Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade) [NOOK Book]

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

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 ...
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Overview

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

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.

The Series: 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.

"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

Books in the Order of the Blade series: DARKNESS AWAKENED (Book One), DARKNESS SEDUCED (Book Two), DARKNESS SURRENDERED (Book Three), FOREVER IN DARKNESS (novella)(Book Four), DARKNESS REBORN (Book Five), DARKNESS ARISEN (Book Six), DARKNESS UNLEASHED (Book Seven) (Coming 2013).

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

~Alexx Mom Cat's Gateway Book Blog - D. Alexx Miller
"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."
~When Pen Met Paper Reviews - Book Addict
"Stephanie Rowe does it again! Darkness Awakened is an exciting journey full of fast and furious action, sizzling attraction, bad-ass Immortals and strong women with the power of Illusion. Immerse yourself in this fascinating new world and don't be surprised if you never want to leave!"
~Sizzling Hot Book Reviews - Tamara Hoffa
"Darkness Awakened unfurled a two thousand year old history and mythology. Full of action and suspense, I couldn't stop turning the pages! Darkness Awakened is... wait for it... dark. But, underneath the darkness is the promise of light. Faith and love that can overcome fate. Don't miss out on this fabulous adventure!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014334105
  • Publisher: Stephanie Rowe
  • Publication date: 3/11/2012
  • Series: Order of the Blade , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 45,924
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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. For more information on Stephanie, visit www.stephanierowe.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Stephanie Rowe is one of the best paranormal authors around, han

    Stephanie Rowe is one of the best paranormal authors around, hands down. This new series is a revelation that draws you into a world of a delightful mix of paranormal and reality. The characters Stephanie creates are a whole new breed of paranormal. Instead of reading about the same old vampires and werewolves, you read about Calydons and more. In this first book of the series, you meet Quinn and Grace, two people so similar, but with so much to overcome. Quinn is bound by duty, but Grace manages to get under all his defenses. In a world where meeting your soul mate is certain doom, Quinn and Grace have more to overcome than any couple in history. When you are reading, you connect with the characters and Stephanie's superb writing makes them come alive. And long after you are done reading, you find yourself thinking about the characters and their story. You will laugh out loud at moments and then in others, you will realize you are crying. Reading this series is not just reading stories, it is experiencing a whole new world that brings you back time and time again to share in the world and the people she has created. :) Trust me, you will not be sorry you embark on this wonderful journey, it is one you will never forget.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

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    I am not an easy sell on paranormals and was leery to read this.

    I am not an easy sell on paranormals and was leery to read this. But holy moly this was a great read.

    Stephanie Rowe has created a wonderful new series. Two thousand years ago Ezekiel and his twin brother Caleb lived with an abusive father. The King of the land was no better killing men and women just for the fun of it. Ezekiel fell in love with a girl who the King kidnapped. When Ezekiel couldn’t get to her at the King's castle it sent him over the edge. Ezekiel knew of a stream that would create mythical warriors. Ezekiel and Caleb drank from the steam and then went and defeated the King. But Evangeline died in Ezekiel arms. This caused Ezekiel to go mad and kill everyone in the kingdom including women and children. From this Ezekiel created a band of warriors called The Order that was to rid the world of evil. But Ezekiel in his madness became paranoid- began seeing evil in everything. Caleb decided his brother needed to be stopped and set out with his wife who he hoped would keep him from going rogue and 20 men to drink from the stream to create an army to defeat Ezekiel. Caleb and his army did defeat Ezekiel but at the expense of Caleb's wife. Caleb managed to imprison Ezekiel in a magical prison but he went crazy over the loss of his wife and his men had to kill him. Thus the legacy was born. The Calydon warriors’ purpose was the keep the world safe from evil and when needed to kill a Calydon warrior and/or his sheva (mate) when the Calydon warrior went rogue/mad after finding her.

    Dante has been the leader of the Order for 700 years but with his death Quinn Masters is next in line. After a disastrous mission that left all of his young Calydon warriors in training dead and it looking like his best friend Elijah did it, Quinn knows he must figure out what is going on. After waking up from almost dying he heads to his cabin where Grace Matthews is waiting and he knows right away she is his sheva.

    Grace Matthews is an illusionist. One who can call upon images to make those around her believe what she is projecting. Her sister is also one and has been kidnapped and Grace has come to Quinn for his help in finding her.

    They both realize there is a connection between them but Grace refuses to believe that love can make a person go mad to a point of no return. All she wants is to get her sister back.

    As the story progresses we find out how and why Dante and Elijah died and that the walls that are keeping Ezekiel in are crumbling and he seems to be controlling people on the outside. One of the men he is controlling is the one that took Grace's sister Ana. They also come across Dante's son Drew who they know they need to protect at all cost.

