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Dark One's Mistress

(Dark One #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  28 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B01KEO4E3U

When you’ve spent all your life in the same quiet village, what is there to fear?

As Clarabelle Weaver passes her seventeenth year, she still lives under the protection and shadow of the Great Lord’s fortress. The lord’s men patrol the land and keep the villagers safe, but no one has seen or heard much from the lord hims
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Published October 31st 2016 by Thardrandian Publications (first published November 11th 2013)
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This was part of Fantasy Book Review’s grouping, and has since been eliminated. This was a heavy romance book, and romance is sort of …. no, it’s way out of my wheelhouse. I tried my best with this review since I don’t read romance all that often – if you are big into romance and think it sounds like your thing check it out!



Clara is born in a lower class family in a pretty typical medieval setting. She’s the daughter of a seamstress, and the relationship she has wit
Alyssa Janine Busia
Dark One's Mistress is a novel that gives you a charming dark romantic story, and it also offers intriguing details that you'll want to know as you read it.

Clara lives an unhappy but straightforward life because of her mother's way of treating her. On her way home, she was taken by unknown men and was brought to a place where the Great Lord resides. There, she will discover that he needs an heir and to be able to do that, he needs to pick one who will be his mistress, which unfortunately was her
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
DARK ONE'S MISTRESS is the first book in the Dark One's Trilogy, and we start with Clara being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She lives in a village called Everdark and rumours abound that the Great Lord has died, and his heir now rules. If this is the case, then a new mistress will be called upon. Clara is one of those taken and she does everything she can to avoid being the one chosen, but to no avail.

This is a slow-paced book, with plenty of interaction between Lucias and Clara as he t
A lot more fun than I thought it would be!
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger Warning: attempted rape

I really didn’t expect to like this book at all. It was a very fascinating story with major gothic vibe. This is basically the first ever gothic-fantasy I read, and I definitely see the appeal of it. I didn’t know that gothic-fantasy exist, not until this book actually, but overall I find the whole story enjoyable. The writing was smooth and steady throughout the whole book, and that helps me understand the story and the plot so easily. The plot wasn’t that much in
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Started out promising, but plot and characterisation problems bogged it down later. Despite all the things I found annoying I thought this book was interesting and the author had potential, it just needed a bit of improvement in the writing. The relationship between Clara and Lucias managed to tread the line between the beginning of a genuine relationship and Stockholm Syndrome well enough, and was definitely the highlight of the book for me. I was having fun and thinking about checking out the ...more
A.J. Flowers
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
I really enjoyed this book. I have to agree with the blurb that it has a lot of elements of the original “Beauty and the Beast” and hits some Grimm Brothers fairy tales. I would have liked to have seen more of the world, since I found the premise quite interesting, but I did enjoy how character-oriented the story was. Clara is likable and her interactions with Lucias are also believable. The dialogue is snappy and witty, which really brought the characters to life.

I highly recommend “Dark One’s
N.N. Light
If you like your romance swathed in Gothic themes, you'll love this book. I do enjoy gothic romance from time to time but I found this one very heavy-handed. While superbly written with the proper amount of historical accuracy, I found it too dramatic.

My Rating: 4 stars
Anyone who knows me knows that Beauty & the Beast is my favorite (Disney) fairytale (have not read the original — should probably do that at some point).

I had never read or watched a Beauty & the Beast retelling outside of watching the Disney version, but I know that fairytale retellings are popular af right now so I was excited to read this one.

As with the Beauty & the Beast that most everyone knows, this story follows a Stockholm syndrome type plotline in that the main character, Clara, is f
Clara is just a normal weaver's daughter until the day she is kidnapped by the Dark Lord's men. The Dark Lord has died and now she and 4 other girls are stolen away to be mistress candidates to the new Dark Lord, Lucius.

Clara's life is turned upside down when she is chosen. Now she must contend with escaping Lucius and his horde of soulless servants, but is everything really as it seems? Could a man who rips men's souls from their bodies and kidnaps women not be the monster he seems to
Brittany Goodman
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

This story as interesting. The ending leaves room for more but not a cliffhanger. The characters are well developed and interesting.
Tera Comer
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This is the first time I have read anything from this author and I was rather pleased. The first part of the book was a little slow for me but it did pick up. I loved Clara's attitude as it wasn't as horrible as Penny's but she wasn't a sniveling submissive either. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good idea but could have been written better. Still worth reading the sequel
Madame Black Rose
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I was surprised by this book. While I'd rate this as slightly past YA, it possesses some YA vibes that I'll label it there for this review. Anyway, I've been profoundly disappointed with the YA genre and have nearly given up on it altogether. Having read Cruel Beauty, which I have my own quabbles with, I saw a lot of parallels plot-wise, but this might be also due to the drawings from Beauty and the Beast. For me, while both have strengths and weaknesses, Dark One's Mistress triump ...more
Dawn West
Actual Rating: 3.5

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

A gothic kidnapping by a soul-stealing Dark Lord? Whoa...

