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Angel of Darkness

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What if loving someone brought you pure joy, but put you and the world in danger? Would you choose love and take the risk, or suffer to keep the world safe?

Michelle Black wishes for a normal life, but deep down she knows she is different. Plagued with nightmares of the Realms of Torture and the ability to see the sins of men, she finds herself in Hell, unable to escape.

Lucifer wants his prize, the woman promised to him long ago. He fears that she will learn the truth about who she is and what she is destined to become. He will do whatever it takes to keep her, even if it means lying to her.

Can Michelle tame the darkest parts of Lucifer or will his darkness consume her? Can he learn to care for someone he considers his property? Will she find out the truth about her dark destiny?

The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness is the first book in the steamy Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance series that beings the countdown to the Apocalypse.

Please note that this book is intended for Mature Audiences due to foul language, sex, violence and death.

414 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 14, 2015

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Tabitha Barret

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Tabitha Barret is a USA Today Bestselling Author of paranormal, fantasy, young adult and reverse harem romances who graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English. She married the interesting guy from her Creative Writing class and together has two amazing children. They live together in a quiet town in New Jersey with their three rambunctious dogs. To learn more about her books and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website at www.tabithabarret.com.

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773 reviews545 followers
August 14, 2019
Rating : 4 stars

The story
For as long as she can remember, Michelle has been having nightmares of Hell for all her life. Every kind of torture it has to offer, she knows it all and she knows how it feels. And outside of her very vivid dreams, she doesn't belong.
Until a few weeks before graduation, when a voice compels her to kill herself and she wakes up in the Hell she's been dreaming of all her life, only to find it is very real. Lucifer wants her as his mistress and has been waiting a long time for her. She doesn't know why yet and he doesn't know she is going to change him.

The cast
Michelle :
insecure & cold-ish, super beautiful teenager
Lucifer's plaything

in a strange relationship

CJ :
handsome teen
childhood friend of Michelle
huge crush on Michelle

Lucifer :
Prince of Darkness
depressed with huge anger issues
acts like a sad puppy in front of Michelle
pity fuck

Hades :
Hell's Second in command
cunning yet kind of loyal
total psycho

Serena :
Former Hell's Third in command
crazy ass bitch that everyone still fears

Random characters more of less important :
an angry idiot servant
a beautiful angel that keeps getting his ass kicked
the Archangel Gabriel with massive daughter issues

My impression
At first, you would think this is the story of the Big Bad Evil falling in love with the Innocent Naive Sweet Girl, some kind of retelling of Hades and Persephone.

But no. This was very different from what I expected and I did not expect to develop a gigantic crush on Hades, the biggest loser with the biggest case of blue balls ever.

Angel of Darkness is a romance but also isn't really. This is more about twisted versions of love, a possessive love and a pity love. Angel of Darkness might be a paranormal romance, but it is first and foremost the journey of Michelle, as she discover who she is, why Lucifer has been longing for her for millenniums and finding her destiny. Michelle might be a special snowflake, but I loved learning why.

But if you still don't know why you should give it a try, simply imagine the Leader of Hell crying because his girl is a bit mad at him.
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6,766 reviews589 followers
March 13, 2015
Get ready to see angels through an entirely new light! Discover an ancient promise made to the archangel Gabriel and how one teen’s mortal life ends as she begins to fulfill her destiny with the dark angels in Hell. Tabitha Barret’s The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness is a wicked journey through the levels of Hell as Lucifer meets his match in the seduction game in the arms of a young suicide victim destined to be his mate and so much more.

Michelle was a beautiful teen, her heart belonged to her best friend and confidant, but the rest of her life always felt just off kilter. Her parents seemed to be paper cut-outs, the only family she could relate to was Uncle Bob, tall, almost too good looking and always on one adventure or another. This was summer she was going to travel with him and be part of the excitement of his world. Why would she commit suicide? Was it the voices she heard in her head or the nightmares she had that were filled with torture and pain?

She awakens in the world of her nightmares and comes face to face with Lucifer, who expects her to be his concubine, his mistress, but is he hiding something from her? She is meant for more? Second in command, Hades has it out for her, but he cannot destroy her. The secret may lie in the truth of her real father, and her destiny to destroy the world.

Watch Tabitha Barret’s interpretation of the relationship between Heaven and Hell unfold in vivid detail. See the blinding light of the angels in your mind, as well as the evidence of the wrath of Lucifer in graphic detail. Is Hell really for eternity?

