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Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dianne Duvall
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Book Description

RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance Nominee
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . .

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control. . .

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible--when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect. . .
"These dark, kick-ass guardians can protect me any day!" --Alexandra Ivy

Editorial Reviews


2011 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance Nominee
"This is a strong start in what looks to be a thrilling and chilling new paranormal series.  Fantastic!"
~ RT Book Reviews

Top Pick
"Filled with sexy men and plenty of action, Darkness Dawns kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime."
~ The Romance Reviews-5 stars

Best Book
"Action-packed world building and a hero daring all for love makes Darkness Dawns one of the most fascinating romances I've read all year."
~ Long and Short Reviews

"Electrifying, Funny, Lust-inducing, and Inventive."
~ Fresh Fiction

"This is a great beginning to an exciting new series."
~ Affaire de Coeur

From the Author

Immortal Guardians series

Darkness Dawns - Book 1
Night Reigns - Book 2
Phantom Shadows - Book 3
In Still Darkness (novella) - Book 3.5
Darkness Rises - Book 4
Night Unbound - Book 5
Shadows Strike - Book 6

And more to come!

Product Details

  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZRVZ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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125 of 135 people found the following review helpful
By Michael
Format:Audible Audio Edition
Since I took a chance on Charlaine Harris's "Dead Until Dark" in an Audible "paperback" sale, I have been strangely hooked on supernatural female heroine books.

This is a guilty pleasure which I am reluctant to admit, being a typical man.

However, many of these books are well done, entertaining, and even hysterically funny (like Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate or Darynda Jones' Charlie Davidson series). I think that men who overlook them are missing out. Sure they all have romance novel elements, but I can fast-forward through that stuff if I have to.

"Darkness Dawns", however, is different breed of cat. It had enough going for it that I wanted to see how it ended (and I did pay for it, dammit) so I was determined to slog through.

But really -- this book is just sophomoric.

The two main characters, Roland and Sarah, are just perfectly perfect. They are perfectly handsome or beautiful, perfectly built with rippling muscles or hourglass figure, have perfect skin, perfect hair, are incredibly sensitive, unbelievably self-possessed, -- and humorless, smug, shallow, vapid, and intolerant in that special way that only the terminally self-righteous can be. They eat only organic foods, wear natural fibers, eschew homophobia, drive Priuses and carefully recycle their cat food cans. (I only hope that Nietzsche the Wonder Cat -- the only character I really liked in this book -- gets to eat real tuna and not some vegan slop.)

Our hero is an incredible fighter. He can beat twelve vampires at a single thrust and then cook perfect organic eggplant parmesan without missing a beat. He eats no meat -- except for that blood drinking thing. He is a perfect lover. He is a fabulous interior decorator who works exclusively in earth tones.
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176 of 199 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Took a wrong turn in Vampire Land July 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are many directions you can go with vampire books these days, but this one will take you far off the beaten path. It heads into a direction no man, or vampire, has gone before. Many of the characters in this novel, whether human or not, are environmentally friendly and health conscious. Now, I'm not against such things in real life, but I didn't expect to find it in a paranormal romance. I like my blood suckers to be dark, dangerous, and generally uncaring (until the right woman comes along and brightens their otherwise depressingly long existence). To be fair, the author makes her "vampires" to be bad, but she also includes another blood sucking race called "immortals". Rather original, I must say, but I digress. These guys are supposed to be the defenders of humans and enemies of vampires. Therefore, they can go "green" and that is okay. This is in addition to the main human character, Sarah, who also follows these tenets heavily.

So, to clarify some of this, I will list some of the fascinating topics covered in this novel. First, you will see some rather lengthy dialog on the benefits of organic food. It is tastier, after all. Then comes the religious conversation on whether drinking blood, in any form, is acceptable to God. Sarah will list all the old testament rules (which were debatably nullified in the new testament) about how you can't eat animals with blood still in them. Also, rabbits, pork, shellfish, birds of prey, and scavengers are also banned. Just to add to this already fun conversation, she points out how pigs and rabbits eat their own feces, yum! Don't forget shellfish are full of toxins. It all makes me want to run out to Captain D's for the seafood platter right now!
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun PNR! February 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ah yes... Roland, one who was thought to be anti-social and a royal pain in the.. uh... hiney is very swoon worthy! He "meets" a young music teacher, Sarah who is strong, independent and a bit weary of others herself. Roland finds himself wanting to protect the young mortal from danger he feels he brought upon her and as the danger progresses she finds out exactly what he is. Now the question becomes is if they both can trust one another to find out what is sparking between the two.

