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Darkness Seduced (Order of the Blade #2)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  2,507 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Immortal warrior Gideon Roarke made an oath five hundred years ago to the woman who died for him. The ancient Calydon is ruthless in his quest to honor that promise, even if it means risking everything by teaming up with the one woman who will either destroy him, or finally bring redemption to his blackened, hardened soul.

After escaping from a two-year imprisonment at the
ebook, 425 pages
Published April 15th 2012
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Katie Michaels
Aug 09, 2015 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
I’m glad I stuck with this series. Not only did I enjoy this second installment more than the first, I am really excited about reading the third. As I had hoped, this book explains so much more about the larger series arc, and about who are villains are and what they hope to accomplish. The world-building remains interesting and the characters, fleshed out. The romance is about on-par with the last book.

This is Lily and Gideon’s story, two people who are even more tortured than the main characte
Riverina Romantics
I was lucky enough to score an ARC of the first book in this series from the author. So when she emailed me with the second book I was extremely excited.

I went into this book expecting a great story, a hunky hero and a tingling dose of sizzle sizzle - and that's exactly what I received.

The best part about this set of unique warriors is that they sense their sheva (destined mate) straight away. The connection is instantaneous, their emotions strong and pure....and hot real hot.

I have to admit I
Sarah Garcia
Oct 02, 2012 Sarah Garcia rated it liked it
Shelves: stefanie-rowe
I knew giving this series a chance was good idea. I really want to give it like 3 3/4 stars. This was much better than the first. The were still quite a few eye-roll inducing moments but they were fewer and further between than the fist. I figured out what my problem with her writing is. She gives the same details over...and over...and over again. Its same "soul tearing" "intense" "overwhelming" feeling from the hero and heroin. And the characters aren't that different from each other. Quinn and ...more
loved it
Lindsey ( United By Books Reviews)
"Order of the Blade" has become a highly addictive and thrilling paranormal series that leaves you satisfied, yet craving the next book right after you get to the last page. Leaving you thinking, even crying out, "No!! I don't want to wait! I want it now!!" Stephanie Rowe has created such an amazing world with her fierce, sexy Calydons and their equally determined, strong women. In "Darkness Seduced", we run into Gideon, who promised to find Lily after they rescued Ana. Lily, who has been held c ...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Mar 24, 2012 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Order of the Blade series. These, in my opinion, are not stand alone books.

This book picks up where the 1st one ended. Lily Davenport has been kept prisoner and tortured for 2 years by Nate Tipton, a crazy Calydon warrior who was under the influence of the evil Ezekiel who has been imprisoned in a magical prison for over two thousand years and wants out. Lily was a professor who was a renowned Calydon expert who wrote books and did seminars about the Calydon warriors
Bex 'n' Books
Apr 03, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc-review
Darkness Seduced is such a passionate book. From the first chapter, I was successfully hooked and absorbed into the plot and the characters; I knew immediatley that I would love it.

We are immediately introduced to Lily, an intelligent professor who is being held hostage. Throughout the whole of Lily's remarkable journey of discovery, love and need for revenge, we are allowed to witness her fears, her logic and her desires. All of which are shared and developed through beautifully crafted writing
Jan 12, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
I rated this 4 stars because I like the series and I like Gideon, but like the first book, there were parts of the story that did not sit well with me. I did like the twist on Lily's role as Satinka, but I didn't find myself loving her anymore than Grace. For some reason, the guys definitely come across more likeable even though they are the ones that have demon "essence" in them. Maybe that is because they essentially know that the women are destined for them so they know to a very large extent ...more
Missy LaRae
Mar 11, 2013 Missy LaRae rated it it was ok
I hate to say it but this one was even worse than the first one. I sincerely could not wait for this book to be over.

Again, all I'm going to say is that I am incredibly over an MC who instantly has to ravage the the heroine because of some psychic connection. How about developing a love story that even if it's "meant to be" there's more than five minutes before they're having the most explosive and best sex ever.

I wouldn't continue to read this series.

