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Surrender the Dark Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2011

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Banks (Shadow Walker) packs plenty of drama, religion, the paranormal, and urban grit into this flashy series launch. Celeste Jackson has spent most of her 33 years battling grief, pain, and hallucinations. The last thing she expects is for her angel protector, Azrael, to appear and inform her that she is a Remnant, a rare human–angel crossbreed, and will be pivotal in the next showdown between Light and Dark. As Celeste experiences a powerful cleansing of her body, mind, heart, and spirit, she starts to trust the devastatingly handsome angel, not realizing that his attraction to her could keep him trapped on Earth forever. Banks's characters are occasionally obscured by heavy-handed religious dogma, and wading through the initial chapters is something of a struggle, but the final payoff and series setup is worth it. (Apr.)
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About the Author

New York Times best-selling author L.A. Banks has penned over 35 novels and 12 novellas in a wide range of genres. She was the recipient of the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award, as well as the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania. Recently she was featured as a speaker on the HBO Special on Vampire Literature and Legends as a prelude to the True Blood premiere. She is most famous for her Vampire Huntress series, published by St. Martin's Press. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607789
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Me, I'm a bit out there, I guess you can tell by the books:) I like keeping some things close to the vest--my favorite things to do among them... guess it's that whole mysterious author groove, LOL... but I like the good guys to win in the end.

Customer Reviews

Honestly, I LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV...yes I will say it one more time LUV L. A. BANKS' books.
An amazing addition to the Urban Fantasy Genre, Surrender The Dark is the beginning of an awesome new series that I recommend to any and all UF lovers out there.
I'm not sure how much the larger plot of the series is advanced, as Banks could go several different directions from here.
Kelly (Fantasy Literature)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Baidurya08 on April 2, 2011
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Honestly, I LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV...yes I will say it one more time LUV L. A. BANKS' books. I see that some people were complaining about the religious aspect of the book but I also see that they have never read a Banks book before so that explains it. Most of Banks' series have some religious aspect with a little bit of mythology thrown in there which I have always found refreshing (like Eve beating the crap out of Lilith in VHL....CLASSIC!!!!)There is nothing wrong with a little bit of reaffirmation in your faith or belief system so she can keep it coming for all I care. This book caught me by surprise because I didn't even know she was starting a new series. I like kick butt female heriones which she has in abundance so I'm in heaven. As a fan of VHL (god! I love that series) and Crimson Moon, I'm glad she started another series....I always love her characters and being from the south it I always like reading things with which I can easily identify =) yayayayayayay L. A. Banks keep 'em coming!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karyn Clark on April 5, 2011
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When I first picked this book up, I was a little worried that Celeste was going to be a weak version of Damali and Azreal, just a knock-off of Carlos from Banks' Vampire Huntress series. I am happy to say that wasn't the case at all. Both Celeste and Azreal are definately their own characters and both are fully realized. What I like most about this book is that Banks spends more time in development of the "Lore" and we get to see more of the "behind the scenes" workings of The Divine. Azreal explains why prayers take a long time to get answered and why the forces of Light are losing the battle against the Dark. Given that Azreal is an angel, that is totally appropriate. Ever since Banks brought up the Land of Nod in her Vampire Huntress books and we learned that Damali is part angel, I have always thought well gee, what about the other Nephilim, there should be more, what happened to them? Surrender the Dark gives us a partial answer, that is fully statisfying, to that question. I say partial because I expect that more and more back history about them when Banks writes her next 2 books in the least I expect there to be at least 2 more, given that one of Celeste's Divine Missions is to find the other 2 Remnant left on the planet and unite with them. There is really only one criticism I have for the book and that's the whole set up with Celeste being an abused alcoholic. I would have liked to see her have to really deal with those issues instead of having Azreal magically purge them from her. Ms. Banks has written 12 Vampire Huntress books, started a Young Adult series, written numerous romance books and has a 6-book(to date) Werewolf series as and has contributes stories to a plethora of anthologies and has other titles to her credit.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 1, 2011
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Besides being a chain smoker Celeste Jackson is a chain drinker and a constant abuse victim. However, in her mind, she believes she deserves punishment as she suffers from schizophrenia. Her mental illness culminates when her abusive boyfriend Brandon threatens to kill her and Celeste sees a demon residing inside him that he commands to leave; as the horned figure flees the human host, Brandon crumbles in death.

Fleeing for her life, Celeste does what she always does when she hallucinates; she stops at a bar for a drink or ten and a pack of Newports. Her thoughts are she has to get out of this place as Philly is not a safe haven for her. Azrael the Angel who left the Light to protect Celeste meets her at the bar. She thinks he is crazier than she is, which says a lot as he explains who she is and why opposing sides recognize she is critical in the war over humanity. She feels safe with him and he tries to obtain her trust. Celeste must serve as a rallying cry to gather her hybrid angelic-human peers the Remnant and other sensitive receptors to stop the evil dark from continuing their rule over humanity. However, Azrael's attraction to his ward could cost him his wings and mankind their last chance for salvation; only Celeste's addictions may prevent his obsession leaving him wingless forever.

This is a terrific urban fantasy with a throwback feel to when authors used the genre to spotlight social issues. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Celeste orders the demon out of Brandon and never slows down even while L.A. Banks looks deeply at what ails the country. Readers will appreciate the battle for humanity between angels and demons as a schizophrenic addict serves as the pivotal essence in a war for eternity.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mia N. Searles on May 11, 2011
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**The following review may contain SPOILERS**

I was motivated to read Surrender the Dark in quite a different way. While playing around on, I came across the book almost a month ago. I found the cover and the premise of the novel very appealing. At that time, there were only about two reviews and both were very negative. I think one was a 2 star rating while the other was only a 1 star rating. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so I am not trying to be disrespectful but after reading the book, I am having a hard time finding the validity of their complaints. One reviewer complained that the author's writing is bad, do to the "over explaining of simple concepts" and too much religious lecturing/preaching. Well, I don't think you need to be a rocket scientist to realize that a) the book is the 1st in a new series so of course the author is going to introduce the reader to this new world/mythology she is writing about and b) DUH! The book is about ANGELS and the possibility of the end of the world! I am agnostic and am more spiritual than religious. Those close to me know I strongly dislike people who try pushing their religious beliefs on others. While reading this book, I in NO way felt that the author was trying to make me run to the nearest church. I think some readers need to be a little more open-minded and aware of some of the topics they may come across when reading the synopsis of a novel.

That being said, here are a few things I loved about Surrender the Dark.

Third person narration worked well in this novel and I think Ms. Banks made a wise choice in starting it off with Azrael's fall and first few moments of life on Earth in a mortal body. It definitely sets the mood and in my opinion, immediately catches the interest of the reader.
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