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Anne Marble



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Paranormal Heroes Who Do Evil Deeds Reply with quote

Today, while looking through paranormals, I got really frustrated. I was in the mood for heroes who had done evil deeds in the past -- maybe even verged on being evil. But in the new books, at least those I looked at, none of the "dark" heroes seemed "dark enough."

Many of them were dark creatures, such as demons or vampires, but most of those were good or just misunderstood. That's fine to a point, but I wanted them to have some teeth (pun intended). Twisted Evil And most of them are guardians who protect the world from evil creatures. That's fine, but once in a while, I want a paranormal hero who is really dark.

So can anyone recommend paranormal heroes who have really done evil deeds in the past? Even heroes who verge on being evil and have to be redeemed?
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Diana



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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definintely Lynn Viehl's Darkyn books. There is definite world-building here so I recommend that you read them in order.

If Angels Burn
Private Demon
Dark Need
Night Lost
Evermore

Okay, they are fighting against forces even darker than themselves, but these are real bad boys. These books are dark and very erotic and a lovely guilty pleasure for me.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diana wrote:
Definintely Lynn Viehl's Darkyn books. There is definite world-building here so I recommend that you read them in order.


Thanks. I do have those ... somewhere. Maybe next time, I'll get back to them instead of wasting my time in the Wal-Mart. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Paranormal Heroes Who Do Evil Deeds Reply with quote

Anne Marble wrote:
Today, while looking through paranormals, I got really frustrated. I was in the mood for heroes who had done evil deeds in the past -- maybe even verged on being evil. But in the new books, at least those I looked at, none of the "dark" heroes seemed "dark enough."

I know what you mean. Somebody needs to get Anne Stuart onto that. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for but would definitely recommend Michelle Sagara's "The Sundered" books starting with "Into the Dark Lands", with the caveat that they are pure fantasy, not paranormal. It is, however, an unusual fantasy in that the whole plot is centred around the love story, and what a love story it is - dark, complex, heart-breaking. It's a love story that just stays with you and you can't stop thinking about it.

If you're looking for "heroes" that commit evil deeds, you really can't get any worse than Stefanos. I don't use the work "evil" lightly but there's no doubt that what he does is evil - repellently breathtakingly evil. But Sagara makes you so invested in Stefanos' and Sara's feelings for each other that, despite their conflicting natures and everything else that seperates them, you want it to somehow work out.

All four books have been reissured recently so grab them. I would, however, suggest to have the second book to hand as the first does end on the mother of all cliffhangers...
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rather obscure, but I think Cyndi Friberg's Born of the Shadows may fit the bill. Gideon is an almost-fallen angel and by that I mean that he was a close friend of Lucifer's before The Fall and he has issues with God, the archangel Michael and his "brother" the angel Gabriel. He's walking the line between good and evil and the question for his character is will he be redeemed or will he fall like his friend? He has some dark motives and plans when he comes to earth (circa 12th century Palestine) to the monastery where his brother Gabriel is living as a monk. There he meets a young woman, Naomi, who was orphaned and raised by Brother Gabriel. She immediately becomes a pawn in his dark games, but could she also be his redemption?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Paranormal Heroes Who Do Evil Deeds Reply with quote

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I know what you mean. Somebody needs to get Anne Stuart onto that. Smile[/quote]

You took the words out of my mouth! But I doubt Anne Stuart would start writing paranormal following others. She seems to always write according to her own 'muse' (for lack of better word) no matter how her books were received by her readers (and I love her for that!!)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen Marie Moning's new set of books has a darkish seeming hero. The only two out right now are Darkfever and Bloodfever. They were B reads for me.
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Terese



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would suggest the CJ Adams and Cathy Clamp series. The first book is Moon's Web. The hero is an unreformed assassin. Not a government sponsored sniper-type assassin. No, a gneuinely cold hearted I-kill-people-for-money type assassin. Don't know why I liked Tony so much, but there you go. It helped that he came to love the woman who hired hin to kill her.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How bout the Dark Moon Rising series by Keri Arthur?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Cyndi Friberg's Born of the Shadows Reply with quote

I liked the sound of Cyndi Friberg's Born of the Shadows and looked it up on Amazon. I have one question: What the "H*CK" was up w/that cover?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1596321318/sr=8-1/qid=1212907300/ref=dp_image_text_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1212907300&sr=8-1

I much prefer this version of the cover, even if it is still a bit odd

http://cyndifriberg.com/ra.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Cyndi Friberg's Born of the Shadows Reply with quote

Cyl wrote:
I liked the sound of Cyndi Friberg's Born of the Shadows and looked it up on Amazon. I have one question: What the "H*CK" was up w/that cover?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1596321318/sr=8-1/qid=1212907300/ref=dp_image_text_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1212907300&sr=8-1

I much prefer this version of the cover, even if it is still a bit odd

http://cyndifriberg.com/ra.html


Yeah. What she said. Totally.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Cyndi Friberg's Born of the Shadows Reply with quote

Terese wrote:
Cyl wrote:
I liked the sound of Cyndi Friberg's Born of the Shadows and looked it up on Amazon. I have one question: What the "H*CK" was up w/that cover?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1596321318/sr=8-1/qid=1212907300/ref=dp_image_text_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1212907300&sr=8-1

I much prefer this version of the cover, even if it is still a bit odd

http://cyndifriberg.com/ra.html


Yeah. What she said. Totally.




Actually the original ebook cover was the best but it is no longer on her website. It was originally published by Loose-Id IIRC.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just remembered another -- To Hell with Love by Sherri Erwin. It was DIK'd here. Original and enjoyable. The hero is Hades. Really.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we're including ebooks to this list I would suggest Michelle M Pillow's King of the Unblessed. Although King Merrick doesn't reform (in other words, become a gooey marshmallow even with his captured queen) I bought his love for the heroine. I think you can find this book at www.fictionwise.com
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