The Struggle (Harper Torch)
The Struggle

L.J. Smith

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Preceded by

The Awakening

Followed by

The Fury

"The rage of jealousy..."

The Struggle is the second novel in the Vampire Diaries series, and second of the original story arc. The book was written by L.J. Smith and was first published in the United States in 1991 by HarperTeen.


"To my dear sister, Judy. A special thanks to Anne Smith, Peggy Bokulic, Anne Marie Smith, and Laura Penny for information about Virginia, and to Jack and Sue Check for all their local lore."

Book descriptionEdit

"Centuries ago, two brothers - Stefan and Damon - fell victims to the power of love, their legacy being to live through the ages as the undead - vampires. And now the two brothers are in conflict - for Elena, ice-cool Elena, whose passion for Stefan has changed her life.

But Damon, prince of darkness, tempts Elena with his seductive promises of power and eternal life. As she struggles to choose between the two, Stefan knows only one way to gain the strength to save Elena from Damon. He must break his vow and taste human blood again..."


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Chapter 3Edit

Chapter 4Edit

Chapter 5Edit

Chapter 6Edit

Chapter 7Edit

Chapter 8Edit

Chapter 9Edit

Chapter 10Edit

Chapter 11Edit

Chapter 12Edit

Chapter 13Edit

Chapter 14Edit

Chapter 15Edit

Chapter 16Edit

List of deathsEdit



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Notes and referencesEdit

The Vampire Diaries books
First arc
The Awakening · The Struggle · The Fury · Dark Reunion
The Return
Nightfall · Shadow Souls (Tumbleweeds · Dinner Disaster) · Midnight
Paradise Lost · The War of Roses · Into the Wood
An Untold Tale
Blood Will Tell · Matt & Elena: First Date · Matt & Elena: Tenth Date: On Wickery Pond · Elena's Christmas · After Hours
Ghostwritten books
The Hunters
Phantom · Moonsong · Destiny Rising
The Salvation
Unseen · Unspoken · Unmasked
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