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Darkness Surrendered (Order of the Blade #3)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  2,037 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Six hundred years ago, Elijah Ross was tortured into insanity and thrust into a mental hell that no living creature has ever survived…except him. Now, that same evil is back, and Elijah is all that stands between it and the destruction of all of humanity, but each step he takes drags him further back into the nightmare that once consumed him. Elijah's only chance is Ana Ma ...more
ebook, 450 pages
Published May 15th 2012 (first published May 9th 2012)
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Bex 'n' Books
Apr 24, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc-review
From the moment Darkness Surrendered opens, we hit the ground running. I'm not talking a slow, gentle jog here either; seriously, this is running at full pelt, sweat dripping, heart bursting running we're talking about here!

Book three of the Order of the Blades series is most definitely filled with adrenaline pumping action. I was constantly immersed in the glorious action, the characters, their relationships, so much so that I had to force myself to stop reading to slow my pulse and take a bre
Katie Michaels
Aug 10, 2015 Katie Michaels rated it liked it
I had such high hopes for this book. Sometimes the anticipation is better than the payoff, and unfortunately for me, that was what happened here. The very fact that Elijah is alive was enough for me to get excited. This is a man who sacrificed his very life for his mate, a woman who has built him up in her mind as this amazing savior. He is her protector, a beloved friend to other members of the Order, and a deliciously tortured hero. Add to that, this is the book with the big climax to the seri ...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
May 11, 2012 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it really liked it
The one thing I never thought would happen happened in this book. I actually felt sympathy for Ezekiel. I struggled with that for most of the book.

This book was the final showdown between Ezekiel and the good warriors of the Order of the Blade.

**Some mild spoilers ahead**

Elijah Ross was tortured for 100 years by dark illusionist. He managed to escape 500 years ago but those illusions were always with him tormenting him as one of the things he did while under an illusion was kill his mother an
Ok I'm done and I'm out. I skimmed some parts because the explanations were getting confusing. Elijah tortured, Ana squeaking. This whole time I was thinking, "dude ask your sister! She's already gone through this, I'm sure she can help you sort this out." But you barely see Grace here even though Ana is her sister. I liked Drew in the second book and you don't get much here with him; it was terrible about that thing but I won't spoil it. And what the hell is Vaughn?! It took me a while to reali ...more
May 01, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it
loving this series
May 02, 2012 Brandy rated it it was amazing
Book three in the Order of the Blade series starts off at break necking speed. The forbearer of the Calydon race, Ezekiel, is walking death. He's a bitter warrior full of evil that has been locked in a isolated prison for 2 thousand years and he has just escaped which in turn has cause the underground tunnels to collapse around Elijah. The other Order members are frantically searching for him as well as Ana Mathews, Elijah's mate. Ana and the Order Members are starting to lose hope that Elijah i ...more
Lisa M

Once again with this series, this was close to a DNF for me. Ana started out as almost TSTL, but she got better as she went along. I still had trouble with the premise of sacrificing innocent people (mostly women) for the greater "good" (mostly protecting humanity from Calydon warriors). I still had trouble with shaky motivations to manipulate the plot. And it still bothers me that Rowe writes in a passive voice.

Yet I still read these books.

The stories suck me in despite all that.

Darkness S
Sadie Forsythe
Once you get a couple books into a series it gets harder and harder to review them. What can you say beyond I liked it more or less than the previous ones? Book 3 of the Order of the Blade series falls right in the middle for me. I liked it more than the second and less than the first. Rowe still manages to hit all of the right emotional notes with her überprotective males, but still overplays the hand a bit by telling the reader repeatedly how desperate they are to actually protect their mates. ...more
Heather Wiese
Nov 19, 2012 Heather Wiese rated it really liked it
This one has been my favorite of the series so far.

