The Darkening

The Darkening

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by Caris Roane
     
 

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Reader alert: THE DARKENING is the second novella in the Dawn of Ascension series, which follows the path of several Militia Warriors and the powerful women who invade their lives. BRINK OF ETERNITY was the first novella, released initially in July of 2011. You may have also read BRINK OF ETERNITY on the Heroes & Heartbreakers website.


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Reader alert: THE DARKENING is the second novella in the Dawn of Ascension series, which follows the path of several Militia Warriors and the powerful women who invade their lives. BRINK OF ETERNITY was the first novella, released initially in July of 2011. You may have also read BRINK OF ETERNITY on the Heroes & Heartbreakers website.


A tortured warrior and a peace-loving counselor battle to protect Second Earth against a powerful dark force�

He thwarted connection of any kind�

Fearing that his newly emerged grayle power will kill innocent ascenders, Samuel Daman struggles to keep his distance from beautiful Vela Stillwell. But the breh-hedden has struck and her light floral scent tears at his restraint. When the enemy draws them both into the darkening, a place of secret travel for Third ascenders, will Samuel learn to control his power, or will he destroy what he desires most?

She hid from grief�

Vela Stillwell wanted a new life, away from Militia Headquarters, away from the reminder of all she�d lost when her husband died five years earlier. Seeking a more reclusive occupation, she finishes her last day of work only to have Samuel Daman and the infamous breh-hedden sweep through her life. Though trying to disconnect from her new emerging power and from Samuel, the call of the darkening pulls Vela into an adventure that both terrifies her, yet reveals the truth about her deepest desires. Will she succumb to the breh-hedden, or will her fears prevent her from living life to the fullest?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016223919
Publisher:
Caris Roane
Publication date:
02/11/2013
Series:
Dawn of Ascension Vampire Series , #2
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
166,778
File size:
602 KB

Meet the Author

I was ten when I first watched an old movie version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and loved it! Movies led to books, which led to writing and after a good long while, publishing. I wrote sweet Regency romance for Kensington for 19 years and recently fell in love with paranormal romance, although I�ve always had a thing for vampires.

Currently, I�m writing several paranormal series, each in a different stage of publication: the Guardians of Ascension series, the Blood Rose series, the Amulet series, and the Warriors in Chains series. All my current paranormal work features warrior vampires in the lead, although both the Blood Rose series and the Amulet series have other para-critters as well, like elves, wraiths, trolls, etc.
St. Martin�s Press published the first six books in my Guardians of Ascension series and will release a trilogy based on the Warriors in Chains series beginning in October of 2013, BORN IN CHAINS.

I live in Phoenix Arizona, with my two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy!

