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Token of Darkness (Den of Shadows) [Kindle Edition]

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cooper Blake has everything going for him—until he wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn’t know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she’s a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.

No one from Cooper’s old life would understand what he can barely grasp himself. . . . But Delilah, the captain of the cheerleading squad, has secrets of her own, like her ability to see beyond the physical world, and her tangled history with Brent, a loner from a neighboring school who can hear strangers’ most intimate thoughts. Delilah and Brent know that Cooper is in more trouble than he realizes, and that Samantha may not be as innocent as she has led Cooper to believe. But the only way to figure out where Samantha came from will put them all in more danger than they ever dreamed possible.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up—Cooper Blake's life is in ruins. A summer car accident shattered his body and ruined his football career. He can't—or won't—talk to anyone about the pain, the nightmares, or his inability to sleep, and he is feeling disconnected from his family and friends. And then there is Samantha, the attractive, sassy girl who has stayed by his side since the accident. She has been his confidant and cheerleader, urging him to fight through the pain of physical therapy. There is only one small problem—Cooper is the only one who can see her. Samantha has no memories before he woke up in the hospital. She just knows that she wants a physical body. Cooper also sees dark shadows that seem to feed on the living. Samantha's desire for a body sends him to the occult section of the public library and a chance encounter with Brent. Brent takes Cooper to a sorcerer who may be able to help him deal with the shadows and discover Samantha's true nature. Cooper also runs into Delilah, the captain of his school's cheerleading squad and a budding sorceress in her own right. Together they seek answers to Cooper's visions and Samantha's origins, and in the process expose themselves to dangerous forces beyond their understanding. Atwater-Rhodes has crafted another chilling tale with enough plot twists to keep readers guessing. Some may find the ending a little too neat, but most readers will burn through this slim novel in one or two sittings.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
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After waking from a damaging car accident, Cooper finds himself haunted by a mysterious girl he can only assume is a ghost. Samantha doesn’t remember what happened, and Cooper doesn’t know why she is with him, but both are pursued by malevolent shadows that others cannot see. Estranged from his football friends because of his injuries and this new strangeness, Cooper relies on two acquaintances—Delilah, a witch; and Brent, a telepath—to help him figure out where Samantha came from. Helping Samantha, however, may be more dangerous than any of them realizes. Cooper’s appeal as the clueless, traumatized do-gooder and the mystery regarding Samantha’s origin keep the pages turning. There’s an unexpected twist to Samantha’s true nature and the reason for her link with Cooper, but the explanation is rushed and the resolution not particularly convincing. Fans of Atwater-Rhodes’ paranormal teens will enjoy this tale of elemental powers and body swapping, but others may wish for more follow-through. Grades 6-10. --Krista Hutley

Product Details

  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385737513
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035JEPC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
When an author begins by using or quoting The Raven, (my favorite), then I automatically know I'm in for a wild ride.

Cooper Blake is a young man who is beginning his senior year of high school. He's had an absolutely horrible time trying to get back on his feet after a near-fatal car accident that almost left him dead and buried. When he wakes up in the hospital room, Coop not only has to struggle to try and heal his body and mind, he also has to deal with the very real fact that a ghost named Samantha has materialized by his side. In fact, Samantha is a big part of why Coop is still alive. She sat by his side in the hospital room every day, being his friend, and telling him that he could overcome any amount of pain no matter what. She did everything within her power to keep him alive and support him through the darkest time of his life. Not only is Coop grateful to Samantha for that, but having an invisible friend is also beneficial during, say...a quiz, where she can "pop" around the room and retrieve the correct answers for him.

Now that Coop has somewhat recovered, there's a part of him that wants to help Samantha. You see, Samantha is tired of being a spirit; she believes that there must be a way to "create" a body for her - perhaps, out of clay - so that she can be human again. Trouble is, Samantha has no idea who she was before she went to the "other side." She has no memory of what happened to cause her death, only the fact that she wants more than anything to be in a live body.

Going to the library, trying to investigate a way to help Samantha get her dream, Coop runs into a young man by the name of Brent in the paranormal section. Not only is Brent interested in the same strange subjects as Coop, but he also seems to be a little "odd" himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes March 24, 2010
This is one of several books that I have read by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and she never fails to produce very interesting stories. I really enjoy an author that is capable of leading the reader through a story, and still surprise them with an unexpected ending. Token of Darkness includes four key characters that were all equally likeable. This book was 197 pages of non stop action; that will surprise you when you find yourself at the last page.

