Danio's Prelude

Danio's PreludeHear Danio S Story, Told By The People Who Know Him Best The Ones Who Knew Him When All Of His Laughter Was Genuine The Ones Who Were There Through The Worst That Life Could Throw At Him And The Ones Who Stayed By His Side While He Picked Up The PiecesAn Adult, Short Story Collection, Based On The Young Adult Series, More Than MagicContains Strong Language, Violence, And Sex Danio s prelude is the adult only accompaniment to the More Than Magic series More than Magic is a YA series but Dani s story is at times distressing, and far too mature for younger audiences.As readers of the YA More Than Magic series will know, Dani has injuries in his abdomen that have never healed This is virtually unheard of in the magical world, where accelerated healing is pretty much guaranteed Magic s of all kinds can live forever unless their lives are taken before their time.Elizab Danio s prelude is the adult only accompaniment to the More Than Magic series More than Magic is a YA series but Dani s story is at times distressing, and far too mature for younger audiences.As readers of the YA More Than Magic series will know, Dani has injuries in his abdomen that have never healed This is virtually unheard of in the magical world, where accelerated healing is pretty much guaranteed Magic s of all kinds can live forever unless their lives are taken before their time.Elizabeth Kirke gives us fabulous snapshots on how he met all of his wonderfully close circle of friends.As readers will also know, Danio is a gay water elemental in a devoted relationship with Char who is a fire elemental We get to see how they meet and become the fantastic couple that they are.Danio s Prelude takes us through snapshots of Dani s life Bearing in mind that he was a homosexual man in a male dominated situation, in the sixties and you cannot imagine the bigotry that he experienced.I was utterly gripped by every page of Danio s Prelude and didn t want it to end, but no matter how much we pace ourselves, which was so hard to do when I wanted to devour every page the book has to end Through this wonderful book we have a stunning insight into the life of, what was undoubtedly the most mysterious character in the series.Elizabeth Kirke tells an outstanding story that is every bit as good as the rest of the series but with quiet explicit sex and violence, and some distressing situations, this had to be an adult book This story took me on a journey of rage, emotion, friendship and romance and I will definitely read it again in the future.I cannot recommend this series high enough To all YA readers but Eespecially to adult, YA lovers as they can also read Danio s Prelude, which, in my opinion, is an amazing book Everything you ever wanted to know about Danio If you have read Semester Abroad and Snow Bound and was curious about the untold past of Danio, this book is for you If you are new to the series I recommend you read them in order In Danio s Prelude we get tracks or stories from characters like Jen, Thomas, Marianna and Char from the MTM series as well as new characters like Danio s Legion Brothers We learn about Danio s childhood with Pike, his time in the military as a member of the Legion Everything you ever wanted to know about Danio If you have read Semester Abroad and Snow Bound and was curious about the untold past of Danio, this book is for you If you are new to the series I recommend you read them in order In Danio s Prelude we get tracks or stories from characters like Jen, Thomas, Marianna and Char from the MTM series as well as new characters like Danio s Legion Brothers We learn about Danio s childhood with Pike, his time in the military as a member of the Legion, how he met the other characters from MTM, and how he was introduced to MES Everything you ever wanted to know about Danio is answered Elizabeth Kirke delivers as promised Nothing is off limits From the scars on his abs to his smokin hot first encounter with Char I highly recommend this book and this series I m a follower of Kirke s Facebook page for the More Than Magic series and so I knew this book was in the making and have been eagerly awaiting it I mean, its part of an awesome series but it also happens to be about one half of one of my all time favourite couples Whats not to love What I didn t know until I bought it is that this book is a collection of short stories, told out of sequence, from other peoples perspective Now all you Danio fans needn t panic While we may not get into Dani I m a follower of Kirke s Facebook page for the More Than Magic series and so I knew this book was in the making and have been eagerly awaiting it I mean, its part of an awesome series but it also happens to be about one half of one of my all time favourite couples Whats not to love What I didn t know until I bought it is that this book is a collection of short stories, told out of sequence, from other peoples perspective Now all you Danio fans needn t panic While we may not get into Danio s head which is what I was expecting we still get a whole lot of Danio The More Than Magic series is definitely Young Adult, this novella is most definitely Adult. And I loved every single bit of it.I loved this side to my favourite characters don t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed the MTM series but this gives us a whole lotFrom start to finish I was torn I wanted to whizz my way through and devour the book, but at the same time i genuinely wanted to savour it and for the first time in a ling time i limited my time with this book and gave it the attention it deserved I refused to read while the children were around because they have this pesky habit of asking for food and things when I read. so I found myself at night curled up under my duvet learning about Danio into the wee small hours of the morning.And there was so much to learn about Danio and his life Kirke has done an amazing job at filling in some of the blanks in Danios history, revealing some of his secrets and some of the secrets of his friends without giving everything away A bit dark, a bit funny Really everything you want to know about Danio Only wish we actually heard his voice too We heard everyone else talk about Dani, but not him A quick overview or something from him would have been really nice. I loved the first two books of this More Than Magic series Semester Aboard and Snow Bound Elizabeth Kirke does a tremendous job creating characters you love and a magical world full of so many layers and so much depth, you want to live there If you haven t read those two books, or at least the first one, than I highly recommend you check them out Danio s Prelude may be considered a prequel to those other books, but it is