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A Dance with Darkness

(Angelfire 0.5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  85 reviews
With scorching romance and fantastic action, this original novella is a prequel to Courtney Allison Moulton's gripping and epic Angelfire series.

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 the
ebook, 50 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Courtney Allison Moulton
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 lo

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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The great story of Madeline and Bastian, featuring Nathaniel, with a special cameo at the end by a certain someone. It was pretty cool!
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It was nice to see more background on Bastian, Madeleine, Nathanial, & Cadan. Poor Maddie & Nathaniel. Baby Will :)
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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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?
Emily Crowell
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, novella
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.
Emily (Falling for YA)
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I enjoyed this short novella. It reminded me why I enjoyed the Angelfire series in the first place. It was a total flip to see Bastian, the main villian, as a leading hero.

Is it necessary to read this novella in order to understand the rest of the series? No. But if you liked the books and find this for a good price, or better yet at your local library, give it a go!
Nov 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-releases
Expected publication: January 2nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Jo Stevens
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. This little short story was even better than the first two books in the series that I have managed to read. It was wonderful to read more about Will's mother and the circumstances that led to his birth.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was not expecting that. Wow.. Yeah I think I'm good with out this series for now.
Katherine Lara
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
Evelyn  Richards
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angels
So much backstory! It makes everything more interesting, knowing it's all connected
Shadows n Secrecy
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Angelfire trilogy who'd like to know more about Madeleine's love life with Bastian
I liked it. It was nice getting to know Madeleine more, as well as Bastian and Cadan.

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Amanda Shelley-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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Lora Nowak
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Madeline's story before Will was born.

I enjoyed this entire series and this book answered some questions I had when I read about Will's parents. I love Cadan and it was heartbreaking reading a bit of what his w world was like with Bastian as his father. I wished Madeline could've taken him away but he remained a compassionate character through the series. Madeline tried to see the good in Bastian, I think that's one of human nature's most valuable gift. I highly recommend this book and the othe
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Aside from the supernatural elements, I went into this story blind so I didn't realize that this story was so heavy on the romance and I'm not really moved by that so this wasn't really the best read for me. Plus, more than insta-love, the pacing overall just seemed way too fast. All that said, it's an interesting story about belonging and love and being good enough and being confident enough in your own skin and self and beliefs to make up your own mind and stand firm in that. Interested in see ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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.
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this first without having read any of the series. I have to say it does well in explaining things and it kept me in the loop for the most part. There were a few things I feel are important to the history of a main character that I wish I read about before knowing the background.

(Also, I get the idea that this series is very similar to The Mortal Instruments series. Just by what this novella reveals.)

Off to a good start!
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
In general a nice short story, but perhaps a bit hastily put together as some details were missing. I liked to get to know more about both Madeline and Bastian, but mostly Cadan. (I have only read the first book so far in the series and have high hopes for things to turn around). I am not too fond of the instant love between Madeline and Bastian, but I guess that is an author’s prerogative, bout it would have been nice to have some kind of buildup.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ♡♥♡♥♡♥
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Courtney Allison Moulton lives in rural Michigan with her family, horse, donkey, and a flock of spoiled sheep. When she isn't studying ancient civilizations or writing about magic and monsters, she's busy with farm chores. Her debut novel ANGELFIRE was published when she was just 24 years old.

For more information about Courtney, visit her online at

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Angelfire (3 books)
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