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Winterblaze (Darkest London #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,316 ratings  ·  361 reviews
Once blissfully in love . . .

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broke
Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Poppy and Winstone have been married for fourteen years. And for fourteen years Poppy has been keeping secrets. As a member of The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS), she and others like her, keep the human world ignorant and safe from the supernatural world. When Winstone, a police inspector, is attacked by a werewolf, he finds out that Poppy is not who she appears to be, his wife the bookseller. When Poppy receives a message that a demon is out to get Winstone, Poppy will do ev
5+++ stars

It's a toss-up, but 'Winterblaze' may just top 'Firelight' as my favorite in this awesome series!

... which really means I think I love Winston even more than Archer!

Callihan has once again crafted a superb story set in a dark and gloomy 19th century London. In the aftermath of events from the last book a ravaged Winston has left Poppy, his indomitable wife of 14 years, after learning that who and what he believed her to be was a mere facade. But an evil force from both of their pasts h

Oh well, I am clearly hooked on this series. It was action-packed and filled with mystery and passion. What I liked in this series so far:

Each installment was unique.

None of MCs bugged me.

There were no shortage of steam and romance.

No BS. (Fingers crossed it will stay this way:/)

Excellent pace

Even though the world building lacked complexity, bits of surprises and new information added layers to the story.
Loved the first two books in this series. Was so looking forward to this one. It started off beautifully, and I was almost giddy. Callihan is a superb writer; her narrative is tight, her dialogue flows.

And the cover is simply gorgeous.

Unfortunately, the story structure did not work for me. I found it more than a little frustrating. The setting jumped from the present to 14 years in the past. It seemed that every time the tension in 1881 grew tight -- bam! -- I'd be back in 1867. And that peace
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
5+++ stars!

The gloomy streets of London are the backdrop to WINTERBLAZE, the third book in Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series. It is the perfect setting for an action- filled romance and I get giddy just thinking about returning to this world!

Kristen Callihan is a master storyteller. She displays her unique talent for plotting and pacing with absolute ease, yet I cannot fathom the amount of planning it takes to pull off what she has accomplished in WINTERBLAZE. The resolution is perfectly
The third book in the Darkest London series… And Poppy and Winston take centre stage. I was both excited and uncertain about reading Winterblaze.

Why I had some doubts?

1. I disliked Poppy in Firelight and Moonglow and wasn't particularly keen on reading her POV. I hated that she lied to her sisters about their powers, her own powers and their mother. Poor Miranda (Firelight) thought she was a freak because of her fire powers and Daisy (Moonglow) was just as confused and shocked when she discover
I had to restrain myself from picking up this book as soon as I’d finished the previous one, Moonglow. I’ve become a big fan of this series, but as there are only six books in it so far, I’m trying to ration myself! Clearly, however I’m not doing very well at that, as I only managed to hold out for about two weeks before I gave in and started Winterblaze.

The storyline actually begins in Moonglow when Inspector Winston Lane of Scotland Yard CID is brutally attacked by a werewolf, and would have b
4.5 stars!!!

The Darkest London historical paranormal series just keeps getting better and better. I am completely hooked on these books, and am EAGERLY awaiting the next installment Shadowdance which will be out sometime later this year.

This is Poppy and Winston's book, and their story is a unique one. Poppy and Win are married yet estranged. Winston learned in the previous book that Poppy had been keeping a very important part of herself secret from him for the entirety of their marriage. Win h
Mar 04, 2013 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A wonderful blend of historical, paranormal world with shifters, demons and just a touch of steampunk.

Kristen Callihan doesn't disappoint with her world building, intense plot and romance. Enjoy!
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)

I've got to say, I was a little worried that I would not like Poppy and Win's story. Why? Because they are a married couple. Most romance novels are about the couple meeting and falling in love and everyone knows that once your married, that's it. Marriage equals no romance. So I was wondering how Callihan was going to write their story.

Boy did she do a fantastic job! I worried for no reason. Winterblaze read like two different stories; we get to see how Poppy and Win got together through flashb
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Would have been a full five if not for the beginning being fraught with miscommunication/failure-to-communicate-effectively and the whiplash of mood-swings that was giving me a head-ache.

For example in Winston's POV he will be thinking about how sexy his wife looks and how much he wants her. He is so enamoured by her, that it was seriously sexy and cute. But from Poppy's perspective, he seems cold and stand-offish... And vice-versa for her too...

Secondly, I didn't like Mary
It's yummy Paul Marron(aka Lothaire) on cover, I think!


God, I love this author's covers!
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I was utterly thrilled when I won this on Goodreads. I am in love with this series!
This series is written so magically and brilliantly that I just cant get enough! I was sad when this book was over, I really wanted more.

This is the story of Poppy and Winston. Honestly I was a little on the fence about Winston, in the previous books. But when I read this one I was just loving his character. In the beginning it starts off when Winston found out that Poppy had kept secrets from him and he left her
I sincerely haven't been enthralled with a series like Kristen Callihan's "Darkest London" in a long, long time. "Winterblaze" just continues to trailblaze the series with a unique blend of historical romance, supernatural elements, and a charming blend of action, humor, and tense stakes.

I think the one element that worked against this book might've had to do with pacing, especially considering the frequent trades of flashbacks that peppered the early part of the book. While I understood the mo
Loved it!

