Antoine Chevalier harbors a secret. Born a gargoyle shifter in Paris, he wants nothing more than to cultivate his art. His hard work pays off the night he completes his greatest sculpture. But the excitement of his accomplishment doesn't last.
He's drawn the eye of the wrong group--a coven of vampires. Antoine wakes into darkness, changed. Shattered. His dream of becoming a renowned sculptor is destroyed.
One question remains--how will he ever survive an eternity of darkness alone?
Darkness Rising is part 0.5 of the Chateau Seductions series. Readers have requested more on the dark and mysterious Antoine. In this short story, Antoine tells his tale, which continues in the series continues with Dark Velvet. Dark Velvet is written from Savannah's perspective as a newcomer to an art colony who is intrigued by the proprietor.
A Short Story
*5 Star Review from Books and Beyond Fifty Shades!*
"Lisa Carlisle does a fabulous job going through parts of Antoine's life that were never discussed in previous stories. Through Darkness Rising, we learn why Antoine is the compassionate person that he is, and we learned what made him that way.
I loved the struggle for Antoine after he first was turned into a Vampire/Gargoyle hybrid. He could have turned and became a monster, yet, he was able to keep as much of his humanity as he could. That is what makes him so lovable throughout this series."
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I cannot imagine reading the series without reading DARKNESS RISING first. They’d stolen his life. And rebirthed him as a monster. DARKNESS RISING by Lisa Carlisle is an intriguing, highly emotional introduction to her Chateau Seductions series. I’m already a fan of Lisa’s Knights of Stone series which features gargoyles along with witches and shifters. When I saw that her Chateau Seductions series also involved gargoyles with the addition of vampires in conjunction with an artful theme, I knew I had to read it! I’m happy to report that I’m glad I did! This prequel primarily focuses on Antoine, a gargoyle who was heartrendingly turned into a vampire against his will in Paris in the late 1800s. Antoine’s story is told from his own perspective and takes place in assorted locations including Paris, Montreal and a remote island off the northeast coast of the US. We first catch up with Antoine as he’s studying under Auguste Rodin, the great French sculptor. As a side note, when I visited Paris, one of the highlights of my trip was a visit to Musée Rodin which is located there – so the Rodin element immediately drew me in. This book ends as Antoine establishes the “Les Beaux Arts at the Chateau DeRoche,” which will become a renowned artists’ colony. This prequel also introduces two characters, Savannah and Cameron, who will play major parts in the ensuing books. It allows the reader to know how each of them came to be in Antoine’s life. Savannah is a poet and Antoine’s love interest. The story of how Cameron’s life became entwined with Antoine’s was particularly engrossing. I will warn you that this installment ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. But… there is good news in that the next book, DARK VELVET, is already available and it will pick up right where DARKNESS RISING leaves off. In my mind, DARKNESS RISING and DARK VELVET are part one and two of the same story. Actually, at this time, the author is offering a bargain box set which contains DARKNESS RISING, DARK VELVET and DARK MUSE for under five dollars. Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this read: Walk away. Leave her be. And let this opportunity pass? Relinquish the chance to be alone with her while she admired his art? The temptation was too much to resist. --- It was time to take what he wanted. And what he wanted was her. --- What treasures he would give for one night with her. To watch her strip off one of her vintage dresses, revealing her satin skin inch by inch just for him. Antoine is the epitome of a dark and mysterious tortured hero. DARKNESS RISING was actually written at the request of fans of this series who wanted more stories set in the Chateau, especially those featuring the panty-melting Antoine. I cannot imagine reading the series without reading DARKNESS RISING first. It’s passionate and highly entertaining. If you enjoy paranormal urban fantasies - especially those featuring sexy vampires – I highly recommend that you pick up DARKNESS RISING and become intimately acquainted with Antoine. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
When I read the first book of this series I had quite a few questions- how did Antoine and Cam meet? Etc. ALL of them were answered in this prequel! I loved it, it had me chortling gleefully halfway thru, I couldn't put it down until I finished it!
I would recommend reading this book it is a story about a gargoyle being turned into a vampire. Antoine story tells about the changes that come about with the attack on him & how he takes this & with some struggles turns it into a positive in his life & more. I can't wait to read about what happens next with Savannah . Would recommend this story was well written & couldn't put it down.
Wonderful Intro to the world of the Chateau This book tells the beginning life of Antoine – a Gargoyle turned Vampire against his will, and his struggles and passage of time. Eventually his going off on his own to a new world and to creating the Chateau for budding artist. And the beginnings about the first woman to capture his interest in over a century. Well written and very entertaining to read.