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byLauren Kate

Paperback | May 8, 2012

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Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic and worldwide bestselling FALLEN series.

New York Times bestseller 
USA Today bestseller
More than 3 million series copies in print!

Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

And don't miss FALLEN on the big screen! The first book in the worldwide bestselling FALLEN series is now a motion picture available for streaming.

“Sexy and fascinating and scary . . . I loved loved loved it!”
—P. C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author on Fallen

LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN series: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, Fallen in Love, and Unforgiven. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Lauren online at
Title:PassionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.56 × 0.91 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385739176

ISBN - 13:9780385739177


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I loved the way this book varied from the other books and being able to see the perspective of other characters was fantastic. What I loved most I think was the set up for the next book. Coming together at the end, with a betrayal, the characters are in a do or die situation with a deadline and all working together.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST book in the series! This book travels across time and space to bring together the most romantic tale! (I wish the entire series was like this!)
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Series Pretty sure this one is my favourite of the four main books. Loved seeing the backstory unfold.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! After Daniel pushing Luce away the whole first book then being absent majority of the second book I think this was the perfect way to do the third installment. You get a really good look at their love and at the same time it's starting to hint that there is more to Luce and she plays a larger part in the curse then you think. I can't wait to read the final book!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Not the best in the series so far.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this I really loved this book, moreso than the last one. I loved reading about all of Daniel and Luce's past lives together
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Third Book Slump -- Spoilers within this review!!! Meh...I think that this book definitely could have come together better. I do think it's a great concept of Luce traveling back into her past lives.. that is very fascinating to me.. but the way it was done.. I don't know.. it just didn't jive with me. And the devil when he was in it was annoying.. and could see where this was going from the start that she was originally in love with him.. It just made the whole thing frustrating for me because it was always marketed as a love triangle between Luce, Daniel and Cam.. which it definitely was not
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This was the point in the series where the plot really started to lose traction. I found it easy to lose interest and not care about the characters as much anymore.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable The third book continues in the same fashion as the two before. Very enjoyable, but not fantastic
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow This was really good!! I love this series. This book has a lot of "alternate Luces and Daniels" and idk I just really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I like that we get to see some of the past lives between Luce and Daniel. The more information the better I think. I enjoyed this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good! You start to see where the story is going and makes it interesting, original story. Like it.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate Daniel & Luce. A love that spreads across eons of time and one that ends in Luce dying in a ball of fire each and every time. Except this time, something is different and Luce's on a journey through their past lives to find out why. Through ancient China, old fashioned England and Egyptian tombs Luce winds her way towards the answer she is searching for....
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring Not as existing as the first book.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) Loved how Lauren Kate incorporated all the past lives of Luce and allowed us to explore some of those years as Luce progressed further back in time. I would have preferred a little more in terms of plot development and story, but Lauren did a great job at giving the reader a glimpse of the lives Luce had answering some of the agonizing questions, where the rest will hopefully be answered in the last book.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great addition I loved the first two books, and this one did not disappoint either! Plot evolves in a exciting yet plausible man our and the romance and passion from the earlier novels does not fail to impress. Well done Lauren Kate!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comparable to the first two books This book differs in several ways from the first two books. We get every second chapter from Daniel’s point of view, which is a nice change of pace considering I never really felt like I knew Daniel. The storyline is quite different as well. Throughout the book, Luce and Daniel are jumping through time. Luce is trying to find answers and Daniel is trying to find Luce. Luce and Daniel are apart for pretty much the entire book. Luce, of course, encounters other Daniels from her past lives, but still doesn’t get much time with the Daniel from her current lifetime. Most aspects of this book are comparable to the first two. The story, however, I felt was a bit weaker. I didn’t feel like the story progressed as much as it should have. I mean, this book could easily have been condensed and possibly merged with the fourth book to keep the series a trilogy. This book basically plays the same scenario again and again. Daniel and Luce find each other in a certain lifetime, they fall in love, and Luce dies. Next chapter: Daniel searches for Luce to no avail. Repeat, repeat, repeat – over and over (with a few realizations on Luce’s part) until the end chapters where we actually find out some stuff. I just felt like it was a bit drawn out and monotonous. I will be reading the fourth book if for no other reason than to discover more answers.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The end though I had to push myself through this book because I found Luce's behaviour here quite rash. I liked the scenes with Daniel, as he is quite thoughtful, and I must say the end is truly the best part! Personally, I liked the first 2 books better, but the end really made this whole journey worthwhile. Now I'm moving on to Rapture and I can't wait to see what happens!!
