Dark Alpha's Claim: A Reaper Novel

Dark Alpha's Claim: A Reaper Novel

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by Donna Grant

Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...

My whole existence is based on taking what Death


Dark Alpha's Claim is the first in an exclusive new series from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant!

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...

My whole existence is based on taking what Death wants. Born to eliminate Fae guilty of unforgivable crimes, my reckless, wild nature makes me the perfect assassin to carry out Death's bidding. I've seen more sinister and violent dealings than anyone could ever imagine. But it was the sight of her face that stopped me cold. I've never wanted a woman-never mind a human-so badly; never felt my heart, hardened by death, burn brighter and hotter until it burst into flames. She is everything I desire. The kind of woman that compels you to stake your claim on her, to let the world know that she's yours. A Reaper saving her life will only attract danger, but I vow to protect her at all costs from the Fae that hunt her, and keep safe the woman who has claimed me, body and soul.

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Dark Alpha's Claim

A Reaper Novel

By Donna Grant

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2015 Donna Grant
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ISBN: 978-1-4668-8338-3



Edinburgh. Baylon surveyed the city from the shadows of an alley. For hundreds of years it had been a mecca in Scotland, bringing in tourists from all over the world.

But the city was no longer just ancient architecture and legends. An evil had taken up residence — Dark Fae. The city burned while the Dark killed hundreds of humans in a single night.

All the while, the mortals were ignorant of what was going on. They were helplessly drawn to the Dark Fae, completely unaware there was a supernatural war going on in Edinburgh and every major city in the UK between the Dark and the Dragon Kings. It was a war where the Reapers weren't involved, but that didn't mean Baylon wasn't rooting for the Kings.

Baylon had only been in Edinburgh a few hours, but during that time he happily exacted his justice on any Dark Fae he ran across.

And there were many.

The Fae were a race of magical beings that had a fondness for the humans who lived upon Earth. The mortals are what brought the Fae. The Light, for the most part, kept their dalliances with the humans to a single time.

The Dark, however, were addicted to the mortals. For every time they had sex with a human, the Dark fed off their souls. The Dark didn't stop until nothing was left of the individuals but a dead shell.

Being the first to arrive at the announced destination, Baylon studied the pub before he walked inside.

He didn't use any glamour to hide his features even though every human in the pub looked his way. Baylon was a Light Fae, but more than that, he was a Reaper — and damn proud of it.

Death recruited him two thousand years earlier after a betrayal that took his life. Even now, Baylon could feel that cold knot of treachery. He'd trusted implicitly, and what had it gained him? Weeks in the Dark palace where he was tortured by his best friends between them taking human females as they willingly turned Dark.

He was his friends' first Fae kill. But Death held onto his soul, allowing him to live — and gave him the opportunity to become a Reaper. His first order from Death had been to execute his friends.

Baylon hadn't hesitated. The surprise and fear in their red eyes did little to ease his soul. But if Baylon thought he'd never trust again, he was never more wrong once he met the other Reapers.

There were seven of them. Though the Reapers weren't created for the humans. No, the Reapers were a group specifically formed to be judge, jury, and executioner to the Fae — Dark and Light.

For the past several centuries, they'd been on the Fae realm trying to straighten out the mess left by their race. It was so bad the queen of the Light, Usaeil, abandoned the Realm, preferring to live exclusively in Ireland.

The king of the Dark, Taraeth, however, found the Fae realm just to his liking. The Dark numbers continued to grow, as did Taraeth's power.

Which worried Baylon.

The two Fae factions were always at war with each other in some form or another. The few times it had become an all-out civil war, the Reapers had stayed out of it. Though they watched from the sidelines.

Baylon took a seat toward the back of the pub and ordered a pint from a pretty young waitress. As she walked away, he leaned back in his chair and let his eyes slowly wander from table to table picking up on conversations. What was it with their leader, Cael, always wanting to meet in a pub?

There was a reason, though Baylon had yet to discern what it was. Perhaps he'd ask today. It would be better if they gathered in secret, but Cael continually chose somewhere very public. At least for the start of their meetings. Cael said it was to get everyone relaxed and remind them this wasn't the Fae realm.