Clara has a serious case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. An abduction and carriage ride later, and she finds herself locked inside of a tower in the Dark Lord's fortress along with several other young women. Not exactly how she expected to end the evening.

Why was she taken? Because the old Dark Lord has died and his
Cathy McGough
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The character of Clara caught my interest from her mother's bellow in the first sentence of the book. The author's world building kept me curious and intrigued. Once we met The Great Lord and discover why he needed the girls, I had to keep on reading until I finished to see how it all turned out. Most of the book focuses on Clara's determination - no matter what - to avoid what seems to be inevitable. Lucias is a charming character, who wears his heart on his sleeve and who tries so hard to deal ...more
Heather Osborne
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed on behalf of Readers' Favorite:

Dark One’s Mistress by Aldrea Alien is a clean, romantic fantasy novel. Clarabelle Weaver is minding her own business when a mysterious carriage sweeps in, and kidnaps her, taking her away to the Great Lord’s castle on the outskirts of Everdark. Within the walls of the castle, the Great Lord seeks a mistress upon which to sire an heir, to carry on the bloodline, and continue to protect the village below. Clara is stubborn in her resistance to the young lor
Megan | A Page to Turn
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I wasn’t overly impressed with this book to begin with, I wasn’t severely disappointed either by the end. It is a great concept and I really enjoyed the book for the most part… there were just a few things that made me rate a little lower than I normally would for a decent fantasy story.

I felt like it took longer than it should have to trust Clara as a character and I wanted so badly to fight for her freedom but it just didn’t click as soon as I wanted it to. That being said, I was a fan o
Spunky N Sassy
SNS Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

I love books that have an edge of fantasy to them mixed with historical romance. This book was dark, erotic, and intense. I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to know what Clara's choices would be and whether the kingdom would be saved. This story will have you on the edge of your seat until the end.

~~~~~~~~~~Lillian's ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Clara has been kidnapped from her village along with some other women and taken to the castle of th
Linda Levine
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great fantasy story. Clara lives with her mother and it is a simple but not very happy life in her village. One day, she is taken off the streets and brought to the Dark One, Lucias. He needs an heir and must choose a mistress to be the mother. Lucias has unique powers that protect the kingdom and a child is needed to ensure the safety of everyone.

I really enjoyed the storyline and characters. It is a unique story and the author really created an interesting premise and strong characte
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a realistic and deeply emotional book. I loved getting into the head of the main characters and the story unfolded. I enjoyed the fact that Clara was realistic in her desire to run away from the dangerous man she is trapped with. She wasn't meek, but rather fiesty which made her falling in love all the more enjoyable. Lucias is a dark character, haunted with the reality of his responsibility. Their relationship, though at times a little volitile, is thrilling and fun. On occassion it go ...more
Donna Till
Clara is taken unwillingly to the Lord who oversees the kingdom. Lucias is looking for a woman to give him and heir to keep the kingdom safe. Clara doesn't understand and fights Lucias every step of their relationship.
I found this to be any easy read, i liked how Clara stood up to Lucias despite what she begins to feel for him. The characters are interesting and you want to know more, especially Luicas.
If you like Gothic romance books give it a try.
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This earned 5 stars from me. Clara is spunky. She's not a push-over damsel in distress. She works hard to try to free herself. I've got to admire that in the girl. And then she goes and acts selflessly. And the sweet romance just makes the heart pitter-patter. I'm looking forward to the next book in the trilogy, and you can bet your buttons I'll be picking it up and reading it as soon as I'm able to. ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clara all of a sudden finds herself in the position of having to produce an heir, after she is kidnapped without too much chance of escaping. The Dark Lord has always taken care of his people, but now his death means his son takes over. He must produce an heir, but there is someone who doesn't wish to let that happen. Well written, fast paced, story ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A grear book with some twists that you don't see coming ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent read. I loved the slight twists here and there. kept my attention
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Simplistic writing -- if this is a early teen YA novel I suppose it'd work. Paula Volsky does a much better job with the premise in the Sorcerer's Lady. ...more
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Mother. Animal lover. Vampire. Fangirl.

Aldrea Alien is a multi-award-winning, USA Today Bestselling, bisexual and genderfluid author from New Zealand. She writes fantasy romance of varying heat levels and sexualities.

She grew up on a small farm out the back blocks of a place known as Wainuiomata alongside a menagerie of animals, who are all convinced they're just as human as the next person (espe

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