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The Darkness Beyond (Paladins of Darkness #8)

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An online game of cat and mouse leads a Paladin warrior on a deadly rescue mission to claim the irresistible lover who should be his greatest enemy.

D.J. Clayborne has finally met his match. After weeks of playing cyber tag, a mysterious hacker bests D.J. at his own game. His nemesis downloads a top-secret history of the Paladins, forcing him to go on the hunt. The trail le
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ebook, 384 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Pocket Books
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Review posted on Got Fiction?

3.5

I'm a huge fan of this series. The Paladins of Darkness by Alexis Morgan is a very unique, I have yet to see anything similar, type of series. This is DJ's book. If any of you watch NCIS LA, think of Eric. Super hot geek. But he carries a sword. Rawr.

This book was good, but I wish we had seen more interaction between DJ and Reggie, and that the plot of what's going on with the Regents had been more...well, more.

For several books we've been following corrupt Regent
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Stephanie  G
3.5 Stars


Also known as Knightwalker, D.J. Clayborne is a hacker with unmatched skills. That is until fellow hacker Regina Morrison not only uncovers his real identity, but also discovers documents that chronicle the history of the Paladins. Before D.J. could convince her to erase the file and forget everything she read, Reggie is kidnapped by Others and taken into another world. Now, D.J. will go through the barrier and risk everything to bring back the woman who has managed to capture his heart
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valee
3.5 STARS

I did like this book more than the previous installment. It was great to go back once again to the original plot: Paladin warrior meets a nice human girl. Reggie was a great heroine. I'm a computer freak myself so it was hard not to love her. D.J. being a hacker and all was also an amazing hero to me too. My only problem was that the relationship never really got to develop IMHO. They spent a couple of days together and it wasn't enough for me. I wanted much more form this amazing chara
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Texas Reader Stacy
I have always liked DJ, he is a great character who really deserved his happy ending. DJ has been "living" in cyber space far too long and needed a little human (or woman) contact in his life. After finding out that his elusive cyber stalker is a woman, he falls instantly. She is just stubborn and talented enough to run circles around DJ. But her nosy mind gets her kidnapped by more of the leftovers from Kincaid's treachery. I don't particularly like it when the story goes over to Kalithia for m ...more
Hbeebti
Jun 09, 2011 Hbeebti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to DJ's book, Finally! I really enjoyed it. Love DJ the computer nerd. He is just so hot! DJ is also one hell of a warrior. I thought that Reggie was great for DJ. They are both computer hacker and its is kinda funny how they are in the beginning trying to one up the other.

Great plot w/ kidnapping and battles and wonderful love scenes. The battle scene at the end wasn't as intense as say Larem's book but that was ok for me. I love that the other Paliden's were in thi
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Shevvy
ive been waiting to read this one for ages and it was a great read. D.J is a famous hacker and he meets his match in a woman; Reggie. of course this doesnt mean things go well, insert kidnapping, a few battles and a little unwanted 'holiday' in Kalithia and you have your story.

It was fun to read about all the Paladins and you can really sense how close they are in this book, so many moments of ' harsh brotherly love' had me smiling, and i think its about time DJ got himself a girl too.

definatly
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Mrs Wilson
Feb 27, 2016 Mrs Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alexis-morgan
Paladins: The Darkness Beyond (No Spoilers)

Another brilliant book in the Paladin series from Alexis Morgan, and probably the one that that the majority of Paladin readers have been waiting for - DJ's story. This is the eighth book in the series and features the Paladin warrior/super computer whizz D.J. Clayborne and Regina (Reggie) Morrison the 'hacker catcher'.

