The Dark Awakening

Vampires vs Witches Novel, The Chosen Coven, Book 1
Narrated by: Sydnee Fullmer
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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Author Academy Awards top 10 Finalist in the YOUNG ADULT category

A stalker. An old love. A vampire desperately craving her one-of-a-kind blood, and an ancient coven thrown into a perilous journey to save mankind.

Mercy has a simple life, but all that changes on the night of her high school graduation when her own mother attacks her and tries to take her life.

She knows her mom can't hurt her anymore now that she's locked away, but someone else is out there following her. This shadow is more terrifying to Mercy, as they watch her every move from deep within the woods.

When Mercy is left stranded at a nearby cove one night, a handsome and mysterious man appears out of nowhere. She's frightened of him, but there's something familiar about his face. The stranger, Caleb, tells Mercy he knows her from long ago, and that he is here, not to hurt her, but to protect her from the dark, ominous entity that is following her.

He also reveals a secret that will change her life forever. Mercy is a witch whose sole purpose is to destroy a supernatural race threatening mankind...vampires.

As her stalker draws near, Mercy begins having visions of her past life and discovers how powerful she really is. Mercy will now have to train to fight her enemies, track down who - or what - has been stalking her, and fight to escape a demented vampire leader who desires to take her as his slave.

Mercy must find and harness the powers hidden deep within her to save mankind, because if she doesn't, there'd be no hope for their survival. 

©2018 D.L. Blade (P)2019 D.L. Blade

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Cliffhanger Alert

Listened to this book not realizing there was a cliffhanger at the end and book 2 is not on Audible! This was a new twist for me about witches and I got hooked on this story right from the beginning. Loved it!

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amazing

I read this series on Kindle but listening to it audible was a different experience and I absolutely loved it. this story is full of surprises that will keep you hooked right from the beginning to the end. absolutely amazing. this is a must listen or read

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Great Story & Listen🎧 Exciting & Action-Packed!

This is a great paranormal fantasy novel, it is well written with storylines that are interesting and original. D.L. Blade created an imaginative world where magic and supernatural and magical beings exist and live amongst the humans. These supernatural beings include vampires, shifters, angels and witches. Mercy, once thought she was an ordinary teen, only to find out she is so much more. Her inner powers are set to awaken on her 18th birthday. Suddenly there are new people appearing in her life and she feels she is being watched and followed. She learns things about herself and her family that blow her mind but as things fall in to place she finds she does not know who she can trust anymore. I liked how everything played out, how the past was connected to the current day, characters and all. Interesting plotting and setting up for things to come, it is great to see Mercy come in to her powers I can’t wait to see what comes next. This is an enjoyable story, it is action packed with plenty of drama, twists, thrilling suspense and a touch of old romance. Thank you D.L. Blade for this great story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Sydnee Fullmer is a wonderful narrator and voice performer. She brings the characters to life, gives each their own voice and personality. She sets the perfect tone for the story and adds a nice dramatic flair which enhances the story to another level. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧

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Interesting Approach

This story really made my day. The story was well written and flowed seamlessly throughout. There was not a time while listening to set the book aside and take a break. I recommend it.

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Great Plot and Characters

This was a great story to listen to through an audiobook. Mercy is young so I enjoyed watching her grow up and deal with all that life throws at her. The author did a great job of making the story flow from Mercy’s memories to the present. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I recommend it to all.

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Now, Waiting For The Next One

This is for the first time I got a book from this author. The story is told beautifully, and the flow of the book is very nice and you do not get lost or confused about what is happening, or where or anything like that. I can't wait for the next book!

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Fantastic story!

D.L. Blade is my new favorite author now. The Story is filled with witches, werewolves, and Vampires. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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One of my favorite series brought to life!

I am a huge fan of this series. So when I saw that there was an audio book I knew I had to listen. I had to hear these characters I loved (even the evil ones) come to life. And this narrator did a great job. Her voice was pretty close to the one I heard in my head for Mercy. It was so much fun going back to the beginning of this epic adventure. This audio book will get new fans hooked and even established fans, like myself, a fun reintroduction to the reason this series rocks. Mercy is a bad ass female. In this book, she finds out that she is special and also why her mom tried to kill her. Her life spins out of control as she is now learning how powerful she is. And then she becomes the target of an evil vampire. One that I grew to love to hate. I can't suggest this book, heck the series, enough to everyone. This has romance, action, adventure, suspense,drama, paranormal, supernatural... Basically a little bit to make every reader a fan.

