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.
©2011 Dianne Duvall (P)2011 Tantor
"This is a strong start in what looks to be a thrilling and chilling new paranormal series. Fantastic!" (Romantic Times)
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
This looks like it will be a great new series for those who like romantic fantasy on the steamy side. Admittedly, there are some marked resemblances to other books in this sub genre. I noticed similarities to the work of S. Kenyon, L. Sands, and C. Feehan. I'm rating this book, however, on it's own merit. Not everyone will have read those other authors' series before reading this one.
The book is well paced, with steamy romance scenes. It is not material suitable for young teens, in my opinioin. What I really enjoyed in this book was how well the action scenes flowed. Fight scenes have a way of losing my interest, but these were written and read in such a way as to keep me involved.
The narrator did a fine job overall, although her male voices were on the weak side. I only gave her 4 stars because while it's only one thing, given that most of the characters in this book are male, it's an important flaw in the narration.
For me, the true sign of a book's worth is how it makes me feel when I finished. If a book in a series ends with a "cliffhanger", I feel unsatisfied. If a book ends on a bad note, I feel cheated. This book finished it's story beautifully and completely. Oh, there's a teaser to inspire you to continue reading the series, but the main story between the focal couple ended in a satisfying way. Well done!
This book was so great, awesome, wonderful, could not get through it fast enough, but sad when it was over!!! Roland is so sweet, strong, generous, gorgeous and Sara is the type of heroine you love to read about, funny, sexy, and so so likable. I absolutely can not wait to read/listen to the next one. The book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Definitely! It was entertaining, leads into an ongoing series, and breaks the mold while keeping with certain traditions.
* This review stands for the entire "Immortal Guardians" series. *
Some have compared this author to Christine Feehan and her works. I'll use that. I'd rather contrast them, however. I've read a handful from the latter author, and, although good, every story there is repetitive (copious amounts of adult scenes are, by actual intent, more lust driven than romantically driven - especially in the beginning when the couples, who rarely know each other beforehand, meet up and hook up for life) and formulaic. They barely build upon one another. The most I've noticed is one character linking to another between novels, and the backstory is just repeated in each book (no real continuation of a plot).
In Dianne Duvall's novels (so far), there is a concentration on the individual couples, but there is also a SOLID backstory that is built upon in subsequent stories. In that regard, I would compare these to Nalini Singh's "Psy Changeling" series come to think of it... Anyway, the characters form a rich narrative tapestry in the context of a series. The steamy love scenes are great, and they don't happen without a relationship of substance between the characters. I'm not saying a lot of time passes, but it is believable that they have a bond in my opinion despite the short time-frame.
All narrators fit into one of two categories for me: Good or Bad. Simple. Ms. Potter's performance was "good" in my opinion ; it did not detract from the story. That's all I ask!
I loved the first scene enough to listen to it more than once. It reminded me of the first part of the first episode of "True Blood," when Sookie rescued Bill. When the petite woman is really a hero, it's a nice change of pace - especially for the knight in distress. Role reversal. :)
I laughed at a few points. The couple was engaging in certain activities when a friend stopped by. The atmosphere was just funny to me.
Some people don't seem to care for the "vampires'" dietary preferences or the heroine's use of guns. I think these are of little concern. It's a novel - not a political debate.
This is a twist on an old tale. Vampires aren't what you think (perhaps a true comparison to Feehan's work on that count, but in a very different way). The rules for uniting a couple aren't what you'd expect. There's definitely a paranormal element, but it's scientifically based - logical. There are plenty of secrets to be revealed at the end of each book, but each also ends on a satisfactory note.
"Darkness Dawns" is excellent in my opinion, but it takes an all-time favorite to get 5-stars across the board. I'd rate 4.5 if possible. REMEMBER: Debut novel. Give it a try, and let the author grow along with your understanding of the story she has to tell. I definitely think the series just gets better, and I liked it a great deal to start! Hope this helps.
I'm kind of a paranormal newbie, but, this book has truly endeared characters of this genre to me! I've already listened several times and this book is definitely one of my all time favorites. The depth of character and life that Kirsten Potter gave in her narration was awesome, it really drew me in. Darkness Dawns had love, action, passion, and humor. Great listen!!
Not very original, not the greatest writing, but a good narrator. The author does what so many romance authors do and make the two main characters fall in love right away without the reader getting a sense of the characters and why they would fall for each other. The author races right to the physical relationship and sacrafices character development. I won't read any other books in this series and don't recommend it.
did not really care for the story line or the aay it was written, waste of a credit but if u want something easy to listen to that really wont grab your attention then this would be a good book
I'm tired of these romances where the lead female is devoid of a real personality and some super natural man thinks her non-personality and stubborn streak are oh so irresistible. The lead male in this book has been around for hundreds of years and he really was unable to find a boring female to make his own in all that time?
Predictable ending - I don't necessarily mind romances that are predictably going to turn out well but if that's the case then the story getting to that ending should be interesting.
It was a very drawn out, overtly preachy book. I prefer books that have an interesting overall story along with the romance. This focused too heavily on the dialog between the 2 main characters, with no depth to pull that off. I did enjoy the different take on the vampire/immortal world.
I'm an avid reader/listener of supernatural romance books and usually binge on a whole series in a couple weeks. I can't bring myself to buy the second book because it lacked the grab most of these types of books have.
Less romantic novel, more vampire nation.
No. My friends don't read romantic novels.
Great voice characterization.
Disappointment. Not my genre.
Great book / series for certain readers
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