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The Darkening 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
"The Darkening" is a continuation of 'The Guardians of Ascension' series and wow what a read it is! Filled with romance, passion and hot sex, it will keep you turning the pages. I do suggest reading the first book in the series so your not lost in the beginning. Highly recommended for all erotic romance lovers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Archaeolibrarian 11 months ago
Samuel has only had a year of freedom after being rescued by Duncan and, for various reasons, is content to keep his distance from one and all. Vela is also keeping her distance but hers are more specific. She is avoiding all the militia warriors as she has already lost her husband to the war and wants to avoid being hurt any further. However, the breh-hedden has other ideas and these two become entangled within its sensual and overpowering grasp. Samuel has his power that he is afraid of, as he can't control it. Vela also comes into her power of being able to travel via the Darkening. A match has been made but will they work together or fall apart? This is a brilliant story that straddles two series without being at all complicated for those not completely au fait with them. It is exciting and thrilling, whilst being heartbreaking in places too. Samuel has the opportunity to pay Duncan back for rescuing him but will he be too late? This book will grip you and leave you breathless, both for the sexy scenes but also for the action and 'behind the scenes' you get. Thoroughly enjoyable and definitely recommended to all. * I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is the second story in the Dawn of Ascension series and continues where the first book ended. Samuel is afraid of the new powers that he has and fears hurting people, he does his best to keep to himself. Vela wants to be away from the Militia Headquarters and the reminders of how she lost her husband. When the breh-hedden strikes neither is prepared for what will happen next. Great read, the characters really draw you in from beginning to end. I story is fast paced and held my interest, it was a great escape into the paranormal world.
Sarijane More than 1 year ago
~~Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review~~ The Blurb: A tortured warrior and a peace-loving counselor battle to protect Second Earth against a powerful dark force… He thwarted connection of any kind… Fearing that his newly emerged grayle power will kill innocent ascenders, Samuel Daman struggles to keep his distance from beautiful Vela Stillwell. But the breh-hedden has struck and her light floral scent tears at his restraint. When the enemy draws them both into the darkening, a place of secret travel for Third ascenders, will Samuel learn to control his power, or will he destroy what he desires most? She hid from grief… Vela Stillwell wanted a new life, away from Militia Headquarters, away from the reminder of all she’d lost when her husband died five years earlier. Seeking a more reclusive occupation, she finishes her last day of work only to have Samuel Daman and the infamous breh-hedden sweep through her life. Though trying to disconnect from her new emerging power and from Samuel, the call of the darkening pulls Vela into an adventure that both terrifies her, yet reveals the truth about her deepest desires. Will she succumb to the breh-hedden, or will her fears prevent her from living life to the fullest? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We learn a little bit about Third Earth in this one as Samuel and Vela deal with the breh-hedden and finding their way together. Samuel fears the potential consequences of his new power birthed in his rage. Vela grieves the loss of her husband five years ago. They must work together to help another and Samuel must learn to use and control his new power to help in the expanding war being fought between good and evil. Full of action, emotion, heat and touches of humor, this book is another winner. I loved seeing Samuel and Vela learn about themselves as they learned about each other, and as they grew into who they were meant to be, both as individuals and together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the "sequel" series and the novella does not disappoint. Here we see two opposites who don't want to attract; a man chafing at commitment and fearing his own strength, and a woman afraid of her growing power and the loss that can come with loving a man in the line of fire. There are definitely sparks flying in this book and the "darkening" powers are pretty awesome! (Be sure to check out the first book in this world - Ascension - to really start at the beginning; it's worth it! Also, the book in this set starts with Brink of Eternity)
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Great Book Contemporary, Paranormal Romance Phoenix, Arizona and Second Earth Phoenix Samuel Daman fears his newly emerged grayle power. He fears it will kill innocent ascenders. He also struggles to keep his distance from Vela Stillwell. What he can’t fight is the breh-hedden that has her light floral scent tearing at his restraint. Then an enemy draws them both into the darkening. It is a place of secret travel reserved for Third ascenders. Samuel will have to learn to control his power or destroy what he desires most. Vela Stillwell wants a life away from Militia Headquarters. A new life away from the reminders of her husband and all she lost when he died five years earlier. She is after a more reclusive occupation. On her last day of work the infamous breh-hedden and Samuel Daman sweep through her life. As she tries to disconnect from both Samuel and her new emerging power she is pulled into the darkening and with just a call she is in an adventure that terrifies her and yet also reveals the truth of her deepest desires. Now she has to decide if she is going to succumb to the breh-hedden or allow her fears prevent her from living the fullest life possible. This is another book in a series that proves to have some amazing characters whether they are the lead characters or secondary characters or characters that are making a cameo appearance. For readers that love vampire books this is a series worth checking out and getting lost in. The world building and plots are unique and hold up and get better with each story that is told. The series takes the reader on an amazingly wild ride that will have them eagerly wanting the next book just to see where this journey will ultimately take them. Each story is different and manages to stay fresh with each and every story that is told. Received a review copy
JMStein More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Caris Roane since I read "Ascension", the first of her "Guardians of Ascension" series. Each book brings you deeper into the world of Second Earth. "The Darkening" is everything I have come to expect from Ms. Roane. It's fast paced, sensual and real love story! I really enjoyed reading this and can't wait for her next book in the series. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review. :)