The only downfall I find to this author is her books are very quick reads without anything exceptional. I find myself finishing the story, and while I have enjoyed I have nothing that jumps out at me and holds in interest past the ending. This is your perfect book if you enjoy simple and quick reading.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Author is slipping May 31, 2010
Ever since his car accident, Cooper has seen things he shouldn't see. Specifically, ghostly Samantha, a colorful, annoyingly spunky girl with amnesia, and creatures that randomly latch onto people in ways that look scary but don't actually seem to affect anything. The story follows Cooper as he tries to solve the mystery of who and what Samantha is and why Cooper can suddenly see her. Along for the ride are former couple, paranormally-endowed, and of questionable motives Brent and Delilah. Add in Cooper's post-accident anxiety uselessly peppered throughout and the story is complete.

Years ago Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was a decent author. She wasn't stellar, and no one would dream of calling her characters and storylines original, but she stuck to the basics and they worked. Now it seems she's constantly trying to expand her horizons, and it just doesn't work. Her book right before this one (Persistence of Memory) was a muddled mess of undergraduate psych major trying to add character depth by taking a cue from psychological case studies. The paranormal aspects were equally muddy and presented in a haphazard thrown together manner that just reeked of the author trying way too hard to write in a more complex and higher level than her previous books. She failed, badly. I was hoping she'd have learned her mistake, gotten the psych major newness out of her system and would return to what she does best with formulaic but solid paranormal fiction.

My hopes were not fulfilled. The much hyped Token of Darkness reads like an amateurish mash-up. Where the author was probably trying for character depth with damaged backgrounds (oh no, my mommy takes pills and that makes me sad!) and "quirky" traits (look, I'm spunky, I have multi-colored hair! Ooh, I'm bad, I do dangerous things for power!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Return to Form! June 20, 2011
After being somewhat disappointed with "Persistence of Memory" (it wasn't terrible, but I was expecting better), I wasn't sure what to expect from "Token of Darkness". Well, I've read it now, and I'm pleased to say that the book is fantastic! I was basically glued to this book from the second I started reading.

Let's start off by talking about the story. The basic premise is that Cooper is a high school student who has a bad car accident and wakes up with a ghost girl, Samantha, by his bedside. I thought from the synopsis that the book would start off with the car crash and then Cooper being in the hospital, but it actually starts off with Cooper already rehabilitated and covers the car crash in flashbacks. That means that the main thrust of the story focuses on Cooper's and Samantha's relationship. Mostly this involves Cooper trying to help Samantha with her problem - namely, that she doesn't want to be just a ghost anymore. I really liked this method of presenting the story; it feels like the story just moves past all the extraneous setup and moves right into the meat of the tale. The book also introduces the reader to a few other characters (not going to spoil here) who are quite interesting in their own ways, and who imply that Samantha might not be a ghost and might not be as innocent as she seems... In case you're wondering how interesting the mystery about Samantha is, let me reassure you that the reader is kept guessing the whole time. My lingering doubts were not banished until the last few pages, and I wasn't bored for a second. Plus, it was nice to see a different aspect of the author's fictional world (since most of her books revolve around her vampire or shapeshifter characters).

Now, let me just talk briefly about the characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Aurora R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It, but Not perfect
Like all of Amelia's books, it's target audience ensures that it is a breezy and easy to read proposition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Max3
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralled by the Den of Shadows World...
I have been reading Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' books since I was thirteen and while I have loved pretty much all of them I've always been able to weed out my favorites. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cori
5.0 out of 5 stars "Great Page Turner"
Cooper Blake has every thing going for him. He is a football player and all around nice guy, but when a terrible accident puts him in the hospital, his whole world is turned up... Read more
Published 18 months ago by L.Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Token Of Darkness
OMG this book is soooo goood . But you should probably read the first book first. This book is hillarious, mysterious and dramatic. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Soukay
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Yet another enrapturing book by Amelia Atwater Rhodes. It was sensational as always. And many thanks to Amazon, I didnt know she had 3 more books untill I started ordering from... Read more
Published on December 7, 2011 by MrsSPCJackson
4.0 out of 5 stars A new Leaf for Amelia
When I read the short review when I bought this book it intrigued me for Atwater-Rhodes has written nothing like this before. Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by Tifani Barthel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the most original, but good
Token of Darkness is a perfectly crafted paranormal story - you've got mystery, suspense, twists and more. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by Amanda Jade
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Ghost Story with Interesting Twists
Token of Darkness is about Cooper, a football star who can no longer play because of injuries obtained in a horrific accident. Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by StarReviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
There's quite a bit to like about this book. The author does a great job of creating a haunting atmosphere that really lends itself to the telling of a ghost story. Read more
Published on June 28, 2010 by J. Prather
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More About the Author

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha'ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry; and Wyvernhail. Visit her online at

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