Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans...
From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes The Storm and the Darkness. This novel is a prequel to the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover, and can be enjoyed as a standalone story, or a complement to any of the books in the series. Don't miss the follow-up novella, Shattered.
Ana Deschanel made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.
Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker, Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first seasonal storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown, Ana realizes she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.
After a surprising encounter with Jonathan's brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks along the shore. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, but she remains unconscious. As the storm worsens, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are other, more sinister forces at work closer than they ever imagined.
With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm, and the growing darkness that looms across the island.
The Saga of Crimson & Clover:
A sprawling dynasty. An ancient bloodline. A world of magic and mayhem.
Welcome to the Saga of Crimson & Clover, where all series within are linked but can be equally enjoyed on their own.
-> The House of Crimson & Clover Series: Dive into the secretive, ancient, powerful world of the Deschanels & Sullivans
-> The Midnight Dynasty Series: There's no place like home.
-> Vampires of the Merovingi Series: From the ashes of the sorcerer kings rose an empire.
-> And many more to come...
Visit www.sarahmcradit.com for the latest information, news, and updates.
The House of Crimson and Clover Series:
This is the recommended reading order for the series.
Prequel: The Storm and the Darkness
Volume I: The Illusions of Eventide
Volume II: Bound
Volume III: Midnight Dynasty
Volume IV: Asunder
Volume V: Empire of Shadows
Volume VI: Myths of Midwinter
Volume VII: The Hinterland Veil
Volume VIII: The Secrets Amongst the Cypress
Volume IX: Within the Garden of Twilight
Volume X: House of Dusk, House of Dawn
Crimson & Clover Lagniappes (Series Bonus Stories):
Lagniappes are standalone stories that can be read in any order.
St. Charles at Dusk: The Story of Oz and Adrienne
Flourish: The Story of Anne Fontaine
Surrender: The Story of Oz and Anasofiya
Shame: The Story of Jonathan St. Andrews
Fire & Ice: Remy & Fleur Fontenot
Dark Blessing: The Landry Triplets
Pandora's Box: Jasper and Pandora Broussard
The Menagerie: Cyler
A Band of Heather: Colleen and Noah
The Ephemeral: Autumn Sullivan
Banshee: The Story of Giselle Deschanel
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes I-IV
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes V-VII
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes VIII- X
Lagniappes Collection I
Lagniappes Collection II
About the Author
An unabashed geek, Sarah enjoys studying obscure subjects like the Plantagenet and Ptolemaic dynasties, and settling debates on provocative Tolkien topics such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf's personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, Sarah has visited over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration (though New Orleans is where her heart rests). She's a self-professed expert at crafting original songs to sing to her very patient pets, and a seasoned professional at finding ways to humiliate herself (bonus points if it happens in public). When at home in Oregon, her husband and best friend, James, is very kind about indulging her love of fast German cars and expensive lattes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't know where to begin with this review. The story was different from anything I've ever read. It was nice to read something out of my normal range of books. All of the characters had chapters told from their POV. That gave the author a chance to disclose many details without bogging down the story by including flashbacks. This is the first story I have read where all the characters are so flawed and have so much emotional baggage. There wasn't a "normal" person in the story. There were times I felt Ana was too naive considering the life she had lived. I enjoyed the relationship between Finn and Jon. These brothers were so different from each other but they loved and respected one another. You knew they were willing to do anything for each other - no questions asked. I also liked that Augustus lied to Ana about her mother. It showed how much he really loved her and wanted to protect her. I had a problem with Finn not getting everything in order before the storm hit. Having lived on the island his entire life, nothing could have distracted him from being prepared. I also didn't understand how Ana had no food simply because the refrigerator wasn't working. It was cold enough to preserve the food with no refrigerator. Plus, she should have had nonperishable food items. I felt there wasn't enough character develoment. I never got to really know any of them. They were all superficial to me. It would have been nice if the relationship between Ana and Finn had been developed more. I never felt any chemistry between them even though the potential was there. The story itself was good. I like the premise of city girl in a very rural setting who asks how to survive the winter weather instead of being ignorant of the realities. Except when it came to appropriate winter clothing. I haven't read the first book in this series but it wasn't necessary in order to read this story. This is a stand-alone book. I can see definite potential for Book 3 in this series as there are several plots that could be expanded. 3 Stars
The Storm and the Darkness is a chilling glimpse into Ana and Finn's past. It also shows us what led to Nicolas being the angry, detached man he is when we meet him in Illusions of Eventide. Great addition to the series.