For anyone who hasn't read the series so far then I will try to quickly explain what the series is about before I delve into the book so
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Tracy
Jul 18, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-sf, fantasy-romance
I really really love Alexis Morgan's Paladins. They're strong silent types (except that they're not so silent with each other -- they yell, throw things, have temper tantrums and brawls...) who protect our world from the crazed Kalithians who attempt to cross over a barrier between their dimension and our own that exists deep in caves along the faultlines of the Earth. (Not that all the Kalithians are crazed, but the bulk of the ones who try to cross the barrier are.) Kalith is a dying planet. A ...more
Melindeeloo
Paladin DJ Clayborne, computer whiz and hacker extraordinaire, finally gets his turn in the spotlight with a woman who not only can match him in cyberspac,e but who also appeals to him just as much in the flesh. When Reggie who hunts hackers for a living manages to track down the illusive 'Knightwalker", and decides to play with him a bit before turning him in, she cracks the Regents website and ends up shanghaied to the alien world of Kalitha by those involved with the 'Others' conspiracy. Know ...more
Deanna from Deanna's World
I've been meaning to catch up on this series so I thought I'd knuckle down and read this installment but I have to admit I had a hard time getting into it. Don't get me wrong, I love this series and I love Ms Morgan's writing but Reggie, the heroine stumped me. Why? Because she is a hacker and I despise hackers, even if she is a white hat hacker.

The story starts with Reggie trying to track down DJ and to bring him to justice because apparently he's a well known black hat hacker. I had a hard ti
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Wminbc
Oct 27, 2015 Wminbc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Paladins series is a lot like that really good bottle of red wine that you discover quite by accident but then love to have every time you make Bolognese sauce…consistently good, works for any mood and delicious right to the last bit. The Darkness Beyond is another great installment. While the book starts out in our world, much of the action and romance take place in Kalithia. I personally love the scenes between humans in our world and their challenges with the Others. Larem also play
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Cherry Mischievous
When I started reading this book, it came back to me again, the question I had when I first started reading this series: Why can't they just plug the "barrier" with mortar and concrete? Or a boatload of TNT! Looked effective enough when Kolar blew up that "barrier" section at the lava caves... But then again if they do that, we won't need Paladins to defend our world and then we won't have a story!! That is one logic flaw in the world building which I chose to ignore while reading this series. H ...more
MountainKat
Aug 21, 2011 MountainKat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I really enjoyed this latest venture into the world of the Paladins! It took me a couple of chapters to warm up to Reggie, but I really liked her in the end and DJ was such a wonderful hero. He was a little too stubborn in his reluctance to trust her with his secrets, and while the reasons were eventually revealed, I thought it was almost too little too late. Fortunately for our HEA, Reggie didn't! ; ) I liked that in the end, she was strong enough to stand up for what she wanted especially when ...more
Sarah Bellum
Jul 28, 2016 Sarah Bellum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of all of the books in the series, this one has the best plot twists. There was more than one place that had me going, 'Seriously?' Plus, D.J. Oh yeah.

I love her characters and her snarky sense of humor. I have a hard time not giggling out loud.
The books are quick reads, but I did still have nights where I had to tell myself, 'Look, you need sleep. The last fifty pages can wait.'

I've actually just finished the series. So maybe I'm sensitive to this, not sure, but despite being in a differe
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Melinda
Mar 08, 2012 Melinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I gave this 3 stars in spite of the fact that I really loved this book. I love it when geeks get together! (By the way, Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds...hottest hacker ever!) And there is just something about hackers that is idealized in my mind. Morgan is great (to me) when it comes to having really strong characters, especially the heroines who are self sufficient and just living life when said hero steps on the scene. Overall the story flows with the exception of when they are in on the ...more
Jessica Wimberly
This will be a short review.

DJ Clayborne has meet this match! He has found a hacker who is good at what she does. I didn't really care too much for Reggie. Her personlity turned me off. To make it short, she finds out about the Paladins by hacking in their computer files and after DJ finds out who the hacker is he tells her to trash all evidence and leave enough alone. Stupid Reggie won't listin and actually goes to meet up with some people who promise to tell her all about the Paladins instead
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Michelle the Romance Witch
Wow another great foray into the world of this mythical Paladin warriors and their Kalith counterparts (both good and bad). With heat, laughter, and passion this couple's story just leaps off the pages and leaves you unable to even stop to breath. DJ has been a personal fav for a while and i am so happy that Ms Morgan did his story such justice. And way to got on his heroine, Reggie. She was the perfect partner for this fun-loving, playful warrior and i can't wait to see more of them in future s ...more
Stacie
Good read. Continuation of the Paladin series. DJ is a Paladin and a computer genius. So when someone hacks his programs and gains information about the Paladins, he has to investigate. He finds out that Reggie is one behind the hacking. He finds himself reluctant to turn her into the Paladins and wants to get to know her. He is intrigued by her intelligence and the chemistry they share. But then The Others find out about Reggie's investigation and come after her. DJ has no choice but to pull in ...more
Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!)
Oct 02, 2011 Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!) rated it really liked it
"The Paladins series is a lot like that really good bottle of red wine that you discover quite by accident but then love to have every time you make Bolognese sauce…consistently good, works for any mood and delicious right to the last bit. The Darkness Beyond is another great installment"