Elijah, a man who is truly broken finally meets his sheva, Ana. There is an added danger to the sheva bond (as if it wasn't dangerous enough with it being declared that once the couple bonds the man will go insane and if not stopped will kill everyone he loves...come on guys, let's figure out the out-clause already here) because Ana is an Illusionist, a race of people who have captured and tortured Elijah not once, but twice. Elijah is seriously
Rowe's ability to take three pages describing a 20 second scene is starting to annoy. Lots of cliche romance novel phrasing and the writing is so wordy I actually forgot several times what was happening in the scene because of her over the top descriptions and telepathy chatter between characters. It kind of breaks up the pace of action scenes and I found myself skimming action scenes, thinking, "oh good grief just stab him/rescue her/untie him/kill him already!"

I may have only one more of these
Sep 05, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This is Elijah Ross' story! As you will read he did not die in the hell that Ana put him through in book #2. I was enthralled with this one. Probably one of the best books in the series so far!
May 02, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-reads
Finally Elijah & Ana's story! more review later!
May 08, 2012 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2017 Bitchy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Ok, as much as I enjoy these alpha males & the story so far, this one was the most frustrating so far. This one definitely made me feel really anxious with how everything was unfolding. That's how I know a book is well written, when it can make me feel all kinds of different emotions. But I do have a couple of complaints about certain parts.

A couple of times, when Elijah was wounded, still managed to to get down & dirty with Ana. That was a bit odd. Especially the first tim
Jun 08, 2012 Mich rated it really liked it
My review is all inclusive of the 3 spoilers here...Besides, I don't think spoilers would ruin this trilogy anyway! :)

Just finished the last of the trilogy tonight. All in all a fast, and fun read. I love the storyline and have found myself day dreaming about Gideon, Elijah and Quinn while attempting to work, YUM!
I am giving this book a 4 star rating. In reality, all 3 books are all almost exactly the same and follow the same formula. However, they kept me interested and as I have sai
Jennifer Trinceri
This is the third book in this series n I fall deeper and deeper in love with each one I stay up later and later to get more in with each one too lol Elijah and Anas story had everything you could ask for I found myself crying laughing excited scared worried the story was amazing! A thing I really love about this series is that it literally picks up right where the last one ends and the people from the previous story stay along for the ride so u continue to keep up with them! yesterday while pic ...more
Donte McNeal
Aug 19, 2013 Donte McNeal rated it it was amazing
You would think the same premise over and over would be drab (Order Member finding his sheva, struggling not to bond in any way, and doing it anyhow), but Rowe does an excellent job keeping it fresh. Elijah and Ana's journey is about as similar to Quin and Grace's as an apple is to a rock, while Gideon and Lily's is about as close to Quin and Grace's as a spider is to a dinosaur. I can't express how much I enjoy this series.

Each story has its own struggles, and I must say that Elijah and Ana has
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
May 13, 2012 Kelly % Books-n-Kisses rated it really liked it
Quicky Review:

4 1/2 Stars.... and WOWZA!!!!!!!!!!

This book was like a rolling stone down a very steep cliff, it keeps gaining speed until you finally think you hit rock bottom when fates steps in and stops you dead in your tracks. Darkness Surrendered picks up where we left off in Darkness Seduced with Elijah still lost under a pile of rubble and his sheva and The Order trying to find him.

This was a gripping way to end the original trilogy of The Order of the Blade. The whole time I was on the
Feb 16, 2014 Cogito_ergo_sum rated it liked it
This book brought a new element to the story where the female lead is the one tortured by deep seated dark guilt, instead of the other way around. It was refreshing.

The plot was interesting, as well as the characters were fully developed.
The writing was good, but not my favourite. I'd say it meets expectations. Sometimes the plot dragged, because I can only read about how guilty a character feels so many times before I start to think, "Get over it already."

