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Master of Darkness

(Mageverse #9)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  968 ratings  ·  61 reviews
In the final book of New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight's Mageverse, two werewolves must save humanity from a madman, despite their mutual distrust--and growing passion...

Miranda Drake is the daughter of Warlock, a werewolf sorcerer and sworn enemy of King Arthur. Like her father, she's a werewolf with magical abilities, but after years of abuse from the Alpha
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
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BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This is the finale? It was a bit of a let down. I still enjoyed it as Miranda and Justice finally got it on. Some of the dialogue was a bit hokey but it was still okay. The new character - Mother is intriguing because this story does leave off making it sound like a new series will come to be. I'm more interested in that one - about the Familiars. Unfortunately, it looks like the publisher pulled it so it won't be written. That's a damn shame.

This finale seems a bit more light than the others. T
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
See booklikes for review. 1,5 stars.
Kathy Davie
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Ninth and last in the Mageverse paranormal romance series revolving around two groups whom Merlin set up centuries ago. The couple focus is on Miranda Drake and William Justice, both Dire Wolves.

My Take
Dire Wolf girl acknowledges Dire Wolf boy. Boy must fulfill a prophecy of humongous proportions that enables Knight to set us up for her new series.

Bad guy almost wins, nyah-nyah-nyahhh.

Sorry, I'm having a difficult time being enthusiastic as well, aren't I? The really sad thing is this could hav
FV Angela
Originally posted at

Master of Darkness is the last book in the Mageverse series by Angela Knight, a fact I didn't realize until I went looking for a blurb. Having read all the rest of the books in the series I was a little surprised when I opened the cover of the book, started to read and discovered I had absolutely no idea who Miranda and William Justice were. Seriously, no idea what so ever.

After the first thirty pages or so it all came back to me. Mira
Barbara ★
In the final book of the Mageverse series, werewolves William Justice and Miranda Drake have to fulfill a prophecy to defeat Warlock, who just happens to be Miranda's father who has terrorized and abused her for years. So we have daddy issues which correlate to man issues. Justice is also an alpha male who has the potential to be abusive (in Miranda's eyes). I liked this concept (the fact that there was a detriment to the relationship not that Miranda was abused) but I felt that it was resolved ...more
Lisa Anne
3.5♥s Ouch.

This last book in the Mageverse series was a big disappointment to me. Miranda's fear of Alpha males got old (yes, I know there was a reason for it) to the point she got whiny about it. I felt that Miranda and Justice's love story was rushed and mediocre. The plot seemed to drag on.

But I think what bothered me the most was that this last book wasn't about Arthur and his Knights and all the characters that we've come to know and love over the course of the series. I understand that Ang
Brenda Sparks
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm so sorry to see this series end, but it went out with a bang. This is another great book by Angela Knight. I'll miss the exciting characters in this series. Angela wrapped the series up with a pretty bow, leaving this reader very satisfied. ...more
Tmonique Stephens
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this book. I tried twice to finish it and just couldn't. Everything I loved about the series was missing. I so wanted to enjoy the book, but it failed to meet any of my expectations. ...more
"the raptor hesitated, red eyes rolling as if trying to figure out who to bite first. damned if it didnt remind Justice of a girl contemplating a box of chocolates."

"you're a bad bad boy Elmer."
"oh god. no. do not call me Elmer."
"if you insist, Foghorn."
"oh christ."
"what? you'd prefer deputy dawg?"
"that's just damned not funny."
"i'm beginning to reconsider the water-boarding thing."
"porky?" (he called her Bugs first).

"when you've spent years watching all the ways humans invent to
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! The author brings all things to an end. Getting there was a wild ride. New characters and the loss of too many characters. It left us wanting more and at the end sounded like there will be more to come. I love this series.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Master of Darkness was a fitting end to the MageVerse series.
Gina Robertson
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Mageverse series

Angela Knight introduces you to her version of Author and the knights of the roundtables. Such a good series. I recommend
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was a really good book
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Master of Darkness by Angela Knight
Grade: C+

“Do I look like I go to Hogwarts? All I know about magic is how to get furry.”

Miranda Drake has issues with alpha werewolves since her father is Warlock, a werewolf sorcerer trying to destroy the world and her step father who repeatedly beat her mother until he eventually killed her. Miranda is determined to never fall for an alpha but William Justice, her bodyguard, makes her want to forget all she knows about alphas and keep her for herself. As Miran
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I found myself growing more and more irritated as I read this final novel in the Mageverse series. It read more like a prequel to a new series than the end of an old one. Yes, it had the villain of novels 6-9, with his expected comeuppance. Miranda Drake and William Justice, our hero and heroine have had supporting roles in the previous novels in the Warlock story arc. And Arthur, Guinevere and Morgana make significant appearances in a few chapters, but the bulk of the story takes place with a w ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the final book of the Mageverse series, King Arthur, his knights, and the Majae do not have the strength to defeat their most powerful enemy, Warlock, on their own. The fate of both Earth and Mageverse rests on the shoulders of Warlock’s daughter, Miranda, and her werewolf bodyguard, Justice.

After years of abuse at the hands of Alpha wolves, Miranda doesn’t trust any of them and has no plans to get involved with Justice, regardless of the sparks they create. When Justice almost loses his life
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Years ago, Angela Knight created the Mageverse series. Now, after 8 books, it all ends in Master of Darkness. Any fan of this series will be sad to see it end, but happy with the way it turned out. Knight has done it yet again, creating one hell of a sexy novel, one with a fantastic storyline, a magical world (or two) and great characters!