Historical romance combined with the paranormal and a touch of steampunk makes Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London a must read series. In this third installment of the series, the spotlight is on the eldest Ellis sister Poppy and her husband Winston Lane. The focus of this novel is secrets: Poppy’s secret life and Winston’s deep dark secret past.

The story is beautifully woven with flashbacks to the couple’s past. The reader learns about the circumstances of their world and their courtsh
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Favorite Quote: “My life began with you.“

Poppy Lane thought she was doing the right thing when she kept the secrets her mother forced upon her growing up. When her husband is brutally attacked, she is forced to reveal her secrets and the consequences may be more than she can bear.

Winston Lane has loved Poppy from the first moment he saw her striding through the train station. Fourteen years of marriage has only deepened his love for her, but when he discovers that his wife has been living a secr
4,5 stars

Darkest London is one of my favorite historical paranormal romance series and Winterblaze is another keeper. Like the second chance and a fact that Win and Poppy are married make me feel connected with their troubles.

Took some times to not imagine Paul Marron as Win, tho, since the hair color is a little bit wrong :p
Tami (synchro from BL)
This was a worthy third installment! It had a little more hot scenes than the other ones - more fulfillment, less tension.

I was not sure if I would love the story or warm towards Poppy. She was a very strict and not exactly adorable character.
What she had: Strength. And vulnerability. But mostly strength and power.

I really appreciated howthe conflict between "alpha man needs to remain alpha man" and such a strong and powerful heroine washandled.
In many many UF/PNR the solution is: make the hero
Mimi Smith
4.5 stars

I love this series. There is simply no different way to say it. I'm not a big fan of Historical PNR, but here it's so different and intriguing. We don't simply have a few vampires and werewolves running around, mating, we have an entire society, with their history, organizations and so forth. Ms. Callihan writes darkly beautiful enchanting stories and characters. I also like how entwined the stories are (say Shadowdance... Can't wait to read more about Jack and Mary).

But back to Win and
Douglas Meeks
Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3)Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Once blissfully in love . . .
Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as
Jen (Red Hot Books)
4.5 Stars

There are so many things I like about the Darkest London series. I love the dark atmosphere and gothic feel of these books. The characters are engaging and interesting. The sexual tension and payoffs satisfy. Each story maintains the tone and core characters, but they still manage to stand apart from each other... each with very different kind of romance.

This book features Poppy, the third and eldest of the Ellis sisters. Unlike the first two book, our couple is already an established o
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
The Darkest London series is one of my favourites and this latest instalment is the best so far. Engaging characters, evocative writing and heartfelt emotions glue the reader to the page. The scene had been set in the previous books, Poppy Lane has been keeping secrets from her police inspector husband Winston Lane. She is the leader of the SOS the elusive "Mother" and the knowledge has torn their marriage apart. But in a surprising twist, Winston Lane himself has been not entirely honest and wh ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Original Romancing the Dark Side Review:

Ms. Callihan has delivered another beautifully written story of sacrifice, intrigue and unequivocal love!

The Darkest London series continues its brilliantly written, gothic supernatural world in Winterblaze. Kristen Callihan has a way of reinventing her world to fit her characters with each new book that is truly special. Winterblaze stands out as the most unique of the stories when it comes to romance, due to the existing relationship between the hero and
For nearly 16 years, Poppy Lane has kept a secret from her husband, Winston. The secret that she is a supernatural, that she heads an organization called Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS) and that her life is embroiled in the supernatural world. That all remained a secret until the day her husband was brutally attacked by a werewolf and all Poppy’s well woven secrets unraveled. Now Poppy will do anything to gain back Winston’s trust.

Winston Lane is battered and scarred from the brutal attack by
I love Poppy and Winston, just didn't love their story as much as I did Miranda and Archer's story. Still a great read though. This one had a steampunk feel to it to me. Looking forward to the next book.
Heather C
Winston and Poppy Lane married fourteen years ago. For fourteen years, their marriage was based on lies and deception. Three months ago, Winston was attacked and nearly killed by a supernatural creature and discovered that his wife had been keeping secrets: she’s a member of SOS, The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, and has supernatural powers of her own. Scarred and betrayed, Winston leaves Poppy and their home, but Winston has a forgotten secret of his own that just might keep the ...more
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ขอเริมตนดวยการบอกเลยวา จู ๆ เรากเกิดความรูสึกวา อยากอานหนังสือเลมนีมาก ๆ โดยไมมีเหตุผลอะไรทังสิน ไมใชเพราะมีเพือนมาสงขาววา สนุก หรือไดยินมาจากแหลงขาวหนใด มันเหมือนตืนขึนมากคิดวา หนังสือเรืองนีคงจะตองเปนหนังสือทีโคตรสนุกเลยแนนอน คิดแบบนีจริง ๆ นะคะ

ดังนันขอเตือนไวแลวกันคะ เราไมแนใจวา สะกดจิตตัวเองใหชอบเลมนีรึเปลานะคะ แตเราบอกความรูสึกตอนนี (คือหลังจากอานจบไปหนึงวัน) เราชอบเรืองนีมากมาย และถือเปนหนึงในหนังสือทีเราคิดวา สนุกทีสุดทีไดอานในปีนีเลย

ในแงนึง หนังสือเลมนีทำลายตัวตนของหนังสือสองเลมแรก ทำลาย
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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the ye ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Darkest London (7 books)
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  • Moonglow (Darkest London, #2)
  • Shadowdance (Darkest London, #4)
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