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King of Darkness

(Chronicles of Yavn #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,038 ratings  ·  147 reviews
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, an
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Sourcebooks (first published February 1st 2012)
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Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: February 1, 2012 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Author’s Website:
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
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
***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
Talk Supe
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Talk by: Novels On The Run
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
J.A. Eckert
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandonded
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
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aly is so frigging bored
The hero is a judgemental asshole, I don't like him. The jumping POVs don't help either.
Novels On The Run
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 14th DECEMBER 2012:


‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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?
harlequin {Stephanie}
Jan 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
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.
Kimberly Souza
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and I think all my friends who love paranormal romance should read it asap.
❃ Brandy ❃
I loved this book. The characters were great, the conflict between vampires & wizards was refreshing. I can't wait for the next one.
Paranormal Romance
Inheriting the title of King after his father is killed and his mother committed suicide - unwilling to live without her mate- it has been prophesized that the hero needs his own mate to fully awaken the powers within. He's searched for some time to find this woman and that search has lead him into a world he never imagined his fated mate would live. Raves, drugs and open sexual relationships are so not the heroes cup of tea. He's a bit startled when he enters the club and witnesses the events h ...more
Quressa Robinson
Buffy Is That You?

This promising new series by Elisabeth Staab, Chronicles of Yavn, pits Wizards against Vampires. In King of Darkness, the first book in the series, Vampire King Thad Morgan must find his mate or risk dissension amongst his subjects. In an interesting twist Vampires are hunted by Wizards who kill and dissect them to steal their magic. Thad’s magic has not manifested and a prophesy he received at birth suggests that the only way for him to acquire his magic, and rule successfully
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

Newly crowned King of Vampires, Thad Morgan, doesn’t simply want to find his destined mate he needs to find her. The safety and fate of the entire Vampire community hinges on Thad coming into his powers. For that to happen he needs to find "the one". Naturally, he'd find her at a late night rave, right?

Elisabeth Staab’s debut novel is fast paced and descriptive. In a refreshing take on vampire wars the villain in the Chronicle of Yavn
May Mostly Romance
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
เรารักหนังสือทีไมยึดติดกับสูตรสำเรจ และเพราะคิดวาเรืองนีจะเปนไปตามสูตรสำเรจของหนังสือแนวพานานอมอลกทำใหเราวางทิงเอาไวไมอานอยูเกือบปี จนกระทังเลมสองออกขาย

ไมมีอะไรทีเหมือนสูตรในเลมนีในสวนของคาแรคเตอร แมวาพลอตเรืองจะยังเปนอะไรทีซำซากเหมือนเดิมอยูบาง เมือราชาแหงแวมไพรไดออกตามหาเจาสาวของเขาเพือใหเปนไปตามคำทำนายโบราณ หาไมแลวเขากจะไมไดรับพลังอันเครืองหมายแหงอำนาจ

แตราชาแหงแวมไพรในเรืองนีชือวา แทด มอรแกน ขอบอกวากอนจะเริมอาน เจอวาพระเอกชือแทด กอึง ๆ ไป คิดวามันไมโรแมนติกเอาเสียเลย แตพออานกเหนวา ชือนีเหมาะ
Mar 17, 2019 added it
Didn't read it through. The writing didn't make sense to me. Find it a bit chaotic, without structure and overly amateur.
Michelle Greathouse
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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:


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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
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
Jan 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance about vampires and werewolves and emotionally wounded boxers (oh, my!), she enjoys date night with her husband, reading with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. Keep up with all the latest shenaniga ...more

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