I can't get enough of this series. So here we get to know more about the characters that will become extremely important in this series. We see how Ana finds in a way what she was looking for and a little bit more. Her interactions with the brothers are entertaining and a very complex threesome that you learn to love and hate. This series is a most read full of supernatural suspense, love and understanding.
This book gives alot of POVS which helps you to understand the characters more in depth and it feels like that you are actually involved with their lives. That being said, I did feel that the POVs were a bit overdone, for my taste, anyway. Suspense and mystery fill the book. Give it a try :)
The Storm and The Darkness is an exceptional read. The author, Sarah M. Cradit, skillfully weaves together romance, mystery, and the paranormal into a work of literary gold. This book has it all. Characters that are so well written they could easily step out of the pages of this book and exist in the real world, a storyline that will keep you reading from cover to cover and such vivid detail that you feel as if you are a resident of Summer Island yourself. I loved every page of this book and I will definitely be continuing this series!
Author given book. First let me thank Sarah M. Cradit for giving me the chance to read this series. I liked the fact that even though it is book 2 you don't have to have read book 1 (though I'm off to get it now) to know and understand the characters. I found the names of the characters to be really unusual and still don't know if I pronounced them right (lol-made me wish I could actually ask them). They draw you into their lives and problems. My favorite character is Nicolas cousin to Anasofiya he's an admitted self-absorbed "loud, foul-mouthed, and obnoxious" individual. When Ana disappears for several days with no contact he goes to the rescue and saves the day. The book has self growth, mystery, and adventure.
I received this book from Sarah in return for an honest review, and just have to say thank you so much! The Storm and the Darkness takes place in Summer Island, Maine. Where everyone knows everyone, gossip abounds and those that only visit in their summer homes are frowned on. Population 202, Ana Dechannel thinks it's the perfect place to run to when her life turns into something she can't face any longer. Raised in New Orleans, daughter of Augustus Dechannel- Media mogul and billionaire- Ana has wanted noting in her whole life. Except to be normal. Born with a gift like almost every Dechannel, Ana is a healer. But even that doesn't work right, which just makes her feel even more cut off than she already does. After a dark couple of months, and a night that she wishes more than anything never happened, Ana escapes to Summer Island where the only person who even speaks to her is the caretaker Alex, a middle aged man who wants nothing more than to take care of the sad and lonely woman he sees. But when he finds that he's not the only man whom Ana has shared those rare smiles with, will Alex continue to be the sometimes odd, always helpful caretaker Ana knows? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and find myself wanting to know more about the Dechannel family. I loved the complexity of Ana, the darkness that she and Jon share that lies within so many of us. I loved the different points of views and the emotions that were written out so well. I was worried that, with this being the second installment of the Crimson and Clover series, that I would be missing information about the characters, but that is not the case at all. Now I just have to get my hands on the first book, and the next and next and next until I am satisfied! Four stars for this emotional, enjoyable, mysterious book
This book is well written. Edited well. There is some paranormal and romance. There is also some family drama.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal). I, like some people, love to be right, but I still do not want to be bored. This novel is really good but kind of predictable. The first time that I read a chapter on Alex, I knew/predicted everything that was going to happen. I knew that Alex was messed up in the head. I was able to predict from the moment Ana's reveal (about her sleeping with a bunch of guys) that Oz was the reason she left. The climax was a bit obvious too. Jon, who didn't have much experience with weapons, was obviously going to end up shooting his brother instead of Alex. Oz was going to take the kill shot. Also Finn and Ana are going to live despite their major injuries. I am not saying that this was a bad book or anything. It is just that I could see all to clearly what was going to happen to the characters. The book was slightly annoying in that way. I wasn't bored throughout it, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat until the end. Not bad but not amazing.