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The Darkening by Caris Roane – Review


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A tortured warrior and a peace-loving counselor battle to protect Second Earth against a powerful dark force…


He thwarted connection of any kind…


Fearing that his newly emerged grayle power will kill innocent ascenders, Samuel Daman struggles to keep his distance from beautiful Vela Stillwell.  But the breh-hedden has struck and her light floral scent tears at his restraint.  When the enemy draws them both into the darkening, a place of secret travel for Third ascenders, will Samuel learn to control his power, or will he destroy what he desires most?


She hid from grief…


Vela Stillwell wanted a new life, away from Militia Headquarters, away from the reminder of all she’d lost when her husband died five years earlier.  Seeking a more reclusive occupation, she finishes her last day of work only to have Samuel Daman and the infamous breh-hedden sweep through her life.  Though trying to disconnect from her new emerging power and from Samuel, the call of the darkening pulls Vela into an adventure that both terrifies her, yet reveals the truth about her deepest desires.  Will she succumb to the breh-hedden, or will her fears prevent her from living life to the fullest?


If you missed my review in January of Gideon/Elise’s story here you go: Brink of Eternity Review.  I’ll wait…  *whistling*  Hmmmm…waiting…

Prepare yourself for another installment of awesomeness from Ms. Roane.  As I said in my other review, her vamps don’t sparkle that fight, love and protect.  Again, we transported to a world that I would still live in.  But we don’t return to Mortal Earth.  This story takes place on Second Earth and Third Earth.

We have a new secondary character, Merl, that I hope and pray gets his own story.  OMG, he is laugh out funny, snarky and sexy.  Plus, there is more to him I’m guessing.  🙂

Samuel and Vela literally leapt off the pages for me.  I was instantly connected to both of them, just about the same time that they connected with each other.  🙂  I felt their pain, insecurities and the intense attraction that they had with each other.  The first scene with them will also make me smile.  It was sexy, funny and very unlike them.  Trust me, when you read it, you will understand.

The way that the Warriors and their mates come together to help them was touching.  With Vela learning about her abilities and how the other woman rallied around her and helped her was excellent.  She realized that she had friends that would be there for her and Samuel.

The secondary characters are priceless.  I need more of Endelle.  She was snarky, fierce and needed her boyfriend in a bad way.  The end scene between her and her boyfriend had me in stitches.  I felt like there is a lot more to her behind the snark and the power.

One of the best scenes in the book was after the last warrior battle…it humanized Samuel and made me smile.  I don’t think I will ever think of Sweet Peas the same way.  🙂

As I stated in my other review, there are a lot of characters in the book but you do not have to have a scorecard to keep up.  Ms. Roane does an excellent job of weaving their stories into Samuel and Vela’s without taking over.

I highly recommend The Darkening to any paranormal lover that wants to read about vamps that don’t sparkle, live in an alternative world and love/fight with a fierceness that I have come to expect from Ms. Roane.








Caris Roane has published nine paranormal novels and novellas and writing as Valerie King, fifty Regency works.  In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance.  As Caris Roane, she currently writes paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press and also dabbles in a few self-pubbed projects.

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