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"This is a strong start in what looks to be a thrilling and chilling new paranormal series. Fantastic!" -- RT Book Reviews
"Filled with sexy men and plenty of action, Darkness Dawnskept me turning the pages well past my bedtime."
-- The Romance Reviews
"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
Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series
"Fans of terrific paranormal romance have hit the jackpot with Duvall and her electrifying series."
-- RT Book Reviews
"Full of fascinating characters, a unique and wonderfully imaginative premise,and scorching hot relationships."
-- The Romance Reviews
"Fans of paranormal romance who haven't discovered this series yet are really missing out on something extraordinary. "
-- Long and Short Reviews
"If you love J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and Kresley Cole'sImmortals After Dark, then you need to put Dianne Duvall and herImmortal Guardians books in your reading wheelhouse."
--Literati Literature Lovers
"Paranormal romance fans who enjoy series like J.R. Ward's Black Daggar Brotherhood will definitely want to invest time in the Immortal Guardians series."
-- All Things Urban Fantasy
"If you are looking for a paranormal romance series with suspense, incredible action scenes and characters to swoon over then the Immortal Guardians series is one I recommend."
-- Caffeinated Book Reviewer
"If you are a paranormal romance fan, I recommend this series!"
-- Smexy Books
"Duvall's storytelling is simply spellbinding."
-- Tome Tender
From the Author
Darkness Dawns - Book 1
Night Reigns - Book 2
Phantom Shadows - Book 3
In Still Darkness - Book 3.5
Darkness Rises - Book 4
Night Unbound - Book 5
Phantom Embrace - Book 5.5
Shadows Strike - Book 6
Blade of Darkness - Book 7
Awaken the Darkness - Book 8
Death of Darkness - Book 9
THE GIFTED ONES series
A Sorceress of His Own - Book 1
Rendezvous with Yesterday - Book 2
The Lasaran - Book 1
The Segonian - Book 2
And more to come!
- ASIN : B0046ZRVZ2
- Publisher : Zebra Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
- Publication date : February 1, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 562 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,975 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First in the Immortal Guardians series, Darkness Dawns, tells the story of a group of immortal guardians that live and fight vampires in North Carolina. Not only do they fight vampires, they too have the vampire virus inside them. Regular vampires eventually go mad from the virus while Immortals had a different DNA before their changing, allowing them to not be driven mad. Immortals are born as human with a “gift”, whether it be psychic abilities, seeing ghosts, transporting, healing with their hands, reading minds or any number of other gifts that one can have. People with these gifts only become immortal if they are infected with the virus or changed in a process by another immortal. Their calling is to protect humankind from blood thirsty vampires.
Roland is a grouchy old man immortal. It has to be said. The fact that he still is handsome and young looking doesn’t change the fact of his determination to be left alone or how vocal he is about it. He does his job every night of killing vampires, but other than that has a reputation of being hard to like among the rest of the guardians. They all give him a wide berth. Sarah is human and a school teacher. She has just started to work in her garden early one pre-dawn morning(due to the heat of the day)when the sky might as well have turned her world upside down. She hears someone being tortured and can’t keep from trying to help. When she manages to save Roland from two vampires that have staked him out for the sun to die, he is astounded to be attracted to a woman for the first time in years. On Sarah’s part, she is terrified, especially when the man has to ride out the day in her home because of the sun. She too, feels the attraction though, although his eyes glowing at times and his wounds healing faster are pretty scary to her.
Of course, this is a wonderful paranormal romance, but it’s also pretty much an urban fantasy as well. These immortals are hunters of what amounts to be blood thirsty monsters. Duvall took the story to another level with a vampire leader that has a vendetta against Roland for personal reasons. He has been hunting him for centuries and has finally found him. It’s up to all the local guardians and their leader, Seth, to find out what’s going on and figure out what to do about it. Along the way, we meet lots of guardians and are treated to another completely different story that is happening at the same time. Enough said about that. There’s a bit of story set-up to read or listen to, but that’s mainly just good world building and therefore necessary to the listen/read.
Darkness Dawns Audiobook Narration
Narration by Kirsten Potter was pretty perfect. She is a very talented narrator and I have since listened to the next in the series, Night Reigns, and she narrated that one amazingly, as well. Since these characters are from different parts of the world, she had to do different accents and she handled those with ease. Even though I had read the book previously, I think the narration “made” the book even more for me even more so than reading. Narration was definitely 5 stars for me.
Well written, paced, and performed, I can easily highly recommend this listen to adult(sensual scenes)paranormal romance readers as well as urban fantasy fans that don’t mind a romance. Originally posted review on Hot Listens
I basically liked the two main characters, Roland and Sarah, and I felt like I got to know enough about each of them, so character development was okay. Some of the dialogue was a bit formal and stilted, though (uncomfortably so, in some cases). I thought some of the language and mannerisms were occasionally unrealistic and overly polite/formal, which just didn't ring true for the time period (this is a modern-day story set in the US). Some of the scenes were a bit heavy in the dialogue department, so I didn't feel like there was a good balance between dialogue and narrative in some sections of the book.
