocean salt, and blood over-scented with lavender. Noble writes fight scenes with intensity that leaves one bruised and breathless. Usually, I skim these bits, but I engaged fully in the choreography of Karo’s meditative katas, and flexed muscle, fang, and claw to do battle. And I love Karo for being the heroine to do battle, even when it is with herself. Without knowing what she might find, Karolina runs to her fate, meets carnage, betrayal, despair, but also love. She falters, but does not give up. And her observations, as she learns about life and love, make me look to the next page for another beautiful metaphor, clever pun or quip. Initially skeptical of a Northern Ontario setting, my desire to be transported was well satisfied as Karo’s rural home is decimated in an attack by the Shadow Forged – felt a thrill, even, that it happened here in Canada. I am waiting, impatiently, for more.

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