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Product Details

  • Series: The Guardians of Ascension (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250008530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250008534
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Guardians of Ascension series

by Caris Roane…

“Caris Roane powers into the paranormal romance genre with a sexy, cool, edgy romantic fantasy that gleams like the dark wings and lethal allure of her Guardians of Ascension vampires. Prepare to be enthralled!”—New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

“Roane’s worldbuilding is complex and intriguing, and in addition to her compelling protagonists, she serves up a slew of seconfary characters begging to be explored further. The Guardian of Ascension is a series with epic potential!”—Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars)

“A super urban romantic fantasy in which the audience will believe in the vampires and the Ascension…fast-paced…thrilling.” —Alternative Worlds

“A great story with a really different take on vampires. This is one book that is sure to be a hit with readers who love paranormals. Fans of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series are sure to love this one too.” –Red Roses for Authors Blog

“Ascension is like wandering in a field of a creative and colorful dream. There are many interesting, formidable, terrifying, beautiful and unique images. They surround and envelop you in a story as old as time.” –Barnes and Noble’s Heart to Heart Romance Blog

“Incredibly creative, Ascension takes readers to another level as you learn about two earths, vampires, ancient warriors, and a new twist on love. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride, climbing until I hit the very top only to come crashing down at lightning speed. Once you pick this book up, clear off your calendar because you won’t be able to put it down. Best book I have read all year.” –SingleTitles.com

“Tightly plotted and smoking hot…a fantastic read.”—Fresh Fiction

From the Back Cover

Enter a world of winged vampire warriors and the women they crave…

For a hundred years, Marguerite has been imprisoned and used for her powerful psychic abilities. Her only relief comes from her regular visits with Thorne, her vampire lover.  His every touch leaves her hungry for more..and aching for their next encounter. When Marguerite is finally set free, she returns to Mortal Earth to begin a new life for herself.  She dyes her hair white-blonde, paints her nails blood-red, and seduces a sexy-hot stranger. Why can’t she stop thinking about Thorne?


Now that Marguerite is gone, Thorne craves her more than ever..and follows her to Mortal Earth.  Unfortunately, he is not the only vampire who wants her. As one of three powerful women with obsidian flame abilities, Marguerite is a valuable treasure—and a dangerous weapon. For Thorne, she is a soulmate he must protect at any cost…even his own life.

“Sexy, cool, edgy romantic fantasy…Prepare to be enthralled.”

New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian

More About the Author

I confess I've had a love affaire with vampires for several years now, especially warrior vampires, the kind found in the books of Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lara Adrian and JR Ward. Though I've been published in Regency Romance under the pseudonym Valerie King--and yes one of my Regency Novellas features a vampire--one day I woke up knowing I had to create my own contemporary world of the warrior vampire.

For some mystical, magical reason, early in the process, my vampires appeared with enormous beautiful wings and it has been the most amazing experience to include flight in my novels, in both battle scenes and scenes involving spectacle. My special vampire world, published by St. Martin's Press, is introduced in the first book called, ASCENSION (12-28-2010). The second book, BURNING SKIES (May of 2011), opens up the world a little bit more. And even as I write this, I'm on the final draft of my third novel, WINGS OF FIRE (September of 2011). What a thrill it has been to live with my ascended vampires through the creation of this extraordinary, multi-dimensional world!

For more information about my unique take on the vampire mythos, check out my website at carisroane.com and my book release video on YouTube by putting in the search phrase, Caris Roane Ascension.