Some may find the relationship between Roland and Sarah a bit fast. However, I found it completely refreshing. There was not a frustrating amount of me yelling at the book saying... "Tell HER!" or "Tell HIM!" when it came to any secrets. They both laid their souls bare and dealt with the consequences. This is probably one of the reasons I forgave Sarah for stealing my book boyfriend. She also gave as good or better than she received even when some things were hard for each other to understand.

I'm not going to say much more because I'd be tempted to completely spoil the book and I won't! I give this book 5 stars and I flew through the book. I can't wait for the next in the Immortal Guardian series! If you love PNR, you will enjoy this book. Can I have the next one now? Seriously, can I? *bats eyelashes*
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
When the very normal Sarah bravely acts to rescue an injured stranger from torture and certain death, she is drawn into a world she never dreamed existed - for Roland is not truly the undercover agent he first claims to be but actually an immortal protector who guards humanity from predation by insane vampires.

I actually really enjoyed this debut effort. Even though I am no longer a huge fan of vamps, author Duvall brings some science and enough of a twist to the vampire mythos here to avoid some of the 'same old same old' in the romance along with a sweetness to the relationship that I really liked. Sarah is capable and caring without being one of those stupidly suicidal heroines who refuses to acknowledge that being independent doesn't mean taking on an enemy who outmatches you. Roland, is pretty much everything you'd want from a vamp leading man - minus the arrogance. Plus, his history brings Roland a good amount of vulnerability without making him emotionally crippled, so that it is the Sarah's kindness and sense of humor that wins his heart instead just the sizzling physical attraction between them.

I actually really liked all of Duvall's immortals. While the starring pair did get most of the screen time, there was a nice amount of development/introduction to other characters in the world. Roland's friend Marcus has a particularly poignant story, and the most ancient of the immortals, Seth, was intriguing as well.

So, good new world, a sweet and steamy romance, enough vampiness to make vampire fans happy and enough deviation from the old standard vamp romance formula for those who aren't. I am definitely ready for more of Duvall's world, looks like the next book is tentatively scheduled for December 2011, I can't wait to see who's up next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness Dawns isn't a horrible story; in fact I rather enjoyed it
You can find this review, and more reviews of romance novels, on my blog: www.inthebinding.wordpress. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Heather
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't like this book
Published 16 days ago by donna chaffino
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hated Sarah the main female I like a strong female but she was an just an opinionated bitch. I couldn't finish it
Published 22 days ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book!!!! Didn't want to put it down.
Published 26 days ago by Regina Moats
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
An Easy, fun read and a semi interesting plot. I will continue with the series
Published 27 days ago by Kimberly A. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series, full of adventure hot and sexy, yummy!!
Love this series, full of adventure hot and sexy, yummy!!
Published 27 days ago by monica L. Barnwell
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I immediately started on second book in series when I finished this one. It is a different spin on the usual paranormal romance.
Published 1 month ago by Lynette Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book well written makes you feel like you are right there with them
Published 1 month ago by RUBY
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun ride
No matter how you read this the adventure and sex appeal is there, I enjoyed the Arthur's perspective, it was fun and enjoyed the characters, lol, especially Seth, no idea why I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting!
This book was great from beginning to end. Well-developed, interesting characters. This story is full of suspense, intrigue, and of course a great love story.
Published 1 month ago by Linda G
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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series and The Gifted Ones series. Her books have twice been nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews).

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she so loves to create in her books.

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Darkness Dawns- Ami
Hi Christina,

Ami's secret won't be revealed until Book 2 in the series -- Night Reigns -- which is scheduled for release in December. I hope you enjoy it!

Dianne Duvall
Feb 18, 2011 by Dianne Duvall |  See all 21 posts
New series?Darkness Dawns
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Sheila! Thanks!
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