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The Darkening (The Guardians of Ascension Book 2) by [Roane, Caris]
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Reader alert: THE DARKENING is the second novella in the Dawn of Ascension series, which follows the path of several Militia Warriors and the powerful women who invade their lives. BRINK OF ETERNITY was the first novella, released initially in July of 2011. You may have also read BRINK OF ETERNITY on the Heroes & Heartbreakers website.

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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  • Publisher: Twin Bridges Creations LLC (11 February 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BEXZZPW
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Fearing his emerging powers, Samuel thwarts connections of any kind, hiding from grief, Vela wants a new life, but the breh-hedden sweeps through their lives and pulls them into an adventure that terrifies yet reveals truths in this sensational paranormal romance.

Giving in to the breh-hedden is that last thing that either Samuel or Vela want but the pull of the attraction between them is stronger than either could have imagined…so strong in fact that the reader gets pulled in right along with them as the chemistry grows hotter and stronger with every breath they take. The breh-hedden doesn’t care about their emotional issues so they will have to get their acts together especially since it’s not the only thing these strong compelling characters have to worry about as they demand the reader’s attentions and the fast paced and smooth flowing plot enthralls readers with lots of suspense, action and passion.

Both Vela and Samuel’s powers are growing and emerging into something new even with Samuel holding back because of the darkness but their powers may be the only thing that can save them when they realize just how deadly the war has become with new and unexpected enemies and spine tingling suspense and excitement build throughout as the danger escalates. The well written scenes and details paint vivid images that bring the story to life and the well orchestrated events draw the readers in and refuse to let go.

This fascinating and complex world just gets better and better with lots of interesting and unique elements that stand out in reader’s minds and makes each and every intriguing character vibrate with intriguing possibilities and sexy charisma that ensures that I love each and every one of them…I really would have a hard time picking a favorite so I just will keep my heart open and add more as they come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 16 April 2015
By Sarah Sieker - Published on Amazon.com
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~~Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review~~

The Blurb:
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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We learn a little bit about Third Earth in this one as Samuel and Vela deal with the breh-hedden and finding their way together. Samuel fears the potential consequences of his new power birthed in his rage. Vela grieves the loss of her husband five years ago. They must work together to help another and Samuel must learn to use and control his new power to help in the expanding war being fought between good and evil.

Full of action, emotion, heat and touches of humor, this book is another winner. I loved seeing Samuel and Vela learn about themselves as they learned about each other, and as they grew into who they were meant to be, both as individuals and together.
5.0 out of 5 stars The hits keep coming 29 January 2015
By Debi Domby - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkening (Dawn of Ascension), A Review for The Blog Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy 16 February 2013
By Shauni - Published on Amazon.com
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And a new era begins! Second Earth has been saved, Greaves has been destroyed all is well... yeah right. The king is dead, long live the king. While Greaves has been destroyed he was brilliant enough to consider all the outcomes and he prepared for the worst. Yes even his own demise. Three generals and almost a million Death Vamps have survived to fight again. The battle for Second Earth is bloodier than ever..

While all of her Ascension books have totally bowled me over, in a way The Darkening shows Caris Roane's true brilliance. The Darkening is the beginning book in her Ascension Novella Series.. about life that happens after the battle, these novellas will be about the Militia Warriors.. Like Gideon in Brink of Eternity. It is a compelling and wonderful story about finding one's destiny in all things.. just as all of her Ascension books are. What makes this book so exceptional is that it is a novella. I usually don't like novellas because they are usually just too short. But Caris does an absolute fabulous job writing a complete story in a short amount of words. This book read like a much longer one, that does not mean that it dragged on and on but that it told a complete and fascinating story!! Go Caris!!

After escaping 10 years of capture and torture Samuel Daman has a new power.. it is beyond powerful and something no one has ever seen on Second Earth before. He fears using it because the one time he did, during his esc ape, innocents were killed. He has no control over it. The only problem is.. if he doesn't unleash his power, Warrior Santiago will die.. He is battling 13 death eaters and no way will he manage to destroy them all. So Samuel releases his power and brings the wrath of the What-Bees on to his shoulders. A Demand for an explanation is made. Why had he hidden his powers? Did he not know that they were living in dark times and everyone MUST give their all? Why would he hide something this important from the What-Bees and Militia Warriors? Knowing that he no longer has a choice, he accepts that he must train and learn how to control his powers. At his initial training, he is overwhelmed by a scent of flowers so compelling he all but looses himself to it.

Vela Stillwell, has loved desperately and deeply.. she lost her Militia Warrior Husband five years previously and has lived in darkness ever since. All she wants is to finally escape her job at HQ and move to work with the blood slaves in the clinic that Fiona has created. She wants to help others heal, since she knows how deeply an attack and escape from Death Eaters can be. She knows she can help. The only problem is, she started having dreams.. finding herself looking at battles as they happen but from a distant place. A Darker world where the edges seem blurred. She has no clue that her Darkening powers have emerged and Destiny has a different roll for her to play. While she fights her dreams she is suddenly struck by the breh-hedden . and suddenly her entire world has tilted on it's axis and all she can do is hang on and enjoy the ride.

Samuel and Vela are absolutely perfect for each other. Each protects their inner core in their own way, letting things that have happened in their pasts control what is happening now. Their entire lives are lead in a way that shields them from others. Sure Vela seems more open. less distant but this is the greatest way to protect one's inner self. Distraction, illusion, smoke and mirrors. Samuel lives a more obviously lonely life. The lone wolf.. ready to defend but his wall his thicker, stronger and more obvious. Too bad those walls like the ones at Jericho must come down!

Sent on a mission to save the one man Samuel claims as a friend, Vela and Samuel find themselves wandering The Darkening on Third Earth. Learning that all is not well on Third and that there are those who want the powers from Second to help destroy Third. They also find help in some very unexpected places.

There is so much going on in this book that it is just hard to fathom it is only a Novella!! It reaches in and grabs your emotions and compels you to feel for these two. To share their journey and to wonder at all that they accomplish. I am so glad that Caris finished the battle with Greaves and yet didn't force us to leave Second Earth and her awesome Vamps.. This is such a lush creation that to leave it forever would just about break my heart.. There will be several more Novellas based on the Militia Warriors but never fear, Caris has promised that their will be more books about the What-Bees we love!! After all Luken, Santiago and Zacharius still have to find their Brehs!

Enjoy all!

Shauni
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralled 2 January 2015
By Melissa Cano - Published on Amazon.com
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I always enjoy reading anything Caris writes. You can tell how much passion she puts into each of her works and it's never a let down. The way she details everything, I can picture the whole book in my head with ease. Now for a little preview of this book: Samuel is a warrior who is afraid to hurt anyone so he keeps them all at bay. Vela is a woman who is tired of the war and wants nothing to do with it or any warrior. So the last thing either one wanted is the breh-hedden to happen. As you read this book you'll see them fight to stay alive, figure out what the breh-hedden means to them, and the struggle they each face as their new paths unfold. *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Real love will find you whether you are ready or not! 10 October 2014
By Lolita McMillan - Published on Amazon.com
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Samuel and Vela both have issues, it was great seeing them come together and find the love they both needed. Samuel didn't believe he deserved happiness and Vela just wanted a nice comfortable job. She had given up on love because her first love died. Once they had to fight together to survive, all kinds of feelings came out. This is a short story so I will not spoil it for other readers but it is a nice addition to the full novels in this series.

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