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The fallen series- Lauren Kate This is an amazing series, a little adolescent sure but it is well written and it really captures the true feeling of soulmates and true love. Not to mention who doesn't love a little angel and demon twist to things (:
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing special..... The first two books in the series FALLEN and TORMENT were absolutely amazing, after reading TORMENT I was eager to get my hands on the third book which is PASSION. I went into this book with high hopes and excitement only to have gotten my hopes up. This book was basically Luce going through her past lives and Daniel chasing after her. I couldn't wait for this book to end, I cant stand how Luce doesn't listen and is always whining about something. The fact that I had to read her complain non stop through this book made me want to slap her. At this point I don't really want to read the series anymore.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't stop reading it Loveddd it, can't wait to start the next one :)
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic I love to read books about the olden days.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read This third book was great. It had action and kept me interested. I thought the second book dragged a little bit, but in this one you got to watch the character grow. Made me excited for the fouth.
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! No time to comment... must read next book!
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Passion Love it! Had trouble putting the book down for even a minute.
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Each book, each chapter and each page turned, you get transported into the books! You feel the love and frustration the characters are going through.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it in less than a week! I could not put this book down! I really enjoyed all of the historical references and how things became more clear for Lucinda. It left me wanting more and took me straight into Rapture. Please keep writing, Lauren Kate!
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't know why I keep reading this series While Torment was a nice change and somewhat instilled some hope in me for this series Passion did it's best to smother it. While the idea of jumping back through previous lives is intriguing, the fact that you have to read about whiney whiney Luce and equally depressing Daniel is just not a good time. I just want to reach into the books and slap Luce, she's dogged in her quest but not in a way that makes you respect her as a character, more in a way that just makes you hope she falls into a bottomless pit. I'll probably never pick up this series again, we'll see if I read Rapture to see how it ends.
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Once again we start right where we left off which I love with on-going series. Luce spends the book travelling through her past lives trying to find out what curse was placed on her and Daniel and how to break it. I found it intriguing to be taken through the past on Luce’s journey. I wish there had been a bit more of the current Daniel but other than that I found it very enjoyable. Although I do think the ending of this book hints towards a lot more action in the next one. Here’s hoping.
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "weakest link among the series" I absolutely loved the Fallen and Torment. I couldn't put it down. Compared to the first and second this was dragging a bit. At first I was like this with Passion, but by the time they go to China I was run down with all the traveling. Although that is what excited me at first. Not as exciting as the last 2 and it lacked the action as well. I would still recommend this book, but I guess the third is a build up the the finale (4th), which will be action packed. My series have a book which the reader does not think is their favorite or weaker. (For ex: the Millennium trilogy the weak was the last one ....kicked hornet's nest) You will still love the book if you love Luce and her never ending search to find a way to always be with Daniel...forever!
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite so far in the series! I loved the way this was written!! At the end of TORMENT, Luce runs off into the Announcers, and PASSION picks up right where that left off. The whole book takes place over several millennia as Luce jumps back, trying to piece together Daniel’s curse and their relationship. It was really awesome reading about all of the different lives and cultures of Luce’s past lives. My favourite part, though, was how it was written from both Luce AND Daniel’s points of view. Up until now, it’s always been Luce’s POV. Seeing things through Daniel’s eyes - his past, his feelings, Luce - was really awesome. It enables us to learn so much more about him and his and Luce’s relationship. There aren’t many new characters in this book, excluding the minor ones in Luce’s past lives, other than Bill. I want you to find out for yourself who and what he is, but he spends a lot of the book with Luce, helping her on her journey. He was the comedic relief in a more-or-less very serious book. Although he pushed Luce hard, he also helped her. He was a fun character to get to know, even though we really didn’t get many details about him. I’m really happy that I’m enjoying this series! I hate when I start a series and love the first book, then don’t like the second. ‘Cause then I’m disappointed, but I still want to read the next because I figure it has to be better since the first was good. But that’s not what’s happening with this series! I’ve loved each book more and more! I think I can actually classify this one as my favourite so far. I can’t wait to see what Lauren Kate has in store for us in book 4, Rapture!