As if Baylon could forget. He was surrounded by mortals. They were oblivious to the fact the Fae were on their realm. Oddly enough, they were also clueless that the Dragon Kings called Earth home.

"Here you go," the waitress said as she set down his ale.

Baylon shot her a smile of thanks. Most of the time the Reapers gathered after one or more of them had to exact justice. So having a drink or two with the group did help get everyone focused before Cael gave them a new assignment.

Baylon sighed. Another assignment so quickly after their last. It's not that he minded removing evil from a realm. It's just that he felt there was a heaviness to his soul from all the people he had killed.

"Always first, aye, Baylon," said a voice with a thick Irish accent.

Baylon looked up to find Kyran. He nodded to the Dark Fae. Kyran's black and silver hair fell to his shoulders while he used glamour to hide his red eyes.

The Reapers were made up of both Dark and Light Fae. Baylon didn't know how any of them were chosen to be Reapers, since none of them spoke of the time before they were Reapers.

Nor did he know what it was the two Dark of their group had done to be asked by Death to join the Reapers, but he trusted Fintan and Kyran with his life.

"I was thirsty," Baylon said and took a drink of ale.

Kyran pulled out the chair across the table from Baylon. He waved away the waitress when she walked over. Baylon had yet to get the reason why Kyran never drank. Perhaps one day.

Kyran leaned his forearms on the table. "The Dark wreaked havoc on this city."

"All over England and Scotland. The Dragon Kings are putting things back in order quickly, though."

"What was the Darks' purpose?"

"I know," Cael said as he approached with Fintan, Talin, and Eoghan.

Baylon looked up at the four of them. They each took a seat and placed their drink order while Cael held out a mobile phone to Baylon.

He took it from Cael and watched the video with a mixture of shock and disgust at seeing the Dragon Kings fighting the Dark on Dreagan — in dragon form. "Talaeth's plan?"

Cael shook his head and waited until the waitress set their drinks down. She openly flirted with them, but they paid her no heed.

It was a curse — or a blessing, depending on what Fae you talked to — that humans were attracted to them. It wasn't a minor attraction, but one so vast and irresistible that the mortals couldn't ignore it.

"Taraeth might've used his men to shoot the video of the Dragon Kings, but we think its Ulrik behind it all," Cael said.

Kyran's lips twisted ruefully. "Not good news for the Dragon Kings."

"The Kings will have their hands full going forward. By the way, Daire won't be joining us," Cael said as his silver eyes looked around the table.

Talin frowned and turned his gaze to their leader. "Surely he's not still following Rhi."

"He is," Cael said with a nod of his head, his long black hair pulled back in a queue. "He'll be with her for as long as it takes."

Baylon, like the rest of the Reapers, was curious as to why Death was so interested in a Light Fae. Granted, Rhi was one of the best warriors the Light ever had. She was even the lone female Queen's Guard.

Rhi's skills with a sword could've caught Death's attention, but Baylon had a feeling it could have something to do with Rhi once having a Dragon King lover.

Fintan set down his glass of whisky and raised his silver eyes rimmed in red to Cael. "We just got the assignment to bring the Dark to a halt here, yet you're talking as if we have another."

"We do." Cael released a breath.

Baylon noticed that Cael wasn't pleased with whatever he was about to impart. In fact, if Baylon had to guess, Cael was debating on whether to pass on the assignment.

A first for sure. Cael always did whatever Death wanted — they all did. It was one of the rules. Death was the judge. The Reapers were the executioners. Death was the one who decided who the Reapers would visit and exact their justice.

The Reapers answered to just one entity — Death.

Baylon glanced at Eoghan who had yet to speak. Then again, Eoghan never said anything. Eoghan's brow was furrowed as deeply, his gaze on the table.

"Isn't this the time we leave?" Talin asked. "We're drawing enough attention as Faes, not to mention our Irish accents."

Cael tossed back his whisky. As he did, he used his magic so that the others in the pub wouldn't be able to make out what they were saying.

Baylon sat up straighter. What was so important that Cael wouldn't take them out of the pub to discuss their assignment at length as he always did?

"In case none of you noticed, the city was overrun with Dark just a few hours ago. They've begun another war with the Dragon Kings," Cael said. "I saw many of the Dark using glamour to hide themselves."