icechips More than 1 year ago
¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ NOTE: I bought The Darkening on my own as I'm reading the series. I was also given a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for a honest review. ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Before I start the review, I want to note that if you're reading the Dawn of Ascension books based on how their listed on Amazon, you might be lost reading The Awakening first. I looked at both this book's intro and The Darkening and the The Awakening had a couple listed that I hadn't read their story yet. So I read the Darkening's intro and that one mentions it's set a few months after Gates of Rapture, so I took a chance and read that one (listed #2 on Amazon) first. I'm reading The Awakening now, and my choice was right (that one starts with how The Darkening ended. ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   ¿   Now the review. I've been a fan of the Guardian of Ascension series, which is the pre-runner of the Dawn of the Ascension series. Even though all the books are complete for the main couple, it really helps to start at the beginning before tackling this story. There's so many things that has happened in the past books that continues through this series.    Samuel and Vela are two lost souls despite both being loners, find out they really do need each other. Complete with new powers and some new places to go. And a new person to add to the mix.   And get the fan out for the hot love scenes that are sprinkled throughout the book as Samuel and Vela work through the ever famous breh-hedden (for lack of description it's an all-consuming mating call that snares our couples). Keeping various parts to themselves is troublesome at times, but really the sex scenes fit nicely with the storyline. And if sex scenes aren't your thing, you can skim through but still read the dialog of Samuel and Vela, lest you miss something.   We also learn more about Third World and what it'll mean to our Second Worlders. A whole new set of the villains to hate and the death vamps are still a big problem, but add to this some Third World evil and there a good base for where this part of the story will take us in the future.   And finally, where does Endelle do her shopping. Her outfits are the fun part of the background things, just the imagination it takes to think them up in the first place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My copy was gifted to me for an honest review. Warrior Samuel is facing discipline for not telling that he had gotten dark powers to enable him to kill more death vampires. He was called into the workout room, where he immediately smelled him Breh-Hedden Vela. This is a great love story with lots action. Hot, Hot action.
green____ More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful read, I love this world and its characters!!! Here we have Samuel's story... After years of being a prisoner and being tortured, he developed a dangerous power. He does not want anyone to know about it because he is afraid of it... yet he uses it to save a Warrior and it opens up a whole can of worms. Then there is Vela... she is a widow and wants nothing to do with another man... On the day she is to leave HQ, her friends drag her to see something special. That is when Samuel and Vela's lives cross paths and the fun begins! With her abilities growing, Vela finds out that Samuel's friend Duncan is in danger... together they travel through the darkening and find that Third Earth is involved. I love how the characters grow throughout the book... learning about themselves and others. Each secondary character adds so much more. Really looking forward to seeing what comes next.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
"Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review" The guardian of the Ascension series continues with love and power emerging in the Militia Warriors. Roane Ascension series  brings back for a visit some of our best loved character pairs and of course Endelle the Leader of Second Earth. Samuel Daman  and Vela Stillwell come to us with the vampire bonding ritual and their emerging Third Earth Dark Powers. These two are so lonely that their joining is mutually sought by each.  A journey evolves that takes us on a paranormal ride into a world overflowing with loyalty, love, destiny and  vampires with wings. Page turner and no cliff hanger!!
QueenCrissyness More than 1 year ago
Warrior Samuel escaped torture and imprisonment. He fears he can't control the dark power that allowed his freedom. But when a fellow warriors life is on the line he risks everything to save him. And exposes a power no one knew he had. Faced with the concept of being pushed to become a warrior of the blood he thinks things can't get any worse. And then he meets Vela. She's a beautiful blonde with a whole lot of power and a higher calling even she cant comprehend. Samuel has no self control around her, no rational thoughts. For a man who wanted a solitary existence, having a breh is not ideal. But when Vela discovers that his one friend is in need of rescuing everything changes. He must harness a power he fears and a woman he doesn't know to go into the darkening and save a man who'd once saved him. I really enjoyed this action packed journey back to second earth. Caris Roane did a great job on these characters and I believe Samuel and Vela will be very important in the coming books. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
KacieKC More than 1 year ago
I'm finished with The Darkening: Truly spectacular!!! Once again Caris Roane rocked my socks off with this second novel in the Dawn of Ascension series. Well written with all the major aspects a novel should have. Cannot wait for the third book to be released. Counting down! Gift copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
Once again another compelling look into the 2nd and 3rd dimensions.. this time with warrior Samuel! Each book tells the exciting story of a warrior who through dimensions fight to protect mortal earth from death vampires and the intelligent and powerful women who stand shoulder to shoulder with them. Each has individual power they use in the battle and along with their magnetism and often scorching love scenes Ms. Roane places you smack dab in the middle of the turmoil! Can't wait for more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading anything Caris writes. You can tell how much passion she puts into each of her works and it's never a let down. The way she details everything, I can picture the whole book in my head with ease. Now for a little preview of this book: Samuel is a warrior who is afraid to hurt anyone so he keeps them all at bay. Vela is a woman who is tired of the war and wants nothing to do with it or any warrior. So the last thing either one wanted is the breh-hedden to happen. As you read this book you'll see them fight to stay alive, figure out what the breh-hedden means to them, and the struggle they each face as their new paths