Simply riveting, this tale unfolds into so much more than I expected as we take the leap from mortal Earth to the bowels of Hell. Ms. Barret writes with creative abandon, coloring outside the lines of the traditional supernatural with bold strokes and an incredible imagination. Each scene and every character are realistic, no one is all bad, not even Lucifer, although Hades can be a little twit. Ms. Barret’s trip to Hell has heat, but the sensual heat between Lucifer and Michelle, now that’s flaming hot! You guessed it, this is a brilliant gem with a fiery glow that needs to be read!

Publication Date: February 14, 2015
Publisher: Tabitha Barret
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy | Romance
Print Length: 385 pages
Available from: Amazon
Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

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1,385 reviews93 followers
March 28, 2015
I'd make this novel a 3.5. This novel has great creativity and world building, and this new author certainly holds some good landmarks for increasing finesse in future works. This book includes sex, so would really be for a NA to mature audience.

The work is contemporary, and for the younger characters I would have liked the use of dialogue contractions, whereas with the traditional characters you expect a level of formality.

The main character, Michelle, is mostly likable. She has some annoying moments, but considering her levels of confusion and the quantity of misinformation constantly surrounding her, the reader can understand where her attitude stems from. The novel commences in a high school setting and progresses with increasing amounts of curiosity to where this book is taking us.
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From high school, the world spins into an increasing spiral of mystery and it isn’t until over halfway that some of the answers are provided. Michelle finds magical powers within her, and the answers stem from the world building, but also involve the history of that world, including the history of the characters. The answers and the world building are a creative and an innovative take on otherwise traditional subject matter. I’m trying not to give anything away here, so all these comments may seem very esoteric, but when you read the novel you can tell why.  photo Ligeia tower lightening_zpsgqsjmt8j.gif .
The only mention on the negative side of things, is that the details become too extensive and start taking the spotlight away from the grist of the story.

The editing gets messier the further into the book. It starts off well, but loses ground by about a third of the way in. Unfortunately, this would seem to be a common enough problem for independent authors, and unfortunately, a spell check can only take you so far. So yes everyone, I would like to go through them all myself and track corrections! Ah but for an eye to detail.

It will be interesting to see where the next novel takes us, so here’s to waiting!
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Creativity 4
Writing 3
Innovation 4
Editing 2.5
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13 reviews1 follower
April 1, 2015
The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness is a good example of the “New Adult” category. This is a sort of coming-of-age adventure tale aimed primarily at those from 16-20. There is some graphic sex which puts it beyond the classic “Young Adult” grouping.

The main character is a soon-to-be 18 year old high school girl who is aware that there is something different about her. In a fairly classic pattern, the outcast high-schooler wakes up to a world where there’s something unique and special about her. I was expecting this to be a somewhat trite book, but it actually was more creative and interesting than I expected. This story didn’t really strike me as “paranormal” as much as just simply “urban fantasy”. Just simply tossing your characters into Hell doesn’t make it paranormal as far as I’m concerned.

The characters are fairly detailed and reasonably well fleshed out. The story has a good pace to it. I was lost by the concepts of Hell presented, as well as being a bit confused by some of the plot. There seems to be a lot going on in this book, and if it continues into a series I expect most of it will make sense.

If you’re into new adult fiction and have a taste for religious urban fantasy, this is probably a good book for you.
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Author 41 books219 followers
August 16, 2015
Very good story. Interesting and entertaining take on Angels/Fallen Angels/etc. Michelle is a very likable character, love her inner strength despite all the hell (pun intended) she is forced to go through. Her story is definitely one I am glad to know.
To be honest, I would give the book a 4.5, only because there were times where the plot seemed to lull. It did always manage to pick back up, which made me glad that I did not move on from the book to pick up at a later date. If I was caught in a bad moment, I might have been tempted to do so.
Overall, I recommend this read for anyone who likes paranormal/fantasy romances. Due to some steamy moments, I would recommend it for ages 18 and up.
30 reviews
April 3, 2017
Are you a fan of dark romance? If yes, this is the book for you. This world is fascinating, and Tabitha's imagination is top notch. I loved the relationship between Lucifer and Michelle, but the other characters intrigued me as well. I'm looking forward to reading more. This author is definitely going on my TBR list!!