Baylon nodded, turning the pint glass in a circle with his fingers. "You worried the Dark will see us?"

"Of course not," Cael said with a flat look. "We're to keep with our first orders of removing any Dark in the city."

"Are we to help the Kings as well?" Kyran asked.

Cael gave a quick shake of his head. "We'll be staying out of their way. The Kings don't need our help."

"After the video you just showed us?" Talin asked skeptically.

"We have our directives." Cael set the empty whisky glass on the table with finality. "Although as a race the Fae are supposed to stay away from humans, we all know that isn't possible. The Dark take their victims, but the Light give in to desire and have a night with mortals."

Baylon had a sick feeling in his gut at where this was going.

"Many times the Light leaves having no idea they've left their lover behind with a child growing in the womb."

Eoghan's silver eyes turned hard as he glared at Cael. "No."

No one had a chance to even register that Eoghan spoke because Cael continued talking. "We're to find the humans with Fae blood and remove them from this realm."

Talin face scrunched up as he looked at Cael in disgust. "You mean kill the humans?" "Yes."

Fintan shook his head. "They're human."

"They're part Fae," Cael stated.

"And human," Kyran argued. "We've never touched a human before. Only Fae. That's what we do."

Baylon pushed away his pint glass. "Our job is to go after Fae. I'm not going to kill a mortal."

"Look, I'm not thrilled with this either." Cael ran a hand down his face. "We don't get to choose what orders we accept or decline. We all knew when we accepted our roles what it entailed."

"We understand that," Baylon said. "But this is so ... sudden. Why is Death wanting to target the humans now?"

Cael shrugged, his gaze dropping to the table. "I don't know."

"We don't always know why Death sends us after anyone," Fintan said. "I've always followed orders without question."

"Thank you," Cael said.

Fintan raised a white brow. "But this time I'm questioning them."

Cael blew out a breath and looked at each of them. "If you disobey Death's order, you'll be permanently removed from existence."

Eoghan rose and walked out of the pub.

Cael watched him, then sighed as he turned back to the group. "We're to begin hunting these half-Fae mortals immediately. If you encounter more Dark roaming the streets, kill them. Understood?"

None of them said a word as they looked at Cael. Baylon remained seated as Cael got to his feet and followed Eoghan outside. Humans? Death didn't even care if a human knew they were Reapers. Why all of a sudden would she target a half-Fae?

"I can't do it," Talin said.

Fintan pushed back his chair and stood. He held his hand over the table as money appeared in a pile to pay for their drinks. "We've orders."

Baylon turned his gaze at Kyran who looked as if he were about to be sick.

Kyran raised his eyes to Baylon's before sliding them to Talin. "In all the time humans have been on this realm, we've never hunted half-Fae. The number of mortals with Fae blood could number in the millions by this time."

"I can't do it," Talin said again.

Baylon laid his hands flat on the table and pushed up as he got to his feet. "Something is going on. I, for one, am going to find out what it is."

"How?" Fintan asked. "Are you going to try and contact Death yourself?"

"If that's what it takes."

It was true only Cael spoke to Death as leader of the Reapers. The Reapers only saw Death once, when they were offered the position. None of them ever had need to speak to Death before or after.

But if that's what he had to do, then Baylon would see it done. Executioner or assassin, when Death sent them after a Fae, it was with good reason. Never had Baylon killed an innocent — that he knew of.

He walked from the pub and turned to the left. Baylon veiled himself and wandered the streets of the city as night began to fall.

There was no way he could kill a half-Fae. If he did, it would tear his soul in two, he was sure of it.

Once, long ago, he'd found a pretty female on a Greek isle. He'd intended to walk away, but the longer he admired her beauty, the more he wanted her.

Baylon experienced an incredible night in her arms. By the time the sun broke the horizon, he was gone. He didn't forget her after. Years later, Baylon checked in on her. To his shock, she had a young daughter. Thankfully, Baylon discovered the child wasn't his.

Though it left him ... empty somehow. He'd been terrified he might have impregnated the mortal. Then there came an instant of relief to know the child wasn't his.

