A Dance with Darkness (Angelfire, #0.5)
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A Dance with Darkness (Angelfire 0.5)

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There were shadows in this alley that no light touched, and where there was no light, anything could hide.

At the end of the fourteenth century, angelic reapers struggle to defend London against a legion of the demonic who have their sights set on claiming human souls and ancient relics for a dark purpose. Madeleine, a young but powerful warrior, is duty-bound to fight the...more
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Published January 2nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Courtney Moulton
Mar 03, 2013 Courtney Moulton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books, young-adult
At last the synopsis is revealed! MADELEINE AND BASTIAN!!!!

I know, right?

I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed writing from Madeleine's perspective and I totally have a girl crush on her now. She is badass through and through, and probably the strongest character I've ever written. She's so smart and resourceful - not to mention a little fireball of asskickery - but she learns when to take what she wants and when to make sacrifices for the good of others. Without being too spoilery, her son is...more
It's no secret, I'm a big Angelfire fan, so I was very very excited about this one.

*clears throat* To say the least...

I'm not going to lie. This was like

Too awesome to find proper words to describe it.

Madeleine was a total kickass queen.

She's tough, but as every solid material, she has a melting point. Bastian's hotness provides enough heat for that.
He comes at Madeleine like

And she holds her ground. For a while...

Then hot stuff happens for a couple of chapters, and Bastian becomes a very los...more

I guess this wasn't all bad, the characters were mildly interesting and the plot was kind of okay. What did let this down though was the insta-love and the dumb heroine.
This focused on Will's parents (Bastion and Madeline), and how they met and fell in love despite them being enemies. I was expecting some epic love story and some great reason why both of them betrayed their own kind so they could be together but nothing like that occurred. Madeline (an angelic reaper) meets Bastion (a d...more
I apologize in advance for any grammar mistakes (I'm argentinian so this isn't my native language) and this is also my first review

I've been a fan of the Angelfire series since the release of the very first book. I love the theme, the plot, the characters... EVERYTHING. However, I kind of underestimated this one. I didn't know what to expect from it (I hate Bastian -don't get me wrong- he is a great character and I love him for that, but he is just... so evil ). But still, I took a chance and...more
The great story of Madeline and Bastian, featuring Nathaniel, with a special cameo at the end by a certain someone. It was pretty cool!
Loved it! It was nice to see more background on Bastian, Madeleine, Nathanial, & Cadan. Poor Maddie & Nathaniel. Baby Will :)
Addie R.
Sep 22, 2012 Addie R. marked it as to-read
Shelves: novella

A prequel! Yeeeesss! xDD
A Dance with Darkness is the love story that I never knew that I wanted to hear -- the love story of Will's parents, Bastien and Madeleine. Having only recently discovered the true story of Will's parentage, I hadn't thought enough about it to ever really wonder how that ended up taking place. A generally cold-hearted demonic reaper and a generally good-hearted angelic reaper? It shouldn't make sense. It shouldn't work out. And we already know that it isn't going to end so well. But this little...more
A dance with darkness:

This book was pretty good but there are a lot of reasons I gave it 2 stars instead of five. Here are the good and bad reasons why:

Good points:
A. Backstory-I really enjoyed the backstory on on Will as well as Cadan, Bastian and Nathaniel too. I mean regarding Will, Cadan, and Bastian, I kinda already had a feeling that there was a connection between them all while reading Angelfire the first time so things weren't too shocking for me.) but kudos to Ms. Moulton for actually...more
It feels really good coming back to the Angelfire world Moulton has done a fine job creating all of these characters. This takes place long before the first in the series. We get to meet Madeline and Bastian in a different light that what we now know. I was curious to read about their interactions and was delightfully surprised. Forbidden and unlikely love always proves to be one of the strongest forms of love. We find out the details surrounding Madeline and why she made the sacrifices she did....more
Yeah, it's nice to see the original story between Bastian and Madeleine, and a cameo from Cadan, but this would've worked way better as a full length prequel than as a novella. The rushed romance between Will's parents just made Madeleine seem naive and clueless for instantly falling for Bastian, and I lost all respect for her over the course of the story. But what can you do with only eleven chapters and an epilogue to work with?
Interesting background on Madeline. I thought it was kind of wierd that after 10 minutes of knowing eachother Madeline and Bastian just get past the fact that they're sworn enemies (and the fact that they've known eachother for less than an hour) and ah, get very intimatly acquainted. ??? And remain together for quite awhile. Despite this, I liked the further look into the world Ms. Moulton created.
This short story made me look at some of the characters differently. I see them in a new way. It is sad that things turned out the way they did. I truely believe given the chance Bastian might have changed for Madeleine, but I see why she thought leaving was the best for everyone. I believe after reading this and the series Bastian never stopped loving her and if he could change one thing in his life it would be pushing her away.If you read the series I suggest reading this. Over all I will reco...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Expected publication: January 2nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Oct 15, 2012 Riv marked it as to-read
This novella is one of my favorite stories that I have read so far this year. :D I've been following this series for awhile now. Before the first book came out. Something about Courtney Allison Moulton's blog told me that I would like this series and I was right. Can't wait for the last book to arrive in the mail.