The h, Sarah, was a flipping hippie, which was annoying. She went on these rants about how awful it was for people to eat processed foods, meats (other than organic chicken & turkey), and insisted on everything being organic and unsweetened. Gag. These scenes felt like the author was pushing a personal agenda, so I didn't fully get the vibe that this mindset was just a part of Sarah's character, though maybe that was the way it was intended. Another annoying environmentalist/hippie nod came with the arrival of Marcus, one of the Immortal Guardians. He arrived to help Roland, and Mr. Badass Vamp shows up in a black Prius. REALLY?? What kind of self-respecting vampire drives a friggin' Prius? Sorry, but that just doesn't inspire images or impressions of badassery. Is that a word? Hmm. It presents the best visual for what I'm trying to describe, so I'll just go with it.
Another major point of disappointment for me was the complete lack of sexual tension or chemistry between Roland and Sarah. Their "encounters" were tepid at best. I just never felt any kind of major connection between them, which caused their whole relationship to fall completely flat. As a romantic story, it totally missed the mark. I'm used to hotter, more intense stories with sizzling chemistry between the H and h. You will not find that in this book.
I thought the author's take on vampirism was somewhat interesting initially, but the further I got into the story, the less believable it seemed. In the world she created, there is very little difference between the Immortal Guardians and the vampires. They are essentially the same. The basic differences are that vampires aren't "nice" and will kill innocents, and the vamps aren't immortal. It's a fine line of distinction. The other factor added in to the mix is that in order to become an Immortal Guardian a person must have dark brown or black hair and brown eyes, and they have to possess some kind of "special" gift (like being empathic or psychic, etc.). How boring is that? They all have to pretty much look alike?
I already have a couple more of the books in this series on my Kindle, so I may give them a shot at some point just to see if things improve. Right now, I'm in search of something better to read.
Top reviews from other countries
In this world we have the good guys, the Immortal Guardians, and the bad guys are the Vampires. The Immortal Guardians are there to protect mankind from the vampires, who are afflicted with the virus that turns them into a vampire by being bitten by one. Vampires don't live very long before the virus in them drives them into madness and instead of just drinking blood from the humans they torture and torment them! The immortal guardians on the other hand live indefinitely, and end up being what they are due to being a 'gifted one' when they were human, having some special something that made them different.
Roland is one of the oldest immortal guardians being over 900 years old. He's a bit of a recluse, or antisocial as the others call him, he has a hard time trusting people with things that have happened in his long life. Sarah is a teacher that lives out in the sticks and happens to end up saving Roland after he has been staked by a bunch of vampires, who so far only ever work alone and not together in packs like they did to get Roland.
Of course there is a lot of world building in this one being the first in the series as we learn about lots of other characters as well. There is another side story running alongside Roland and Sarah's in this one, and that is about a mysterious woman that Seth rescues. Seth is the leader of the Immortal Guardians having powers way beyond any of the others and is able to walk in daylight without any ill effects..... sunlights kills vamps and guardians alike.
Roland and Sarah's relationship was great to watch, having gone from attracted to him, to being terrified, to understanding more about him, and then to accepting him for what he was and even loving him. I was hooked from the start, it's an immersive story that I am so looking forward to following and seeing just where the author takes it. There are so many more characters and story lines still yet to explore!! Each are unique and individual in their ways and talents, I loved them all!! On to book 2 for me.
There are no potential triggers.
The storyline is straightforward enough, with hints of a deeper plot behind the scenes. The writing style is sometimes a little wooden and naive, but there are no grammatical errors or editorial boomers which makes the storyline well worth reading.
There are some sex scenes each of them appropriate and loving. Characterisation is good, with no over the top bad guy/good guy routine that so many paranormal books deliver in spades and I will be purchasing the next book in this series.
SYNOPSIS:Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's handed 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.
like every first book to a new series,this book sets the scene,but unlike others still feels like a whole story in itself,rather than a prelude to others.i loved the characters,perhaps especially the secondary characters,which has left me dying to read the other books is this series(book 2 is "night reigns",book 3 "phantom shadows").
if your looking for a new vampire romance book i recommend this.perhaps people who like lara adrian & laura wright would be interested in this?it is perhaps not as dark as some books in this genre,but it is refreshing,has a good overall plot and good characterization.i would recommend giving it a go!!
Sarah Bingham is a teacher while gardening one day she is attacked (well mowed down) by something, and when she goes to investigate she finds two men torturing another, she rescues him and the story begins, Roland is a immortal and battles corrupt vampires with other immortals, they too need blood to survive but dont harm to get it.
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. I really enjoyed this and would recommend
Loved these kickass Immortals, they are unique alpha males and can't wait to read more about them!
Dianne Duvall is written some really fantastic characters with attitude and depth, our heroine is a strong woman, she is well developed in the story and it's easy to empathize with her. Lots of lust and hot hot sex between her and her hero. I am a sucker for HEA.
The other characters are in the sequels and I live with the hope they live up to the high standards this book has set. I'm ready for book two......bring it on Marcus!