Just a note - This isn't the kind of book you can read in one sitting, unless you read really fast. It's longer than the typical read, but there is so much going on in the story, you don't really notice the length. It's a fun world to get lost in; you won't regret it.
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714 reviews4 followers
April 21, 2018
Great take on heaven and hell.

This is not my usual sort of RH I would go for but it had a really good storyline. I still feel bad for poor CJ I wish he got some kind of closure. Hopefully we will see him happy in latter books. I liked the take on Lucifer also but found him to be a little whinny at times. The apocalypse storyline is really great though and am interested to see where the angels she will collect will take the story.
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September 9, 2018
A new world of angels

I love the different take on Lucifer and the apocalypse. I’m anxious to see how Lady Black’s relationship with all of her angels will unfold. The drama and mystery surrounding her past and future keep the book entertaining and her romance with Lucifer keeps you wanting to see more passion! I am disheartened by CJ not being around and hope that we’ll get to see him in the coming books.
1,167 reviews1 follower
July 26, 2017
Love this concept

This is probably my favorite story concept I have read in a long time. I was drawn in to the world and could not put the book down. I like the MC and am intrigued by the secondary characters. I took off a star bc I skimmed this book at times bc the explanations were long and at times boring. I will definitely continue this series.
32 reviews
June 20, 2017
Wow what a great story. Fell in love with this book now can't wait to read book two. Well written and easy to read. Different from any other paranormal story I have ever read. Keep up the good work Tabitha ❤️📚
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Author 8 books39 followers
September 17, 2017
I loved it! I couldn't put it down!
Is it wrong to be swooning and excited by the devil? I don't care! Lucifer is dark and sexy, hot and powerful, and another book boyfriend for me!
The mystery as to who Michelle Black is great! I enjoyed finding out her real identity and her connection to Lucifer.
This book is intriguing, engaging, hot, passionate and fierce!
This book starts the series and I can't wait to read the rest!
A new favorite author of mine!
Must read!
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1,871 reviews14 followers
September 17, 2017

This book was recommended to me so I thought I would give it a try. The writing is excellent, the characters are great and the setting/theme also good. I started struggling a little midway through but not enough to give up.

I am glad I carried on as it really picked up and I now need to read book 2, I do recommend this story as it has captured me, I am hoping to be able to give the next book a 5 star rating, I would recommend perseverance if like me you struggle a little as it is worth it
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April 27, 2020
3,5 stars ish
At the beginning i could not really get into the book at all, so i stopped reading it after i had read 21% of the book. And then i picked it up again 27 of april again and finished it in one sitting :) It was interesting enough to keep me wanting more and to continue reading the next book which i will pick up right after this one. The MC was alright , not that special to me
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171 reviews44 followers
August 17, 2015

Angel of Darkness is the first book in the Third Throne series, a set of books that go beyond the traditional ideas about Heaven and Hell and present us with a totally new side of them. The heroine of this book is Michelle Black, a “normal teen” that harbors some feelings for her best friend even when she hasn’t realize it yet. Every night she is haunted by these horrible nightmares that take place in Hell but the truth is that those dreams are nothing but a tiny bit of what is yet to come. Introverted and with no one to truly understand what she is going true, she is excited by the idea of living everything behind while traveling with her uncle for three months. The problem? Lucifer wants her with him as soon as possible. Suicide changes Michelle’s plans and transports her to the Throne room of the Prince of Darkness, who names her his Mistress.
I have to confess I was a little confused when Michelle is named the Mistress of Lucifer. I mean, it sounds quite unrealistic because just a few pages before the biggest problems she had were the nightmares and Prom. Nevertheless, as the plot continues you realize that there is much more to her destiny than what she knows. Lucifer and his minions are definitely hiding something very from her and by the looks of it, it is no small thing and it might even be a threat towards the Dark Lord.
Now, regarding the characters, I have to admit I was truly pleased with the way the author portrayed Lucifer. Handsome but with the glint of evil and mischief in his eyes and with an aura that screams: POWER! That was expected but what truly caught my attention was that she gave him a real touch of sensitivity. I got to “see” the real tears of regret from The Prince of Darkness after beating to a pulp another angel and how deeply he felt towards Michelle. Obsession, love, possessiveness, confusion, all those feelings were reflected in his actions and that really moved me and made me realize that maybe there is much more to him that what the conventional stories about demons and Hell tell us. Personally, this version of Lucifer was quite refreshing and appreciated. Likewise, Michelle didn’t disappoint. She was predictable to some point but I was truly amazed by how calm she took all the “dying thing” instead of falling into tears and playing the part of damsel in distress. She is curious and wants to learn the truth about her death, her destiny and there is no one that will stop her from that, not even on Lucifer’s orders.
Another interesting character is Hades. Yeah, I know. We all know is as the greek God of the Underworld but in this novel he is the subordinate of Lucifer and he is not that happy about his Master acting like a lovesick fool and sobbing every now and then. He believes Michelle a thread and since killing her by his own hand is impossible he is trying his best to push her out of the way by any means possible.
I truly recommend this book to any paranormal fans that are in search of a novel full of mystery, drama and romance all wrapped around a truly refreshing twist on the conventional stories.