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Improvement so-I liked Fallen. it was a decent book; I HATED tormented me. it was so boring. Nothing happened. This book was an improvement. there was some more 'action'-however-it was still lacking. Not a book I'd put on my favs list. (also-it was very predictable)
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Passage of Knowledge I found this; the third book in the series, to be quite dull. Not as much suspense goes on, Luce just hops through her past lives trying to figure out how to break the curse between she and Daniel. If you're really into romance, I totally recommend this book, but if you're looking for more action, I'd suggest finding another series. Although if you've read the first two books you should definately read this!
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was only OK This is the 3rd book of the series and I have to say that it was the worse one of all of them. I was not "glue" to the book and I just couldn't wait to be finish because it was that boring. I was expecting a Big story from this book but instead we just got the pass and pointless stuff really. Very disappointing from this book but I'm still hoping to read and enjoy the last upcoming book and hopefully it will be better then this one.
Date published: 2011-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing:) I found this book to be much better then the fallen. I enjoyed Torment and Passion just about the same. I liked Passion because it goes back into Luce and Daniels past and shows the love that they have shared over time. Although Luce and Daniel spend pretty much the whole book apart from one another the moments when Luce and the past Daniels spend together keep u going and reading more. I like the way that they introduce "Bill" into the story making him seem small and harmless. But as the story goes on he gets more aggressive with Luce until he finally reveals himself for who or what he really is. I cant wait for the next book to come out after the amazing ending to Passion. It left me hanging and wanting more!!!
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Uggggg So couldn't get into this book i loved the first two but this one leaves much to desire. I'm still not done reading it and probably wont unless im extreamly desperate. I do hope the 4th book is much better the first two i couldn't put down Passion i can't pick up
Date published: 2011-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Heartfelt Journey through Past Lives and Eternal Love. In this installment of the series we are thrown back Luce & Daniel’s past lives. As Luce travels from past life to past life trying to discover a way to break the curse that has caused so much pain and torment for Daniel and which has prevented the two of them from being together the way they want to be. In addition to trying to find a way out of the curse she does it to gain a greater understanding about their relationship and to answer for herself questions that have been tormenting her; Is it true love? Are they really soul mates or is it just the curse that bounds them together? During this journey through their past lives, not only do we see Luce’s view of their past lives, we see Daniel’s view as he follows her through time trying to find her and bring her back to the present and to him. We get to see how much he cares for her and how much he's suffered over the centuries watching her die over and over again. As everything unfurls, the bigger picture comes into focus and we FINALLY understand what's going on, but we do not get an answer to a couple of the major questions; why did Daniel choose Luce? and what is it about her that makes her so appealing? I am hoping these questions will be answered in the next book. The door is definitely left open for Rapture, the final book in the series. “Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn't need to be that way. . . . Luce is certain that something-or someone-in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last. Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever. Sweeping across centuries”
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Upset. I absolutely loved the first two books of this series, so when I got to the third one I thought I would be just as impressed. Turns out I was wrong. This book mainly focuses on Luce's past lives which I understand are important, but I wanted to see more Luce and real time Daniel and I barely got that. The only reason I finished this book was so that when the 4th book of the series came out I would be able to read and understand it. Overall, I did not like it.
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite Confusing I did enjoy the previous books, and I was expecting a lot from the third as it was to explain the past and the curse between Luce and Daniel. Perhaps it did hint at those things, but it was very, very confusing to grasp onto. For one, it was hard to distinguish the present forms of Luce and Daniel from the past forms while travelling through time. Except for the name changes, it was still confusing. Each chapter is a past lifetime for Luce and Daniel, and for half of the chapter you're wondering who's who. Which may persuade someone from not reading it as a reader shouldn't be confused all the time. Majority of the book is Luce travelling through her lifetime and pondering why Daniel loves her, why she keeps dying, and how she dies. Those are very good questions that I would have liked to be explained more in this novel, but it just leads to frustration. The ending of the book really got me into it as that's where all the action happens. Well, not really but it's a good break from all the time travelling. We learn about the real battle between Heaven and Hell, and what might happen in the fourth, and final book. I'm patiently waiting for the next book, but I'm not as excited for it as Passion was a let down. It just opened up more questions a reader might have, and really didn't fill in the gaps from Torment. I'm still wondering why Daniel chose Luce and why she keeps dying. As for the curse, it was stated in the last chapters, but I was too confused to still grasp its meaning. Last, if memory serves me right there were other characters in Torment. Who, rarely made an appearance which left me upset. Really, I'm upset that there was nothing much about Luce and Miles. Because it's his affections that make Luce double think if she really loves Daniel or is it just their shared curse?