I think that what is missing is the
Kurt Bartling
Dec 25, 2015 Kurt Bartling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boy, this one was a trip. SR writes using a formula, and based on books on 1&2, that's what I expected. Wasn't what I got. Got the same complaints, where's Grace, what the hell is Vaughn, need more Drew ... Elijah ... dude, the first two books beat the odds ... wake up. Well, that doesn't happen here. What does is pretty cool. Elijah is messed up, Ana is messed up. Why, for pretty good reasons, which are explained in frustrating pieces throughout the book. Frustrating being the operative wor ...more
Claire Platteuw
Dec 20, 2015 Claire Platteuw rated it it was ok
Disappointed... really disappointed. Why? After #2, intense, with deeper characters, I had high expectations - too high, obviously. Like a lot of readers, I was excited to learn that Elijah wasn't dead, after all. But raving crazy, he is. And who is the only one able to help him to distinguish the hallucinations from reality? Ana, an Illusionist. And who tortured him to the point of insanity? Illusionists. Hello, the credibility gap.

And then... the constant whining and internal dialogue, both of
Oct 01, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Book 3 was amazing each one just keeps getting better n better first we had Quinn n Graces story then Gideon n Lillys n in this one Elijah and Ana ok so where to start first off I love how the characters from each book play rolls in the next installments at least for me it makes me feel like I get to know everyone so much more with there characters still joining in I never have to say I wonder what happened because they still are around while getting to know the next couples story in this o ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Loved it!

I was so glad that Stephanie still had Elijah in the series. This book was wonderfully written. Elijah went through a lot of traumatic events which skewed his mind and thought processes and Stephanie did an excellent job describing Elijah's emotions in this book. I really liked how Anna's background and Elijah's sufferings were intertwined; it helped both of them cope well in the book. Stephanie just keeps getting better and better with each book!

Update: after reading all of
Dec 07, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely need to read the first two books or you'll be a little lost. I plan on going back and reading them before continuing on with the series.
Nov 10, 2015 Raven rated it did not like it
My basic summary of this book:

Ana: "I'm a monster. You can't love me."
Elijah: "No, I'm a monster AND crazy."
Ana: "But I've killed people ON PURPOSE."
Elijah: "But you didn't want to so it doesn't count"
Ana: "But I'm such a tortured soul. Can I touch you?"
Elijah: "I'll always be insane. Let's touch."

In conclusion:

GAH. I am 95% of the way through this book, and it STILL hasn't gotten anywhere. I feel like I have to read it because I want to read the next one in the series, but I'm not enjoying this
Shari Kay
Dec 31, 2012 Shari Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
3.5 ✽'s. I like this series, but it can be a bit over the top. I find the extremes in this book distracting at times, the total slow motion of certain events while pages of inner struggle go on or passionate "bonding" takes place ;events around them seeming to freeze. And it seriously irks me how hypocritical the other warriors are concerning the sheva's....until it's theirs. They've killed so many, not giving their comrades a chance to break the curse. No reasoning is good enough for that lack ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Teshai rated it liked it
I found this one slow, maybe it was because I was on vacation but that has never stopped me before. I just expected more from the guy that killed innocents, tried to kill his blood brothers and was presumed dead.

Anna pissed me off throughout, talk about not having any frigging will power whatsoever. The bond didn't take away self control from her sister and friend, so why is she so damn weak. Her internal struggle was nauseating to say the least. And then to pretend she had no one when she had
Dec 04, 2013 Deannie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I can say this one was out of the gate in 5th gear for me and didn't stop. I was winded the whole time I read it. One can honestly say that Rowe can weave a tale and make you feel like you were in the midst of all the drama and turmoil.

Elijah and Ana literally go through hell together as have all the Order so far. Their story is heart wrenching with twists and turns that you would not expect and a feeling of empathy for the villain. This book is a "must read" in the series because of all the inf
I have mixed feelings: I don't know which one I prefer more, Gideon and Lily's story or Elijah and Ana's story. Probably the last one, the intensity and pain they go through is so vivid you could almost touch it. I suffered with the two of them, but I failed to empathize with Ezekiel, sorry, I must belong to that strange minority. Anyway, once again, Stephanie Rowe outdid herself. I can hardly wait to read about the other members of the Order.

May 06, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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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

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Other Books in the Series

Order of the Blade (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade #1)
  • Darkness Seduced (Order of the Blade #2)
  • 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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- Elijah”
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