Passion (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #3)

Passion (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #3)

by Lauren Kate


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Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385739160
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Series: Lauren Kate's Fallen Series , #3
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, and the forthcoming Rapture. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. You can visit her online at

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The voices reached her in the murky darkness.

Come back! Wait!

She ignored them, pressing further. Echoes of her name bounced off the shadowy walls of the Announ cer, sending licks of heat rippling across her skin. Was that Daniel’s voice or Cam’s? Arriane’s or Gabbe’s? Was it Roland pleading that she come back now, or was that Miles?

The calls grew harder to discern, until Luce couldn’t tell them apart at all: good or evil. Enemy or friend. They should have been easier to separate, but nothing was easy anymore. Everything that had once been black and white now blended into gray.

Of course, both sides agreed on one thing: Everyone wanted to pull her out of the Announcer. For her protec­tion, they would claim.

No, thanks.

Not now.

Not after they’d wrecked her parents’ backyard, made it into another one of their dusty battlefields. She couldn’t think about her parents’ faces without wanting to turn back—not like she’d even know how to turn back inside an Announcer, anyway. Besides, it was too late. Cam had tried to kill her. Or what he thought was her. And Miles had saved her, but even that wasn’t sim­ple. He’d only been able to throw her reflection because he cared about her too much.

And Daniel? Did he care enough? She couldn’t tell.

In the end, when the Outcast had approached her, Daniel and the others had stared at Luce like she was the one who owed them something.

You are our entrance into Heaven,
the Outcast had told her. The price. What had that meant? Until a couple of weeks ago she hadn’t even known the Outcasts existed. And yet, they wanted something from her—badly enough to battle Daniel for it. It must have had to do with the curse, the one that kept Luce reincarnated lifetime after lifetime. But what did they think Luce could do?

Was the answer buried somewhere here?

Her stomach lurched as she tumbled senselessly through the cold shadow, deep inside the chasm of the dark Announcer.


The voices began to fade and grow dimmer. Soon they were barely whispers. Almost like they had given up. Until—

They started to grow louder again. Louder and clearer.


She clamped her eyes shut to try to block them out.





She was cold and she was tired and she didn’t want to hear them. For once, she wanted to be left alone.

Luschka! Luschka! Luschka!

Her feet hit something with a thwump.

Something very, very cold.

She was standing on solid ground. She knew she wasn’t tumbling anymore, though she couldn’t see anything in front of her except for the blanket of blackness. Then she looked down at her Converse sneakers.

And gulped.

They were planted in a blanket of snow that reached midway up her calves. The dank coolness that she was used to—the shadowy tunnel she’d been traveling through, out of her backyard, into the past—was giving way to something else. Something blustery and ab­solutely frigid.

The first time Luce had stepped through an Announcer—from her Shoreline dorm room to Las Vegas—she’d been with her friends Shelby and Miles. At the end of the passage they’d met a barrier: a dark, shad­owy curtain between them and the city. Because Miles was the only one who’d read the texts on stepping through, he’d started swiping the Announcer with a cir­cular motion until the murky black shadow flaked away. Luce hadn’t known until now that he’d been troubleshooting.

This time, there was no barrier. Maybe because she was traveling alone, through an Announcer summoned of her own fierce will. But the way out was so easy. Al­most too easy. The veil of blackness simply parted.

A blast of cold tore into her, making her knees lock with the chill. Her ribs stiffened and

her eyes teared in the sharp, sudden wind.

Where was she?

Luce already regretted her panicked jump through time. Yes, she needed an escape, and yes, she wanted to trace her past, to save her former selves from all the pain, to understand what kind of love she’d had with Daniel all those other times. To feel it instead of being told about it. To understand—and then fix—whatever curse had been inflicted on Daniel and her.

But not like this. Frozen, alone, and completely un­prepared for wherever, whenever she was.

She could see a snowy street in front of her, a steel-gray sky above white buildings. She could hear some­thing rumbling in the distance. But she didn’t want to think about what any of it meant.

“Wait,” she whispered to the Announcer.

The shadow drifted hazily a foot or so beyond her fingertips. She tried to grasp it, but the Announcer eluded her, flicking farther away. She leaped for it, and caught a tiny damp piece of it between her fingers—

But then, in an instant, the Announcer shattered into soft black fragments on the snow.
They faded, then were gone.

“Great,” she muttered. “Now what?”

In the distance, the narrow road curved left to meet a shadowy intersection. The sidewalks were piled high with shoveled snow, which had been packed against two long banks of white stone buildings. They were striking, unlike anything Luce had ever seen, a few stories tall, with their entire façades carved into rows of bright white arches and elaborate columns.