4 fangs
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171 reviews39 followers
March 26, 2015
"The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness"
by Tabitha Barrett
5 Fangs

I am an independent reviewer for 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. I received this book from the author and from 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. This is my honest review.

The is a first book that Tabitha Barrett has published and she has plans to make it a series. This supernatural/fantasy novel that grabs the reader at the very beginning. It is very intense and be mindful this is an adult book with adult subject matter.

Michelle is a strong female character who suffers from nightly nightmares of hell. She is also a high school senior in which she feels no ones really notices her except for her best friend CJ, the hunky English teacher, Mr. Timmons and her Uncle Bob. Michelle world is turned upside down as secrets are revealed.

"The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness" is a complex book that deals with very complex issues and their consequences. My emotions were all over the board. I felt sorrow and hope for the characters as they found their way through finding the truth about themselves and others.

I recommend this book to those who aren't afraid to read about distorting issues. This is a challenge to read as it gives the reader ruminate about the storyline and its complexity. Enjoy.
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1,288 reviews63 followers
August 19, 2015
ANGEL OF DARKNESS is the first book in a new series, called The Third Throne. Michelle Black has lived with dreams of those suffering in Hell for years and can only confide in her best friend, CJ, about her dreams. When the voices become overwhelming, Michelle takes drastic action and ends up in Hell. The Angel of Darkness impresses upon Michelle she is his new servant, but things seem suspicious to Michelle and she starts to figure out she is more than just Lucifer’s servant. THE THIRD THRONE: ANGEL OF DARKNESS had a creative premise and the characters were well-developed, but left me with some mixed feelings. Some things about Michelle in the beginning struck me as contradictory, but as we learned more about Michelle it made a little more sense. This is definitely a book for NA and Adult readers due to the graphic sex scenes. THE THIRD THRONE: ANGEL OF DARKNESS an interesting start to this new series.
Author 2 books3 followers
August 10, 2015
A very good read.... it totally shines a new light on how one thinks of angels and life in Hell. The author has great skills on world building, you could actually picture Hell quite vividly in your mind. I loved the characters and their personalities, especially Lucifer. It actually made me smile when he gets angry with someone like his servants and instantly wants to kill them.... I know that sounds kinda weird but you have to read it to understand what I mean. The relationship between Michelle and Lucifer grows steadily throughout the story, they have their moments when they disagree as all couples do but it binds Michelle and Lucifer closer together. It's a great start to the series, I look forward to see more of Tabitha Barret's work.
By the way this story as a few matured adult scenes (which certainly shocked me)
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Author 5 books73 followers
June 19, 2015
A spellbinding read!
I don’t typically read a lot of paranormal romance, but this book’s amazing cover and intriguing blurb convinced me to dive in. And I’m so glad I did! This book had me hooked from the first chapter, and kept me reading well into the night.
The author did an excellent job with world building, including a fascinating variation on hell, Lucifer, and the rest of the angels. I enjoyed the depth of character development, and how the layers are revealed bit by bit until the reader has an understanding of how and why Lucifer became who his is. The twists will surprise you!
The book ends in a very satisfactory way, but it’s clear there is more to this story. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this fascinating series!
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1,683 reviews56 followers
May 18, 2016
So not what I expected

I opened this book expecting another Lucifer is bad, God is holy, Archangels control all sort of thing. But the way Tabitha wrote this book, I saw a whole other side of things........and I LOVED it!! Tabitha really wrote an amazingly addictive first book to this series
7 reviews18 followers
April 1, 2015
This is a very good book with incredibly detailed characters. The premise starts out fairly simple, then quickly evolves in a bit of an unexpected way.

