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My Familiar Stranger

(Knights of Black Swan #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  8,644 ratings  ·  889 reviews
Winner BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES the past four years in a row! - Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Victoria Danann, introduces the epic saga that reset the gold standard for paranormal romance.

I accidentally ended up in this dimension.
I had nothing.
I knew no one.

I barely survived the journey, but landed
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by 7th House (first published April 19th 2012)
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Rarely can a novel hook me so early. Interdimensional travel, Secret Government Agencies, Paranormal Studies, Black-Ops Style Vampire Hunters, and a Blend of Action and Romance.
If you're reading reviews on GoodReads because you saw this book is FREE on Amazon & iBooks, and you thought you'd see what other people were saying before you made your decision... Let me stop you there...

Read it. The whole series is freaking fantastic!

Victoria Danann set up a complex character system with ease,
Tracey Murphy
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have to say that I did not know what to expect in this book, but am very glad I tried it. The story is about a young woman that is pushed into an portal that transports her (not gently) into a parallel earth.

I was completely caught up in the story and can't wait to see what happens to our favorite people in the next books. Elora finds out that because she is not from this dimension, it has many benefits to her physically (makes her stronger, faster than the other people there). She starts to
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started out reading this book thinking that it was one of the strangest books I had ever read. Turned out to be one of the BEST books I have ever read! Victoria puts things together in her own way and they come back through and mesh together unlike anything I have ever seen. You don't see things coming the way you do in some books, up until the very end she keeps you on your toes! I had the worst book hangover after reading this as well. I was so beyond sad that it was over! I knew she had ...more
Kym Grosso
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the ideas within this book and the new world of rules of the Order of the Black Swan, a vampire fighting secret organization. Elora, the heroine, falls into a new world via a time travel/parallel universe device; she's pushed from her world by a family friend and mentor as her family's home is attacked in a revolution.

Sir Storm, a knight within the Order of the Black Swan, and his mates, find her; she's a bloody, beaten mess. While his friends want to kill the stranger, Sir Storm insists
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the characters they were believable and stayed true through the book. I thought the story line was very interesting and creative. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the end seemed rushed. The rest of the book was very detailed and seemed to cover everyone's point of view, once you hit 85% mark it races to the end.

All that said I can not wait for October for the next book in the series and I hope I don't have too long of a wait after that for the 3rd.

I gave this book 5 stars
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful introduction to a great new series! Fantasy, romance, strong heroes and heroines, what more could you want?
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fresh look at the paranormal, vampires, romance and strong male and female characters. Good, solid characters and their personal growth as life happens and challenges are met.
Pam James
This book was so good I could not put it down. I love all the dimensions it takes you to! If you are into paranormal romance you definitely need to get this book & the squeal. I am a forever fan now!!! So now I have read this book 2 times. It is even better the second time around. I fell for Storm the 1st time. The second Time I found Rammel Hawking totally charming!!!Lets not forget about Istvan Baka what a sexy Vampire!!! Please if you have not read this Yet get your free copy NOW!!! It is ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
"The plural of vampire is vampire."

Right then, onto the Paranormal bit first - there is vampire involved but this in no way is the only part of the story. In fact, they are not mentioned much at the beginning and I was a bit confused why I was reading about them when the story didn't seem to involve them. There is a vampire who has regained his human consciousness (think Angel from Buffy) and now is working with the secret Order of the Black Swan to help neutralise the vampire threat.

But this
Tifinie Henry
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Victoria Danann has created a magical story beginning with "My Familiar Stranger".There is a secret society, present day knights, berserker, vampires, possible alien and a true love story. With all of this Ms. Danann takes us on an intriguing journey that you will not want to end. But have no fear the story continues.....with "The Witch's Dream"

"My Familiar Stranger" is a must read for all paranormal romance readers. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This also reviews THE WITCH'S DREAM (Order of the Black Swan, #2)
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These books are like crack for readers. I was hooked after reading the first book in this series and immediately began the second. To put it mildly I was swept off my feet. Everything from the world-building to the sex was excellent.

