Surrender the Dark (Surrender the Dark Series #1)

Surrender the Dark (Surrender the Dark Series #1)

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by L. A. Banks
     
 

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National bestselling author L.A. Banks’s electrifying new paranormal series is set in a sizzling world where Dark and Light are trapped in an eternal struggle for the fate of mankind.

Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left

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National bestselling author L.A. Banks’s electrifying new paranormal series is set in a sizzling world where Dark and Light are trapped in an eternal struggle for the fate of mankind.

Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left the safety of the Light, that she learns of the evil forces that have been trying to ruin her, and why. A fierce battle for control of the mortal realm is brewing, and only Celeste—with the help of the Remnant, her half-human, half-angel brethren—can stand in the way. Together, Celeste and Azrael must gather an army of sensitives to defeat the dark powers that have ruled humanity for centuries, but time is running out. If Azrael surrenders to his growing desire for Celeste, he risks being trapped among humanity forever. But the longer he stays, the harder she is to resist. To save the world, Celeste must draw on her own dark experiences with addiction to help Azrael overcome the one temptation that could possibly make him an eternal prisoner—his obsession with her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Banks (Shadow Walker) packs plenty of drama, religion, the paranormal, and urban grit into this flashy series launch. Celeste Jackson has spent most of her 33 years battling grief, pain, and hallucinations. The last thing she expects is for her angel protector, Azrael, to appear and inform her that she is a Remnant, a rare human–angel crossbreed, and will be pivotal in the next showdown between Light and Dark. As Celeste experiences a powerful cleansing of her body, mind, heart, and spirit, she starts to trust the devastatingly handsome angel, not realizing that his attraction to her could keep him trapped on Earth forever. Banks's characters are occasionally obscured by heavy-handed religious dogma, and wading through the initial chapters is something of a struggle, but the final payoff and series setup is worth it. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Haunted by nightmares and diagnosed as a schizophrenic, Celeste Jackson has bounced from group homes to halfway houses in search of peace. Her life changes when she meets Azrael, a fallen angel who introduces her to her powers and awakens something in her that seeks to help her protector free himself. VERDICT Fallen angels figure largely in current urban fantasy, and this new series is a welcome addition to the fold.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451607789
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Surrender the Dark Series, #1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times best-selling author L.A. Banks has penned over 35 novels and 12 novellas in a wide range of genres. She was the recipient of the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award, as well as the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania. Recently she was featured as a speaker on the HBO Special on Vampire Literature and Legends as a prelude to the True Blood premiere. She is most famous for her Vampire Huntress series, published by St. Martin's Press. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Surrender the Dark 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Besides being a chain smoker Celeste Jackson is a chain drinker and a constant abuse victim. However, in her mind, she believes she deserves punishment as she suffers from schizophrenia. Her mental illness culminates when her abusive boyfriend Brandon threatens to kill her and Celeste sees a demon residing inside him that he commands to leave; as the horned figure flees the human host, Brandon crumbles in death.----------- Fleeing for her life, Celeste does what she always does when she hallucinates; she stops at a bar for a drink or ten and a pack of Newports. Her thoughts are she has to get out of this place as Philly is not a safe haven for her. Azrael the Angel who left the Light to protect Celeste meets her at the bar. She thinks he is crazier than she is, which says a lot as he explains who she is and why opposing sides recognize she is critical in the war over humanity. She feels safe with him and he tries to obtain her trust. Celeste must serve as a rallying cry to gather her hybrid angelic-human peers the Remnant and other sensitive receptors to stop the evil dark from continuing their rule over humanity. However, Azrael's attraction to his ward could cost him his wings and mankind their last chance for salvation; only Celeste's addictions may prevent his obsession leaving him wingless forever.------------------------ This is a terrific urban fantasy with a throwback feel to when authors used the genre to spotlight social issues. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Celeste orders the demon out of Brandon and never slows down even while L.A. Banks looks deeply at what ails the country. Readers will appreciate the battle for humanity between angels and demons as a schizophrenic addict serves as the pivotal essence in a war for eternity.------------------------------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story. L. A. Banks books bring me hours of peace and comfort. I have been one of her followers for years. I send my prayers and blessings to her famliy.
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A postive read, I enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of The Vampire Huntress, This is almost as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good start to a new series
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As I re-read all her books I am forever blessed to have been able to read her works of art.
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celynt More than 1 year ago
Another greak book from L.A banks every book every caracter this woman creates turns to gold as far as I am concerned I love her gifted mind and cannot put her books down until the end
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Its truely sad to hear that we lost a great author. No one can ever replace the stories she has written. Im going to truely miss her work
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Janet Wright More than 1 year ago
As an lover of science/supernatural/fantasy fiction it is refreshing to find an author that uses urban settings with People of Color as their focus. Ms. Banks integrates not only the diaspora that is part of the American and International experience but also incorporates and creates her own brand of mythology. It is AWESOME to read about characters that look like me and not the run of the mill white characters. It always amazes me how white washed this genre is. But that is a whole different conversation. I look forward to the next one and have loved all that I have read thus far!! KUDOS Ms. Banks for joining the small group of African American writers who have tried and succeeded in this genre.
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Ms. Banks will be missed by all. Now when I reread all the books I have by her, it will be so bittersweet to know that there will be no more.
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