BLACK DOG by Rachel Neumeier takes the reader into a hidden world of magic, war, and shapeshifting that exists just behind the headlines of the human world. Think of it as Robin McKinley's SUNSHINE but with werewolves instead of vampires.
Natividad is Pure, one of the rare girls born able to wield magic. Pure magic can protect humans against the supernatural evils they only half-acknowledgethe blood kin or the black dogs. In rare caseslike for Natividad's father and older brotherPure magic can help black dogs find the strength to control their dark powers.
But before Natividad's mother can finish teaching her magic their enemies find them. Their entire village in the remote hills of Mexico is slaughtered by black dogs. Their parents die protecting them. Natividad and her brothers must flee across a strange country to the only possible shelter: the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc, who have sworn to protect the Pure.
In the snowy forests of Vermont they are discovered by Ezekiel Korte, despite his youth the strongest black dog at Dimilioc and the appointed pack executioner. Intrigued by Natividad he takes them to Dimilioc instead of killing them.
Now they must pass the tests of the Dimilioc Master. Alejandro must prove he can learn loyalty and control even without his sister's Pure magic. Natividad's twin Miguel must prove that an ordinary human can be more than a burden to be protected. And even at Dimilioc a Pure girl like Natividad cannot remain unclaimed to cause fighting and distraction. If she is to stay she must choose a black dog mate.
But, first, they must all survive the looming battle.
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead.
She now raises and shows dogs, gardens, cooks, and occasionally finds time to read. She works part-time for a tutoring program, though she tutors far more students in Math and Chemistry than in English Composition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I pretty much read this book in one sitting. I loved all the characters and the change of POV. The world is unique! Cant wait for the 2nd book to come out
Im not going to rehash the story because the blurb tells what its about perfectly. Black Dog is a refreshingly unique take on werewolves. In a genre with so many different types of werewolves its very hard to stand out but this one does. I loved how the author created a world with a difference. Her unique writing style took me on an incredible journey into a world filled with magic and all things supernatural. I loved how the Black Dogs were people whose dog was always with them as their shadow and all they had to do was wrap the shadow around them to become the Black Dogs. The whole lore and history of them was fascinating. The characters were complex and well written. Alejandro struggled with his Black Dog and the darker side of life with it but he was also so protective of Natividad and Miguel. He would do anything for them, including heading into the Dimilioc territory. I loved that the book was told from both his and Natividads point of view. Overall Black Dog was a fascinating read. There's plenty of action and fights, the plot is addicting and it completely caught my attention. While it was slow to get into for me I still ended up really liking it. I will definitely check out more from this author.
interesting storyline with original backdrop
Natividad and her two brothers, Miguel and Alejandro, are on the run. They are trying to find their way to the Dimilioc territory from Mexico. The Black Dog family that, if accepted in, could protect them. Their fathers past might be something they need to work past, but they are willing to do what it takes. They hope their enemy isn't following, that they lost them on the trek here. In trying to be accepted into the 'family' of Dimilioc, Natividad, Miguel, and Alejandro might be putting many more in danger. Their enemy is up to far more worse then they could have ever imagined, and the siblings hold a secret they don't even know of. They work to keep their selves safe, learn more of what they are - Pure and Black Dog - and keep everyone around them safe as they try to pass the tests to become part of the Dimilioc family. This was an interesting creation with the werewolf myth, into the black dog. I like the black dog idea, very much. It's different and had me thinking on it. The Pure are humans with a touch of magic that eases the black dog in others. I'm curious on the Pure. Natividad is a Pure and I look forward to more of her powers coming to surface as the series goes. We get the point of views from Natividad first, then also from Alejandro - the black dog of the family. This book is more of a focus on the black dogs, the major point of the need for the Pure. It is interesting to see from a Pure aspect, who influences the black dogs, and from a young black dog. We learn the rules of the species as we go, and are reminded of the importance of them. Oh, we have the Dimilioc family. Wow. I love this 'pack'. There is a level of command, which seems hard for black dogs to do, but they do it. The black dogs in the family aren't as cruel as you think they will be. But the leader, Grayson Lanning, is new as apposed to the leader when the kids father was involved. Things have changed a bit. And this is a group, even though dangerous, I would love to meet. I fell for all the characters in the pack as we got to know them. Yes, all of them. In the start of the book I definitely felt a strong young adult influence to the story telling. I thought anyone one from 10 up could read it. In the end, I still have that feel. The writing feels easy to understand. There is a dark feel to the black dogs and the end, but in this day and age I think it would be a very good Urban Fantasy read. But there is a feel that the story will grow with its readers and characters, things will become a bit older with them both. I think this would be a quick read for adults who would enjoy the creation of the Black Dog. There is more happening here than we see. I want to see what comes of Natividad, Miguel, and Alejandro as they become part of the Dimilioc family in the future. They are young, but so much potential between them all.