Right on the heels of that emotion came the sorrow that he didn't have a child.

And as a Reaper, he never would.

Baylon gave up all thoughts of a wife and family when he accepted his role as a Reaper. They were solitary with no ties of any kind. It was just what they needed to be.

It had been centuries since Baylon thought of that female in Greece. Except for a chance of fate, that child could have been his. Then he would be hunting his own blood.

Baylon paused when he caught sight of the Dragon King Darius standing in the shadows outside a hospital. There was much the Reapers didn't know of the Kings, but Baylon didn't have to know Darius's story to know the King carried guilt around with him. It weighed Darius down as nothing else could.

He was curious as to what would keep the Dragon King waiting around a hospital. Then a tall redhead came out of the hospital, and Baylon had his answer.

Darius couldn't take his eyes from her. For a moment, he thought Darius would let her walk past without a word. But the female stopped and turned.

Baylon felt like an interloper watching the two stare at each other, the attraction and desire so blatant and palpable that it made him take a step back.

In two strides, Darius was in front of the woman. They didn't speak, but there was no need to. He brought her to him and kissed her.

In moments, Darius had her against a building with her skirts up. Baylon turned away when they began to make love. He'd already intruded on something private.

Baylon walked away feeling at odds with everything. Their new order made no sense. The humans with Fae blood didn't even know about their ancestry. They might have some special ability, but that's as far as it went.

There was no need to wipe them from the realm as if they were some dirty secret being swept under the rug.

And what if the Dragon Kings discovered what was being done?

That brought Baylon up short. The Kings protected the humans to such lengths that they had sent their own dragons away. There was nothing the Dragon Kings wouldn't do to protect the mortals.

Then again, with all the Kings had going on, their attention would be focused elsewhere. At least that's what Baylon hoped, because he really didn't want to get into a war with the Kings.

He rather liked them. It had raised all kinds of eyebrows within the Fae when Rhi had taken a King as her lover.

Baylon had seen them once. The Dragon King and the Light Fae. They made a striking pair. He didn't know what went wrong between the two, but the affair had ended suddenly.

That wasn't something Baylon ever needed to worry about. He was well and truly single from now until the end of time.

It was a price he willingly paid to be a Reaper.

It was one he would pay again in a heartbeat.


Jordyn Patterson stepped to the side to dodge a man hurrying down the narrow aisle with a cup of coffee. She rolled her eyes and made her way to her desk.

She'd barely sat down and rolled her chair into place when her boss, Detective Inspector Dougal MacDonald walked from his office to stand by her desk.

"It's been a few days since the American, Lexi Crawford, has been in. Did she make her way home?" he asked.

Jordyn gave a nod. "I made sure I'd get notified by the airline when she checked in. She's back in South Carolina now, sir."


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. She's the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories, Dark Craving, Night's Awakening, and Dawn's Desire. Her acclaimed Dark Warrior and Dark Sword series novels feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s written more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories, Dark Craving, Night’s Awakening, and Dawn’s Desire. Her acclaimed series, Dark Warriors, feature a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

"Dark, sexy, magical. When I want to indulge in a sizzling fantasy adventure, I read Donna Grant."

