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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
In the seventeenth century, a young witch becomes a martyr to save her coven from a horrible fate and is reincarnated in the twenty-first century to complete the mission she was created for in the sensational paranormal novel, Dark Awakening (The Chosen Coven Book 1) by D. L. Blade. On what should have been one of the happiest and most important nights of her life, seventeen-year-old Mercy is assaulted and nearly killed by her mother. While Mercy is still recovering from the wounds, she feels someone stalking her. Shortly before her eighteenth birthday, her feelings are proven right. A stranger confronts Mercy and reveals the enigma of her birth and the secret her mother had been hiding. Mercy is the significant member of an immortal coven and is on the verge of her Awakening. However, because of an ancient prophecy, her blood is highly coveted by vampires, which is why she forfeited her life before. Will Mercy fall prey to the dreaded fate the vampires have been planning for her for centuries? Can she elude the vampire clan and fulfill her destiny?
Dark Awakening by D. L. Blade is the first book in a thrilling new vampire series. It is a breathtaking story that kept me glued to my tablet once I started reading the prologue. Similar to but far better than Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, it is an exhilarating story with fascinating characters and an exciting storyline. Depicting an age-old conflict of powerful witches and shape-shifting werewolves fighting against the vampires, I thought the concept of an angel and a demon spawning the first vampire and then creating a group of warriors to destroy his progeny both intriguing and original. Cleverly written, the plot unfolds at a steady pace, generating apprehension and suspense that continues building until the story comes to its unexpected and shocking conclusion. It is an electrifying young adult novel filled with action and bloody scenes that will delight everyone who is a fan of paranormal novels starring preternatural beings and witches. Outstandingly written.