The setting is super creative, and the theme is definitely young adult. Looking forward to her next work!
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733 reviews68 followers
August 1, 2017
Man, I hate to say this, but I'm glad it's over.
The story started out great. I liked the mystery behind Michelle's nightmares and her relationship with CJ. Everything was new and shiny and I was exited to read the book. But it all started to go downhill the moment Michelle "died".
First of all, was it just me, or was anyone else annoyed by how indifferent Michelle was to the matter of her own death? She woke up in a fucking HELL, realized that she somehow died and was like "oh, well. What can you do. Oh, hey, Lucifer." I mean, WTF.
Then, what was the point of creating CJ's character, telling us about how the both are secretly in love with each other and want to be together, only to forget all about him and their "love" after her death. I kind of expected him to reappear and try to save Michelle or be consumed by guilt because of not helping her and to also die. I don't know what I expected, but it definitely wasn't for his character to be forgotten.
Then there was Lucifer. Did anyone else notice that he was bipolar? Anyway, I was so frustrated by Lucifer's and Michelle' (I'm gonna keep calling her Michelle, deal with it) childish behavior. There were constantly making some stupid and false assumptions about each other, based on whatever, trying to start a conflict out of nothing. And later they would have extremely long talks about each other's feelings and how they both were wrong and how they love each other and I would be like oh my god stop.
And her constant name changes. “In my mind, I had called you Anjali”. No, you didn't. First he insisted on calling her "mistress", in his mind he referred to her as "girl" and then, out of the blue, he started calling her Anjali. And she was like "okey, I'm no longer Michelle, I'm Anjali". And then she was "Lady Black". And I was like "why am I still reading this?".

Now to the things I did like (there weren't many):
1. I liked the beginning, the story promised to be good.
2. The transition between the POVs was rather smooth, which is rare.
3. I liked the explanation of how all the myths of the other gods came to be (specifically Hades).
4. There were some things that I've never met in other books before (like the bringer of the Apocalypses - the Destroyer. Or, at least, the was she was explained in this story).

Unfortunately, the book kept dragging on and by the end of it I was bored out of my mind. I won't read any follow ups.
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2,070 reviews16 followers
January 18, 2022
I hate not finishing books but this one was boring as hell...pun intended. Not only was it boring but there were several things that just really annoyed me/didn't make sense to me...

The first thing very early on was in chapter two. This girl, who described herself as an outcast with few friends said "instead of writing a God-awful report about it, Mr Timmons mercifully suggested that she perform a scene." No outcast in their right mind would prefer to perform in front of those who have cast them out instead of writing a report and just hanging in the background. And the teacher was so weird about the performance in the hallway and i can't imagine how this girl was not completely creeped out by his focus on her.
Another note on the detachment from reality of this girl...her uncle was taking her on a vacation during the summer so she could get ready for the extended vacation she was going to take instead of going to college...or working. Oh and thank GOD that her uncle gave her new luggage because could you imagine if she had to use her old suitcase, what a nightmare that would have been. There were just so many instances of how bratty and entitled this chick is but lets move on..

She ends up in hell but her know it all nature is not to be buried....here are some of my favorite moments:
"If Lucifer's servant was trying to warn her, she thought it best to listen to him" She's been there for a minute and knows absolutely nothing about anything...she shouldn't trust anyone
"If she ran, she knew she would have to keep running forever". Like no you don't, you don't know anything!!
"She didn't want to find out what the consequences were for refusing his request based on Aganon's reaction". I repeat, you don't know anything!! you don't know if anyone in this place would ever tell you the truth.

And then there was the fact that Lucifer tricked her into committing suicide and she just loves her tours of hell and doesn't even get mad when she's tortured. Oh that Lucifer, such a flirt.

So in conclusion...this was not for me.
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436 reviews12 followers
January 13, 2018
We meet Michelle Black, a seemingly normal girl with boring parents, a doting uncle and a best friend that she has a crush on. Oh oh oh... and she can feel the sins people have committed and dreams of all the torture Hell has to offer on a nightly basis. Lately she's been hearing a voice whispering to her... Yeah... not so normal.
Lucifer, ruler of Hell wants the woman that he has been promised by Gabriel so so long ago. He feels the darkness taking over and he needs Michelle now!