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Truly amazing

This story took hold from the beginning and I didn't want it to end. There are parts in here you never see coming, but I loved it. Would definitely recommend it to anyone

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It wasn’t for me - Audiobook Obsession

I had a hard time getting into the story. It wasn’t horrible, but I was lost here and there. This is more for YA readers.

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  • tenisha
  • 02-17-20

Good Listen

This story delves into the Paranormal and all its secrets. Mercy knows that she is different but just not why. She learns through events who she is and what people will do to get her powers. Good start to the series.
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  • DMA
  • 02-10-20

good storyline

I enjoyed the story line as it was fast paced and action packed with various super natural characters, however i found there were a few inconsistencies with trust issues with Mercy and I found that a bit distracting. Not enough for me not to enjoy the book but enough to take you out of the story a bit.
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  • Danii
  • 01-12-20

A witch awakes

The Dark Awakening is really good as an audio listen. The narrator is engaging and it enhances the pace. 4/4.5 stars.

Mercy doesn’t like to be touched. Not even by her best friend who is in love with her. The events in her past haunt her. Unfortunately for her, she’s running out of time. Her past and future are about to collide. Everyone has secrets but what if you couldn’t remember yours?

Caleb is a stranger. One who seems to be there when she needs someone, but maybe there is something more about him. Could he hold all the answers or more questions?

Mercy finds it hard to trust, but wouldn’t you if your mum turned on you? Mercy is a powerful witch and her awakening is coming. It is something she can stop. Her mother’s betrayal is about to cut even deeper. The problem is who can you trust when everyone has secrets?

The dark awakening has some good twist points and the world created promises for more.
This is the start of a series. This is a suspense novel which will keep you guessing. This is only the beginning. With 3 books in the series this offers a paranormal world with mystery, adventure and potential romance.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 12-16-19

Great start the series

Great start to the series, Book 1 grips you and takes you on a story full of twists and turns narrated beautifully.
D L Blade keeps you connected all the time... a great story and I look forward to the next chapter.

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  • R. Simons
  • 12-16-19

Great start to the series

The first in the Chosen Coven series, I like PNR but this was a little different from others I have read or listened to before, In a good way! I was invested in this from the very start. It’s full of witches, vampires, werewolves and demons. The world building was great, I could imagine I was in the scenes, it has action, adventure, eeriness, mystery men lurking, secrets are revealed and lots of twists and turns. The narrator gave good emotion during the audiobook and she was easy to listen to, her voice was smooth, no faltering, perfect narration.
It was fantastic and I am looking forward to the next book
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  • Eve E Bartlett
  • 10-31-19

A nice battle for adults.

What a great book!
I listened to it in one sitting. This was my first book by D.L. Blade. I will be getting more from her. This seems a great series.

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  • Zella Raftery
  • 10-29-19

Blade sets the perfect tone for the story

If you prefer romantic events that are kind of untidy, this audible is for you. I noticed the regular choices between all the guys for Mercy to be long-suffering and a mean boring, great effort.

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  • Christy D
  • 09-14-19

The Dark Awakening

Mercy knows something feels off but she has had a rough go at things. Then to find out you have had things hidden for you your entire life and been lied to about it. It tough but she knows shes never really been normal after all shes from Salem and has heard the tales of witches being hanged her whole life. The story line is good, although I hate that Mercy seemed oblivious to all this. I wish she would of had more of a clue. Great narration. Thanks Audiobook Obsession for the recommendation.

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  • Jacquie Stolz
  • 08-20-19

Paranormal Urban fantasy

Powers hidden from her and a mother attempting to steal them. A destiny she isn't aware of waits for Mercy when she turns 18. secrets, a prophecy, witches, vampires and shifters all play a role in this story. That ending, ugh

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  • shedevilreads
  • 08-05-19

Vampire & Witches

The Dark Awakening by D.L. Blade is a paranormal vampire thriller that I listened to on audio narrated by Sydnee Fullmer. This is book one in The Chosen Coven Series that does end on a cliffhanger. Book two is already released, However, It is not on audio yet.

This is the first book of D.L.’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. I liked the twists on Vampires and Witches in this storyline. I look forward to seeing what happens in book two.

Sydnee did a great job narrating and bringing the characters to life.