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Passion. In Which Nothing Happens. In Passion, Luce travels through her past lives in a bid to understand why exactly her romance with Daniel and Luce is cursed, and more importantly, why she and Daniel always seem to love each other. ... Sorry about the less than enthusiastic summary, but there really isn't much to say about the plot. Wait, sorry.... "plot." Time travel itself already creates more plot holes than you can count, but I could've honestly ignored them if the story was written well and the action was mesmerizing. But it isn't. Yes, something kinda, sorta, maybe is a plot is squeezed in at the last minute... but WHY? WHY? Have we not waited long enough for something to happen? It's been three books of this tired romance - why do I have to wait for a fourth book for something. To. HAPPEN? The book also raises some really interesting points - and promptly kicks itself in the face with them. For example, Luce asks a very interesting question - Why does Daniel love her? Why is it love at first sight? After all, she has a different personality each life, which makes sense since she's raised on different values and beliefs each life. And the answer is... Um, there is not answer, actually. Except maybe that her soul is really shiny. And Daniel's is too - plus he's got killer purple eyes. So what the book is saying is that their love is sustained by pure passion and a dose of physical attraction. No. Doesn't work that way. It also looked at the ambiguities of good and evil. Now THAT was interesting. It made both good and evil seem, for lack of a better word, "human." That both sides can make mistakes and wastes lives out of pride and for the sake of their own brand of "justice." But this comprised of the last bits of the book, while most was dedicated to Luce and Daniel's romp through the past. And sadly, this also caused my sympathies to ENTIRELY GO TO THE MAIN ANTAGONIST. If you've read the book, you'll realize that that's a big problem. The antagonist points out a lot of problems with Luce and Daniel's relationship, but all Luce can say back is, "because we love each other shut up please la la la la la!!" This whole series so far has been one big cash cow. It teases us with a plot that MIGHT happen. "Oh yeah, don't worry, stuff happens in the next book. Whoops, did I say next book? I meant like, the next next book. Really. I promise." Ugh. This causes the whole series to be paced really, really poorly, but - and I do admit this - because Lauren Kate is really good at writing cliffhangers, we want to know what happens next, and subsequently, buy the next book. Well, I'm tired of paying for this. Honestly, don't count on me buying the next book. Maybe I'll pick it up at the library if I see it lying around, but I will no longer be actively seeking out this series.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Such a Let Down. This series has been up and down for me. I keep hoping for something dramatic and exciting to occur, but it seems like we have to keep waiting for the 2nd, 3rd, and now 4TH book. It just keeps dragging on. This past book "Passion" was my least favorite of the series so far. I was upset with how little time Luce and Daniel actually spent together. This book is more about exploring Luce's past lives, which honestly, I didn't care about. I waited so long for this book to come out, it's a p*ss off that it didn't live up to my expectations. It's even more of a p*ss off that I have to now wait for ANOTHER book. Random Thoughts: 1) I didn't think the covers could get any worse...but apparantly I was wrong. 2) CLIFF HANGERS. Again, Lauren Kate left readers hanging. You'll have to wait until Spring 2011 for the 4th and hopefully final book.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome omg this book was the best out of them so far but i think the last book is gonna be way better but i loved this one so much
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't WAIT !!! i loved Fallen and Torment they were AWESOME i can't wait till the next book comes out cause i think it's about the other lives that Luce and Daniel lived 8D
Date published: 2011-03-01