My take on the book:
It was a hard book to finish. I'm not one to give up in the middle of a book, but I can honestly say, for me personally, it only started getting good around 65% of the book.
The first half of the book lacked flow, it felt drawn out. Again, this could be me personally if it feels different for you!
When it started to get good, it rly got good! :) The flow was there, stuff started to happen and we got a sense where everything fits (well.. except CJ, you'd think he would play a big part right?). Anyway, character development was good, I especially liked the dynamic between Lucifer and Hades, though I'm left wondering why only those two are influenced/affected by the light within Anjali and not the other Fallen. Maybe that will be explained in a next book. The romance felt a bit forced. There is some sex described so be mindful if you're looking for a read without any.

While the ending of the book left me burning with questions about the Predznak, how Lucifer will deal with it when Anjali finds them, ... at this moment I'm not inclined to read the other books.
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617 reviews
June 10, 2015

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Michelle Black lives an average life as she looks to her future beyond high school, but she is not an average girl. Plagued by nightmares of Hell and the unusual ability to see the sins of men, she stands apart from those around her. Deceived by a voice controlling her mind, she finds herself trapped in the place of her nightmares, Hell.

The ruler of Hell, the Angel of Darkness, tells her that she must now serve him, and she is forced to face the Realms of Torture. Strange things begin to happen as she senses that she is being deceived and is meant to be more than just a servant. The Angel of Darkness tries to gain her trust by professing his love for her, but she knows that he is keeping the truth from her. She will need to survive enemies hidden in the shadows who conspire to destroy her. Will she learn the truth about who she is and what she is destined to become before it’s too late?

The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness is the first book in the series that introduces us to Michelle Black and her dark destiny. She must fight to survive in Hell as she searches for the terrifying truth about the darkness that resides deep inside of her.

Anjali was fascintating. She was brave. And powerful. And determined. Her sudden change did surprise me. It seemed like once she knew who she was, she accepted an entirely different personality. She was an entirely different person.
It was hard to keep up with her name changes. Annoyed me a bit. Mistress. Michelle. Anjali. Lady Black. It was so quick when she changed. It was as if she was changing personalities. And she didn't even know about her powers when she became Anjali's personality. Okay... She didn't even know how powerful she could be. But she became cocky and outspoken. I think I preferred Michelle. Michelle was good. A bit innocent. A bit naive. A tad shy. These all made her interesting. A different side of the coin compared to Lucifer's roughhousing attitude. (The kill and think later attitude.)
Lucifer wasn't too bad. He did have his qualities. He had a soft side. Which was only exposed when Anjali was present. (And even that isn't a soft side per se.) But he was tough and rough. I liked that he did punish people for doing things they weren't supposed to, but he wasn't a good leader or anything. He didn't really interest me as much as he should have. He did seem a bit tough. (Poor Mark.) But he can change. No. He will change. Anjali made him softer. More open. Less tough. Less rough. But too much will destroy him. Destroy Hell. So I'm not sure how great Anjali's influence on him is. (Just picture a bunny-hugging Lucifer. Can't? Me too.)

The plot was odd. It went through several different phases all at once. It started off as some crazy love story with a bit of a love-hate relationship. It then transitioned into this becoming brave story for Anjali. Then Anjali is being hunted. (Gasp.) And she has to fight back. We end on a different note, though.
The love story was a bit...creepy. Like...steamy and creepy at the same time. If that is even possible. I wanted to say it was a good romance...but no. It wasn't really that good. I thought it was a bit annoying. The two seemed to clash at every opportunity.
Then the turning-powerful-learning-yourself part. Anjali changed too quickly. She became someone she wasn't at the start very quickly. Like...ten pages quickly. (That quickly.) She became eternally cocky and sassy. (I don't mind the sass, of course.) She just didn't seem...right. She seemed to be a bit of an oddball there. And all the times she was pushed to her limit? Insert blast of powerful mojo. Whoop whoop! It seemed like she had so many things that happened to her. Bad things. And people who hated her. (Why? Because she could survive in the realms of Hell? Like that's a bad thing. The angels should be taking notes, so they can make the realms worse.)
And the hunted. Okay. This came at the ending. If it came in the middle or so, I might have different thoughts. But it was the ending. 'Oh. Now, you're powerful. The bringer of the Apocalypse. And now you have to worry about being stabbed in the back. Gasp!' Erm...okay? I don't see why these people are attacking now. Why not attack when Lucifer brought her in? She was more exposed then! I don't get their reasoning.