With every hope you'll enjoy reading my books set in the World of Ascension, All my best, Caris Roane

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christy Mitchiner on April 28, 2012
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Obsidian Flame is the 5th installment of the Guardians of Ascension and is is the best one yet! It follows the leader of the Guardians, Warrior Thorne, and his breh, the feisty Marguerite. Marguerite has been locked away for 100 years, with nightly visits from Thorne her anchor to life. She is set free, and runs to be free of everything....being the 2nd of the powerful flame triad that will help Endelle and the Warriors in the war against Greaves, and most especially Thorne. While she loves Thorne, she loves her freedom more. Without giving to much away, we get to see her and Thorne's journey and the trials they face as they, well she, fight the Breh. We also get more story of Leto and my heart has broken for him. I can't wait to read more and the next installment cannot come soon enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shauni on April 28, 2012
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I really get tired of saying this.. but Caris Roane has done it again!! Obsidian Flame the 5th full book in her Ascension series completely and totally ROCKS!! This book could easily have lost itself in the dynamics of Thorne and Marguerite but instead Ms Roane crafts a dynamic tale of the choices of love. It is an amazing dance of delicious delight.

Thorne, the leader of the Warriors of the Blood for over Two Thousand Years, dedicated to saving the world and the lives of his men. A true second in command to Endelle.. so close they share a mind link. Strong, loyal, determined and suddenly he walks away to follow his Breh-Hedden. He manages to block Endelle and begins a journey that I think surprised even him. For a hundred years he has lied to his Warriors, Friends and even Endelle telling them that he was celibate and yet had found release and comfort in his sister's cellmate at the convent. Knowing he could go to her every morning after every battle has kept him sane. When she is finally freed and chooses a life of "freedom" on Mortal Earth Thorne all but looses it. Leaving it all behind he follows her trying desperately not to destroy the humans she chooses to interact with. As he observes her he discovers new powers that allow him a degree of sneakiness and the ability to keep sane.

Marguerite, the second member of the Obsidian Flame triad.. she is the strongest seer in Second Earth and she wants no part of it. After a horrid childhood, followed by 100 years of forced service in the convent all she wants is to be free!! She has strong urges and honestly wants to boink every man she can find. As she begins her journey she finds that while the body is willing the spirit, her heart, is not.. she dreams of Thorne even when she hunts and tracks other men.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lunataina VINE VOICE on May 1, 2012
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When we first meet Marguerite in previous books she is not a likable character, and I must admit I entered this book with doubts as to whether I would ever like her. Marguerite has had a terrible past, where she was unable to make any decisions for herself with the exception of loving Thorne. She was desperate to get out of her captivity, and part of that translated into the psychological need to indulge or overindulge in sex. It was he only way to stand against her status quo. When she finally gets her freedom, very much like when teenagers finally leave the home, she goes a little nuts. She finds out that she has a great responsibility being one of the three flames that are supposed to help the good guys win in the battle against evil and resents that she is once more left with apparently no options. She runs away from everything, even Thorne. Marguerite tries to figure out who she is, only to realize that some of what she left behind is exactly what she needs and wants, particularly Thorne. Marguerite is a strong character, but she needed the experience of temporary freedom and insanity to grow into her potential. I don't think she would have been a good mate for Thorne if she had not gone through that path. That does not mean that I enjoyed reading about it much. As a reader who has a degree of emotional investment in the character of Thorne, Marguerite just came off as ungrateful and immature. Then again, that is the whole point. She needed to mature. She gets better as the book progresses, but it is frustrating for readers initially. I can say that she is still not my favorite of the Brehs, but I do not dislike her quite as much now, and I am happy that Thorne got his happily ever after mate.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on October 14, 2012
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OBSIDIAN FLAME by Caris Roane is an interesting paranormal romance. It is the book #5 in the "Guardians of Ascension",while this is my first in this series,and a bit confusing at times do the character layout,it was easily to catch up on. I would recommend to start at the beginning of this series. See," Ascension","Burning Skies","Wings of Fire", and "Born of Ashes". It is a complex,compelling and powerful story of passion,vampires,seers,ancients warriors,two earths,with a few twists and turns. Follow, Warrior Thorne is the Guardians leader,and his fiesty Breh,Marguerite,as they journey through trials,fight the Breh,and find love. Written with vivid descriptions and compelling characters you will not want to miss this story. This author has given her readers a different take on vampires and the other world. While, this was my first title by this author it will not be my last. If you enjoy the darker side of paranormal romance you will definitely enjoy this series. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at St. Martin's Press,the author's website and My Book Addiction and More.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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