    This was a great start to a new series. I am already all wrapped up in this world and can’t wait until Gideon and Lily's story which is next. I am hoping that Ana's story is the 3rd book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    A Definite Read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    This is the first book I have read by this author, wow I really

    This is the first book I have read by this author, wow I really enjoy it. This is a must read. This book is well written, full of actio, and will hold your attention till the end. You will not be disappointed. Can hardly wait for the next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

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    How many times can I say I love Stephanie Rowe's writing? I gues

    How many times can I say I love Stephanie Rowe's writing? I guess that depends on just how many books she can write! DARKNESS AWAKENED has it all. A great, ORIGINAL paranormal aspect (I love that Rowe creates her own world instead of the usual vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc), wonderfully rich characters, conflict, sexual tension, and of course the happily ever after. I can't wait for the next installment in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Quinn Masters is one tough son-of–a-gun, but his world jus

    Quinn Masters is one tough son-of–a-gun, but his world just came crashing down around him. All his trainees are dead, one of his weapons is missing, he almost died and it looks like one of his closest teammates may be responsible for it. But just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse his sheva (mate) shows up. This has to be one of the worst days of his life. But Quinn never backs down from a challenge and no one is going to stand in his way of finding his teammate, not even his mate.

    Grace will not stop until she has found her sister. She is willing to do anything, even take on one of the most dangerous Calydon warriors, Quinn Masters. But he may just be her last hope.

    What Grace finds in Quinn will far surpass anything she could have ever imagined. But first they will have to survive Quinn’s teammates, finding her sister, the mating and each other.

    I have to say a huge thank you to Stephanie Rowe for allowing me to read her book.

    This was a great 1st book in Stephanie Rowe’s new series: The Order of the Blade. I enjoyed the world that Stephanie created with the Calydon Warriors. The Warriors are all a rough, tough, and take their jobs very, very serious. But it takes one small woman to break through their tough outer shells to make them realize that you can change destiny.

    I really loved Quinn & Grace. They are such a fun couple. They love, they fight, and ultimately have a chance to change their world.

    I am very much looking forward to the next two books in this series Darkness Seduced (April 15, 2012) and Darkness Surrendered (May 15, 2012).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Another awesome book from Stephanie Rowe. A paranormal romance w

    Another awesome book from Stephanie Rowe. A paranormal romance with some fighting and soul mate meeting. Quinn Masters is a Calydon. Calydon's tend to go rogue when they meet their soul mate. In walks Grace Matthews into Quinn's life... She needs his help to find her sister. He needs her help to find out why his brother Calydon's are dying and killing off each other. Quinn and Grace come to the shocking conclusion that they are soul mates. They are both determined to break the curse. Quinn must make the other Calydons see that he is not going rogue and that Grace will help them find out what is going on with the missing Calydons. Twists, turns, illusions, hot men and hot sex... What more can anyone want?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Great world created and depth to the characters

    Great world created and depth to the characters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

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    This one of the best books I've read this year. To say that I



    This one of the best books I've read this year. To say that I totally fell in lover with Quinn Masters and Grace Matthews would be a huge understatement. This book has strong characters on an exciting journey filled with fast past action, sexual tension and wonderful witty tongue-in-cheek dialogue. It's been awhile since a book has been able to keep me so captivated, I couldnt put it down!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Great read!

    Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Anonymous

    I loved how long this book is. Fell in love with all the guys in the "Order". Cant wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    Quinn is a powerful god-like man - nearly immortal.  His one pot

    Quinn is a powerful god-like man - nearly immortal.  His one potential downfall is his soulmate - a woman he is destined to meet eventually that will lead him into destruction.  This is true for all Calydons, so Quinn's job is to kill the soulmates before it can happen - or the Calydons after it happens before they take any innocents out with them.  When his very own soulmate shows up at his door begging for his help to find her kidnapped sister, he can't refuse.  But he can warn her, and they both promise to never complete the rituals that will bind them together.




    But things don't go as they plan.  It turns out this isn't just an ordinary kidnapping.  The kidnappers are out to unleash an ancient evil - and they need Grace's sister to help make it happen.  The closer they get to finding Grace's sister, the more the Calydons realize just how personal this battle is going to get.




    I loved the pace of this book.  The story never stopped moving, but the suspense ebbed and flowed making it a very enjoyable ride.  Both characters are stubborn and dedicated - but at times it worked against them.  Their repeated promises to not complete the binding and let it all ruin their lives began to grate a bit as it was repeated over throughout the story.  I loved everything else about the characters - even the secondary characters each had their own moment or two to steal the show (just a little) and keep things interesting.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

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    My Oh My

    I stumbled upon this author in error by way of Kindle. I am so glad because the story line was great. I couldn't out it down and I am waiting for Ian's story to come out. Read the whole series and loved them. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    great

    Love the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Interesting

    I happened by this book because i got it free. I read it to see what it was about and it was an interesting read. Intense characters and subject matter. Its worth a read for those that like paranormal books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Great book and series

    I have been searching for a new series to read and I am so happy to have found this one. I can put these books down as I finiah one I'm immediately buying and reading the next...starting the third book now :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Yes

    I couldnt put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    absolutely loved it. def. will read more from this author.

    absolutely loved it. def. will read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Loving It

    Borrowed the first book in the series and couldnt put it down Read the entire book (900 plus pages) in one day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Perfect

    So good.

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