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King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn #1)

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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  790 ratings  ·  124 reviews
ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA...

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human-although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dange
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Published February 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jill

3.5 stars

Thad Morgan is the new king of the vampires. He has been travelling and searching for weeks for a female, the one prophesied to be his soul mate. Isabel Anthony has been living under the radar finding a home in the rave scene, assuming an identity as a human. She bears a scar in the small of her back identical to the one Thad has on his forearm. And this is the mark of his queen. However Isabel is not quite the queen Thad had imagined. For her part Isabel has no plans to help the race t
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Trish
I love a good vamp story, one that you can really sink your, er…teeth into, lol.

Something that gives a different twist to the mythical creature and has me sitting on my seat waiting for the next chapter.

Elisabeth Staab’s debut book, King of Darkness, doesn’t offer much originality, although it is a decent read. I am sure fans of the paranormal genre will flock to it for the simple fact that it is a vampire romance. However, her hero, Thad Morgan, never completely took over the role as the ultim
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Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: February 1, 2012 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Author’s Website: http://elisabethstaab.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Chronicles of Yavn
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy


In the end, this was a good fated-to-be-mated story, lots of steam, plenty of angst, and quite a bit of set-up for future stories. I almo
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
Thad has not been king of the vampire race for long. He has doubts about how he will ever fill his father’s shoes. He is also running around the country looking for the bride that was prophesized as his at the time of his birth. And because he does not have enough on his plate he has to deal with the fact that the wizards are hunting his vampire race into extinction. The fact that he finds his future queen in a rave club, dressed like a naughty school girl, with her fangs buried into the neck of ...more
J.A. Ball
I'm 80% through and forcing myself to continue.

Characters: While I don't hate them, I don't love them either. The main characters were somewhat likable but mostly annoying. I didn't really connect with any of them, even the antagonists. They strike me as a bit immature, especially the vampires who have been around longer than the humans. The main character has been a party girl/vamp for a long time and seems to lack the depth I like in order to connect to her, she had several TSTL (too stupid t
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Cynthia (aka Artemis)
Mar 29, 2012 Cynthia (aka Artemis) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every PNR Romance Reader!
WOW - For a debut novel, I am impressed! Ms. Staab manages to lay the groundwork of her world without it getting shoved down your throat or put in your face. She weaves it into her story in such a way that before you know it - SHAZAM!! - everything just falls into place.

I couldn't help but chuckle over the chosen name of Thad Morgan for the hero/king of the story. That sounds more like a college prep boy than a Vampire King. But Ms. Staab makes it work. Thad turns out to be the rare alpha/beta h
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Aly is so frigging bored
The hero is a judgemental asshole, I don't like him. The jumping POVs don't help either.
Kati (Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance)
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For the Love of Romance***

What a wonderful surprise this book was. At first after reading the blurb I thought to myself--sounds interesting but do I want to keep reading? Good thing I did! However, I had to put the book down a few times to get my bearings since there's so much going on. As with any start to a series, especially of the paranormal persuasion, there's a lot of world and mythos building.

I loved every page of this book. It goes something l
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ReviewsByMolly
Feb 21, 2012 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: NetGalley
Wizards, Vampires, Humans, OH MY!!! Oh. Emm. Gee. This book was totally, incredibly AWESOME! Elizabeth Staab pulled me into the story instantly, kept me hooked with the suspense and the laughs, not to mention the sexy, gorgeous Vamp guys, and didn't let me go until I reached that last page. When I reached the last page, well, let's just say that I cried.....but NOT for the reason you may think. It's because now I have to WAIT for another one to release, and I don't think I'll be patient enough f ...more
Hbeebti
Oh yeah baby ! This first book in the series was so darn good! I adore the main characters but the side characters as well. I mean sometimes it seems to drag when there are parts with the side characters . Not so here, at least for me. I loved the King. He was so uncertain and so damn sweet. But when he was mad boy he was mad and brooding. Poor guy took so much onto himself and so much happened in this book that he was blaming himself for all that had happened. I just wanted to hug him.

