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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?

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The Darkening
Average rating
4 / 5
Great start to a series... or continuation
January 29th, 2015
►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►► NOTE: I bought The Darkening on my own as I'm reading the series. I was also given a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for a honest review. ►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►►► Before I start the review, I want to note that if you're reading the Dawn of Ascension books based on how their listed on Amazon, you might be lost reading The Awakening first. I looked at both this book's intro and The Darkening and the The Awakening had a couple listed that I hadn't read their story yet. So I read the Darkening's intro and that one mentions it's set a few months after Gates of Rapture, so I took a chance and read that one (listed #2 on Amazon) first. I'm reading The Awakening now, and my choice was right (that one starts with how The Darkening ended. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Now the review. I've been a fan of the Guardian of Ascension series, which is the pre-runner of the Dawn of the Ascension series. Even though all the books are complete for the main couple, it really helps to start at the beginning before tackling this story. There's so many things that has happened in the past books that continues through this series. Samuel and Vela are two lost souls despite both being loners, find out they really do need each other. Complete with new powers and some new places to go. And a new person to add to the mix. And get the fan out for the hot love scenes that are sprinkled throughout the book as Samuel and Vela work through the ever famous breh-hedden (for lack of description it's an all-consuming mating call that snares our couples). Keeping various parts to themselves is troublesome at times, but really the sex scenes fit nicely with the storyline. And if sex scenes aren't your thing, you can skim through but still read the dialog of Samuel and Vela, lest you miss something. We also learn more about Third World and what it'll mean to our Second Worlders. A whole new set of the villains to hate and the death vamps are still a big problem, but add to this some Third World evil and there a good base for where this part of the story will take us in the future. And finally, where does Endelle do her shopping. Her outfits are the fun part of the background things, just the imagination it takes to think them up in the first place.
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The darkening
July 1st, 2014
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