Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows Series #6)

Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows Series #6)

by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


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Cooper Blake has everything going for him—until he wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn’t know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she’s a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.

No one from Cooper’s old life would understand what he can barely grasp himself. . . . But Delilah, the captain of the cheerleading squad, has secrets of her own, like her ability to see beyond the physical world, and her tangled history with Brent, a loner from a neighboring school who can hear strangers’ most intimate thoughts. Delilah and Brent know that Cooper is in more trouble than he realizes, and that Samantha may not be as innocent as she has led Cooper to believe. But the only way to figure out where Samantha came from will put them all in more danger than they ever dreamed possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385737517
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Series: Den of Shadows Series , #6
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 417,971
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Visit her online at

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"Necromantic golem."  

Cooper gave a start. He had been lost in reverie, the content of which had fled his mind the moment Samantha had spoken.  


"Necromantic golem," she repeated. "I'm just saying. It's an option."   Cooper looked down, and realized he had nicked himself with the knife when she startled him. The cut wasn't bad, but he pulled his hand and the knife away from the counter and the compulsively neat apple slices sitting there.  

"You're going to have to clarify for me," he said as he washed the cut and reached for a bandage. "And get off the counter."  

"I'm not technically on the counter," she objected, "and I should think it would be the natural answer to our situation."  

Cooper shook his head and studied Samantha as he carefully cleaned up after his mishap.  

She was petite, standing only a little over five feet tall. She had straight blond hair with silver highlights that looked natural, along with a few streaks of teal that didn't. She was cute, actually, bordering on sexy, a fact that did not seem to be lost on her. Today she was wearing a short, pleated skirt--black with neon pink splotches--and a green and orange striped peasant-style blouse. Beneath the skirt, she wore gray paisley stockings, torn at the bottom to expose most of her bare feet.   Her eyes were . . . well, it was hard to tell. They were prismatic. Looking in them almost gave Cooper as much of a headache as today's outfit did.  

Cooper had asked Samantha about her clothes at some point over the summer. She had told him she didn't decide what to "wear"--her clothes were no more solid than she was--but admitted that she "liked bright colors." Very bright, apparently.  

She certainly looked like she was sitting on the counter, but of course it didn't matter. She could as easily have been standing in the counter, or on the wall or the ceiling. She did things like that sometimes, defying the laws of physics without seeming to notice or care.  

If she had been alive, it probably would have been considered a health hazard when she walked through the food, but since she was a ghost and not dripping ectoplasm, it was only annoying. And only to Cooper, because no one but him seemed able to see her. Even when she lay in the middle of the pastries display case as if it were Snow White's glass coffin, everyone else was oblivious to her presence, including Cooper's father, who owned the shop.  

"Seriously," she insisted now, apparently not ready to let this idea drop. "Golem."  

He rolled his eyes. "I assume you mean for you."  


"And I assume you mean I should make one, so you can . . . take it over, or whatever."  

"It's not possession if it's a golem, since they don't have souls, right?" she said, making him wince at the way her voice echoed when she got excited. "And it's not a zombie or anything since you'd be making it and not using a dead person."  

"You wouldn't be able to sit on the ceiling anymore if you actually had a body," he pointed out.  

She paused, chewing her lip, then shrugged, and fell halfway through the counter before finding her feet on the floor. "I wouldn't be able to sit on the ceiling, but I'd be able to . . . to curl up on a cold night, wrapped in a blanket, with a mug of raspberryhot cocoa. So, what do you say?"  

"I say I don't know how to make a golem, necromantic or otherwise."  

"You use clay, duh!"  

"Where do you get this stuff?" he asked. "Clay. Okay. And then . . . ?"  

"Then . . . then . . . I want a body! I'm sick of this non-corporeal crap. Check out the library's occult section. Check out Harry Potter. I don't care!"  

With the last outburst, Samantha flickered like a candle flame going out and disappeared. Cooper shrugged and turned back to see if the apples were salvageable. He wasn't worried about Samantha. She often disappeared, and always came back.   Maybe he should have been concerned about himself since he was the only person who could see her, but he wasn't. He knew better than to tell anyone else about her, though; they would probably lock him away in a padded room somewhere. Could he really blame them?  

The fact of the matter was, he was being haunted by the color-coordination-challenged ghost of a teenage girl. She had appeared by his bedside when he had woken in a hospital last July, and neither of them knew why.  

He finished cutting the apples and started laying them into tarts. The work was soothing, mechanical. His father was in the next room, kneading bread dough; occasionally, his soft humming reached as far as this room, but mostly it was quiet, the way Cooper liked it. He appreciated the routine of waking up at four in the morning, getting to the shop by four-thirty to bake bread and pastries and brew the coffee before they opened at seven. Then--at least on weekdays, like today--he hung up his apron as his father spoke to the first of the morning's customers, rolled down his sleeves, and trudged fifteen minutes to school.  

Before this summer, he would have laughed at the guy he was now: quiet, reserved, and living very much in his own head, instead of constantly surrounded by outgoing friends who only managed by sheer luck not to get kicked out of every public place they entered.  

