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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  66 reviews

"I truly do feel that if you love the Paranormal genre and have not yet discovered Lindsay J. Pryor or these novels then you need to read them, experience them first hand." Keeper Bookshelf

A spin-off from the bestselling Blackthorn series by Lindsay J. Pryor, set in Lowtown, the neighbouring district to Blackthorn. The product of a brutal class system,

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Piatkus
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Tracey Yes, Haven is a stand alone! Haven is a Lowtown novel, of which there will be more to come, though these novels will be stand alones. It is good. In f…moreYes, Haven is a stand alone! Haven is a Lowtown novel, of which there will be more to come, though these novels will be stand alones. It is good. In fact it's brilliant. Highly recommend it!(less)

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Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always say this but I LOVE PNR. It’s my favourite, out of all the genres. I love how PNR can take you away and anything can be real, the expected is not expected and the surprises are believable. Authors have more leeway when it comes to PNR BUT they do have to have some realism. That’s what Lindsay creates.

Haven has all the grittiness and the rawness of her Blackthorn series. It comes with the depravity and the nitty gritty. She has this way of creating a world that in all reality should disg
Simply put, Haven, Lindsay J. Pryor’s first standalone Lowtown novel is amazing. No surprise considering it’s Lindsay J. Pryor. :)

With Haven, Lindsay has created yet another enthralling dystopian universe that neighbors the brutal world of Blackthorn. Like its neighbor, Lowtown is plagued by corrupt authorities that have allowed groups to selfishly and mercilessly take control of the entire area, leaving the rest of the inhabitants struggling to survive. With the strict restrictions keeping peo
Tracie Delaney
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you how long I’ve been waiting to sit down with the long-anticipated ‘Haven’ in my hands. Put it this way…. it’s been a while.

I’ve been a fan of Lindsay J Pryor for some time, but I’ll admit I did have a little nervous anxiety going on in the pit of my stomach as I opened this book. I love her Blackthorn series, and I’m highly anticipating the finale, Blood Broken. But to sit down with something completely new… well, would it meet my expectations?

So for those reading this review, I
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have followed Ms. Pryor''s Blackthorn series since the beginning. When I heard she was planning this spinoff set in Lowtown without appreciable crossover from the first series, I was dubious about how interested I would be to read it. I wanted the familiarity of the characters I knew to be in this new series. However, given the opportunity to read Haven, I took the chance offered. It was the best thing I could have done.
This book had me at Chapter 1, I literally could not put it down. It's the
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I received my longed for copy of Haven, I had feelings of elation and also a little trepidation. I make no secret of being a huge fan of Lindsay J. Pryor and her stunning Blackthorn series. The Blackthorn series is my favourite PNR series ever, so I actually felt nervous about my reaction, like I was cheating on the series by reading Haven. And it's so amazing, so how can it be topped? But hey, apparently I am a cheater! Haven is different in many ways in that it’s a spin-off from Blackthor ...more
Completely blown away with this book. I knew not to expect anything less as it was Lindsay J. Pryor writing but this was absolutely fantastic.

I can easily predict this new urban fantasy series from her will be my next favorite thing. Loving the fact these books will be standalone.

Haven was utterly engrossing. It had the usual flare of Lindsay's awesome writing, alluring world-building and her fantastic characters that I have come to associate with her after loving and following her Blackthorn se
Helen Wawrejko
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery paranormal. Spinoff series of the Blackthorn novels. Great protagonist, worldbuilding, side characters. Escape from Lowtown is within Embers grasp. 15 years she saved and was the model citizen to meet the near impossible criteria to qualify to leave. Everything is about to come crashing down when she is attacked, and saves a life. Ember reaches for that safe haven all her life, to rise out of lowtown. You yearn for her to succeed. The very last sentence in the book was my favor ...more
Incy Black
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rich in intrigue, and twists and turns, Haven is a dark, dark PNR/urban fantasy novel of the first class. The world building is superb, so too, the action scenes—the frustration, despair and violence, scarily bold and graphic on the page.

Ember (heroine) steals the show. Here’s one woman who stands tall and brave in her own quiet way. Sure, she’ll appear to concede (when it suits her), but her intelligence always keeps her steps ahead of those who would do her, or those she cares about, harm. Wi
Dawn Higgins
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW what a Brilliant,Additive,Spellbounding book this was from Lindsay J Pryor.