--Allison Brennan, New York Times Bestselling Author

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Dark Alpha's Claim: A Reaper Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Donna Grant does itagain with the Reaper Novel. I like how the stroy line is a continuation of the Dark Kings series and the Dark Warriors series. I feel to get the full efect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can never go wrong with a Donna Grant book. Loved it from beginning till end. Wanted more.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved it
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Not a fan.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A must-read for fans of Donna's Dark Kings and recommended to anyone who enjoys spicy paranormal romances! Death chose each of us - both Dark and Light - for a reason. There can't be Light without Dark or Dark without Light. Death was the judge. The Reapers were the executioners. Death was the one who decided who the Reapers would visit and exact their justice. The Reapers answered to just one entity - Death. DARK ALPHA'S CLAIM by Donna Grant is the steamy first installment in Donna's new Reaper series that closely correlates with her Dark Kings series. Oooh la la! If you follow my reviews, you already know that I love Donna's sexy Scottish dragon kings and now I find that I'm seriously smitten with her fae reapers. This book introduces the concept of the reapers including their history, their members and their structure and it includes a forbidden romance between reaper Baylon and half-human/fae Jordyn. From the moment that Baylon saw Jordyn he was instantly attracted to her. As a reaper, he was allowed to have an occasional one night stand; but relationships were strictly taboo. Even knowing this, he could not walk away from Jordyn - especially with her life in danger. They had a sweet and hot romance - but would it mean a death knell for each of them? The reapers are the exacters of karma for fae who have done the unforgivable. Just their existence instills fear in fae hearts even though they only take out the guilty. Now, someone has infiltrated the reapers. A message was sent to the reapers to seek out and kill every half human/fae. When the reapers refused to kill innocents, it was discovered that Death did not send this order. So... the race is on to find who sent the bogus command and to bring that person or persons to justice. With electrifying, well-orchestrated suspense, danger galore, and a hot and steamy, off-limits romance, I couldn't put this book down until I'd finished it. Now I can't wait for the next book! I would consider this to be a must-read for fans of Donna's Dark Kings and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys spicy paranormal romances. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 4 Wine Glasses!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
author is skilled at scene descriptions that draw you into her paranormal world Oh I love how this author interweaves her new spin-off of the Dark Kings series which itself is a spin-off of the two existing series of the Dark Warriors series and the Dark Sword series. Phelan and Aisley from Midnight's Temptation, Dark Warriors series, makes a small appearance. This book is on my All Time Favorite Books list see my review. Also there are some scenes with characters from the Dark Kings series. This new series involves seven Reapers aka elite assassins, with extremely different and intriguing personalities and skills. Each Reaper is presented with full character descriptions and hints of mystery as to why they act or react the way they do. Because of this I want to continue reading each book that will be in this series so I can find out what makes each Reaper tick. Most intriguing ones that I want to know about are Cael and Eoghan but all of them hold my interest. The main female character is Jordyn who also appeared in one of the Dark Kings books. She has a very inquisitive nature and a love for the Fae lore. She starts out as a average mannered, beautiful woman and as the book progresses her personality expands creating a heroine that one just has to love. Baylon is the main male character who is strong, determined, and honorable. He mesmerized me from the first page with his dynamic steady character. Baylon is the perfect match for Jordyn and throughout this book you can feel their love expanding. There is fighting, compassion, love and death in this book but you will have to read it to see if these two characters survive to get their HEA. The author is skilled at scene descriptions that draw you into her paranormal world and make you not want to leave. I give this book 4 STARS
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Just like Beauty and the Beast, Dark Alpha’s Claim’s Jordyn loves books…how could you not love that… Baylon is a Reaper in Erith’s, AKA Death, service. His job, be the judge, jury and executioner of the evil dark Fae. When a command comes down for the Reapers to kill all the human – fae half breeds, they baulk. But Baylon seems to baulk the most. When he discovers one, Jordyn, he can’t seem to stay away from her. Let us just say their chemistry is combustible. In an attempt to protector her, he disregards Erith’s rules…which could mean his death. Together, they discover a devastating plot with the Dark Fae at its core. The story has a good pace with us not waiting long for the couple to connect. Boy, do they connect. Jordyn, in my opinion, steals the show. She is, absolutely, weaker than all around her but is willing to give it all to protect those she loves. I really enjoyed the story, but that essential spark that makes you a participant and not just a by-stander wasn’t there for me. I'm sure this book and series is going to thrill Donna Grant’s paranormal fans. If you loved the Dragon Kings you should definitely check out Dark Alpha's Claim. I received this ARC copy of Dark Alpha's Claim: A Reaper Novel from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review.