This novella was pretty short, but enjoyable. I liked learning about Madeleine and Bastian, who are Will's parents. I know their love was insta-love, but whatever, I still liked it. :P...more
Amanda Masters
I loved this book! I really liked getting to know Madeleine and getting to know a different side of Bastian. This book shows how even that the most evil of creatures can love if they let themselves and that not all is hopeless.

This book is a prelude to all the others it is about Madeleine, an angelic reaper and Bastian, an demonic reaper who meet and fall in love even though it is forbidden and against all the rules. Like most of the demonic Bastian feels the pull to have more power and to bring...more
This was a very good companion book.

There were several outstanding questions that were answered on Madeleine's character. Also the backstory of how she conceived Will and the beginnings of Will and Nathaniel's over the centuries friendship.

Thinking back to Angelfire it makes sense now why Nathaniel was shocked when Ellie reveals Wills true father. It was also good to travel back in time and get out of the high school day to day that Ellie overly focuses on in the first two.
I really only had one complaint and that's the massive instalove dump at the start of this book. Absolutely no reason was provided for Bastian and Maddie to fall in love except "OMG! He's hot and didn't kill me". That's basically it. While I imagine these are enough for an interest to be sparked, I don't really feel they had anything else in common aside from finding each other attractive. Even when Maddie admitted he does terrible things, she got distracted by how attractive he was which is jus...more
Madison Louise
Real rating: 3.5 **I apologize for any misspellings**

I love the Angelfire series! Ellie is such a great heroine, and Will is so swoon worthy. And all the other awesome stuff is amazing.

But I didn't feel this book that I had hoped. First, it was insta love between Madeline and Bastian. And I don't like insta love. And I didn't get into the story like I wanted, I wanted maybe some more fighting. Even though I knew it was a love story going in, and I was exciting. I was expecting a little bit more....more
Andrea Krka
So happy that this start was nos a mushy one.
An excellent beginning of forever...
Mar 30, 2014 Zahrah added it
So good. Even though I really think u should write a 4th one. PLEASE????!!?!?
short prequel telling the story prior to will and ellie
Juliana Garavito
it was a pretty good into to a new series that I will read after reading a few other books on my shelf or on my kobo
I'm all amazed with Bastian and Madeleine's whirlwind romance.They didn't wait that long to jump into each other that I think it was quite crazy.The romance was instant but I'm impressed to find out that Bastian has his softer side.Everyone didn't think that Bastian was capable of love but in this novella Bastian really love and care for Madeleine.I'm so sad that he can't expressed the same love or care to his son Cadan.I really enjoyed reading this story of Will's parents.
Another OMG factor. This another story where once again I will reread in the future. So many life lessons could be picked up from stories and this I am sure of it. I really felt the main character's emotion all throughout and the quote the keeps on repeating in my head: "Forever is a long time to keep fighting" and "Love was where I'de make dire mistakes" is sure full of untold stories that I now know of. Horrah! to Miss Moulton for her creative mind ♡♥♡♥♡♥
This novella was so great and left me wishing for more. I wish this could have been a whole novel or series! I think the novella could have been even more amazing due to the fact that I felt the romance was rushed a little bit. If there had been more time to develop the romance and characters, I could have easily given this five stars. As it is, it is definitely one of the best novellas that I have read.
Great fast read. I love this series.
A very short story to introduce Madeleine. It was definitely a nice read. I was looking for an ebook of this, and luckily I was able to get it.

The book is primarily about Madeleine and Bastian, oh! and about Cadan too.
Although I was little bit disappointed because it doesn't have a acion pack stories that the Major books has. But still I think the story is good enough.
Andrea Lira-Martinez

Courtney Allison Moulton is an amazing writer. She has blown me away with this E-novella! The love between Madeleine and Bastian was steamy, romantic, and so heartbreaking that I was almost crying at the end. You get to see a side of Bastian that none of the Angelfire fans would ever though he would have.

Now I cannot wait for SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE!!!!!
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Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She has always loved reading about ancient mythologies, dead languages, and telling scary, romantic stories. ANGELFIRE is her debut novel. For more information about Courtney, visit her online at www.courtneyallisonmoulton.com.

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