All the windows were dark. Luce got the sense that the whole city might be dark. The only light came from a single gas streetlamp. If there was any moon, it was hidden by a thick blanket of cloud. Again something rumbled in the sky. Thunder?

Luce hugged her arms around her chest. She was freezing.


A woman’s voice. Hoarse and raspy, like someone who’d spent her whole life barking orders. But the voice was trembling, too.

“Luschka, you idiot. Where are you?”

She sounded closer now. Was she talking to Luce? There was something else about that voice, something strange that Luce couldn’t quite put into words.

When a figure came hobbling around the snowy street corner, Luce stared at the woman, trying to place her. She was very short and a little hunched over, maybe in her late sixties. Her bulky clothes seemed too big for her body. Her hair was tucked under a thick black scarf. When she saw Luce, her face scrunched into a compli­cated grimace.

“Where have you been?”

Luce looked around. She was the only other person on the street. The old woman was speaking to her.

“Right here,” she heard herself say.

In Russian.

She clapped a hand over her mouth. So that was what had seemed so bizarre about the old woman’s voice: She was speaking a language Luce had never learned. And yet, not only did Luce understand every word, but she could speak it back.

“I could kill you,” the woman said, breathing heavily as she rushed toward Luce and threw her arms around her.

For such a frail-looking woman, her embrace was strong. The warmth of another body pressing into Luce after so much intense cold made her almost want to cry. She hugged back hard.

“Grandma?” she whispered, her lips close to the woman’s ear, somehow knowing that was who the woman was.

“Of all the nights I get off work to find you gone,” the woman said. “Now you’re skipping around in the middle of the street like a lunatic? Did you even go to work today? Where is your sister?”

There was the rumbling in the sky again. It sounded like a bad storm moving closer. Moving fast. Luce shiv­ered and shook her head. She didn’t know.

“Aha,” the woman said. “Not so carefree now.” She squinted at Luce, then pushed her away to get a closer look. “My God, what are you wearing?”

Luce fidgeted as her past life’s grandmother gaped at her jeans and ran her knobby fingers over the buttons of Luce’s flannel shirt. She grabbed Luce’s short, tangled ponytail. “Sometimes I think you are as crazy as your fa­ther, may he rest in peace.”

“I just—” Luce’s teeth were chattering. “I didn’t know it was going to be so cold.”

The woman spat on the snow to show her disap­proval. She peeled off her overcoat. “Take this before you catch your death.” She bundled the coat roughly around Luce, whose fingers were half frozen as she struggled to button it. Then her grandmother untied the scarf from her neck and wrapped it around Luce’s head.

A great boom in the sky startled both of them. Now Luce knew it wasn’t thunder. “What is that?” she whis­pered.

The old woman stared at her. “The war,” she mut­tered. “Did you lose your wits along with your clothes? Come now. We must go.”

As they waded down the snowy street, over the rough cobbles and the tram tracks set into them, Luce realized that the city wasn’t empty after all. Few cars were parked along the road, but occasionally, down the darkened side streets, she heard the whinnies of carriage horses waiting for orders, their frosty breaths clotting the air. Silhouetted bodies scampered across rooftops. Down an alley, a man in a torn overcoat helped three small children through the hatched doors of a basement.

At the end of the narrow street, the road opened onto a broad, tree-lined avenue with a wide view of the city. The only cars parked here were military vehicles. They looked old-fashioned, almost absurd, like relics in a war museum: soft-top jeeps with giant fenders, bone-thin steering wheels, and the Soviet hammer and sickle painted onto the doors. But aside from Luce and her grandmother, there were no people on this street. Everything—except for the awful rumbling in the sky—was ghostly, eerily quiet.

In the distance, she could see a river, and far across it, a great building. Even in the darkness, she could make out its elaborate tiered spires and ornate onion-shaped domes, which seemed familiar and mythic at the same time. It took a moment to sink in—and then fear shot through Luce.

She was in Moscow.