Isabel wa
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Talk Supe
Braine's Review

Another "first". This is my first Elisabeth Staab book and I assure you it won't be the last! First off I want to thank my blog bestie, my Matey, Michelle of Novels On The Run for recommending this book. This is why I love book chatting with this Aussie because we get each other's taste when it comes to sexy.

Anyway, King of Darkness is a wonderful introduction to the series. Its character driven and each one of Staab's vamps, human and villain have distinct voices. The banter is s
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Lisa M
Thad is king of the vampires and searching for his destined mate. But when he finds her she's not what he expects. Isabel is a party girl at a rave, and wants nothing to do with him. Her human friend is attacked by the vampires' enemies, the wizards, and so she and her friend end up going with Thad and his general back to Thad's estate. Faced with making the decision of whether to stay with Thad or not, Isabel wanders too far from the estate, putting herself and Thad's men in danger.

This story i
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Michelle
King of Darkness is a promising start to a new series, in this case the vampires are the good guys and we join them as Thad Morgan is readying himself to take over as King following the loss of his father. When Thad was younger it was prophesised that he wouldn't come into his vampire powers until he met his fated Queen. Knowing that now, more than ever, he needs that power Thad and his bodyguard, Lee set off in search of her.

Isabel isn't what you would expect a future Queen to be in some aspect
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Novels On The Run
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 14th DECEMBER 2012:

RATING: 4 THAD, LEE & SIDDOH STARS!!

‘T’ aka Thad Morgan has recently inherited the role of King of the Vampires. His tattoo is heating up and sending him in the direction of Club Insomniac with Lee his right hand man as his protector. His tattoo, a crudely depicted cross on his forearm is signalling to him, pulsing when he is getting closer to his would be mate.

Lee and Thad come across ‘would be mate’ and find her tapping into the blood of a girl
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
3.5-4 Stars
Dark, passionate and full of suspense, King of Darkness makes for an intriguing start to an exciting new series!

After her parents were shunned by their own kind, Isabel Anthony and her family moved to the human world. At the tender age of thirteen though, Isabel loses her parents in a tragic accident and is orphaned, leaving her alone as a young vampire among humans. Now, years later, Isabel lives one party at a time. Hopping through clubs and raves, imbibing in red wine and drinking
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Lisa (Fic Talk)
3.5 Stars


These novels very well have the potential to become one of my favourite paranormal romance series to date. As I read it I couldn't help thinking that fans of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series would enjoy this just as much. It's not the same by any means but it does have its own original vampire lore and history that I could so appreciate. It really blew me away even though there were one or two things that just didn't jive for me. But overall, I am most definitely looking forward to
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Cindyg
A first book by this author and it really hit the mark. Ms. Staab's world building and characters where dead on. I was able to follow along and not get bored with to much information overload.
The characters are well developed and likeable.
I don't know if this is going to be a series but I sure hope so.
The mix of vampires and their enemies; the wizards, are just as strong and just as determined as the vamps, had my stomach in knots.
Good pace, good plot, good characters; what's not to like?
Recomm
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harlequin {Stephanie}
Got just past the 50% point for this one. I cannot even believe this was published it was so beyond ridiculous!

The feel of the writing did not match the story. This threw me off from the start. I did try to give this a chance. We are just not meant to be. Thankfully it was a rental and not a purchase. Blessings abound.
❃ Brandy ❃
I loved this book. The characters were great, the conflict between vampires & wizards was refreshing. I can't wait for the next one.
Kimberly Souza
Loved this book and I think all my friends who love paranormal romance should read it asap.
Michelle
King of Darkness is the first book in the new Chronicles of Yavn series by Elisabeth Staab and a Paranormal Romance from SourceBooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA...