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Lucinda! The voices reached her in the murky darkness. Come back! Wait! She ignored them, pressing further. Echoes of her name bounced off the shadowy walls of the Announ cer, sending licks of heat rippling across her skin. Was that Daniel’s voice or Cam’s? Arriane’s or Gabbe’s? Was it Roland pleading that she come back now, or was that Miles? The calls grew harder to discern, until Luce couldn’t tell them apart at all: good or evil. Enemy or friend. They should have been easier to separate, but nothing was easy anymore. Everything that had once been black and white now blended into gray. Of course, both sides agreed on one thing: Everyone wanted to pull her out of the Announcer. For her protec­tion, they would claim. No, thanks. Not now. Not after they’d wrecked her parents’ backyard, made it into another one of their dusty battlefields. She couldn’t think about her parents’ faces without wanting to turn back—not like she’d even know how to turn back inside an Announcer, anyway. Besides, it was too late. Cam had tried to kill her. Or what he thought was her. And Miles had saved her, but even that wasn’t sim­ple. He’d only been able to throw her reflection because he cared about her too much. And Daniel? Did he care enough? She couldn’t tell. In the end, when the Outcast had approached her, Daniel and the others had stared at Luce like she was the one who owed them something. You are our entrance into Heaven, the Outcast had told her. The price. What had that meant? Until a couple of weeks ago she hadn’t even known the Outcasts existed. And yet, they wanted something from her—badly enough to battle Daniel for it. It must have had to do with the curse, the one that kept Luce reincarnated lifetime after lifetime. But what did they think Luce could do? Was the answer buried somewhere here? Her stomach lurched as she tumbled senselessly through the cold shadow, deep inside the chasm of the dark Announcer. Luce— The voices began to fade and grow dimmer. Soon they were barely whispers. Almost like they had given up. Until— They started to grow louder again. Louder and clearer. Luce— No. She clamped her eyes shut to try to block them out. Lucinda— Lucy— Lucia— Luschka— She was cold and she was tired and she didn’t want to hear them. For once, she wanted to be left alone. Luschka! Luschka! Luschka! Her feet hit something with a thwump. Something very, very cold. She was standing on solid ground. She knew she wasn’t tumbling anymore, though she couldn’t see anything in front of her except for the blanket of blackness. Then she looked down at her Converse sneakers. And gulped. They were planted in a blanket of snow that reached midway up her calves. The dank coolness that she was used to—the shadowy tunnel she’d been traveling through, out of her backyard, into the past—was giving way to something else. Something blustery and ab­solutely frigid. The first time Luce had stepped through an Announcer—from her Shoreline dorm room to Las Vegas—she’d been with her friends Shelby and Miles. At the end of the passage they’d met a barrier: a dark, shad­owy curtain between them and the city. Because Miles was the only one who’d read the texts on stepping through, he’d started swiping the Announcer with a cir­cular motion until the murky black shadow flaked away. Luce hadn’t known until now that he’d been troubleshooting. This time, there was no barrier. Maybe because she was traveling alone, through an Announcer summoned of her own fierce will. But the way out was so easy. Al­most too easy. The veil of blackness simply parted. A blast of cold tore into her, making her knees lock with the chill. Her ribs stiffened and her eyes teared in the sharp, sudden wind. Where was she? Luce already regretted her panicked jump through time. Yes, she needed an escape, and yes, she wanted to trace her past, to save her former selves from all the pain, to understand what kind of love she’d had with Daniel all those other times. To feel it instead of being told about it. To understand—and then fix—whatever curse had been inflicted on Daniel and her. But not like this. Frozen, alone, and completely un­prepared for wherever, whenever she was. She could see a snowy street in front of her, a steel-gray sky above white buildings. She could hear some­thing rumbling in the distance. But she didn’t want to think about what any of it meant. “Wait,” she whispered to the Announcer. The shadow drifted hazily a foot or so beyond her fingertips. She tried to grasp it, but the Announcer eluded her, flicking farther away. She leaped for it, and caught a tiny damp piece of it between her fingers— But then, in an instant, the Announcer shattered into soft black fragments on the snow. They faded, then were gone. “Great,” she muttered. “Now what?” In the distance, the narrow road curved left to meet a shadowy intersection. The sidewalks were piled high with shoveled snow, which had been packed against two long banks of white stone buildings. They were striking, unlike anything Luce had ever seen, a few stories tall, with their entire façades carved into rows of bright white arches and elaborate columns. All the windows were dark. Luce got the sense that the whole city might be dark. The only light came from a single gas streetlamp. If there was any moon, it was hidden by a thick blanket of cloud. Again something rumbled in the sky. Thunder? Luce hugged her arms around her chest. She was freezing. “Luschka!” A woman’s voice. Hoarse and raspy, like someone who’d spent her whole life barking orders. But the voice was trembling, too. “Luschka, you