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Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade)

Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Rowe
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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"Rowe is a paranormal star!" ~J.R. Ward

The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race, but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.

Quinn Masters will stop at nothing to rescue his rogue teammate. To save his blood brother and ensure his brand of justice triumphs, Quinn will break every rule of his kind and partner with the sensuous, courageous woman destined to be his ultimate destruction.

Haunted by a brutal past, Illusionist Grace Matthews will risk everything to save her kidnapped sister, including putting her life in the sinfully capable hands of an immortal warrior whose ravaging kisses and intense passion propel her ruthlessly toward a fateful destiny she can't afford to believe in.

"A fast-paced plot with strong characters, blazing sexual tension and sprinkled with witty banter, Darkness Awakened sucked me in and kept me hooked until the very last page." ~Literary Escapism

"Rarely do I find a book that so captivates my attention, that makes me laugh out loud, and cry when things look bad. And the sex, wow! It took my breath away. The author keeps the tension high from page one. The pace kept me on the edge of my seat, and turning the pages. I did not want to put this book down... This one is a must read." ~D. Alexx Miller, Alexx Mom Cat's Gateway Book Blog

*This novel is approximately 450 pages, and there are excerpts from other books by the author in the back of the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty published novels with major New York publishers. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and motivational nonfiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2031 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE1B1C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i should of read it sooner... 15 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i had this book on my kindle for a while but the first chapter was a bit... "what the hell" for me.... finally i started the book again, and now i could kick myself for not carrying on with it before, the story is gripping as far as the warriors are concerned, but the BOND was soooo exciting =0) please stick with it peeps, i've just ordered a couple of the other books in the series and cant wait to read them !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining enough 15 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In some ways this book is just like any other Paranormal Romance of its ilk. The Calydons are a group of hot as hell, rough and tumble defenders of the innocent, just like J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, Elisabeth Naughton's Eternal Guardians, or Zoe Forwards Scimitar Magi. And like these other PNRs the Calydon's run into their soulmate (insta-love anyone?), the one person who they simply can't resist. Don't we all love these stories? That's why we read PNR, right?

What the Order of the Blade series is, that the others aren't, is ALMOST a parody of the genre. Like the Brotherhood or Guardians, meeting one's soulmate throws one hell of a wrench in the Order members' works, but unlike them this fact is sitting forward and centre as part of the plot. The Maji meet their soulmate and still go about their mission, the Calydons exist and are the hard-asses they are because of their need to avoid those same soul mates. They and the men who love them are who they hunt instead of demons, vampires or the eternal dead. (At least in this first one.)

It is so central to the plot that it enables the characters themselves to acknowledge it and joke about it. I liked that. It made for some really funny moments, quotes like this one: "You know, you're hot and you've got that badass manly man thing going and I'm crazily attracted to you, but honestly, I suspect you're going to be a little too bossy for my tastes. Thanks for the offer on the whole love-me-die-for-me thing, but I'll pass." Or how about this one, "I'm an Order member. We're specifically chosen because we're so damned trustworthy. We're like Labradors." Ha, I laughed at that one.

Now, by the same token the whole loyal trustworthy thing was beaten into the ground a little bit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read ! 27 May 2012
By Emma
Format:Kindle Edition
Totally agree with the previous review. A great story with great characters, read it from start to finish in one sitting. Dont miss out on this trillogy. I have bought the next book already but must get some housework done first ! !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ 25 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Darkness awakened is the first in the primal heat trilogy by Stephanie Rowe. It has been a long time since a paranormal book held my attention, but this one did so much so I couldn't put it down.

Clayden Quinn Masters is on a quest for his immortal brother when his life collides with that of Illusionist Grace Mathews, whom is on a quest of her own that of finding her sister.

The sex scenes in the book totally blew me away extremely hot and sensual.

I can not wait to read the other two books in the trilogy. Stephanie Rowes book is a must for all paranormal and none paranormal fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love could be Fatal 20 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Order of the Blade book #1

A new series for me, so I have some catching up to do.
The Order is made up of Calydon Warriors, charged with protecting innocents.  In this "world" there are Illusionists who are very powerful and could be working for good or evil. They are rarely liked by anyone.

Grace is an Illusionist who can't control her powers. They come whenever she is scared and are deadly. Grace's sister Ana has been kidnapped and is being forced to kill with her illusions.  So Grace must ask a powerful Calydon to help her get her sister back.
Quinn is the one Grace goes to. Quinn is dealing with serious problems himself. Someone is murdering his Warriors. A short time after meeting Grace, Quinn realizes that she is his Sheva (Mate) . This will cause even more problems because when a Calydon fully bonds with his Sheva he goes rogue. To stop that happening either the warrior or the Sheva is killed. That is the way the Order has always worked.

This is a fast paced,action packed story. If it was on film the special effects would be incredible. Lots of big battles, and HOT Live scenes. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 25 Jan 2014
By Lau
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I have been looking for a new paranormal series, I'm usually a vampire lover but this was fab!!

Grace and Quinn were brilliant and the build up to them was amazing!!

Really good start to the series can wait to read more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 30 Oct 2013
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I had this book as a sample on my kindle for ages. I finally got around to reading it and I'm sorry I didn't sooner.
I enjoyed the way it was straight into the action. I loved the main characters. Grace was vulnerable but strong and cautious. Quinn just all man with a soft centre.
Occasionally it did get a bit deep feely feely but it helped you to understand the bond and that it was hard for them trust.
The sex was smoking hot wow, I wish we could all have the sheva bond.
I'm downloading next book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 24 Oct 2013
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This is the first book I have read by this author. The series shows a lot of promise and I can't wait to get started on the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great author
Wow, really thought this book worth reading. Exciting or what? Loved it and must read the others in this series. First time reading this author so will not be the last.
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I got this book as a freebie, and wasn't sure if I'd ever get round to reading it. I'm so pleased that I did.
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Published 5 months ago by Teresa
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Slow start for me, the concept kept my attention but found dialogue a bit repetitive. Can't compare to the level of Kresley Cole's IAD but not bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness Awakened
It was very enjoyable reading. The characters are interesting.
The storyline was intriguing, though I did get lost a couple of times because I failed to visual it in my... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ati.jaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I liked this story, it was colourful and full of drama and emotion. A good read that I found hard to put down, as all the 'Order of the Blade' books are. Well done!
Published 8 months ago by Godber7
5.0 out of 5 stars darkness awakened (order of the blade)
Fantastic book really enjoyed it. It makes a nice change to have a new fantasy to read about other than vampires werewolves and witches! Read more
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