Book: Darkness Unleashed

Author: Stephanie Rowe

Rating: 5/5

Darkness Unleashed-Stephanie Rowe

Calydon’s are immortal warriors who are defenders of innocents. With the knowledge that each warrior will eventually turn rogue due to finding the true love of their fated mates, the warriors continue to fight for a cause they deem worthy. With an ever present need for those on the side of good to fight against evil Stephanie Rowe brings the eternal battle to life in this series of novels. In Darkness Unleashed, Ryland Samuels is the passionately loyal Calydon warrior who must track down and protect an angel, an angel that will complete the trio of angels that protect all warriors. Catherine Taylor is an angel that struggles through pain, betrayal and loss to find her daughter. With time running out, with forces out to stop each from reaching their goal, the two must search and find a way to balance their fates against their futures. This is book 7 of the Order of the Blade series and should ideally be read in sequence but will stand alone for any reader new to the series.

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Social/Historical context:

As a series of interconnected stories each book expands on a culture and history of its main characters. With hints of Celtic influences along with beliefs taken from all cultures Stephanie Rowe manages to combine many influences into a believable society. Each novel conquers an evil that needs to be debated on the whys and wherefores that make it evil. Explanations that everything and everyone is made of positive and negative parts develop into novels that relate to the life we all live without referencing it directly. As a romance novel the story is full of the need for each of us to find a love that allows us to grow as a person, showing support and caring; the book does contain some sexual content which enhances the story-line and promotes the romantic theme of each novel.

Writing Style:

Stephanie Rowe writes to draw the reader in to the story. With flowing text that leads from one chapter to the next the reader will find the writing style to be clear and concise. Common language and phrasing are used along with novel specific words that are used to depict certain parts of the story. All specific wording is included in such a way that the reader has a clear understanding of meanings.

My Thoughts:

Stephanie Rowe systematically dismantles what we, the readers, expect from paranormal/fantasy romance novels and re-constructs those pieces of our expectations into a phenomenally wonderful series of novels that enthrall and captivate the reader, dragging them kicking and screaming into a world that does not just mesmerize but jealously holds us deep in an enchantment we do not want to fight our way out of. Immediate drama from the beginning leads to scintillating interaction between Ryland and Catherine, involved twisting story-lines and inventively unexpected happenings as I have come to expect from Stephanie Rowe.

Book Reviewed by Rachel Mapp

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