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Product Details

  • Series: MARKED SOULS (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236265
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"[A] fish-out-of-water story...delivering a strong plot, enjoyable characters and a stunning world."
-RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Slade's plot packs plenty of action...in a group of forceful personalities."
-Publishers Weekly

"Moves the Chicago talyan into their new battle with humor, style and steam."
-Tea and Book

"Slade's plot packs plenty of action."

"This is a fish-out-of-water story that keeps a rapid pace, delivering a strong plot, enjoyable characters and a stunning world.”

From the Author

Back in 2007, somebody standing in my general vicinity said, "Demons are the new vampire." Well, you just can't say things like that around a writer without starting the wheels turning. Having just finished writing a romantic comedy involving dachshunds, it seemed soooo inevitable to write about repentant demons and immortal alpha male warriors. In 2008, SEDUCED BY SHADOWS won the Rose City Romance Writers Golden Rose award (yes, it was an ACTUAL 24-carat gold rose) and in 2009 I got to hold my first book in my hands. Turns out, demons DIDN'T become the new vampire, but they ushered me into a new world, the world of the Marked Souls.

More About the Author

Despite a grade school career aptitude test that indicated farming would be her best bet, Jessa always knew she wanted to be a writer. Her early works include "MY POMES," a poetry chapbook rampant with unicorns and misspellings, and, later, a torrid teen cowboy romance which her editor-mother asked her to revise and resubmit, changing the love scene to "soul mates."

Now she writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance, and science fiction romance. Basically, anything with explosions AND kisses!

Learn more at http://jessaslade.com
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Customer Reviews

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I gave Darkness Undone 4 stars, because it's a great continuation of the series.
C. Tyer
I only wish I would have read the first three books before I read this one, but I do plan on reading them in the near future (and will probably re-read this one).
Haven't made up my mind completely on this series, but I haven't given up on it either.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Tyer on March 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I get to talk about the newest Marked Souls book!!!!! This series, I might or might not have mentioned, is on my very short list of series with a world that makes me want to day dream. I'm the first to admit that it's had it's ups and downs with me. I still, to this day, would cheer on someone punching Archer in the balls, but the series as a whole rocks. I think one of the things I like, beyond the nuts and bolts of what makes up this series, is the idea that, sure the characters might have the unique skills to help them overcome, but ultimately they need love to conquer the great evil. Without that very important factor, they probably wouldn't win. It's an intangible weapon the big bad guys can't fight against.

Following Vowed in Shadows is a hard task. The third book in this series scared me, because the hero could have been a hard sell. But, I think it might be my favorite in the series. That said, I really enjoyed Darkness Undone! You had the same elements that I love about this series, a well developed world, a tortured alpha hero and a heroine who deserved to be loved. Oh, and there's huge danger and possibly world domination at stake should they fail.

This series focuses on the perpetual battle of good and evil. Specifically, these books deal with demons seeking redemption through possessing a person and molding them to be an immortal, damned warrior. The battle has always been on a small scale, fighting the evils of some lesser demonic creatures, but within the context of these books, the balance is changing. Where the ranks of the talya, the term used to describe the warriors, have always been male, they are acquiring female talya. Not only that, but they have the audacity to bond with a male talya and form a new weapon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sidney is a nice break from the all-too-similar brooding, snarly men of the talyan. Alyce is also quite different from her predecessors: don't get me wrong, I love snarky women, but variety in a series is good. I particularly enjoyed seeing her introduction to the Chicago group; there were some nice surprises there.

The arc plot gets kicked up another notch in this volume. There's a new djinn-man to complicate the plot, Thorne, and he's much more interesting than the last one. He has a bizarre fascination with Alyce that has kept him from killing her for quite some time, but her own obsession with Sidney may upset that precarious balance. Add to that a djinn who wants to take over by bringing all the other djinn under her control--and she has the power to do it, too--and the talyan could very well be outmatched, even with the possible help of one or two angel-possessed. The plot takes some nice twists and turns throughout.

I still find the usual end-of-book strife between the romantic leads to be a little much, if just because it's nearly the same in each book. This book alone would have been fine, with a decent level of it, but as a follow-on it adds up too much.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shauni on March 12, 2012
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Darkness Undone is book four in Jessa Slade's Marked Souls series and she works her magic once again. Leave it to Jessa Slade to draw us in, intrigue us with her gritty urban fantasy, get us addicted to those all powerful Alpha Males, tease us with little bits of Darkness Undone, then to give us this wonderful tilt.

In Darkness we Meet Sidney Westerbrook a trained observer, one who knows how to put his emotion to the side, a geek, in short a bookkeeper. From the beginning we know Sid is not your average Alpha Male we see in the Talyans, for starters, he is human. Sent from London to work as Chicago's temporary bookkeeper and just a wee bit arrogant and condescending when it comes to the Talyans.. He knows his place and is all set to take over as London's bookkeeper as soon as his father steps down. He has come to Chicago with his own agenda, he wants to observe the bonding between male and female talyans. He wants to see what causes it and what it does to the talyans and most of all he wants to figure out why it is only happening in Chicago. For all his superiority, the Chicago team really doesn't want him there. They know he has his own agenda and feels they are the wild cards of the talyan nation..

On Sid's first night in Chicago, he is sent to his room like the good little bookkeeper they want him to be. After all, why should they trust a bookkeeper? There last one betrayed them, embezzled from them and destroyed archives. Add that to his obvious attitude, why ever would they want him around? Sid of course has a curious mind, sitting alone in his room is not what he came for so off he goes, wandering the streets of Chicago. Typical overly intelligent person, smart as can be but the common sense of a turnip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 6, 2012
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To earn his wings as a League of Talyan Bookkeeper, Sidney Westerbrook leaves London to study why Chicago contains an exorbitant level of otherworldly combat. Though he preferred research from a distance, he knows field work is an inconvenient truth of his mission. However, the Chicago League Chief Liam Niall refuses to allow him to join their night patrol on his first evening in the city; suggesting he adapt to the time change first.

Thus Sidney goes out on the town alone. However, Westerbrook realizes the stupidity of his actions when two feralis attack him. His shoulder injured, he expects to be a mangled corpse only a female talya warrior intercedes as Alyce Carver is not bound by strict League rules as a rogue battling evil ferales solo. They are attracted to one another, but Sid is a London based Bookkeeper, and Alyce is a rogue unaffiliated talyan and is expected to mate with one of her kind.

The fourth Marked Souls romantic urban fantasy (see Seduced by the Shadows, Forged in Shadows and Vowed in Shadows) is an exciting paranormal with a fascinating unexpected but plausible twist. The story line is fast-paced with the well done gender spin of the heroine saving the helpless male in distress. Although Alyce garners much respect for her dedication and empathy for her loneliness, Sid fails to do likewise as understanding him comes late. Still this is another dynamic thriller in the super Slade mythos.

Harriet Klausner
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