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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420102974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420102970
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You can see why Ivy is known for creating spunky heroines who face adversity straight on and don't back down easily. Add in sexy and powerful warriors, and you have a recipe for paranormal romance at its best." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series. She has also published traditional regencies and regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh.

As an audiobook narrator, Arika Rapson has performed a wide range of genres, from classics to contemporary thrillers, children's books, urban fantasy, and chick lit—including Cat Adams's Blood Singer series—as well as stranger-than-fiction true stories. She has also narrated a variety of educational videos, apps, and video game characters. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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I began my career in 2000 under the name Debbie Raleigh, writing traditional regencies and now as Deborah Raleigh writing regency historicals.

Moving to paranormals has been a dream since I watched my first episode of Buffy. I hope everyone enjoys the Guardians of Eternity series.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on November 6, 2009
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Alexander Ivy started her Guardians of Eternity series five books ago, and so far, after a slow and stumbling start in When Darkness Comes, book 1 of the series, the Guardians provide a few good hours of entertainment and enjoyment with each book.

Darkness Unleashed gives Jagr, the vicious and borderline personality-disordered recluse vampire introduced in Darkness Revealed (book 4), and Regan, the recently free, life-long victimized captive of the imp Culligan - and one of the four genetically altered were siblings (sister to Darcy, the Anasso's mate, who we meet in Darkness Everlasting, book 3) - their turn to find an HEA, if possible.

I admit, the premise of the Guardians of Eternity series as a whole isn't the most original and there's not much that sets it apart from the legion of other series in the paranormal romance sub-genre. That being said, Ivy DOES pen sympathetic, amusing, fun, frustrating, and challenging characters...and vile villains, too, actually...that you feel for - either to root for or to despise - through the book. And NOT every paranormal romance manages that with me. Darkness Unleashed in particular had a LOT of really good interplay between Regan and Jagr. They were yummy and fun together.

Also, the series seems to lack (or I've missed it) an overall arc or goal that holds each of the books together (like Ward's BDB series, just to name one). This series is more akin to a less intense version of the Immortals After Dark series (Kresley Cole), in that it seems rely on character connection and relationships to link the books, instead of a well defined overall arc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By melindeeloo TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 4, 2009
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Regan, one of Darcy's other quadruplet sisters is freed from 30 years of imprisonment and torture, and is on the hunt to wreck vengeance on her captor. Regan comes to the story with a whole lot of anger and baggage, apart from the psychological scars from her imprisonment and abuse, the rejection by the were-king Salvatore - because the non-shifting bioengineered pureblood Regan is sterile and of no use as a breeder - opens up the scars of what she's assumed was her abandonment by the family who left her to suffer her horrible fate.

The aloof controlled vampire Jagr's past too includes captivity and endless years of torture, so he is the one sent to retrieve Regan and bring her back to her sister. Regan wants and needs no one, much less the icily beautiful Jagr, but still she is drawn to the vampire who understands her need to pursue her vengeance and is willing to help her. But Regan's days of freedom may be numbered, because even as she hunts her former jailor, Regan is being hunted by a group of rogue were Curs who want Regan for the secrets of blood to enhance their own power.

I have to say that I enjoyed reading Darkness Unleashed. I am exceedingly hero centric and Jagr, once Regan melts the ice around his heart, ends up being a really good leading man - passionate, protective and willing to sacrifice and endure centuries of heart breaking loneliness in order to give the commitment-phobe Regan the freedom she has been denied. The chemistry between the pair is good and the relationship between them isn't rushed and ends up making Darkness Unleashed satisfying from a romance standpoint. For the series overall, the story is not really that memorable and just puts a check mark for one more sister down and two more to go.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SCT on November 3, 2009
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Darkness Unleashed gets a 3.75 from a reader who has enjoyed all the previous books in this series. Like the last read (Darkness Revealed) the strong characters are consistently entertaining, but the heroine is a bit too nasty and hard to like-when her past should evoke sympathy. My main problem with the book was the overuse of MTV lingo, too many f-bomb replacements (they just got old after awhile and lost any impact) and way too many 2009 pop-culture references. It completely dates the book and pigeon-holes the reader demographic [seriously-Guitar Hero and Jonas Bros?...OMG!..not] This dialog mechanism was also used with the other main male characters, but diluted their uniqueness and made them jsut ordinary. For example early in the story Levet, the scene-stealing French gargoyle says a line "...who is about to save you and your Gothic's friend's ass". Why would he not choose to say "derriere"? In past books I easily read Levet's lines with a French accent in my mind, but in this book that French oblivious charm was almost lost all together. In addition, Jagr, the one who was billed in the previous book as supposed bookworm and scholar, ends up using as much modern vernacular as any TV actor in prime time. Where were the references to his books and vast ancient knowledge? Only humorous references to his age seemed to fit his previous billing. The modern techie lingo may suit toward the next vamp in the series, but not really Jagr. Fortunately in the end, the male hero shows a charming tenderness and devotion we have seen in all the books and is what kept me reading.Read more ›
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