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The Sweetest Dark


The Sweetest Dark Series, Book 1

Bantam [Hardcover] 

ISBN-10: 0345531701

ISBN-13: 978-0345531704

With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. 

But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. 


Normal would become forever out of reach. 

England, 1915: Lora Jones has always known she was different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: she hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside of her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

Far more powerful. Far more dangerous.

Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. But much to her surprise, she’s selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

There’s Jesse, the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful, silent boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Then there is Armand, a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past; one is the key to her future—and both will aim to win her heart. As a looming danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.


The Sweetest Dark is a wonderfully refreshing story of self-discovery, love, courage—and dragons. I was enchanted.”
—Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author

“Absolutely Stunning!” 
-Alis, Goodreads (5 Stars)

“I really cannot tell you how much I adored this story and hope to see more like this from such a talented author.”
-Terra, Goodreads (5 Stars)

“With every fiber of my being, I love The Sweetest Dark. It was beautiful, magical, dark, and absolutely sweet!”
-Hilda, Goodreads (4 Stars)

“From the very first page, I was hooked.” 
-Amanda, Library Thing (4 Stars)

“Shana Abé is something of a genius for creating a story so lush, so beautiful, and so different from your classic paranormal book!” 
-Mimi, Goodreads (4 Stars)

“If there is a sequel I will be first in line to buy it—I was sorry when it was over.”
-“Book Junkie”, Amazon Vine Review (5 Stars)

“Abé has a particular knack for engaging all the senses. Many romance writers rely heavily on visual descriptions. But Abé takes it so much further by giving equal attention to smell, sound, taste, and touch.”
-Meegan, Amazon Vine Review (4.5 Stars)

“There is plenty of atmosphere, romance, and magic between these covers. I recommend it very highly.”
-Pam, Amazon Vine Review (4 Stars)

“Sometimes there are those books that hit you so hard, so powerfully, that you know that there are no words to describe it, there’s no way to get your point across how amazing the book is. The Sweetest Dark was like that for me.” 
-Candace, Library Thing (5 Stars)

“This book has it all! It has a beautiful cover, great characters, and an engrossing storyline. It’s definitely worth the read.”
- Christy, Library Thing (5 stars)

The Sweetest Dark is a great story that can captivate any reader! With amazing world building and great characters, I enjoyed it very much. Beautifully written…”
-Savannah, Library Thing (4 Stars)

“Shana Abé pens an extraordinary thrilling, exciting adventure filled drama, with brilliant flourishes of magic blended seamlessly throughout the tale.”
-Suz, Goodreads (5 stars)

“I am eagerly awaiting the next book and may have to reread Miss Abé’s earlier drákon books just to keep myself happy in the meantime.”
-Jen, Goodreads (4 stars)

“I highly recommend The Sweetest Dark as a sweet, deliciously dark read, and I'm begging for a sequel.”
-Debbie, Goodreads (5 stars)


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