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human--although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl's life turns dark
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Angela
Feb 12, 2012 Angela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal romance, vampires
Thad, the vampire king, needs to fulfill a prophesy of finding his mate to unlock his powers so he can lead his people and keep them safe against the wizards. After looking for her for weeks he finds her in a club and finds she's not to willing to accept the whole prophesied mating thing. Though they are attracted to each other the real test is whether they can make it work. After having to flee to Thad's compound Isabel finally realizes that in order to survive she needs to take the biggest cha ...more
Brenda
I'd heard good things about King of Darkness and decided to give it a try. It's a fast paced, good read with complex characters in a rather dark world where vampires are warring with wizards. The heroine is a vampire who's lived on her own with her human best friend, surviving on human blood, taken from people she meets in the party scene. She's sexy, tortured by her past, and trusts no one. Our hero has accepted his role of king after his father has died. He needs a mate to come into his powers ...more
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แต่ราชาแห่งแวมไพร์ในเรื่องนี้ชื่อว่า แทด มอร์แกน ขอบอกว่าก่อนจะเริ่มอ่าน เจอว่าพระเอกชื่อแทด ก
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Mara
I was promised:
...a hot, edgy, dark paranormal romance series from a debut author has all the right stuff: a deep urban fantasy feel, a take-no-crap tough heroine and a sexy, arrogant vampire king who gets his comeuppance.
. What I got was a shallow Young Adult mess with some sex in it and too many a wink towards the BDB.

World-building: non-existent. We are never explained an inch of this world. We only know vampires and wizards are enemies. No explanations on anything, even within the book its
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Cindy
Isabel Anthony is a Party Girl who frequents raves to get a sip of the best...blood. Isabel is a vampire, but because she has no power she lives outside vampire communities and that's just fine with her. She has been free and on her own since she was 13 years old...answerable to no one.
Thad Morgan is heir apparent to the crown governing vampires. The only step left is to find his prophesied Queen and come into his power. Finding Isabel, Thad makes his immediate move, thinking his search is over
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t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Synopsis:
This first book in a hot, edgy, dark paranormal romance series from a debut author has all the right stuff: a deep urban fantasy feel, a take-no-crap tough heroine and a sexy, arrogant vampire king who gets his comeuppance.

Isabel Anthony has lived a carefree existence masquerading as human, but when this party-girl meets the king of vampires, her world turns deep, dark, and dangerous double-quick. Thad Morgan is looking for the prophesied mate who will unlock his powers. But when he fin
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Nawnee
This book was a big surprise for me, I had grabbed it thinking it would be an easy read and probably not an author I would feel the need to follow I have to many series I follow as is. So I was hoping for a nonseries book that was just a fun read. This definitely was anfun easy read, but what surprised me was how much I liked the character's right away. I found myself wrapped up in the plot right from the first page, this doesn't often happen with new authors for me its actually pretty rare. Som ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
3.5 of 5 Stars

With a hidden world of vampires and wizards, blood and magic, and destined life mates, Elisabeth Staab debuts a remarkable new book in the world of paranormal romance. In King of Darkness, rising new Vampire King, Thad, must find his prophesied life mate, woo her, gain his powers, and take the throne all while fighting off his enemies at every turn. Suddenly not only does he have to woo his life mate, Isabel, he has to protect her and convince her that she could be queen. Isabel is
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Proserpine
Thad and Isabel were the perfect characters that blend into a stunning and delectable well written story about vampires, wizards (???) and a prophecy who's mixed up to create an enthralling, fast-paced and original PNR book.

I'm a vamps freak and I totally fell for this new take on vampire’s story. Hell yeah, vampires against wizards, I don't read a lot about this in PNR world! This one was new to me and I was instantly transported into this lethal world!

The story was more based on the prophecy
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Elisabeth Staab digs coffee, saucy stories, and sexy things that go bump in the night. Once, she ate dinner in a jail and liked it. She lives in the Washington DC area with her incredible family and does her best to juggle life while ignoring the laundry.
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