Ascension: A Dark Breed Novel

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The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed...

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Overview

The gates of hell have opened, and one woman will stand in the crossfire as the Dark Breed—vampyre, demons, shape shifters—and mankind fight their last battle for survival.

Kyana is half Vampyre, half Lychen . . . and the last of her kind. Determined, dangerous, and damned, she has no love for the mortals who have imprisoned and misused her. But when the Order of Ancients entrusts her with a mission—to find the key that will send the Dark Breed back into Hell for eternity—Kyana has no choice but to accept.

She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort . . . Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061964404
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 983,179
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sable Grace is the writing team of Heather Waters and Laura Barone,long-time critique partners and friends who came together by fluke to discover their voices fit quite nicely during a writing experiment. The story became far too interesting to put down and Sable Grace was born.

Both Heather and Laura reside in Florida, are happily married to their real-life heroes, and are, well, complete opposites. Still, there’s enough common ground for them to weave their words together in the voice of Sable Grace.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    High octane action!

    Kyana is half Lychen, half Vampyre who works as a tracer for the Order of Ancients. She is Dark Breed that has chosen to use her powers for good, and is entrusted by the Order to find an ancient key that can send the rampaging Dark Breeds back to Hell. See, the Gods' powers are weakening, and the Chosen (those that will replace them)are being killed one by one. The only problem is Ryker, the demi-god that she's partnered with. See, a while back, Kyana tried to get Ryker in the sack and he turned her down, but it's probably not for the reason you might think. It's much more complicated than that, and so is their relationship, which is part of the fun of the awesome debut!

    Ascension is categorized as Paranormal Romance, however, it's firmly situated in the Urban Fantasy realm. Do not let the "Paranormal Romance" on the spine scare you off. For one thing, there's no steamy stuff until about two thirds in, and it's no more than you'd find in most urban fantasy. The writing duo that is Sable Grace has created a unique fantasy world where gods and myths are real, and "bump in the night" is par for the course. Some of my favorite scenes include Kyana's roommate and best friend, Haven, who is a witch. Their banter is witty and genuine, and the warmth and history between them is obvious. There are some truly terrifying creatures and plenty of rip roaring action, and the romantic friction between Kyana and Ryker keeps a nice hum of tension threaded throughout. This book has some wonderful twists and turns that kept me guessing, and a revelation that frankly had my jaw on the floor! This book kicks serious ass, and I can't wait for the next one!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

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    Got me interested for the remainder of the series!

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    Beware of Spoilers!

    Ascension is the first full-length book by the conglomeration of Heather Waters and Laura Barone who make up Sable Grace. It’s the start of the Dark Breed series and it introduces us to Kyana who is a mix of werewolf and vampyre. Dark breed is the derogatory term some use to describe her and it seems only fitting for it to be the name of the series.

    In the Dark Breed series the world is divided into several realms that are paralleled to one another. Beyond is where the Gods live on Mount Olympus, Above is where the humans live, then Below is where most magical creatures live, and lastly there is the Underworld, also known as Tartarus or hell. There are portals to where you can travel between the different realms if you meet the requirements to go to the desired realm (for example only the gods and goddesses can travel to Beyond).

    There is a war raging on Above, the demons have attacked and are taking over. Kyana is a tracer that helps kill the demons and also finds the important humans, the Chosen, who are slated to replace the gods and Fates. But now the Chosen are being picked off one by one leaving the gods susceptible as their powers are fading and they need their replacements before the world is taken over by the demons. And, worse yet they just discovered that someone has unlocked the gates to hell meaning every demon they send there can now come back. Now it’s up to Kyana and pain in her ass, Ryker, to find the key to hell and relock the gates so that they can finally defeat the demons and give Above back to the humans.

    But in a moment of panic for a friend, Kyana, breaks the law and now it could cost her not only the mission, but also her life.

    I was a little worried about this book after reading the first chapter. All the information was overwhelming and I worried that A) I would forget something important or just not grasp a critical concept or B) that the whole book would be weighted down with information like that chapter and I wouldn’t like the book. But I’m happy to tell you that once that chapter was over the book lightened up and flowed much smoother and I ended up enjoying the story. It ended up being an action packed mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance that you will be sure to love.

    I thought Kyana was an interesting heroine and found her being both lychen and vampyre made her much more versatile than lead characters in other series. This book just barely touched on her lychen side, but I expect it to be explored further in the future installments of the series. I also just really liked her kick-butt mentality and the humor in her internal dialog.

    Ryker was a steamy male lead. I loved the whole idea that he was holding out for something more serious with Kyana. I couldn’t wait for him to finally get intimate with her and hope for more steamy scenes between the couple in future installments of the series! I mean what girl wouldn’t want to be with someone who’s a half god? And, he sounds like the sexiest beach bum I’ve ever seen!

    Continued on openbooksociety dot com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

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    Great story telling.... reminds me a little of kim harrison

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved it! I went and bought the other books....loved them too. I am looking forward to the next release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Great series you won't be disappointed

    Great characeters, intresting story line all in all a fun series

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Wonderful Start to New Series!

    Kyana is the best at what she does, tracking. Her unique blood, Vamp and Lychen, allows her to hold a scent longer than any of the other trackers and she uses it to her advantage. The Fates have an assignment they have determined Kyana is perfect for-saving the human world. Someone has opened the door to Tartarus, the Chosen are being killed along with all the other people and there is a trail that needs followed. The only catch is, Ryker. He is a demigod, Aries' son and his 'snub' ten years before still stings.
    Ryker knows he and Kyana are meant for each other, but because of her mixed blood, he doesn't believe she can mate for life. Her ease with fellow Vamp, Geoff makes Ryker jealous as does the attention she shows any male. Geoff is a necessary evil as far as Ryker is concerned. He is better connected than either he or Kyana so to accomplish their goal, they need him.
    Fighting Dark Breeds, searching for dead gods, trying to keep her focus off Ryker's sexiness and meeting a soulless race she never knew existed are just a few of Kyana's adventures. Her personal life keeps interfering, she can't keep Ryker off her mind, her best friend, Haven potentially getting married is nerve-wracking and she has more questions than answers. Kyana is literally in a race against time to save the world, her friends and herself before Tartarus destroys it all!
    A wonderfully thrilling, fast-paced story! It will sink its teeth into you and not let go!

    Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    Cool

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    The fast-paced story line is loaded with action and tension as twists enhance a strong thriller

    The Order of Ancients directs Vampyre-Lychen hybrid Dark Breed Kyana the Tracer to go on a mission that will close the recently opened portal from hell. Although she loathes the vicious mortals who have abused her and still scorn her for being a Dark Breed even with eight decades of loyal service, she knows her duty comes before her disdain so she must prevent the Dark Breed from coming to earth.

    Kyana fumes that the Order teams her up with demigod warrior Ryker as they have a horrific history between them. The duo soon finds an archaic cult with dangerous plans and an ancient god scheming to destroy the mortal plane first. Kyana and Ryker are attracted to one another, but ignore their feelings as the mission comes first.

    Although the heroine is a stereotype of the overused kick butt female, her sidekick brings out the feminine side of Kyana without diluting the mission. Besides the powerful lead duet, the support cast makes the Grace urban fantasy landscape seem real. The fast-paced story line is loaded with action and tension as twists enhance a strong opening thriller while setting up the next spin in the Grace mythos.

    Harriet Klausner

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