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Awaken the Darkness

Immortal Guardians Series, Book 8
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Series: Immortal Guardians, Book 8
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,238 ratings)
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Dianne Duvall presents the eighth book of the Immortal Guardians series.

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to endure the agony of his wounds. And he will do whatever it takes to be with her.

When Susan first sees the old two-story house for sale, such warmth and longing fill her that - against all reason - she makes an offer. It will take years of hard work and money she frankly doesn't have to fix up the place. So she can't explain why she bought it. She also can't explain what compels her to spend hours one night, digging in the basement until she unearths a man. A man who still lives and breathes despite having been buried alive. A man whose intense brown eyes glow amber with pain, declaring him far more than ordinary. Susan knows she should keep her distance. He has no memory and possesses gifts that would make most fear him.

But as the two work together to unravel the mystery of his past, she finds herself drawn in by his teasing nature and tender touch. So much so that she loses her heart to him even as they find themselves hunted by unknown enemies who are ruthless in their quest to capture them. 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Dianne Duvall (P)2018 Tantor
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Not as good as the others but great narration.



I’ve read all of the Immortal Guardian books, twice, and even though this was good it would never be a favorite of mine. Stanislav’s book was ONLY a love story. Oh, there were battles but only with humans AND all the others: Seth, David, Marcus and Ami and little Adira, Darnell, Sheldon, Lizette, etc, were only in the story in the last chapter. No vampire hunting, no nothing. Except for the few bad guys there was no one in the book but Stanislav and Susan, with the exception of Alexei Mikhailov, Stanislov’s second, who showed up near the end of the book when he found out Stanislov was still alive, after 2 ½ years of being buried in a basement floor.

As good as it was it was still disappointing. I always look forward to everyone from all the other books showing up and them all going out to the college campus’s to hunt vamps that prey on college students who were heading home drunk or just out to late.

There was explicit sex and the F-bomb was used 22 times.

As to the narration: In every book you just knew who was talking without being told. Kirsten Potter gave everyone their own voice in the 1st book, Darkness Dawns, and the characters still have that same voice in book #8. She is simply amazing.

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Just okay.

Sweet story, but nothing like the previous books. Least favorite of all books.
Think some of the reviews giving 5 stars are overrated. One of the best parts of the previous books is the interactions with all the other IG's. This book clearly lacked in this, and I have to say, as much as I like Stan, a whole book of just Stan was too much.
Hoping Seth's book includes all the IG's, not just Seth. The formula of all IG's is the best parts of the books.

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a little disappointed

I liked the story but i was a little disappointed at the end, needed more to tie in the book before, but im still looking forward to thr next one.

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So disappointing

This book is not an immortal guardian and could not have been written by Dianne Duvall. The same words and phrases are repeated over and over.

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Outstanding

Dianne Duvall wrote an amazing new twist to this Immortal Guardians series. This one is exciting. Stasis, failed memory, bad guys searching when you are out there without your immortal guardian buddies and firepower. And romance. This is such a good read. I was not bored at any time while reading or listening to this one. She gave back story but in such a way that I didn’t once flip pages. It is so very well done as I have come to expect. The audible version is fantastic and adds so much to the story. Narration is great. Such depth of emotion at just the right moments. Just enough “heat”. Well done!

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by far the weakest in the series.

passable but definitely not as good as the rest. this book doesn't advance the plot at all and almost entirely exists in isolation of any of the known characters. kind of bland niether stanislav nor susan are particularly interesting characters which was just compounded by the amnesia storyline and since the entire story exists only between those two characters and the mostly namless faceless badguys, it was kinda dull

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I enjoyed it but my least favorite!

This book is almost totally about the H/h and the development of their relationship. It does include a little bit of action however, very little of the book includes the entire Immortal Guardian group and their mission and daily lives. If more of that would have been included, I would have given the book a five star rating. No matter what, the Immortal Guardians has been and still is, one my favorite all time series and therefore
-V from Kansas

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Felt like a novella

I am such a huge fan of this series and eagerly waiting this release. It was only fair for me. It was slow to pick up and then it finally got some action and then it rushed to close. I re-read all the proceeding lovely in preparation for this one and was so excited to only be modestly satisfied with Stan’s story. It was creative and thoughtful but that didn’t make up for the lackluster story. Still love the series and I am really looking forward to Seth’s book next.

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HAPPY STANISLAV IS ALIVE!!

Audible book review of Awaken the Darkness. The Narrator Kristin Potter was Outstanding as usual. The storyline not so much. I am so Happy that Stanislav is alive and has found love with Susan both of this characters have strong resemblances to the other Immortal Guardians and Gifted One in the prior books. Its like the names were changed but its the same character descriptions of prior IG and GO's. The story itself reminded me a bit of the 2nd book "Dark Desire" in the Dark Series by Christine Feehan, but that story was written a whole lot better then this one.

I missed the interactions of the other Immortal Guardians they don't find out Stanislav is alive until the very end of the story. Then its brief greetings. I love Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardian and Gifted Ones series. But Awaken the Darkness is the weakest story in the series. So the story was just ok even though it didn't move the storyline along. Gershom is still out there waiting to attack the IG but he was silent in this story.


I trust Dianne Duvall so I am still giving the story 3 stars because I love having Stanislav back and I loved the little surprise at the end.

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unplayable

I had to keep unistall /reinstalling this. cant keep spot. chapters don't work. very disappointed. I really wanted to hear this story. every time I pressed play it had forgotten my place. after the 5th time redownloading, I'm done with it.
update... I had to unistall/reinstall the audible app, twice, before this book would download right. I like the story. felt it was a little short. audible please fix your download.

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  • *Flora*
  • 05-12-20

Another Gripping Addition To This Fantastic Series

I'm already a fan of Dianne Duvall's writing style and this series. I downloaded the narration along with my Kindle purchase and was gripped from the first page to the last.

Kirsten Potter's performance was, once again, outstanding. She is one of my favourite narrators; her range of character voices is extensive and her reading pace and emotive inflections transport you, feet first, into the story.

I loved Awaken The Darkness - couldn't stop reading and listening to it!!It had everything that I look for in a 5 star book; intelligent writing style that's easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story/setting and a balanced mix of relationship and/or romance to action scenes and sex scenes. I was left breathless, wondering where Ms Duvall would take us next in this addictive series!

Due to the graphic nature of the violence and sex scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature, so if you enjoy strong alpha heroes and independent capable heroines, tense and often traumatic and brutal confrontations and hot lust/romance scenes then give this book a go.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-10-18

Awaken the darkness

Fast moving story,in which you fall for stan,enjoyed how it linked into the series .