The romance was...steamy. Steamy steamy. It was comprised mostly of Lucifer and Anjali banging. (Or however you care to call it.) And then fighting. Making up. And banging again. Lucifer destroyed himself, whining and wailing. Anjali was hungry for Lucifer. It seemed like a vicious cycle that would never end. Sigh.
I didn't expect how detailed the sex scenes got. I knew it would have sex but not as explicit as it got. (It shocked me.) But...I got...accustomed to them. (If accustomed is the right word.) They still shocked me. (I hadn't read many explicit sex scenes. Most books just fade to black and let things be hinted at.) I don't think I liked them. Nope. Definitely didn't like them. If I was older and more mature, it would be a different story. But now? Nope. Didn't like them.

But. I had a problem with the grammar. The missing commas. The words that were wrong or misplaced. It annoyed me a bit. I know my grammar isn't perfect. I miss words or add words instead. (The English language can be confusing for me sometimes. It's like my brain doesn't compute what I'm hearing, writing, or reading. I'm often left nodding in confusion to random statements like 'I like pizza'.) It did annoy me, though. A few misplaced commas is one thing. If it's repeated, that's a trend. And it isn't a good trend.

The ending started to lure me in. So much started to happen. It lured me in. It seemed like all her changes and the attacks made Anjali different. Stronger perhaps? Who knows? I started to want to know more. Like the Predznak. Will they submit? Will they let her be their Master? And when is the Apocalypse? Will Anjali be killed? Will Lucifer be killed? How about Gabriel? Will Lucifer turn into a sniveling wimp? Questions questions questions. They kept coming. I'm officially lured in
Sure, the sex turned me off. It did. Did I feel like it could have been more censored? Yup. Did I like the romance? No. Did I like the characters? Not really. Was this book good? Not really.
But the ending drew me in. That's why I might continue the series. If it is a series. (And it sorta has to be.)

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Author 32 books93 followers
August 12, 2017
This was a tough one to rate, because I really loved how well the author gripped my attention from the beginning. However, it fell flat in several spots throughout the book and I had to skim through a lot of the conversations out of boredom.

My ratings:
5 stars for plot, storyline, and character development
3-1/2 stars for dialogue

There was too many long and drawn out conversations, and the characters repeated themselves over and over again. As well, they would think about something and then repeat it out loud. This happened so many times, I started losing interest. I also struggled with how things ended with CJ. I needed more closure, but I understand that's just how some stories have to go, in order to move it forward.

All that being said, the story has tremendous potential and the way the author pulled me in from the first chapter and had me anticipating the events, one after another, I have to still give this book a thumbs up! I absolutely loved the unique story line and the creative way the author spun hell and heaven and everything in between. It's worth the read and I'm excited to read the next book in the series!
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November 23, 2019
Loved 💘💘

The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness
By: Tabitha Barret 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

******** May Contain Some Spoilers ********
I will try my absolute best to keep spoilers to a minimum or completely out of my review. Sometimes it can be hard to do so.

I found this book to be very interesting. I wasn't sure that this was a RH, I found out at the end, reading the blurb for the next book, that this is a slow burn RH. This is about a young girl, Michelle, who knows nothing about her real past. Not only does she find the truth but also finds love 💘 with Lucifer. I know, I was kinda shocked 😲 but it's a believable story. She also finds herself with an enemy, Hades, that wants her dead. A lot of action scenes in this book. I'm really interested in how this storyline develops through out the series. 💜💜💜

•••••• I highly recommend this book/series! ••••••
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April 28, 2023
I really wanted to like this book, and I really tried to push past the hang-ups I faced pretty much after the first few pages.

I cant' get into what it was because I don't want to poison anyone else from trying this book. what bothered me might not bother others. However I didn't like the fact that it felt like a teenager wrote this book. It was written very childishly. Yes, that is how I felt. I didn't understand some of the phrasings that came out of supposedly adult and sophisticated characters.

I kind of got the feeling that the author is a teenager trying to write a book but is only able to use her own personal life experiences to write about things much more adult.

Anyhow, that is my opinion and I hope that it is understood that this is "MY" hangup and may not be recognized by others.

Since I didn't finish the book I can't give it a star rating.
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