The world is a very complex, quantum multi-verse, very intricate and well thought out. I don’t know if Victoria built everything up before hand or if
Maggie Nolan
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Loved this book. Brought me to a love of PNR. 1st of the Order of the Black Swan series which is awesome.
This is the first book by this author but with the quality of the novel, you would not have known so...My Familiar Stranger is a well written paranormal romance. Characters are very well written, and the plot is innovative. I loved it, loved it, loved it. I must admit that PNR was not something I read previously but now truly excited about this series. After reading this book, I recommended
Michelle Stein
I admit, that it took me a while to finally get to reading this, but after the first couple of chapters I couldnt believe I've waited so long! The book just kept surprising me!! I don't think I've read a book that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering "what's going to happen next?!" I fell in love with a whole new world and it's amazing characters. I love this Series! Victoria sure knows how to write a book that will get anyone easily hooked.
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Familiar Stranger was a wonderfully engrossing paranormal romance with just a dash of science fiction that grabbed me from page one and didn't let go!
Ms. Danann absolutely knows how to get a series going. My Familiar Stranger created a captivating new world with so many possibilities. With elves, beserkers, fairies, vampires and who knows what else running around a society parallel to our own there is so much potential! The world building was awesome. Through Danonn's vivid descriptions I
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This is not a book I would have ever picked up on my own. First of all, the cover just was not appealing to me. It’s a chick’s face. There is wind coming from somewhere, blowing said chick’s hair across her face. She would probably benefit from a hair tie or a headband. And that’s all there is to the cover. Bland, right? Also, it sounded like a really weird blend of commonly used tropes, such as the combination of vampire hunters and
Emily Guido
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

WOW! I read this book in what two days because I just couldn't put it down. "My Familiar Stranger: The Order of the Black Swan" by Victoria Danann was emotional, sweet, moving, funny, heart-wrenching, action-packed and totally enthralled me from the get go!

I don't want to give away any spoilers but I will try to dance around the top points.

The wonderful Elora is a woman-hero that defies most. She literally falls into the laps of defenders against vampires and other supernatural bad guys.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book back to back with the second and third books of this series in a collection on Smashbooks.

These books took my breath away! They have everything I look for in a good paranormal book,and more.

Imagine sitting in a meeting of vampire/supernatural hunters, at a facility very few people have any idea exists, debriefing because of the loss of a team member. Now imagine having a bloody mess land at your feet out of thin air, so badly damaged you can't tell what it is, even when it opens
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed My Familiar Stranger. I thought it was unique and incorporated a lot of different paranormal aspects. Everything from Vampires, time travel, dimensions, Fairies and Elves. The love triangle between Elora, Ram and Storm is definitely one that keeps you going. You really don’t know who Elora will choose. Will she go with her heart or her mind. Who can she live without? You really go back and forth on who you’d like to see “win” Elora’s heart. Another character who captured my heart ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just have to say I loved this book! It combines paranormal romance (vampires) with a little fantasy (elves) and science fiction (interdimensional travel). Three of my favorite genres to read.

I couldn't put this book down from the moment I started reading. I fell in love with the characters from the start. They were well thought out and each one had endearing qualities that made you like each one in a different way; Elora for her perseverance and strength, Storm for his support and kindness,
I decided I wanted to read a good paranormal/vampire novel. So, I went on a mission on amazon for a book that would work... I came upon this novel (which was free by the way) and decided to give it a try. Boy, am I glad I did. I loved it!

Vampirism is a virus in this novel and the whole vampire theme was a backdrop as to what the story was really about. Lady Laiken was a great character - and the love 'square' was freaking fantastic. You didn't know who she was going to end up with until the
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've read in years and years! The beginning of a romantic paranormal fantasy of epic proportions!

Do NOT miss this book. You will read it over and over again!