I am totally speechless after finishing this story.I loved her Blackthorn series and didn't think anything could surpass that and keep me gripped like that series did but WOW this book blew me away with how this plot unfolded,Lindsay's attention to detail throughtout this story is just astonishing.

This standalone urban fantasy was fantasic and the characters that Lindsay portrays into this story is original that have
I can not get over how much I enjoy Lindsay Pryor's writing. Every time I read one of her books You seem to get lost in the world she creates. You get emotionally involved.

This is her spin off series from her Blackthorn series. Loved the book. Loved Nate. Loved Ember. The sex scenes were super hot. I can not wait till she releases the next one. Or any thing she is writing actually.

The only problem or complaint i have is the Human / Vampire relationship not lasting FOREVER. Why oh why could Emb
Holly Parker Fletcher
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would of loved this book to be a series!

A futuristic world with Vampires and witches. Ember is a 30 year old girl that is living in city that is blind to law. Checking over her shoulder and watching people like a hawk. She has a past that haunts her and a future this is not promised. She fights for her freedom and her life.

Nate is a vampire that is drawn to Ember. He watches her from a distance but closes that distance more than he wants. Nate does not make friends or enemies and keeps his dis
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved the Blackthorn series and was genuinely unsure about how this much- anticipated book would live up to the hype. After seven books, I felt safe and secure with my blackthorn boys and was curious to find out how Lowtown would compare to the world that I knew so well. But I should never have doubted Ms Pryor writing a stand-alone and packing into one book all the thrills, tension, and passion I've been treated to over the Blackthorn series.
From the first chapter, this book had me hook
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 Stars!!
I didn’t expect to love this as much as her Blackthorn series but I shouldn’t have been worried. This was an awesome start to a spin-off of the series I love. Can’t wait for more!
Caroline Mitchell
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
Wow oh wow. It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Lindsay J. Pryor but she blew me away with this book! I'm still thinking about the characters, the cafe, the feuding clans that threaten everything, but most of all, I'm thinking about Ember and Nate.
Lately, I've been on a bit of a reading downer, my TBR list is huge and has consisted of crime and psychological thriller novels up until now. Haven has brought the enjoyment back into reading again. I used to look forward to reading 'just another chapter
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I save the ***** rating for books of this calibre. They are a rare find.

It has been a little over a year since Lindsay J Pryor released her last book, and I am sorry to say that I had forgotten just how addictive, dark and intelligent her writing is. Haven is a fantastic read, not least because her characterisation is so incredibly clever. Her main characters have depths that literally lift them away from the page. Once you start turning those pages, it’s almost impossible to stop. Once the book
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Writing a spin-off to a popular series can often seem like a no-brainer for authors.

You've created something that your readers just can't get enough of, and of course, your fanbase doesn't ever want the series to end, but for some authors, you just can't squeeze any more juice from the lemon and in some cases, probably shouldn't even try. It takes a certain kind of world-building to be able to pull it off successfully. And you need to be brave enough to sometimes move away from characters that h
Fiona Chapman
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She’s done it again.

It never fails to amaze me the incredible skill that Lindsay J. Pryor has for creating a world - a world that’s been in the making for a very long time. Settings and plot lines and districts and locales, full-bodied characters with enough history to fill a library.

The dedication she’s made to her stories; her characters, and the world in which they are embroiled, is incredible.

Haven is the first standalone book in Ms. Pryor’s new series: Lowtown; a spin-off to the incredib
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

With the finale of the Blackthorn series coming soon it’s time to move on to another sector of the Blackthorn universe… Lowtown.

I’ve loved the Blackthorn series for several reasons, mainly because the stories are dark, gritty, sexy and give me a completely different perspective on the Paranormal world than other series have. If you’ve read that series then you’ll completely understand when I say Haven ratchets that feeling up tenfold into a darker, more dangerous, tr
Corrine Pickering
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haven: A Lowtown novel by Lindsay J. Pryor

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Thank you to all the RARE18 readers that pointed me in the direction of this author/book, I absolutely loved it, just what I needed. A good strong PNR story that will keep you wanting more all the way through.

This is my first read from this author, I wasn't at all disappointed, this was very well written one of the easiest reads to give 5 stars.

This book is not only filled with vampires, witches and humans living alongside
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I am a huge pnr fan and love a good series. Blackthorn is THE ULTIMATE pnr series for me. Haven is a spin-off from this series and it’s got everything you’d expect from the fantastic Lindsay J Pryor. She has a way of sucking you into the story from the get go.

It’s dark and gritty and Lowtown is everything you imagine it to be. I wouldn’t last 5 minutes in it but as with all of Lindsay’s female characters Ember is no shrinking violet she’s strong, tough, not afraid to
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've found my Haven.

This Author is one of the reasons why I love PnR so much. Lindsay makes it so easy to get swept away in another world you can almost feel like you're part of it.
I've found my own Haven my happy place when I read her words I'm transported on an adventure from the very first page.

This book is a fantastic start to a gripping new series ( I'm hoping there's more than one book ) it's a spin-off of to the amazing Blackthorn series which is one of my all time favourites.

I loved
Stephanie Farrant
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A stunning piece of paranormal literature.
As a long-time fan of Lindsay J. Pryor, I couldn’t wait to read this book. I had high hopes, and Lindsay certainly did not disappoint. Indeed, she surpassed them. Throughout the story, as I greedily absorbed the pages, unable to put the book down, I couldn’t help but think how graceful it was. Haven is set in Lowtown, which is an awful place for its residents. It is a district where nowhere and no one are safe, which transcends to the reader, creating an
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read a vampire book in quite some time now, but this was pretty good! ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous! The pleasure I received in reading Haven was immense. Such a beautiful love story with a paranormal edge. Nate and Ember are 2 souls who are fiercely independent, heroic, determined and courageous. Yet they are both lonely but because of their complicated past, they should hate each other. However, a common enemy and threat to their way of life gives them a reason to work together and deal with their past so they can protect their future. I so enjoyed this book with all the ...more
Julia Stevens
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow.....ever since I heard Lindsay J Pryor was writing a standalone spinoff book to her brilliant Blackthorn series, I've been excitedly waiting for Haven's release. I was not disappointed, I absolutely loved it.

Ember has worked hard her whole life in Lowtown to stay clean, prove herself and conquer the horrendous application process in order to move to Midtown. A handsome but mysterious stranger regularly visits the cafe she works at, but Nate is a vampire and any connection to him would kill h
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
10 blinking stars ,Ms Pryor has done it again.
I was eagerly awaiting this story as I totally loved the Blackthorn series and although the final book in that series is not out yet, I very much love the whole world setting the author has created, and this book/series is set in the same world.

If you have not read her Blackthorn series (seriously why not?, go forth and one-click :) ) , no worries, this book starts a new series with new characters. For those that have read the Blackthorn series , we
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Paranormal romance

Welcome to lowtown a place where good hardworking people are forgotten,crime and extortion is rife and where ember has spent the last ten years trying to escape from. Her one chance is here and she's going to take it and have a better life.
Nothing is going to plan though there a protection racket intimidating her boss,there's the mysterious stranger who happens to be a vampire who she fancies the pants off and her friend who is getting involved with the wrong type.
The story gri
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
Set in the same story universe as Lindsay Pryor's wildly popular Blackthorne series, Haven spins off a new series that parallels the first series arc, but in Lowtown. You don’t need to have read Blackthorne to enjoy Haven—in fact, Haven would be a good light introduction to Blackthorne—but if you have, the reading experience will be even richer. Ms. Pryor’s vampire stories are dark, gritty urban fantasy style. She doesn’t shy away from violence and things-that-must-be-done, so her stories always ...more
Barbara Strickland
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great reading from start to finish

This was a great start to the new series. I love the world-building, subtle differences but still strong enough to give the sense of continuity with Blackthorn. Consequently the plot is able to pull us straight into the action.

We enter familiar territory connecting with characters who tug at the heartstrings with the wonderful tension of their relationship and their struggle to survive in the brutal world they inhabit. Nate is enthrallingly human despite tenden
Being a massive Strictly Come Dancing fan, this reminded me of a brilliant Viennese Waltz - beautifully romantic with constant twists and turns that left me dizzy and breathless.

I loved it. Ms Pryor delivers an urban fantasy masterclass. Wow!

I totally adored Nate's sensitivity and all male softness. He reminded me of peanut butter ice cream - cool, unexpected and with real depths of flavour. As for Ember I loved that she was resolute and strong without being tough, spiky or hard.

I've waited age
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