Blade to the Keep

Blade to the Keep

by Lauren Dane
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Blade to the Keep by Lauren Dane

Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she'd escaped so many years before—The First's Keep.

Raised at the knee of The First—the oldest Vampire and leader of the Vampire Nation—honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate bloodthirsty Vampires and Hunters alike. And she's got to do it while managing a politically awkward but undeniably deepened romance with Scion Clive Stewart. Failure in her role as Liaison could mean all-out war, with humankind in the crosshairs. No pressure.

Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. The choices she'll have to make will mean she becomes something even more Other and as a result she may lose those last shreds of home she has left.

See how Rowan's story began in Goddess with a Blade.

72,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426897634
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Series: Goddess with a Blade , #2
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 105,195
File size: 314 KB

About the Author

Lauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres. She lives in the Northwest with her patient husband and three wild children.

Visit Lauren on the web at www.laurendane.com

E-mail laurendane@laurendane.com

Twitter: @laurendane

You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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Blade to the Keep 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from December 03 to 04, 2013 Book Info  Kindle Edition Expected publication: December 9th 2013 by Carina Press ASIN B00F942TI8 edition language English series Rowan Summerwaite #2  other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  AMAZON  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. She’s smart and strong and with the power of an ancient goddess in her belly, she’s the perfect candidate to re-negotiate the fragile Treaty keeping the peace between the Vampire Nation and the last line of defense for humanity, The Hunter Corporation. A meeting of the Joint Tribunal, and Rowan’s new status as Liaison sends her straight to the last place on earth she wants to be—The Keep. Raised at the knee of The First, honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate around bloodthirsty opposition among Vampires and Hunters alike to avoid an all out war that puts humanity in the crosshairs. And she’s got to do it as she attempts to manage a politically awkward romantic relationship with Scion Clive Stewart during a trip back to a place she escaped nearly fifteen years before. No pressure. Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. If she leaves it to become something even more Other, she may lose even the shreds of home she has left. My Thoughts Book 1, Goddess with a Blade introduced the world, the characters and the mythology behind Rowan’s power source that allows her to be an unstoppable force when hunting vampires. That being said she was raised and trained amidst the vampires that she is bound by her duty to protect humans from. Now several months later we pick up the story as she is preparing for her first Joint Tribunal session as the newly appointed Liaison between the Hunter Corporation members and the somewhat divided in their loyalties members of The Vampire Nation. There is unrest between factions in both groups and keeping her cool has never been harder for Rowan then it is while trying to negotiate with those who consider her to be inferior. Her newly formed relationship with Vampire Scion Clive Stewart is just another stumbling block that she must overcome before convincing all parties concerned that peace is much preferable to a war! As events unfold the politics become brutal as do the measures taken by those opposed to the negotiations that Rowan and the Hunter Corp have proposed to amend the Treaty. As the tensions escalate and nerves fray Rowan is made aware that there is apparently magic being used that is keeping everyone on edge from lack of sleep, finding proof of the source seems to be a dead end but negating the effects with counter magic provided by a member of the Keeps household puts everyone back on an even keel allowing the meetings to progress as planned. Further interruptions occur which provide Rowan no end of frustration but at long last over the course of several days all is ironed out to the leading members of the Joint Tribunal satisfaction.  After all the lengthy tension filled meetings Rowan sorts out the politics and mistakenly lets her guard down resulting in a vicious attack that leaves her body battered, broken and at deaths door. This was another wonderful foray into the series but not really happy about the abrupt ending because now have quite a wait till book 3 picks up the tale." [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I love seeing vamps in a different light... I'm a twilight fan saying that I would love to see more romance with rowan and clive and I would love to read a prequel how rowan became the fierce kick- ass woman she is....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book alot. Hated to see it end. Now I hsve to wait till fall 2014 for the nexr installment. Reading can really suck at times.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
Dane delivers an excellent sequel to Goddess with a Blade Blade to the Keep by Lauren Dane, the second Rowan Summerwaite book, picks up after the crisis in Las Vegas is over.  Rowan and Clive have moved on - together for now - and are working on a treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation. With vampire representatives from around the world, they’re gathering for a summit at the fortress-like home of Rowan’s guardian, The First. He’s one of the oldest vampires in existence (hence his title) and leads the Vampire Nation.  There’s conflict, deception, and traitors to root out, but the real question is will Clive and Rowan survive? If they do, will they stay together?  I really enjoyed Blade to the Keep as I was so curious about The First, who made a few interesting appearances in the first book. This story explains why Rowan is so tough. What her early life was like. Why she has such mixed feelings about The First. It ROCKS! Plus, Clive just keeps getting more interesting.  If you love urban fantasy/paranormal romances and haven’t already read the Rowan Summerwaite series, DO! It’s excellent. Plus this summer is the perfect time to catch up (or reread these stories) as the the third book, Blade on the Hunt, will be released in mid-November. Four-and-a-half stars (I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for use in this review.)
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hazeltdk More than 1 year ago
I have books 1-3 of this series on my nook Ereader and have enjoyed them all. Have to wait until 2015 for the forth book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent follow-up to Dane's first goddess & blade book. Love the way vampires conduct a meeting--no time wasted! Enjoy the continued snappy reparte between Rowan and Clive. Dane filled out Theo's character a bit. Would like to know more (maybe a later book on his life?). I very much appreciate that the story goes on without the kind of cliffhanger that so annoys me! Looking forward to the next book. This one had too many grammatical errors which is why four stars instead of five.
luvtoread5 More than 1 year ago
Awesome, loved it. Vampires, witches, goddesses, romance and revenge. Very well written, Ms. Dane write faster.
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