idiot. Where are you?” She sounded closer now. Was she talking to Luce? There was something else about that voice, something strange that Luce couldn’t quite put into words. When a figure came hobbling around the snowy street corner, Luce stared at the woman, trying to place her. She was very short and a little hunched over, maybe in her late sixties. Her bulky clothes seemed too big for her body. Her hair was tucked under a thick black scarf. When she saw Luce, her face scrunched into a compli­cated grimace. “Where have you been?” Luce looked around. She was the only other person on the street. The old woman was speaking to her. “Right here,” she heard herself say. In Russian. She clapped a hand over her mouth. So that was what had seemed so bizarre about the old woman’s voice: She was speaking a language Luce had never learned. And yet, not only did Luce understand every word, but she could speak it back. “I could kill you,” the woman said, breathing heavily as she rushed toward Luce and threw her arms around her. For such a frail-looking woman, her embrace was strong. The warmth of another body pressing into Luce after so much intense cold made her almost want to cry. She hugged back hard. “Grandma?” she whispered, her lips close to the woman’s ear, somehow knowing that was who the woman was. “Of all the nights I get off work to find you gone,” the woman said. “Now you’re skipping around in the middle of the street like a lunatic? Did you even go to work today? Where is your sister?” There was the rumbling in the sky again. It sounded like a bad storm moving closer. Moving fast. Luce shiv­ered and shook her head. She didn’t know. “Aha,” the woman said. “Not so carefree now.” She squinted at Luce, then pushed her away to get a closer look. “My God, what are you wearing?” Luce fidgeted as her past life’s grandmother gaped at her jeans and ran her knobby fingers over the buttons of Luce’s flannel shirt. She grabbed Luce’s short, tangled ponytail. “Sometimes I think you are as crazy as your fa­ther, may he rest in peace.” “I just—” Luce’s teeth were chattering. “I didn’t know it was going to be so cold.” The woman spat on the snow to show her disap­proval. She peeled off her overcoat. “Take this before you catch your death.” She bundled the coat roughly around Luce, whose fingers were half frozen as she struggled to button it. Then her grandmother untied the scarf from her neck and wrapped it around Luce’s head. A great boom in the sky startled both of them. Now Luce knew it wasn’t thunder. “What is that?” she whis­pered. The old woman stared at her. “The war,” she mut­tered. “Did you lose your wits along with your clothes? Come now. We must go.” As they waded down the snowy street, over the rough cobbles and the tram tracks set into them, Luce realized that the city wasn’t empty after all. Few cars were parked along the road, but occasionally, down the darkened side streets, she heard the whinnies of carriage horses waiting for orders, their frosty breaths clotting the air. Silhouetted bodies scampered across rooftops. Down an alley, a man in a torn overcoat helped three small children through the hatched doors of a basement. At the end of the narrow street, the road opened onto a broad, tree-lined avenue with a wide view of the city. The only cars parked here were military vehicles. They looked old-fashioned, almost absurd, like relics in a war museum: soft-top jeeps with giant fenders, bone-thin steering wheels, and the Soviet hammer and sickle painted onto the doors. But aside from Luce and her grandmother, there were no people on this street. Everything—except for the awful rumbling in the sky—was ghostly, eerily quiet. In the distance, she could see a river, and far across it, a great building. Even in the darkness, she could make out its elaborate tiered spires and ornate onion-shaped domes, which seemed familiar and mythic at the same time. It took a moment to sink in—and then fear shot through Luce. She was in Moscow.From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR FALLEN, THE BESTSELLING SERIES BY LAUREN KATE “Bloodsuckers are about to have some competition for the hearts of YA readers.”—The Daily Beast “This emotional roller coaster will have you turning the pages nonstop!”— “This series has delivered glorious settings, fast-paced action and a love that transcends death.”—Justine magazine “Readers will pine right alongside Luce.”—Publishers Weekly “This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending.”—SLJ “Twilight-style success could be in the cards for the fallen-angel saga.”—The Bookseller “Compellingly readable . . . readers will be hooked on Luce’s story.”—VOYA “The Southern Gothic atmosphere . . . is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings.”—Kirkus Reviews “A tantalizing, atmospheric Gothic romance, Fallen is well worth picking up.”—New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr