Discover the World of the Steel & Stone Series by Annette Marie In CHASE THE DARK…
Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen meets Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me in CHASE THE DARK, the first book in the addictive Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy Steel & Stone series. All Piper wants is to be a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. When she’s framed for a treasonous crime, she knows she’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust except two seriously hot—and equally untrustworthy—daemons.
“When everyone wants you dead, good help is really hard to find.”
Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.
The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?
The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.
And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.
Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons … See problems one and two.
Excerpt for CHASE THE DARK (Steel & Stone Book 1)
His fist closed around a handful of her hair and the next thing she knew, she was flying through the air. She hit the coffee table and the legs snapped, dumping her onto the floor. She rolled over as Ether turned back to Ozar, murder written in every line of his body. Ozar’s laughter abruptly cut off and his muscles bulged as he prepared to defend himself.
“Stop!” Piper shrieked.
Both combatants went rigid. She paused halfway to her feet, wary at their reaction. Bloodthirsty berserkers didn’t normally freeze at her command. Ether and Ozar straightened from their aggressive poses and focused on the other end of the room. Piper followed their gazes and felt her blood chill.
A newcomer stood in the doorway, cloaked in shadows. Menace clung to him, speaking more clearly than the dark clothing and leather accents to his outfit. She couldn’t make out his face but she felt the touch of his gaze as he took in the scene.
“What are you doing, Ether?”
Piper shivered as his voice slid through her like hot silk, rubbing against her bones.
Ether cleared his throat. His eyes were no longer black, but pale blue and wide. “Ash,” he mumbled. “Ozar ate Shishu and I—”
“And it’s your own damn fault. Don’t break the rules because you didn’t protect your own. No bloodshed.”
Ether cringed, not daring to argue. Ash’s attention shifted to Ozar. “You’re leaving the Consulate tonight.”
Ozar blinked vacantly. “What? No, I—”
“You’re leaving. Tonight.”
Ozar hunched his shoulders. “Yes … right away.”
Ash stood in the doorway for another moment. Piper kept her gaze on the floor as his stare swept over her again. If she looked up, he would see her fury and that would be bad. Damn him. This was her job, not his.
Review: Mama thinks this series is a wild fantasy ride full of adventure, and that’s only the beginning! The first book introduces us to a world of wonderful characters, destinies to be fulfilled (or not) and something…greater than oneself. Many fans of Covenant by Jennifer L Armentrout will be drawn to Piper and her dreams of saving humans from the daemons she so desperately wants to destroy. Though this story has some familiar themes I found it to be original and wholly enjoyable. Start with Chase the Dark and Binge read the whole series now! You’ll have one wicked hangover but with a satisfied edge.
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Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.
Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.
Annette Marie’s Top 5 Favorite Fantasy Heroines
Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter. When it comes to heroines that everyone can admire, I think Hermione has to top the list. She’s smart, tough, and has more integrity than half the characters in the series combined. She came into the series a bit awkward, a bit too determined to do well and impress, but her steely core of morals and values was already one of her defining characteristics. She’s not a butt-kicking bounty hunter but she’s no one’s damsel in distress.
Jaenelle from the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. This series is one of my all-time favorites. Jaenelle is a child in the first book and grows into a young woman by the end of the third book. Throughout her transformation into an adult, she maintains an impossible mix of gentle and volatile, innocent and wise, and perhaps most surprisingly, she’s so vulnerable at the same time she’s the most powerful character in the series.
Rachel Morgan from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Rachel,Rachel. I have to say that I didn’t like her much at first. She’s a hilarious, butt-kicking witch, but she made a lot of bad choices early in her journey. However, her growth as a character was astounding and she grew from reckless idealist into cautious realist without ever losing sight of what mattered most to her. Plus, she’s a hilariously entertaining narrator.
Mercedes Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Mercedes won me over from the start. She knows when she’s in over her head – and jumps straight in anyway, because that’s what she needs to do. She’s not a powerful character – in fact, she’s one of the weakest (magically) of the entire cast – but she doesn’t think like a weak character. She’s always pushing to keep up and carry her own weight, and “I give up” isn’t in her vocabulary at all.
Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Rose is awesome. I love how feisty and bold she is, brave and outspoken – especially when it comes to protecting her best friend. She has lessons to learn about hard-headed aggression not being the best way to deal with every problem, but the best thing, really, is her sarcastic humor. Did she ever not have the perfect comeback?
Celebrate the Series with a Giveaway!
Grand Prize: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Open U.S. & Canada) + Steel & Stone Bundle Set
~International winner would receive a $100 gift card instead of a Paperwhite~
4 Runner-Ups will receive a copy of the Steel & Stone Bundle Set