Jan 30, 2015 Janine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Has it ever occurred to anyone that in the 500 years they spent killing innocent women and young girls, that the reason these men went rogue was the threat to their Sheva???? They go around killing everyone's mate but they are the only ones worthy of true love? They get a happy ever after and everyone else has to die... That's just not right. I connected with some of the characters and the action seen were good but I can't be ok with the plot.
May 26, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing
LOOOOVED IT! I'm gonna write a review later when I have better time.!
This book, like Darkness Awakened, is steamy and hot, but this one is almost volcanic. My Kindle Fire was so hot that steam was coming out of it's ports that was how hot it was. Ladies, you can't go wrong with this book, but read the first one first, or you won't know what's happening.

THE PLOT: We start up where we left off. Ana is saved and Nate is dead. Grace helped everyone to stave off the illusion that they were being attacked, so everyone way OK. They made Grace an honorary member of the O
Dec 01, 2016 Trena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read

This is an amazing story and I can't wait to read the next book. Buying it now. Totally awesome books.
It's been awhile since I read the first book in the Order of the Blade series, and I was quite happy to see that I was able to jump into Darkness Seduced without having to re-read it. There is an overall story arc, but the high points were covered in a way that didn't seem like a re-cap, and the romance was definitely a hot stand-alone affair.

Lily is mentioned in book one and the Calydons are out to find and rescue this woman that has been held by the bad guys (rogue Calydons) for years......yes
Lisa M

This is the second book in the Order of the Blade trilogy. In case you missed the first book, Darkness Awakened, the premise is that Calydon warriors are destined to kill or be killed by their destined mates (shevas) once all the stages of their bonding are completed. To prevent Order members from being killed or going rogue over their shevas, the shevas are killed as soon as they're found to prevent bonding. Order members are too few and too important to lose because they protect humanity.
Heather Wiese
Nov 16, 2012 Heather Wiese rated it liked it
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Sadie Forsythe
This is the second book in the Order of the Blade series and it was a fun little read. It picked up where the first left off and, as expected, followed the soul mates Gideon and Lily. I liked Lily. She was a strong survivor, which is good since she also seemed like a perpetual victim. I also like Gideon. He was a strong, honourable man and anyone who has read many of my reviews knows that I like that character type a lot. Unfortunately I didn't like Lily and Gideon together very much.

I could ge
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Apr 05, 2012 Kelly % Books-n-Kisses rated it really liked it
Stephanie sucked me back into the world of The Order of the Blade. Amazingly enough I enjoyed book 1 just a little better then book 2. Although I still really enjoyed Darkness Seduced.

Gideon is the tough as nails, has no feelings, totally impossible to kill warrior that everyone fears and all the other warriors look up too. So when Gideon is asked to go save Lily from her prison, he treats this like any other mission. Get in, save the innocent, kill some rogues, and get out. Gideon has the best
Donte McNeal
Jun 02, 2013 Donte McNeal rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Rowe has done it again! She takes the Calydon warriors, strips them bare of what they thought made them who they were and after pain, heartbreak, and love warred with one another in their hearts, these warriors are made aware what makes them who they are. The journey is one I relished being able to take with them.

Gideon Roarke, the Calydon warrior who can't be killed, and Lily Davenport, the professor who knows all there is to know about the warrior who did the unthinkable to her famil
Jenn Shanks Pray
Apr 13, 2012 Jenn Shanks Pray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-2012
Stephanie Rowe's latest series, Primal Heat Trilogy: The Order of The Blade, takes you to a world where cursed warriors are willing to kill to spare the innocents of the world, including their destined soul mates. Darkness Seduced pulls the reader further into the tales of the Calydon as they fight to keep intact the walls containing the end of the world.

Brilliant Calydon expert Dr. Lily Davenport has despised Gideon Roarke forever, vilifying him publicly in her research and her writings. Held p
Apr 30, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Darkness Seduced is the second book in the Order of the Blade Series and it is just as incredible, if not better than the first one. I didn't think that would be possible. This is Gideon's book and he is just about as HOT!! as they come. He has a darkness that draws you in makes you want to hold him, comfort him and help him to redeem himself. (Well, there are other thinks you want to do to him also!) Lily is an endearing character as well. She has been a victim for so long, but she is still so ...more
Apr 30, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
I'm still loving this series and I'm so glad I stumbled across it. The book is very well written, the words just flow seamlessly, the dialogue is believable, and it's clearly been well edited. The idea behind the series is an interesting one, and each member of the Order is intriguing in their own way (leaving me wanting to read the rest of the series to get their stories, one at a time).

