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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Review: Darkness Surrendered by Stephanie Rowe


Darkness Surrendered is the third in the Order of the Blade series. If you have yet to read book one Darkness Awakened and book two Darkness Seduced, then what are you waiting for!

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.



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Darkness Surrendered is available NOW on Amazon.  

24 comments:

  1. I have not read this series yet....sounds like I NEED to!

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    1. It really is a superb series. Good luck! :-)

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    2. Hi Scrapnqueen! Yay! I hope you give the series a try and enjoy it. I'm SOOOO excited about it! Thank you, Becky, for hosting the giveaway!

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  2. Stephanie, I am so excited for this book because Elijah is my absolute favorite of the bunch. He grabbed me from book one and I was dying for his book to come out.... Have to tell you that I love your style and the depth with which you weave your story and characters. I come away with a very deep understanding of each one and hate when I have to leave them at the end of the book. The greatest part of these first three books is that they have been released so close together. That in itself is a treat. Becky, thank you for this giveaway and I wish you good luck on your new blog!!! Happy to follow you. :)

    brandypm (at) optonline (dot) net

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment. Stephanie's such an amazing author; I support her work wholeheartedly! I am confident you will not be disappointed with Elijah's story! *sigh* :)
      Good Luck!

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    2. Wow, Phyllis, I'm overwhelmed by your lovely comments! Wow! Thank you SO MUCH for all the kind words! I'm so happy that you're enjoying the series! And yes, I love Elijah, too. I hope you like is book! Let me know what you think when you finish it! :) And Becky, thanks for all the support! You're the best!

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  3. I haven't read this series yet but i love finding new series to get in to - thank you :)
    I've just bought myself books 1 & 2 so maybe i'll be lucky & will book 3 :)
    Might have to start reading them right away, everyone seems to have nothing but good things to say about this series - i feel like i'm missing out ^_^
    Thanks heaps, Kel xx

    lillie.rose.owen.jesse@gmail.com

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    1. Ooh, I wish I could reread them all over again for the first time! They're so wonderful. Stephanie's characters are so vivid; they're pretty divine. Enjoy and good luck! :)

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    2. Hi Kel! Thanks for buying the first two books! I hope you love them! :) Good luck in the contest! It's so great to see people enjoying the series, b/c I just love these guys so much. And once again, Becky, big hugs for all your love. :)

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  4. SOOO umm apparently for the Like the blog post part my fingers ended up typing faster than my mind was able to recognize what I had put and I Have no clue what i put but what it was supposed to be was "Steph Trujillo" :).
    And Unfortunately i have not read the series yet but it is absolutely going on my list of what to read next :)!!!
    ~Steph
    nyxofshadow@gmail.com

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  5. Lol - I know how that feels. It's a superb series. Thanks for the follow and good luck :)

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    1. it tends to happen quite a few times a week lol

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  6. Hi Steph! Great name! Thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad you're excited about the series! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  7. I haven't yet read this series but I definitely want to now! It sounds sooo interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

    lovey_20_81@hotmail.com

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    1. My pleasure. This series is pretty awesome; I hope you enjoy it. Good luck!

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  8. Hey ;)

    I haven't read this series yet, but I just bought it from Amazon... Thanks to ur review! :).

    And thank you for the giveaway!

    Erica/Englehar
    engleharw@gmail.com

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    1. Good luck Erica! I really hope you enjoy the series.

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  9. I absolutely love the Order of the Blade series!!! Can't waitfor this book!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Good luck everyone:)

    andieleah78@gmail.com

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  10. Hurray, another fan! I <3 them too. Good luck! :)

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  11. What a great way to get people to hear about a series! Thanks for doing a GIVEAWAY!!!

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    1. Thanks for the comment - good luck!

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  12. WOW! A new author for me and her books sound amazing! Thank you for the review :D My TBR pile just got bigger. I must go find the first two books in this series now :D. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. I hope you love the books as much as I do Cheryl. Good luck!

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