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King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Chronicles of Yavn Series

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"They broaden the focus and provide intriguing teasers for further books in this promising new paranormal series. (Feb.)" - Publishers Weekly

"Action-packed and sexually charged, this book will draw you in from the opening scene. 4 1/2 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"This is a complex superb romantic urban fantasy in which the first venture into the Staab mythological universe seems genuine due to anchoring places like Orlando and the fact that innocent humans are collateral damage in the cross-species war. Filled with action from the moment a stunned Thad enters the late night human bar and never slowing down, readers will enjoy the vampire king seeking his soul mate in order to save his species from the wrath of the wizards." - Alternative Worlds

"King of Darkness has one tough heroine and an absolutely sexy hero, along with an interesting host of supporting characters you're going to love. 4.75 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick!" - Night Owl Reviews

"I am looking forward to the next book in this series because it was very well written and the plot was a genuine success!" - When Pen Met Paper

"Kudos to author Elisabeth Staab for this debut novel, I will be looking forward to reading the next installment in the Chronicles of Yavn series." - Book Savvy Babe

"High steam rating makes this a perfect read for these cold winter nights. 4/5 Stars" - TheRomanceaholic

"If you are looking for a novel that will hook you with so many elements, from anger to happiness to laughs and thrilling suspense, then look no further than Ms. Staab's fantabulous 5 Book worthy novel. It will hook you start to finish, and leave YOU crying at the end when you realize you have to WAIT! I can't wait to see what Prince Of Power, Anton and Tyra's story holds for Ms. Staab's readers! Can't wait until 2013 for that one!" - Reviews by Molly

"This is a complex superb romantic urban fantasy in which the first venture into the Staab mythological universe seems genuine" - Genre Go Round Reviews

"The sexual tension between the characters, and I don't mean just the main couple, is fantastic. Thad and Isabel steam up the pages, and the connection between a few of the supporting cast is thick enough to cut." - Grave Tells

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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of Yavn (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263156
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called "emotionally delicious," "action-packed," and "gloriously snarky." When not writing romance about vampires and werewolves and emotionally wounded boxers (oh, my!), she enjoys date night with her husband, reading with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. Keep up with all the latest shenanigans by following her newsletter, stopping by ElisabethStaab.com, or finding her on Facebook and Twitter.

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3.5 out of 5 stars, it's an intriguing novel with its multiple plots, witty banter, spicy romance scenes, and characters that you can't seem to be able to guess at what they'll do next!! I will say that I found this novel unique in the way that Thad is portrayed as a vulnerable person/vampire, not sure what to do with his new position as King, which I thought was a interesting change in comparison to the other types of "vampire king" novels I've read previously. There are three plots within this novel, they are:

• The Main Plot: The relationship between Thad and Isabel (Izzy). Trying to prove that they are meant for each other, while learning about each other in a rapid pace setting.

• First Secondary Plot: Tyra and Anton's relationship. Finding out the truth of who Anton really is, and what will happen once the truth does finally come out.

• Second Secondary Plot: It's a mixture of the different characters ---
-- The love/hate relationship between Lee and Alexia .... not sure where that's going to go but I really hope somewhere good!!
-- Siddoh and his playboy ways.
-- Then the mysterious relationship between Lee and Agnessa, that holds the question of what really happened between them??

About the Characters:
* Isabel (Izzy): Has a big heart. Independent. Cautious. Vampire.

* Thad: Responsible. Wiry. King of the Vampires.

* Lee: Protective. Determined. Strong. Rough. Vampire.

* Alexia: Fun. Tough. Friendly. Human.

* Tyra: Thinks she's invincible. Mother hen type. Half-vampire.

* Anton: Kind. Wizard.

* Siddoh: Sneaky. Playful. Leader. Vampire.
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*3.5 of 5 Stars*

With a hidden world of vampires and wizards, blood and magic, and destined life mates, Elisabeth Staab debuts a remarkable new book in the world of paranormal romance. In King of Darkness, rising new Vampire King, Thad, must find his prophesied life mate, woo her, gain his powers, and take the throne all while fighting off his enemies at every turn. Suddenly not only does he have to woo his life mate, Isabel, he has to protect her and convince her that she could be queen. Isabel is a party girl, not used to having any responsibilities or having to answer to anyone. When Thad enters Isabel's life, her world is turned upside down, and Isabel must start living for more than herself.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I like the nature of the vampire community, with their political structure and their varying abilities. Also, the wizards, the enemies of the vampires who kill vampires and steal their powers, are an intriguing new villain, they act even less human than the vampires. This provides a solid and interesting setting for the story of how the new vampire king finds his mate and comes to power.

I will admit that I am not Isabel's biggest fan. From the start, she is a fairly selfish character who has serious communication issues. At the same time, Thad has his own problems communicating, and the pair are constantly assuming incorrect things about each other. This can get frustrating at times, but as they get to know each other, this does get a little bit better. I like the supporting characters in this story, they give more depth to not only the story, but to the main characters as well.

King of Darkness is well written, the plot has definite twists and turns and the pacing kept me interested and reading.
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Isabel Anthony lacked any power so she was ridiculed by her vampire peers as a nonentity freak until she left. She masquerades as a human; becoming the last shift DJ at Club Insomniac in Orlando. As she takes a bite out of Venus, Thad Morgan and his bodyguard Lee arrive seeking the female who will help the former meet the prophecy that will save his periled race from extinction. He realizes she has the mark of his destined mate as described by the oracle, but neither Thad nor Lee expected her to be in to females. However, instead of welcoming her king, Isabel flees.

Thad catches Isabel and explains they are destined mates who share a common mark that when they mate will release powers to save their species from the insidious wizards. In combat, she becomes a believer when her latent skills surface. As Isabel ponders her changing situation, she vanishes, which has her beloved mate and his subjects panicked that the vicious wizards have taken their queen.

This is a complex superb romantic urban fantasy in which the first venture into the Staab mythological universe seems genuine due to anchoring places like Orlando and the fact that innocent humans are collateral damage in the cross-species war. Filled with action from the moment a stunned Thad enters the late night human bar and never slowing down, readers will enjoy the vampire king seeking his soul mate in order to save his species from the wrath of the wizards.

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Thad and Isabel were the perfect characters that blend into a stunning and delectable well written story about vampires, wizards (???) and a prophecy who's mixed up to create an enthralling, fast-paced and original PNR book.

I'm a vamps freak and I totally fell for this new take on vampire's story. Hell yeah, vampires against wizards, I don't read a lot about this in PNR world! This one was new to me and I was instantly transported into this lethal world!

The story was more based on the prophecy between Thad, the future king of vampires, and is mate to-be Isabel, who's living outside the vampires ''stronghold''. The vampires and wizards are at war for century: wizard gets the power by stealing the life force (that's the way I understand it) of the vampires and by doing so, killing the poor vamps.

Isabel was a kind of an outcast by living outside the wall of the vampire's city, but when she meet Thad, the reaction/attraction between them is undeniable and she totally freak out. Even if Thad is handsome, super sexy and seems to take a great care of his people, all he wants is to be able to protect the vampires and find his true mate. The romance between them was wild and hot so I give my hot chocolate love!

I appreciated the action and all the characters in this novel! The wizards are a bunch of pure sadistic. They only crave for more power, but we don't really get into the world in the first book. We meet the ''bad Guy'' but we only get a glimpse of what they really are!

I really love the use of humour in this story. The author Elisabeth Staab did a really good job with this first book of the Chronicles of Yavn #1. I enjoy the world she created and I was eager to read something different about vampires.
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