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theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that you will enjoy.
thalia_lover More than 1 year ago
the last book torment was soo GOOD! the ending made you think like "OMG! what is Luce thinking!?!" and then you just swoon as soon as Daniel chases after her <3 it was so CUTE ! I loved when in torment when he was going after her he was all:" i know Luce better than anyone in the world" :D haha i thought it was funny cuz u think he was exaggerating but he literally knew her that well <3 he didn't even worry if he could find her, he just knew that his heart would lead him to her awww Lauren Kate's books just get me ;) and im totally reading this series to the very last one (which i hope this one isn't) .
trish dagle More than 1 year ago
These books are hardley teeni-bopper books just bc they arnt groping each other all the time dosent mean they arnt, ohh what was the o so intelligent phrasage you used ... 'juicy' they are fabulous books so deal with it. ( though i have to agree with you on the twilight thing, not everybook has to be compared to that. Its not like 'twilight' is the only standard you can hold romances up to)
culinarygoddess More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book series and I could not put it down. I went through the first two books in like 2 days. Lauren Kate just keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Angela Alden More than 1 year ago
ok so.... i cant wait for this book, but does anyone else kinda hate miles?
bookworm1BG More than 1 year ago
well the cover for FALLEN. just caught my eye. so i began to read the whole series. I LOVED THEM!!! i cant wait for the next book!!! you know for some weird reason i go for Cam!! always loved the bad boys!! TEAM CAM!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disapointing! Other two were full of Passion, this one was like a run-on sentence. Lacked Passion. The 4th could be promising, so I will remain hopeful! Explanation why Luce incinerated 1st boyfriend?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TEAM MILES!!! Ps.. a REALLY awesome book
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn&rsquo;t need to be that way. . . . As we learned in the previous books, Daniel is a fallen angel, and Luce has reincarnated over and over, due to a curse. After the last book, Torment, I was excited to see more of the background for Luce and Daniel, and how their past lives played into their current love. Passion does not disappoint at all. You get taken through many of Luce and Daniel&rsquo;s different romances and you learn that they really do love each other. I really liked how in Passion that the chapters would alternate between Luce and Daniel&rsquo;s story. Very nice to get Daniel&rsquo;s perspective on different situations, especially since we didn&rsquo;t know very much about him for the first 2 books. We finally get more of his personality and his feelings for Luce. The ending perfectly sets up for the final book, Rapture. But it does leave you pretty frustrated that you have to wait so long to get that last book. Its for sure a great read, and I highly recommend it for anyone who has enjoyed the previous books. In the meantime, you can read Fallen in Love (its 3.5 of the series) its an extra look at more of Luce&rsquo;s past lives. Check it out too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've read the first two books then this is a definite must read. I loved being able to glimpse into their past lives with eachother and seeing how different luce was but daniel never changing. I must admit when I began reading it it was kind of slow but then it picked up the pace very quick. Towards the end, I wanted to smile and cry at the same time because they were always so close but so far away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is wonderful! I hope they make this series into a movie! :)*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel is soooooo sweeeeet!!!!! I love him so muchhhh. I tottatly think he deserves better than luce. And I also loveeee miles hees so sweet and adorable. And how at the end of torment he makes an image of luce becuase he loves herrrr awwwwwww <3 I like daniel more but I deff still love miles. I hate cammmm :( hees a stupid selfish jerk.
freshlikeme_1997 More than 1 year ago
I am Hooked on this series! There's love and action and uncertanty! It makes you wonder about somethings. The Protaganist Is very Stubborn but she is also bery brave and challanging, not like othrer girls who act Fragile, who think there is no Downside to their way of acting, this is Re-freshing.
Breathing-Books_Not-Fire More than 1 year ago
I looooved this series! And like everyone else, I can't wait until June to be able to read "Passion". It's too far away! I'm really excited to see what's going to happen to Luce!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first two books and was eager to get my hand on this one. I got about half way through the book and was bored. I tried to push through it and ended up skim reading through it. The end i have to say got better but i was not impressed sadely. Hopefully the next book will be better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book series ever!!!!!!!! I loved Fallen but I have not read the other three yet. But I bet they are amazing just like Fallen. When I first started reading Fallen I thought it was just a regular every day teenage life but at the end it me shocked alot. Whoop whoop. Thumbs up for the Fallen series!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read at once. Luce and Daniel's story is amazing. I love this book. Rapture is going to be an epic end. So sad that there is only one more book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so awesome! I liked "Bill" at first but later, i wanted to knock his teeth out once i found out who he really was >:( this story was cool just like all the books in the series before it :).....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rapture is going to be epic, but I feel like this is going to be my favorite of all four. Luce going back in time and witnessing her past lives in order to fix the curse makes this book very interesting, fun, and not to mention cute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I loved how luce travelled through time and that it switched between Daniel's and Luce's point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love each one of these books and I think a lot of people will enjoy them! It is nice to have a change from all the vampire/zombie books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is so addicting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg Omg God! i was surprised by her decision at the end but i got it and aww poor daniel i loved at the end when it read  would he find her? without question would he save her? always omg i melted. can't wait t'ill i buy the next one!! :)