The Storm and the Darkness - Sarah M. Cradit

The Storm and the Darkness

By Sarah M. Cradit

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4
From 407 Ratings


Two brothers. One light, one dark. Ana is drawn to, and afraid of, them both.

With impeccable pacing, Cradit shifts effortlessly between these various points of view, demonstrating superb psychological insight and a compassion for even her most damaged (and frightening) characters. Her talent for creating atmosphere rivals Daphne du Maurier.”- Christopher Rice, New York TimesBestselling Author of The Heavens Rise

“This story will make you fall in love, shock you, keep you in suspense and make you stay up all night (warning) just so you can find out what happens next… tight and masterful.”- Ionia Froment, Amazon Top 100 reviewer

“Cradit's writing is poetic prose.”- Becket, Bestselling Author of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery 

Ana Deschanel made a terrible mistake, one that not even her magic can fix. The only chance of protecting all involved is to flee New Orleans for the solitude of the remote North Atlantic.

Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana envisioned. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the eccentric caretaker, Alex, who conveniently shows up at all the right moments, warning her she’s completely unprepared for a Summer Island winter. As the storm approaches, Ana may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s diametrically different brother, Finn, Ana braves the storm to return something he lost, only to slip and fall on the jagged shoreline. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, bringing her to their home to ride out the blizzard. 

Ana comes from a family of powerful witches, but her own gift—healing—has never worked when she needed it. As both the storm and Ana’s condition worsen, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are more sinister forces at work, closer than they ever imagined.

With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm and the growing darkness that looms across the island.

From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes The Storm and the Darkness.This novel is the first installment in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover

Amazon Reviewers:
"Tight and masterful." 
"Darkness is sexy."
"I absolutely love this world."
"Superb psychological insight." 
"I can't get enough of this series."
"It only takes a moment to become entangled in the lives of these characters - but it will take a lifetime to get over the effects!"
"If you haven't started this series, go, right now, start reading. They are that good."
"Get ready for an awesome ride."

The House of Crimson and Clover Series
This is the recommended reading order for the series.
Volume I: The Storm and the Darkness
Volume II: Shattered
Volume III: The Illusions of Eventide
Volume IV: Bound
Volume V: Midnight Dynasty
Volume VI: Asunder
Volume VII: Empire of Shadows
Volume VIII: Myths of Midwinter
Volume IX: The Hinterland Veil
Volume X: The Secrets Amongst the Cypress 
Volume XI: Within the Garden of Twilight
Volume XII: House of Dusk, House of Dawn

The Saga of Crimson & Clover
A sprawling dynasty. An ancient bloodline. A world of magic and mayhem.
Welcome to the Saga of Crimson & Clover, where all series within are linked but can be equally enjoyed on their own.

Series List
The House of Crimson & Clover Series: Dive into the secretive, ancient, powerful world of the Deschanels & Sullivans.

The Midnight Dynasty Series: There’s no place like home. Vampires of the Merovingi Series: From the ashes of the sorcerer kings rose an empire.
The Seven Series: Seven siblings. Seven years. Seven spellbinding novels.

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  • Literally finished it in a day

    By _maddiemf
    And i never do that.
  • Just 5% of the book and I bounced out

    By MSAtK
    I stopped reading when there was a family plantation and no indication of any thought about what that history might mean.
  • Meh

    By rjfri
    Good story but not paranormal at all and it pretends to be, hinting at a “darkness” or shadow self that is never fulfilled or fleshed out. Fine if you are just looking for a thriller or suspense story
  • House of Crimson I

    By 10,000Books
    A good read. The plot twists and turns were believable and kept my interest. Definitely action packed and hard to put down until the end.
  • Interesting

    By cat2729
    It was a very very slow book and described the characters into too much detail
  • Book 1 & 2

    By jaii bliicky
    I actually liked the book however I can’t finish the series because one the rest of them are so short <300 pages> for 4 dollars and for a consistent reader , that’s not enough and the second book didn’t really make sense
  • 🙃

    By Southern Laura
    I really want to give this book 3 or 4 stars.. but it’s written very strange. It jumps around. The story is great but horribly put together.
  • No bueno

    By me time b
    Dragged on and on.. predictable plot. Just blah... skipped quite a bit to to get to the end.. *spoiler alert * female lead can heal herself- yea, that’s the magic/ witchcraft aspect of the plot.. 🙄 don’t waste your time/ would’ve given no stars if it were possible 👎
  • Ana, Finn, Nicholas and Oz

    By DJ4JG
    Her light and dark sides makes her normal, more than anyone would care to admit about themselves. We all have dark and light. It’s our strength, weakness, what makes us human. I’m looking forward to Shattered. This story is definitely not over!
  • Wanted to like it

    By Nevie8878
    The first book in the series was very odd. The plot was weak and disjointed. There was bad character development. I don’t know if it gets better in subsequent books but it just seemed like the first book gave no foundation for a lengthy series at all. It’s promoted as a witches of New Orleans type book but it read more like a poorly developed serial killer book. I won’t be reading any more of these books and I really feel like I just completely wasted my time