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Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Rowe
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Book Description

"Rowe is a paranormal star!" ~J.R. Ward

The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race, but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.

Quinn Masters will stop at nothing to rescue his rogue teammate. To save his blood brother and ensure his brand of justice triumphs, Quinn will break every rule of his kind and partner with the sensuous, courageous woman destined to be his ultimate destruction.

Haunted by a brutal past, Illusionist Grace Matthews will risk everything to save her kidnapped sister, including putting her life in the sinfully capable hands of an immortal warrior whose ravaging kisses and intense passion propel her ruthlessly toward a fateful destiny she can't afford to believe in.

"A fast-paced plot with strong characters, blazing sexual tension and sprinkled with witty banter, Darkness Awakened sucked me in and kept me hooked until the very last page." ~Literary Escapism

"Rarely do I find a book that so captivates my attention, that makes me laugh out loud, and cry when things look bad. And the sex, wow! It took my breath away. The author keeps the tension high from page one. The pace kept me on the edge of my seat, and turning the pages. I did not want to put this book down... This one is a must read." ~D. Alexx Miller, Alexx Mom Cat's Gateway Book Blog

*This novel is approximately 450 pages, and there are excerpts from other books by the author in the back of the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty published novels with major New York publishers. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and motivational nonfiction.

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About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the USA Today bestselling author of more than forty published novels. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and motivational nonfiction.

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  • Print Length: 386 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE1B1C
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review of Darkness Awakened March 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Stephanie Rowe does it again! Darkness Awakened is an exciting journey full of fast and furious action, sizzling attraction, bad-ass Immortals and strong women with the power of Illusion. Immerse yourself in this fascinating new world and don't be surprised if you never want to leave!

This book starts off with plenty of action that doesn't stop until the last page. The world building unfolds with the perfect spacing - not too much information revealed at once, nor too little. The Calydons are immortal warriors with a terrible curse hanging over their heads. The Illusionists are unique people with the power to project terrifying images.

You've gotta love a hunky Alpha male who knows how to wield his weapon and isn't afraid to go all "he-man" possessive on his woman. You ALSO have to love a strong, independent woman who doesn't let him get away with being too domineering, someone you can really respect. Quinn and Grace are both loyal to the bone, making them the perfect fighting force against the evil that threatens all their lives.
The sizzling, immediate attraction between Quinn and Grace is super hot. They know they shouldn't give into the firestorm of passion, but they are ultimately helpless to ignore it. Make sure you have a fan nearby when you read this, you're going to need it.

I was so invested in the outcome of Quinn and Grace's struggles, it was almost hard to breathe as things became more complicated and the happily-ever-after seemed further out of reach. Stephanie Rowe knows how to write characters you will root for with just the right amount of tension to make the ending a true triumph.
I cannot wait to go back to the world of the Calydons with the next book in the trilogy, Darkness Seduced, which will be available on April 15th.

~Review by: Book Addict from When Pen Met Paper
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, Loved, Loved!!!! March 14, 2012
By Kelly
Format:Kindle Edition
Quinn Masters is one tough son-of-a-gun, but his world just came crashing down around him. All his trainees are dead, one of his weapons is missing, he almost died and it looks like one of his closest teammates may be responsible for it. But just when he thought things couldn't get any worse his sheva (mate) shows up. This has to be one of the worst days of his life. But Quinn never backs down from a challenge and no one is going to stand in his way of finding his teammate, not even his mate.

Grace will not stop until she has found her sister. She is willing to do anything, even take on one of the most dangerous Calydon warriors, Quinn Masters. But he may just be her last hope.

What Grace finds in Quinn will far surpass anything she could have ever imagined. But first they will have to survive Quinn's teammates, finding her sister, the mating and each other.

I have to say a huge thank you to Stephanie Rowe for allowing me to read her book.

This was a great 1st book in Stephanie Rowe's new series: The Order of the Blade. I enjoyed the world that Stephanie created with the Calydon Warriors. The Warriors are all a rough, tough, and take their jobs very, very serious. But it takes one small woman to break through their tough outer shells to make them realize that you can change destiny.

I really loved Quinn & Grace. They are such a fun couple. They love, they fight, and ultimately have a chance to change their world.

