When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2007
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- Publisher : Zebra; Later Printing edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0821779354
- ISBN-13 : 978-0821779354
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.28 x 1.02 x 6.84 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #330,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am a sucker for a vampire story; unfortunately, good vampire stories are extremely hard to come by. While there are tons of vampire books out there, very few of them are worth reading (at least based on the ones I've read). So far, my all time favorites are the Dark Protectors series by Rebecca Zanetti. I've read a few Alexandra Ivy books before and haven't really been impressed by them. Nevertheless, when I saw some of these Guardians of Eternity books available on the cheap, I decided to scoop them up and give them a go. Needless to say, I am less than enthusiastic about continuing with this series after reading this first entry.
Some of the writing was just incredibly cheesy. Dante, the male lead, insisted on calling Abby (the female lead) "lover" all the time. This was freaking annoying. He called her that even before they became involved romantically. To be honest, I hate this particular endearment. It just always comes across as hokey and fake. It kind of makes my skin crawl. In addition, some of the dialogue was a bit stilted and unrealistic. It was just very difficult to get into the story, overall.
Character development was at a minimum, which always takes away from my enjoyment of a story. I would have liked to know more about Dante and Abby, and Viper as well, as he was one of the main secondary characters. There were a lot of "vampire cliches" in this book: they have no reflection, no beating heart, and they can be killed by a stake through the heart. I prefer more unique twists on vampirism.
So, will I continue with this series? Probably, at some point, since I already have about five other books in this series already on my Kindle. I'm definitely not going to break any records getting to them, though, as my expectation is that they won't really be any better than this one.
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this is the first in the Guardians of Eternity, published some time ago, and ive read alot of Alexandra Ivy's newer stuff, and you can see the difference. THAT not to say this is bad, at all, just you can see the progressive writing skills in the newer books.
slight twist to the vampire lore, Dante cannot remember who he was before he was turned, and since being Protector to the Chalice, he has been unable to feed directly off of humans, using bagged blood to survive. i loved the interaction between Abby and Dante, espcially near the beginning when it was all kicking off. they are so funny together! lots of vampire sex, but not so explicit, and violent, but then again, facing witches, demons and lord knows what else, its hardly surprising!
the second book, Embrace the Darkness, appears not to be available on kindle, and i soooooo wanna read that one, as it involves Viper and the Shalott from this book. anyone know where i can get it??