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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the USA Today bestselling author of more than forty published novels. 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.
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 !!!
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. At 15% through the book I thought, 'oh that's romantic.' At 90% through the book, when Quinn and Grace were still harping on about how much they trust one another and would be there for each other always, I thought 'oh God, I get it already! Move on.' I loved that Quinn was the type of man he was and that loyalty was a big thing for him. It was what Grace needed most too. I just got a little tired of being told about it.
The book had enough of a plot to keep the pace moving and an interesting assortment of side characters, though I wish I'd gotten to know them a bit more. I had a little bit of trouble with the whole Illusionist thing. I understood how the mind could be tricked into believing in an injury, but how was clothing convinced to tear? It has no consciousness. Grace's illusions felt more like actual physical manifestations than illusions. Really this is a small point, maybe even semantics. I enjoyed the book enough to buy the second one, Darkness Seduced (Order of the Blade #2).Read more ›
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 ! !
Bought it by mistake, however gave it a go! Great story line but a bit much on the intamacy side for my tastes. It took a long time to get going but the last third of the book really took off. If I were given the other book, I would read it however, would not buy it for myself
Quinn Masters was taking a group of young Calydons warriors than he was training them to be members of the Order of the Blade he began to feel a darkness in the area he decided to take the trainies to the safety by the river. Before they reach safety they are attacked Quinn uses his mind to see if he can find where they are being attacked from, he finds that the attacker is one of his two blood brothers Alijah he kills all the trainees and then Quinn who dies for 3 days. Gudeon who is the third of his blood brothers how thinks than Qwinn has gone rogue and killed the trainees. Quinn tells him that Elijah killed them and that one of the trainees weapons had been removed it was then noticed than one of Quinns knives had been removed. Quinn told Gudian to go to Dante and inform him of what had happened while Quinn would look for Elijah but first he needed to heal and get supplies. He decides to go home to get the supplies but two miles from his home he picks up the sent of a female who draws him to her. Grace Mathews is an Illusinists who wants Quinn to help find her sister Ana who is worried that her sister might be the person who is killing Calydons. When Quinn reaches his home he finds Grace there and he thinks that she might be his sheva they then both start to search for Ana and Elijah and the begging of the trails that before they are bonded
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.