REad more of Karia's review on NRR's website http://www.nocturnereads.com/The-Dark...
Ann  Lorz
It took me a long time to read this. Part of the reason is I buy way to many books, but the other reason is I knew that besides for a ebk this was the last book in the Paladin series. I hate to see them end because I love them. The Darkness Beyond is D J Clayborne and Regina (Reggie) Morrison story. These two have played a game of tag for a long time. It's now time to meet. When they do both of their worlds change forever. This is a wonderful series that you'll love to read.
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
Alexis Morgan has done it again. I love her Paladins series and this one focuses on D.J. the cyber hacker. His skills are in question when he plays cat and mouse with another hacker. Once he tracks down his "nemesis", things don't go the way he imagined. D.J's story then takes him to Kalithia, while his Paladin buddies track down the ever present corruption in the company. I felt almost sad finishing this book because I did not want to leave their world. I look forward to more in this series.
Irene Jackson
Aug 04, 2011 Irene Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading through the Paladins series and I love them. This is my favourite type of series where the same characters interact through each book so you can see how they are doing as each one gets his HEA.
D.J and Reggie's story has more action than the last one i read, definately one of my favourites.
Wendy
I just love the Paladins. This was a very good story about D.J. and Reggie. Reggie's job is to find hackers getting into companies computers. D.J. is a world class hacker. She goes a little too far and D.J. goes to meet up with Reggie and set "him" straight. He soon finds out Reggie is a she and up to her neck in trouble.
Amelia-Irene
Aug 14, 2011 Amelia-Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two computer hackers, trying to out hack each other and the story takes off from there. I enjoyed this one. Imagine being caught up in something you really don't understand and finding yourself kidnapped into a different demension, for purposes that you can only guess at. Find out what happens and the outcome from all the hacking.
Terri
Jul 03, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
I enjoy this author's Paladin series. The problem with this book in the incongruity between the heroine's skills and her actions. Although she is highly trained in martial arts, she constantly forgets to use them and waits for her hero to rescue her. I like strong heroines who are not dependent on these wonderful heroes for their salvation.
Lisa
Feb 11, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Alexis Morgan fans
#8 in the Paladin series. This was really good. I have enjoyed all these books and this one was about DJ (a Paladin/computer nerd) & Reggie (a computer wizz trying to track down the hacker called the Nightstalker). DJ was pleasently surprised when he tracked down who was on to his hacking skills. A great story with lots of 'action'. I want to read another but it's not out yet. 4/5
Heather
Aug 02, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DJ and Reggie's story started out great. It took on a different way of telling the story than the previous 7, but at some point it did begin the drag a bit. It got batter near the end but like a lot of her stories the ending was abrupt. It was good but not my favorite in the series.
Hollie
Oct 22, 2013 Hollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really glad DJ finally got his turn ;) I've always liked his character, and reading other reviews, it looks like that is a common sentiment. In my opinion this was really one of the best installments of the series.
Cindy
Aug 07, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great entry in the series, read in order!

Paladins of Darkness
1. Dark Protector (2006)
2. Dark Defender (2006)
3. In Darkness Reborn (2007)
4. Redeemed in Darkness (2007)
5. Darkness Unknown (2009)
6. Defeat the Darkness (2010)
7. Bound by Darkness (2011)
8. The Darkness Beyond (2011)
dragonsdy
Jun 15, 2011 dragonsdy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. It followed the Paladin's lives as well as a new romance. It is nice to see the older characters doing well. I also love the new characters and can't wait for the next book to come out.
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Alexis Morgan grew up near St. Louis and received a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She and her husband have made the Pacific Northwest their home for more than thirty years, where she launched her career as a writer. She is published in paranormal romance, fantasy romance, American West historicals, and most recently, contemporary romances with her new Snowberry Creek s ...more
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