Gideon is a much more likable character in his own book than he was in the last book. We get to see more of t

The order races against the clock to try and prevent Frank from unleashing Ezekiel from his prison. It picks up right were Darkness Awakened leaves off and this book with not let you put it down!! It starts off full of action that just doesn't stop.

Gideon lost his Sheva a long time ago but as the rules are changing with in the Order regarding Sheva's so is fates role in Calydon's finding their Sheva's.

When Gideon rescues Lily from Nate's house and saves her life from Frank'
Mandi Schalon
Jun 05, 2016 Mandi Schalon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Order of the Blade series about a fierce band of Calydon warriors called The Order. The second book introduces us to Lily and Gideon, and is a continuation of the first story so it is better to read these in order. Lily had been held captive for 2 years and this book begins with her rescue by Gideon and The Order. I really liked Lily as a character. She is mentally strong, bookish, and independent. This books gives us a little more insight into why it seems so impo ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Cogito_ergo_sum rated it liked it
I thought that the plot was good, and the idea behind the story is creative. A person can read about vampires, angels, werewolves, demons, etc... only so many times before it loses its appeal. What I like about Order of the Blades is that Stephanie Rowe created an entirely new mythology. It's refreshing.

The writing was good, but it was missing the element that made me feel like I am really there in the space with the characters. It's missing smell, touch, feeling of the space they inhabit (the s
Aug 09, 2014 Kathleen rated it it was ok
I have to admit this series has been ruined for me due to the fact that I have read at least 4 others very similar. If I would have read this one first I might have liked it more. But as we stand, it's just meh. The one thing that I can't seem to get over is the whole Sheva thing. For thousands of years Shevas have been killed, Shevas that didn't even know they were shevas, just because they met their soulmate. Suddenly though, there is group of strong females who are going to challenge this and ...more
Janice Leung
My second read of Stephanie Rowe and I really like it.
Darkness Seduced follows directly after the events that happened in Darkness Awakened, Gideon returns to rescue Dr. Lily Devenport who is an expert on Calydons who sadly, is captured by Nate and Frank. Lily is a Satinka, her music sings to the one it feels connected to and in this case, it's our hunky man Gideon.
Gideon and Lily's romance is fairly similar to Quinn and Grace's. Both are reluctant to fall for each other due to the "curse" o
May 13, 2012 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Stephanie Rowe continues with her wonderful story line in Darkness Seduced, with a "few" HOT Immortal Warriors, the likes of whom you have never seen before, their oath to protect humanity no matter the cost even if it means giving up their soul mates, then throw in a said soul mates and a destiny that says she will destroy them if they come together and you get a book that is HOT HOT HOT!!! This second installment for this series will have you continuing to build the lives of the characters fro ...more
Ashley Acosta
Apr 03, 2013 Ashley Acosta rated it it was amazing
Okay...considering i read both this book an the first one in like about a week or so, i have to say that this is my favorite book series that ive read. The way Rowe creates the storyline amazes me. The way she tells how gideon was struggling to redeem himself not only was very interesting but it was also sad in a way it would make me tear up. And how lily was also struggling to regain her! Their love for each other was so heart warming. So im giving this book a FIVE STAR because t ...more
This was so much better than the first one! The story had a depth that made it impossible to put it down. I loved how they struggle not to bond, and Lily's personality, she's definitely a kick-ass heroine,maven after all she's been through, so she's got my deepest admiration. So far, I prefer her to Grace. I thought the first book was so awesome but this tops it without a doubt, let's see what we have to expect for the next book, I can't wait, to be honest!

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Hailed as a "paranormal star!" by J.R. Ward, four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty-five novels. For more on Stephanie and her books, visit her at, or on facebook at

A life-long reader, she began crafting stories at age ten,
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Other Books in the Series

Order of the Blade (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade #1)
  • Darkness Surrendered (Order of the Blade #3)
  • Forever in Darkness (Order of the Blade #4)
  • Darkness Reborn (Order of the Blade #5)
  • Darkness Arisen (Order of the Blade #6)
  • Darkness Unleashed (Order of the Blade #7)
  • Inferno of Darkness (Order of the Blade #8)
  • Darkness Possessed (Order of the Blade #9)
  • Shadows of Darkness (Order of the Blade #10)
  • Hunt the Darkness (Order of the Blade #11)

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