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
I know I say it all the time, but I adore Donna Grant's books. This latest is a spinoff of the Dragon Kings series. In it we meet the Reapers, basically the Fae police. We know from previous books that a Reaper is following Rhi, but there are more. Baylon and the other Reapers are given a message from Death (the boss lady) instructing them to kill all half Fae humans. They are confused and angered by this order. They have never before been commanded to harm humans and this doesn't set well with any of them. Cael, the leader of the Reapers goes directly to Death to confront her and finds that she never issued the order at all. The search begins for whoever is trying to eliminate the Reapers and/or Death, with Jordyn as the bait. Jordyn was a great character. She's been obsessed with the Fae since she was a child. Now that she's seen them she's glad of it. When she becomes a target for whoever it is who wants Death and the Reapers out of the picture she finds herself drawn into the Reapers' fold. Baylon is drawn to Jordyn from the moment he sees her He knows the consequences for getting involved with her but he doesn't care. He's drawn to her in a way he has never experienced and doesn't want to let her go. This story lays the foundation for the new series. It was sexy fun, and action packed. I loved every minute of it. This is a MUST READ for Grant fans.
Maisie-D More than 1 year ago
Let’s just say I’ve read a lot on Ms Grant’s books and never have I been disappointed! This new series, The Reapers, is an off shoot of The Dragon Kings. A series which I love to death!! This book is a quick read and not a very complex story. But it’s wonderful. The Reapers who are Fae themselves, are the executioners of the Fae, Light and Dark,. If they do something evil or illegal the Reapers are there to carry out justice. This book is about Baylon and Jordyn. As soon as they see each other they know they were destined for each other. They feel it in every fiber of their being! They can’t keep their hands off each other. Baylon knows he’s not allowed to love someone. But… According to Death, who is the founder of the Reapers, no relationships or entanglements are allowed. The last Reaper who fell in love, centuries ago, went wrong and Death killed the Reaper’s lover. The Reaper then turned on his Reaper Brothers and killed them. So, no relationships allowed. After this is when Baylon and his brothers were recruited by death to be Reapers. The Dark Fae are after all the half human, half Fae to kill them. Jordyn is just that. So the Reapers protect her and use her to draw out the Dark Fae to execute them. There are some really heated love scenes between Baylon and Jordyn. Very spicy!! I’m crushin’ on Baylon! The other Reapers sound kinda hot too. Talin, Kyran, Eoghan, Fintan, Daire, and the leader Cael. Can’t wait for their books!! I was given and ARC of this book by NetGalley for an honest review.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was really quick for me to read, took me about 2 hours or so to read this book. That being said it was still a great addition to the Warriors and Kings books. You can read this book as a stand alone. The book itself moves at a fast pace but I think it works for the subject of the books. If you have read any of the other series that ties into this one then you would know already about the sexual pull of the Fae. If you haven't I think after you read this book you will want to continue both this series and also to pick up the Warrior and Dark King series and read those.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars---DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM is the first installment in Donna Grant’s Reapers adult, paranormal/fantasy romance series. The REAPERS is a spin off from Donna’s DARK KINGS series which is a spinoff from Donna’s DARK WARRIOR series which in turn is a spin off from Donna’s DARK SWORD series- all set in the Highlands of Scotland. You do not have to have read any of the previous series to understand the premise but there is a slight cross over with the half-Fae/Warrior Phelan and his Druid wife from the Dark Warrior’s series; a mention of the Dragon Kings; and several connections to Rhi and her protector . This is Reaper Baylon, and half Fae Jordyn’s storyline. Told from several third person perspectives DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM introduces the Reapers-a group of Dark and Light Fae, selected by Death, to do her bidding. The Reapers are not harbingers of death, but are tasked with destroying the Light and Dark Fae who have crossed a line from which there is no return. When a message from Death orders the termination of all half Fae humans, the Reapers set about in search of those targeted for death. But none of the Reapers are able to carry out the order, and soon discover that the order does not come the person in charge. What ensues is an instant lust to love relationship between Baylon and Jordyn when Baylon is unable to kill the woman with whom he was falling in love- a relationship forbidden by Death-no Reaper is allowed to enter into a relationship or fall in love. The background of DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM and thusly the Reapers Series is similar to Donna’s Dark Kings series. In the case of the REAPERS, one of their own fell in love, and with it came the knowledge of the forbidden, and in doing so, lost the woman with whom he had wanted to spend eternity. And similarly to the Dark Kings, betrayal and vengeance are the focus of the series when someone long thought gone returns from the past to avenge the death of his mate and his own sentence to the beyond. And saying this, the conflict is all too familiar, as is the need for revenge. DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM is a quick read; not quite a full-length storyline that gives the reader some of the background and history of the inception of the Reapers, and their connections to the Light and Dark Fae. The Dark Fae are growing in numbers, power, and a need for revenge; they have declared war and the Reapers, the Dark Kings, the Warriors and the Light Fae have been targeted for extinction. Some of the events in DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM run parallel to the events in PASSION IGNITES (Dark Kings #7). DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM is an entertaining read but one that felt all too familiar from the author.
GirlyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I am so excited about this new series!! I absolutely loved the Dark Sword, Dark Warriors & Dark Kings! This new series is about the Reapers and they are connected to Donna's other series!! We heard whispers about them in the last few Dragon King books and they are finally here! The Warriors and Dragon Kings are gonna have some parts to play in the books to come, because it all takes part in the same world! How can it get any better than that! I was sucked in from the first page as always with the one of a kind world that Donna weaves for us! Baylor and Jordyn are great together and their chemistry is off the charts! Seven men gave their souls to Death more than two thousand years ago for a chance for vengeance after betrayals. They are called Reapers. They are judge, jury and executioners that enforce justice among the Fae, Light and Dark. They have rules that they must follow at all cost and the number one rule is no attachments and do not fall in love. The Reapers find themselves hunted by an unknown enemy that throws them all off-balance and for the first time question all that they know. They have orders to kill all the half Fae and it goes against everything in them to hurt an innocent. Jordyn has always been drawn to the lore of the Fae, until it has become an obsession. When she lays eyes on Baylor, she knows he is something more. He stirs a longing in her she never imagined she could feel. Baylor has sworn to protect Jordyn at all cost, even if he has to defy Death. Having more than one night can only lead in disaster but his enemy has set his sights on her and Baylor will risk it all to keep her alive. Edinburgh is not safe with all the unsolved murders and Dark Fae trying to take over Scotland and now the Reapers have their own deadly fight to survive.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "We stand together." Stars! I really like Donna Grants' writing style, having read some of her Dark Kings series already it was good to get involved at the very beginning of the new Reaper series. It is immediately clear that this series crosses over with the Dark Kings series, and I must admit some of the references early on left me with a bit of a ’Dazed & Confused’ look on my face after having only read a portion of that series. But do not let this deter you, I carried on and once the story between Baylon and Jordyn really got going, the plot does move over to the Reapers, and the fact that someone is trying to wipe out the team and draw Death out into the open. This book is told from several points of view, you have Cael the leader of the Reapers, along with Fintan, Talin, Kyran and Eoghan battling alongside him and Baylon for most of the book. Daire is also mentioned but not in the picture so much. This makes me happy though as I am expecting each of the above to find their women as the series progresses, and the team try to stop the mass murder of all the Half-Fae humans. He was back. And he was going to unleash hell. Plenty of sexy-times occur between our couple, whilst fighting evil, and although a relatively short book, a lot happens in relation to the general plot and secondary character development. I am excited to see where the author takes us, and not too long to wait either as Dark Alphas Embrace is due in February 2016. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
The first in a new series this spin-off from the Dragon Kings series will get you hooked. Death has a special team to deal with keeping the balance between light and dark Fae. She calls them Reapers. They are hers and she doesn’t share. So when the Reaper Baylon falls for the ½ fae/human Jordyn he knows it is putting both of their existence in jeopardy. But her life is under threat and Baylon and his fellow Reapers are going to keep her safe until Death comes to call. This is a fun and fantastical book that takes you into a world where everything is not what it may seem and magic and mayhem goes on all around us. The Reapers are all committed alpha males that will leave you wanting more and I look forward to getting to know each of them better.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Wonderful introduction to a new series! Seven immortal Fae Reapers that have worked together for centuries are faced with a larger challenge than usual. All that is forbidden to Baylor seems to arrive when he meets Jordyn. How they will resolve their situation makes quite a story. This is an action packed, dramatic, steamy, wonderful romance with seven men that all deserve their happily ever after though we only hear the story of Baylor and Jordyn in this book. The writing was excellent. The set up for future stories in the series superb and makes me want to read each book as it comes out. This book was an introduction to a new-to-me author that left me wanting to read more of her books. Thank you to Saint Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the copy of this book to read and review. 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gimme more!