Even better - subsequent books in the series are also A+ reads everyone of them!
Between the Bind
**review by Jenna Lynne @ Between the Bind**

This book was a RIDE! I simply cannot say enough great things about Victoria Danann and the genius that is My Familiar Stranger. Danann's writing style is uniquely honest and captivates her audience with both plot and characters in a well-developed and thoughtful world (or "worlds" as it seems). I cannot believe that this book is only a $.99 read.

The Love Nest:

Elora Liaken is the perfect meshing of kick-assness and vulnerability. Literally dropping
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
I have seen so many good reviews for this novel I've decided to give it a try. The blurb sounded promising, and as I've read on i liked it. A lot...

The first 50% of the book was really well detailed and i found myself immersed in a new life of a girl who found herself in a new world. She seemed nice and i was sympathetic to her difficulties.

But then....

As the story progressed i realized that she could do no wrong. She gets warned for her own safety NOT to do a certain thing. She does it anyway
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved every page of this wonderful story. Fantasy and paranormal is not really my cup-of-tea, I tend to read historical fiction and classics, but this book was amazing. I have felt in love with the characters and enjoyed every unexpected turn. Elora is the perfect looking woman, extremely sexy, intelligent, funny, witty, loyal and skilled in many arts. It is no wonder she soon has three males fighting for her heart. To start with I wished she would choose Storm as he seemed her perfect ...more
Kerry  sullivan
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm

I was asked by the author to review this book and so I bought a copy and set about reading it. Now if I am honest I have to say I was expecting to be bored with in the first 10 pages because it was not a book of my choice but how wrong was I!! What actually got was a really interesting tight and ultimately fantastic story. This is clearly the opener to a series about the Knight and what Knight they are, all alpha and honourable. I do see shades of
This book grabbed my attention early on and did not let up. I was transported in my mind to a destination full of danger, excitement, humor, and romance. The characters were bigger than life, but I was easily able to relate to their individual dispositions. One of the things I most liked about this story is the way in which a slip of a girl, an outsider no less, comes into a staid, all-male enclave and turns it on its ear. It was an absolute joy to behold. Obviously, I love strong female ...more
Anna Salamatin
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This first book from the Order of the Black Swan had me right from the start.
I felt so bad for the way Elora was just tossed into that tunnel, thankfully she survived, just barely. She shows true strength with her will to live and her long adjustment to her alternate dimension.
We also meet Bad Company, members of the Order of the Black Swan. These men put it all on the line to protect mankind from even knowing or being touched by the evil in this world.
I fell in love with each of them in turn,
Laurel Johnson
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book because it was free and seemed like an interesting book. Not only did it turn out to be interesting, I fell in love with it! This cast of characters is so awesome. They are tough but loyal and caring at the same time. You can't put the book down afraid you'll miss what happens next. They become real life people. You will feel all their joy, pain, heartache and love. I can't wait to start on the next book in the series!! Don't miss out on one of the best books ever! ...more
Michelle Stein
This was my second time reading this book. And it was even better the second time. Especially after you get to know all the characters. I love this Series! Victoria sure knows how to write a book that will get anyone easily hooked!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, is the author of over thirty eight romances: paranormal, scifi, fantasy, and contemporary.

Her Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES FOUR YEARS IN A ROW. - Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

She also won Paranormal Romance Novel of the Year FOUR YEARS IN A ROW

Other books in the series

Knights of Black Swan (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Witch's Dream (Knights of Black Swan, #2)
  • A Summoner's Tale: The Vampire's Confessor (Order of the Black Swan, #3)
  • Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Knights of Black Swan, #4)
  • Gathering Storm (Knights of Black Swan, #5)
  • A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Knights of Black Swan, #6)
  • Solomon's Sieve (Knights of Black Swan, #7)
  • Vampire Hunter (Knights of Black Swan, #8)
  • Journey Man (Knights of Black Swan, #9)
  • Falcon (KBS: Next Generation #1)
  • JAX (Knights of Black Swan: Next Generation #2)
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