unfold. *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Returning to the world of Ascension, just reminded me how much I loved reading the series. This book with Samuel and Vela picks up where the series leaves off, it is like I never left it. It is the second novella in the spin off series Dawn of Ascension, and it stands up against the full novels in the series and doesn't hold anything back. There is only one moment that I thought, "man this is moving way to fast and how embarrassing this scene must be for the characters involved," and that was the very first scene the two main characters meet, in a gym full of people, when the Breh-hedden hits them hard. Beyond that, one scene, I got behind the plot, conflict, and characters 100%. It was fast-paced, entertaining, and very rarely was it dull. After that one moment in the gym there were no other "yeah, right, that would never happen" moments. Loved this story. I have to admit I was a little disappointed when Roane ended her Ascension series, right when the war seemed to be coming to a pivotal moment, but the spin off is not disappointing. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where the leader resides and his or her mate if they have one
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PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book at times.  Roane`s brilliant writing style and vivid descriptions call to you in such a way that you live this story.  Being part of a series I was quite surprised to find that this book would be able to be read as a standalone without any trouble as to the world and what was going on in it.   I really appreciate how much thought and effort Roane put into this novel, and the series as a whole.  She has put a huge spin on the much used vampire topic that will keep you captivated and provide you with an amazing world to lose yourself in.  The interesting powers that these amazing beings have are definitely things that I`ve never seen before.  That said, everything in the novel remains easy to picture and very down to earth and realistic.  This thought and planning goes all the way down to the acronyms that she uses.  They always made me giggle since they spelt the weirdest things, but I never once forgot them.   I found myself wanting to help the main characters through their trials, wanting for them to succeed.  You really feel for these characters.  The secondary characters were great and quite well developed.  Most of them have their own stories in other novels in the series and the sister series so without reading them you won`t know the histories of these characters.   I really appreciate the fact that the love scenes actually serve a purpose in this novel.  They solidify the relationship between the characters and give insight into the individuals as well.  The dialogue was also very natural and never seemed forced.  It also always served a purposed, never dragging on or overpowering the narrative.  It helps develop the characters into individuals that you can really picture. This is one of those novellas that I read all in one sitting without a second thought.  I wanted to go out and buy the entire sister series by the time I reached the midpoint in the novel.  I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance and a real twist on the supernatural subgenre of vampires.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh what a good book! But it was as good and as exciting as all the Dawn of Ascension books. We have very very strong characters, Samuel who is very close to becoming Warrior of the Blood, and Vela his Breh. Many of our favorite characters play roles in this book, from Endelle to All of the Warriors of the Blood and their Breh. What a glorious addition! I can't wait for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i'm gonna say is if you haven't already put this on your must read list you should be ASHAMED!
InsideBJsHead More than 1 year ago
Adventure meets one heck of a HOT romance! This is one wild ride and I was more than happy to go on it. Vela and Samuel are an interesting couple. I totally LOVED Vela and her determined spirit. Samuel with his over protecting and warrior insistent was a definite character to dream about. The twists and turns made for a wonderful story. Falling in love for the main characters was something of a rough, smack in your face. The traveling through the darkness for both helping and trouble was down right exciting! Caris Roane did a wonderful job with this story. I can honestly say I would read this again just to relive it all over. I look forward to more from Caris!
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
Commander Darian Greaves has been defeated; the portal to Third Earth opened and closed sealing the breach; the war for Second Earth should be over leaving Madame Endelle, the Warriors of the Blood, their Breh's, and the Militia Warriors to enjoy their hard won peace. Only on Second Earth, nothing is ever as simple as it should be. Three of Greaves generals escaped with a huge contingent of warriors and even more Third Earth Death Vampires are somehow slipping through the dimensions to continue the chaos. Ever since his escape from his captors in Honduras Two, Samuel Daman has been struggling to keep his emerging dark powers under control while continuing to battling nightly beside his fellow Militia Warriors. However, when he witnesses Warrior of the Blood Santiago falter under the onslaught of eight Death Vampires, he releases his new powers aiding the Warrior in defeating the vamps and bringing himself to the attention of the What-Bees and Madam Endelle. Ascender Vela Stillwell never wanted another warrior after the death of her husband and is anxious to start her new life as a counselor. But when her friends drag her to the training center to witness Samuel's first training session with the Warriors, the breh-hedden snares them both leading Vela into an exhibition of her own emerging Darkening powers. The pair quickly realizes that there's a new force threatening Second Earth and with their emerging Third Earth level powers they have become a target. Only by learning to control their powers and embracing the breh-hedden, will they have a chance to overcome the obstacles before them. I've been a fan of Caris Roane since the beginning of her Guardians of Ascension series and the release of final installment, Gates of Rapture, in December 2012 was bittersweet. While I was happy to see that Greaves was defeated, but there were still so many stories that could be told. I didn't want it to end. I was thrilled when Caris announced that she was going to continue with a novella series, Dawn of Ascension, based on her Militia Warriors. The Darkening packs a lot of story into this novella. So much so, that it reads like a full-length novel and is full of fast paced action. It was wonderful to reconnect with the characters that I fell in love with in the Guardians of Ascension series, while being introduced to and falling for new characters and the relationship between Samuel and Vela is HOT! I'm looking forward to more stories in this multi-dimensional world.