I am very much looking forward to the next two books in this series Darkness Seduced (April 15, 2012) and Darkness Surrendered (May 15, 2012).
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primal Heat is right on! March 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Another awesome book from Stephanie Rowe. A paranormal romance with some fighting and soul mate meeting. Quinn Masters is a Calydon. Calydon's tend to go rogue when they meet their soul mate. In walks Grace Matthews into Quinn's life... She needs his help to find her sister. He needs her help to find out why his brother Calydon's are dying and killing off each other. Quinn and Grace come to the shocking conclusion that they are soul mates. They are both determined to break the curse. Quinn must make the other Calydons see that he is not going rogue and that Grace will help them find out what is going on with the missing Calydons. Twists, turns, illusions, hot men and hot sex... What more can anyone want?
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133 of 156 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be so much better June 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Stephanie Rowes first novel in the Order of the Blade series held such potential. The reviews told of a great book, highly recommended. I was looking forward to reading a new paranormal romance.

Why did I rate her 3 stars? One thing I find very frustrating when reading a novel is the authors inability to keep track of his/her own story telling. I found so many errors, it ruined the flow of the story. For example, leading man Quinn gets off the bed and holds Grace. Next paragraph he gets up off the already got off the bed! Another example, Grace tells Quinn her sister has powers. Couple pages later she shocks Quinn with the news that her sister has powers. Grrrrr! He has blue jeans, then there black! It's goes on and on.....It's hard to become absorbed in the world the author is creating when there are so many editing errors.


Author Stephanie Rowe - Thank you for your feedback. I uploaded a revised edition which addresses these issues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well formatted, great characters
Characters are well developed, the plot is full of twist and suspense. A very enjoyable book to read. Will look for rest of series.
Published 17 hours ago by Mary E. May
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
Fun read....Now I have to find the other 8 books and see what I missed , I started at 8 of 9 books ☺
Published 7 days ago by Lisa Noel
4.0 out of 5 stars you know I shouldn't of liked that as much as I did
...since it's part of that overworked 'mystical being finds soulmate which will destroy them all' genre. Read more
Published 9 days ago by K. MacFarlane
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginning was slow but around the middle it got better.
It was entertaining. The beginning was slow but around the middle it got better.
Published 10 days ago by Yvette Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars darkness awakened
Loved the book, can't wait to read the rest of the series. Quinn& Grace are a hot, loving couple. Great
Published 20 days ago by Jody
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing characters!
This is a new author for me but I have to say, "Wow!" Each character was well developed a brought me further and further into the storyline. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mary L. Blankenship
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 24 days ago by JOSEPH LONG
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
It reminds me of the black dagger brotherhood loved that series cannot wait to read the rest of this series I hope Anna getsto find a love
Published 26 days ago by toost0ut
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
With this book I want to read them all.
Published 1 month ago by Claudean Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I loved it. It has adventure, romance and magic. I must buy book 2 and figure out the rest of the story line but I enjoyed how Quinn's and Grace 's story ended.
Published 1 month ago by Lovetoread
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More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is the author of more than 40 novels, including her popular Order of the Blade and NightHunter paranormal romance series. Stephanie is a four-time nominee of the RITA® Award, the highest award in romance fiction. She has won many awards for her novels, including the prestigious Golden Heart® Award. She has received coveted starred reviews from Booklist, and Publishers Weekly has called her work "[a] genre-twister that will make readers...rabid for more."

In additional to her paranormal romances, Stephanie also writes a thrilling romantic suspense series set in Alaska. Publisher's Weekly praised the series debut, ICE, as a "thrilling entry into romantic suspense," and Fresh Fiction called ICE an "edgy, sexy and gripping thriller." Equally as intense and sexy are Stephanie's contemporary romance novels, set in the fictional town of Birch Crossing, Maine.

A life-long reader, Stephanie began crafting stories at age ten, but didn't realize it was her dream until she was an adult. Once the light dawned, she immediately left behind "work" as the world defines it and went to "work" as she defines it, which means getting up every morning with a smile in her heart so she can spend the day doing that which makes her spirit sing.

Stephanie believes in learning to listen to your heart in order to figure out what your dreams are, and then opening yourself to the inspiration that will direct you there. She believes we all deserve the right to enjoy life, and for the ride to be as easy as we want it to be, and that we all should accept nothing less than making our dreams come true.

Stephanie lives in New England, and spends every day doing her best to fill it with people, observations and activities that uplift her soul, which include writing, hiking with her rescue dog, friends, and her amazing family.

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