I loved everything about Master of Darkness! I've been a de
Merlin only gave the DireKind enough magic to shift. They were to be his insurance policy in case Arthur and his court went crazy and tried to enslave the human population of Earth. Their lack of ability to use magic is their greatest strength as it also provides immunity to those who wield magic - the MageKind. But wait, Merlin decides to bankrupt his insurance policy by creating a DireKind with the ability to use magic. and to boot, this special DireKind can procreate and pass this genetic abn ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vamp-were
I read the acknowledgement page with mixed feelings. This is the last book of the long-running Mageverse series. On the one hand, I'm sorry to see it go. Unlike many series, the books have been relatively consistent. On the other hand, the basic premise of the series is that there's always some big bad that must needs be fought, and it always takes several books to bring that arc to a climax. The last story arc ended with a less than satisfactory book - the characters spent most of it powering u ...more
Lady Lioness
I read this on the plane while on my way to RWA. I really hate it when everyone's like 'IT'S THE LAST BOOK,' but then you get to the end and then it's all 'STAY TUNED FOR THE SPIN-OFF SERIES.' It's set in the same world. The same characters will probably make cameo appearances. The same species, laws of magic, places, they're all going to be there. It's like when Project Runway moved to LA for a season. Sure, it was a new (horrible) location, but it was the same damn show.


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Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I have really enjoyed this series and was both thrilled and disappointed at the same time about this book. Thrilled because i figured it was about time poor Miranda got her own story and disappointed because it was the last in the series.

I found this book to be less exciting than the previous ones in the series. Not that the characters or the situation were any less interesting, just that I found the reomance to be a little too pat and predictable for my taste. Justice was a likable character an
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I put off reading this book because quite honestly I didn't want this series to end...after all my delays, I finally settled down to read the story and thought...were the heck did this come from? I was looking for something that tied the whole series together and didn't really ever get it.

Yes, some of it was really funny...The original characters are pulled back in...there is a bunch of new characters introduced that will most likely become a spin off. Of course we have lots of violence, action
Jenni Ebba
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading this whole series from start to finish, I expected a bigger, better, banging finish. It felt a little lackluster. That being said, there was nothing wrong with the story. Master of Darkness is the conclusion to the wonderful world of the Mageverse and Direwolves. If you haven't read this series yet- DO NOT START WITH THIS ONE. You won't be lost by any means, but you'll definitely ruin any surprises the last ones brought with them.
I won't go to too deep into the plot because ther
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone over 18
Recommended to Linda by: Myself
Shelves: ebooks
A GREAT final book in the Mageverse series by Angela Knight. I loved all the books in this series and really loved this one. I can't say enough about how good Angela Knight's books are..

In the final book of New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight's Mageverse, two werewolves must save humanity from a madman, despite their mutual distrust--and growing passion...

Miranda Drake is the daughter of Warlock, a werewolf sorcerer and sworn enemy of King Arthur. Like her father, she's a werewolf wi
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
You know you're in deep doo doo when your own father wants you dead. This has been a problem for Miranda Drake since she came into her powers as a 4 year old child. She cowers in fear when any alpha Werewolf shows aggression towards her. And this stumps Miranda as she is the daughter of one of the most powerful sorcerer Werewolves on the planet, evil Warlock. But Miranda has learned to turn away from her own powers and does not understand why, because all she wants is her freedom...oh...and Dadd ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of good chapters filled with humor, adventure, and love. Most of Miranda and Justice's relationship develops before the book starts and leaves the relationship feeling rushed until mid-book. For missing out in-between books on their building relationship, the chemistry was there, and it made up for it when the book caught up to the relationship.

There were some issues like new characters brought in with background stories that left me speed-reading back to Miranda and
Justice. Thr
Tracie R
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love the Mageverse Series and Angela Knight has added a great and final installment. I did struggle to pick this book up, it was not because of the book but knowing it was the last. That is how you know a great series when you don't want to see it end.

'Justice that is your name' that is what William Justice's father said to him before he walked out the door. Born into a long line of cops William Justice has agreed to protect Miranda Drake in an attempt to redeem himself for what he beleives i
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Angela Knight. I’ve really enjoyed this series from the beginning and have especially enjoyed her take on vampires and werewolves. I feel that this story, Master of Darkness, ties directly to the storyline of the novel before this so I do not recommend reading this one as a standalone. Miranda is the daughter of the sworn enemy of King Arthur and his Knights but she does not believe in his teachings and has turned defector for King Arthur. William is serving as her body g ...more
This is a series I have adored, so I may have gone in with too high expectations, but this one just didn't work as well for me.
Had some good snigger out loud moments, but not as many, and I didn't really feel that invested with the main characters, well their relationship anyway. While the action/storyline wasn't too bad, not as involved/involving. But these could be part of my high expectations intruding.

The main fault for me though, is this is meant to be the last book in the series, and it
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the series
This was a wonderful conclusion to the series. The epilogue hints at the next series to be released, which is not in the Mageverse nor on Earth but adjacent to them.

These characters were wonderful. I liked the fact that the heroine did not miraculously emerge unscathed from her childhood of abuse, but is healing throughout the story. The nature of the villain's spell upon her reflects upon and feeds from this.

She and the hero show a marvelous sense of humor. Under stress, it bursts out more. I r
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Angela Knight is an American author of mostly erotic fantasy. She was a reporter for ten years and a comic book author. She lives in South Carolina. First published under Red Sage, she was able to write romantic fiction for the first time in 1996. She published several short stories in their Secrets anthologies. Editor Cindy Hwang brought her to Berkley Publishing and has helped her become a best ...more

Other books in the series

Mageverse (10 books)
  • Master of the Night (Mageverse #1)
  • Master of the Moon (Mageverse #2)
  • Master of Wolves (Mageverse, #3)
  • Master of Swords (Mageverse #4)
  • Master of Dragons (Mageverse #5)
  • Master of Fire (Mageverse #6)
  • Master of Smoke (Mageverse #7)
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