It was only the fourth day of his senior year of high school. It was going to be a long year, and not because the day started when he had already been awake for more than three hours . . . often longer. . . .  

The problem was, he couldn't find it in him to care about this year. He used to care about things, people. His room, his stuff. His friends, especially the other guys on the Lenmark Ocelots football team, including John, who had been his best friend since sixth grade. He had barely seen any of them since the end of the previous school year. Then there was his car, a 1993 Dodge Colt hatchback--more than a decade old with more than a hundred thousand miles on it, but it rode like a dream, like his dream, like freedom.

Cooper didn't have that anymore, either, and he didn't miss it, even yesterday, when he had walked from his father's coffee shop to school in a fine drizzle. His father had offered to let him take the family car, but he hadn't minded the cold or the rain or the way it made Samantha sparkle as it fell through her.

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Token of Darkness 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Doodlebug-jessica More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. It takes you a little bit to figure out the story and whats going on but other then that it`s really different and i like that.
eheinlen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminded me of the first books that she wrote. A completely compelling story that I couldn't put down.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cooper Blake wakes up from a car accident, and discovers there's a girl named Samantha at his bedside. The problem is she isn't mortal, and no one can see her except Cooper. She has no memory of who or what she was before she materialized in his hospital room, and he wants to help her, but searching through the obituaries produces no leads. Cooper does encounter a couple people from his past who might be able to help, but he has to be willing to let them in.
YAaddict on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Going into this book, I didn't know much about it. I have not seen alot of reviews for it. But the premise was interesting, and I was excited to see it was in a male point of view. But unfortunately Token of Darkness fell short for me.First of all, I really didn't get attached to the characters. They seemed under developed to me. Cooper, the main character, had alot he was going through, but I just didn't feel his emotions.Also, the story threw alot at you all at once. It was as if you you supposed to know things already. Things that I felt that should have been told gradually were told way too quickly. Maybe that is why I felt the characters were underdeveloped, because I wasn't given time to get to know them. There were also alot of supernatural elements going on. That works for some books, but it didn't work here. The plot was a bit all over the place. I won Token of Darkness in a contest. I will be donating it to my local library, where hopefully it will fall in the hands of someone who will come to love it. But unfortunately it wasn't for me.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elementary writing; a storyline that goes nowhere; unsympathetic, underdeveloped characters. From the start we are thrown into a confusing world that is supposedly ours with a paranormal twist, but it feels more like a story that belongs on an episode of, like, Charmed, or Buffy. Fans of L. J. Smith, Vivian Vande Velde, and Lois Duncan will no doubt be able to overlook its similar flaws and find the book interesting, but this just wasn¿t for me.
fatlamb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a fan of the whole the paranormal and vampire fad, but for the most part I was pleasantly surprised with the book.For what it is worth a book dealing with magic, ghosts, paranormal activities, witches, creatures, and high school students (with some romance thrown in there for the young ladies) it was not that bad of a book for being unoriginal and far fetched.The main character of the book, Cooper, primarily is dealing with and trying to coup with his near death experience (caused a major car accident where people died) and his saneness or craziness of building a friendly relationship with a ghost. There are other characters in the book that make the story more cutting, interesting, and are to the aid of Cooper... Delilah the cheer leading captain that practices magic and sorcery, Samantha a young female ghost not knowing what her existence is, Ryan a young all knowing paranormal expert, and Brent who is drawn to Cooper due to his ability to read peoples mind. The characters all bring something different to the table and for the most part do make the read more enjoyable.Three Stars-I am not going out saying that this is a must read for anyone but I thought the author did a descent job of developing the story to the final climatic scene at the hospital (souls jumping from bodies, paranormal activities, witchery, death, romance...all things that young students would love). As a whole the characters were too stereotypical for me, a bit predictable but not the ending, I would not say this was a great thriller (it did not keep me on the edge of my chair) but the story was not predictable. Book is for both middle and high school students, targeted especially for female readers. I actually enjoyed the book even more on finding out that the author was born in 1984 (I would assume pretty young). I can see middle and high school students having a connection with the author due to the age factor.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Another book that I had taken a long break from. I like the author but lately haven't been catching up with the rest of the books in this series. So this is a 3.5 for me. Finally, finally got around to it and found while the writing was good to okay, the characters were well, the same way. Either okay or good I guess? I like the cover. Near the ending there it was kind of cute. Though I was reminded of the Ghost and the Goth books for some reason. Basically, an okay to good quick read and will try to catch up with this series. It does have its moments, with some potential with the character of Samantha. I wanted to know a little more about the characters. I mean we do get a little character info throughout, but still. A quick, has its moments, good to okay kind of read.
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I enjoyed every moment of this book. I didnt want yo put it fown when i stared it. I think this is one of thr best ghost books ive ever read.
KaylynnG More than 1 year ago
This is a very amazing book. Its draws you in and you do not wont to put it down but you do really have to think about what is happening though through the  story.
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