Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Review: Darkness Surrendered by Stephanie Rowe

Amazon Synopsis
"Rowe is a paranormal star!" ~J.R. Ward

Six hundred years ago, Elijah Ross was tortured into insanity and thrust into a mental hell that no living creature has ever survived…except him. Now, that ancient evil is back, and it is far more deadly. Elijah is all that stands between it and the destruction of all of humanity, but each step he takes drags him ruthlessly back into the nightmare that once consumed him. Elijah's only chance is Ana Matthews, whose sensual kisses and passionate fire thrust hope and light into his blackened heart and fragmented mind. But Ana’s deadly past could be the final trigger for Elijah's descent into irretrievable madness and the destruction of his soul, humanity and what is left of his heart.

"Darkness Surrendered, in my opinion is the best novel of the series thus far…Darkness Surrendered drew me so deeply into the story that I felt Ana and Elijah's emotions as if they were my own…they completely engulfed me in their story…Ingenious plot turns and edge of your seat suspense…make Darkness Surrendered one of the best novels I have read in years. I absolutely could not put Darkness Surrendered down. I cried, I laughed, I cursed and I plotted ways to torture Stephanie Rowe if she didn't give me the ending that I wanted. Don't miss out on the adventure that is Darkness Surrendered!" ~Tamara Hoffa, Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

"Book three of the Order of the Blades series is…superbly original and excellent, yet the passion, struggle and the depth of emotion that Ana and Elijah face is so brutal, yet is also pretty awe inspiring.I was swept away by Stephanie's depth of character detail and emotion...I absolutely loved the roller-coaster that Stephanie, Ana and Elijah took me on." ~Becky Johnson, Bex 'N' Books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty published novels with major New York publishers. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and motivational nonfiction. For more information on Stephanie, visit http://www.stephanierowe.com/.
From the moment Darkness Surrendered opens, we hit the ground running. I'm not talking a slow, gentle jog here either; seriously, this is running at full pelt, sweat dripping, heart bursting running we're talking about here! Book three of the Order of the Blades series, is most definitely filled with adrenaline pumping action. I was constantly immersed in the glorious action, the characters, their relationships, so much so that I had to force myself to stop reading to slow my pulse and take a breath throughout the book.

In many ways, book three is quite different to the first two books. It is just as superbly original and excellent, yet the passion, struggle and the depth of emotion that Ana and Eiljah face is so brutal, yet is also pretty awe inspiring.

I was swept away by Stephanie's depth of character detail and emotion. She bared the souls of her characters allowing us the privilege to not only see and feel the characters, but to understand them; I felt that this was much more raw, more fierce and many ways more real compared to the characters that we've previously known and loved (who we still see and continue to enjoy in Darkness Surrendered).

Darkness Surrendered plays out a little differently than books one and two; the protagonists have to face a much greater challenge than those of previous books. And geez, Stephanie throws so much at them! At times I jumped up and down swearing, at others I was so very moved and had tears in my eyes, but you know what, Stephanie and her characters did not disappoint. Rather, she challenged the beliefs and values of her characters and took them down paths that I couldn't believe she was taking them. And I am so very glad that she did! This book is full of risks - in so many ways! And I absolutely loved the roller-coaster that Stephanie, Ana and Elijah took me on.

A wonderful 5 stars!
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