really intended to be read afterwards First, you need to meet Danio i I loved the first two books of this More Than Magic series Semester Aboard and Snow Bound Elizabeth Kirke does a tremendous job creating characters you love and a magical world full of so many layers and so much depth, you want to live there If you haven t read those two books, or at least the first one, than I highly recommend you check them out Danio s Prelude may be considered a prequel to those other books, but it is really intended to be read afterwards First, you need to meet Danio in Semester Aboard and Snow Bound, take an instant liking to him, feel the mystery of his past and who he is, and then discover all the depths of Danio in Danio s Prelude Note The first two books are really written as Young Adult New Adult, but Danio s Prelude is most definitely written as an Adult book In Danio s Prelude, we are given stories from individuals from Danio s life, ranging from his childhood at age 11 to our introduction to him in Semester Aboard at age 81 But this book is not in chronological order No, it is a mixed up file of puzzled goodness, bouncing around in time, giving us bits and pieces of Danio s life, culminating in a fiery conclusion in the last chapter, finally giving up the completed picture of Danio Additionally, these 12 chapter, titled tracks, are each narrated by a different person from Danio s life So while the tracks themselves are numbered chronologically, they are ordered very specifically in the book, starting with Track 12 I thought using both the different narrators and the interweaving of time elements was brilliant I don t think the journey to discovering Danio would have been quite so impacting or entertaining had it been written chronologically or all been narrated by Danio himself I give Elizabeth major props for this As for what we discover about Danio, I will not give away spoilers, but I will say that I laughed, cried, smiled, sighed, ached, fumed, and blushed at various points throughout the book I felt the complete gamut of emotions and feels A good portion of Danio s personality and experience is out there for us to read He is a thoroughly complex character with a boatload of baggage and trauma from his life, but in spite of all he s been through, he is one of the most endearing people to read about His humor, kindness, and sincerity always shine through Elizabeth has created such a wonderful character here, and reading Danio s Prelude was truly a treat Plus, we get to discover and uncover his secrets and some other people s secrets as well And we get to knowabout some other characters as well I m already planning to re read the entire series again soon to see all the hints I missed during my first read Plus, I just love hanging out with these characters Additionally, we get insight into Danio and Char s relationship, how they met, etc To be honest, I m not a reader of m m romantic scenes And as the content warning states, there is some sex in this book, and if you are remotely familiar with Danio, then you know where his preferences lie So if you like those scenes, then you will love them in this book If you re like me, I ll say that I had no problem skimming those scenes, gaining the tidbits and insights I wanted, but not lingering on the details that I didn t Though even with the skimming, I could definitely feel the heat coming off of the pages Yes, that was a fire elemental pun I couldn t help myself So overall, I don t know if there are other books out there set up in this fashion, but I haven t read them, so for me this book was genius in its arrangement, narration, insight, and all around entertainment Danio s Prelude is definitely for fans of the MTM series And if you are not familiar with this series, than I highly recommend you check it out Read my full review at book was incredible I have always wanted to know what the story was on Danio I knew he had to have quite a story to his life and quite the story he did have too So many secrets and so many good and yet bad things that he went through It was so unreal It was a genius idea the way the author made each part of Danio s life into many short stories It made for an interesting and addicting read at the same time I was so addicte Read my full review at book was incredible I have always wanted to know what the story was on Danio I knew he had to have quite a story to his life and quite the story he did have too So many secrets and so many good and yet bad things that he went through It was so unreal It was a genius idea the way the author made each part of Danio s life into many short stories It made for an interesting and addicting read at the same time I was so addicted, I kept on the edge of my seat at the turn of every page, because I just had to absorbof the story into my brain A lot of the questions that I had about Danio were answered in this series of short stories and it made my feelers pop out during these stories for Danio I highly recommend this read, though I strongly suggest an audience of 18 due to some of the graphic scenes in the story It was an incredible ride that I enjoyed from beginning to end A very well written book filled with very real characters The story was interesting, especially as it was told from so many different points of view and in a pretty scrambled up time line but it did answer a lot of questions I had about Danio after reading the other two books in the More Than Magic series I did enjoy the story, although it was a bit too graphic for my taste which is why I usually stick to the young adult category, however the author did write a warning note at the start th A very well written book filled with very real characters The story was interesting, especially as it was told from so many different points of view and in a pretty scrambled up time line but it did answer a lot of questions I had about Danio after reading the other two books in the More Than Magic series I did enjoy the story, although it was a bit too graphic for my taste which is why I usually stick to the young adult category, however the author did write a warning note at the start though so fair enough It was gritty, dark, and brutal in places but also happy and moving in others Overall, a really well written story that elaborates a lot of Danio s character but I wouldn t recommend reading this unless you ve read the other two books in the series first Great Background story on Danio Heart wrenching and gripping Tissues and ice cream is right If you loved MTM, then I m sure you love Danio, this will only seal the deal on your love and respect for this man And Elizabeth does a great job keeping it suspenseful by jumping around from scene to scene and out of time order