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Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception...and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan's arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O'Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly 3,000 years, so visions of bloody battles don't trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan's brethren turning against him, so he can't help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Dianne Duvall (P)2017 Tantor

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I LOVED AIDAN AND DANA

Where does Blade of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

8 out of 10

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes the Gershom know as the other just keep trying to harm Seth and his Immortal Guardian by wrecking all kinds of havoc on mankind

What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is a very expressive and entertaining narrator who brings the characters to life. Oh and I also read the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I couldn't make up my mind weather to give Blade of Darkness 5 stars or 4 stars. I settled on 4 because one of "The Others" Gershom who wants to kick start Armageddon. He kicked the Immortal Guardians Butts. I felt like saying come on Dianne Duvall, you have 3 "Others", Seth, Zach and Jared fighting with the Immortal Guardian plus the Ancient Immortals David and Aidan and Gershome still outsmarted and beat them all at every turn. What you let Gershom do to Ami is an Unforgivable Offense, as good as the rest of Aidan and Dana's story was the author gave to much power to the villain.<br/><br/>This is 3000 year old Aidan O'Byrne Immortal Guardian and Dana Pembroke a Gifted Ones story. I loved both the H/H. They are very well matched and very well written. We met Aidan in bk.5 Night Unbound when Aidan stole the list of Gifted Females from the Immortal Guardians Headquarters. Well Aidan has found his mate and Dana is just written beautifully, she is a very intelligent and might I say very protective female heroine. Boy did I love it when she gave Seth, Zach and Chris a peace of her mind, she is very funny!! Don't give her a gun or she will shoot you hehehehe!! She will shoot and take names later LOL!! I loved her.<br/><br/>The story has many twist and turns, and moves very fast. It is action packed and very funny at times. We get to catch up with all our beloved Immortal Guardians and there 2nd. My favorite is always going to be Ami and Marcus with there beautiful toddler Adira. I also, love the catch up with Cliff and I hope they find away to keep him sane and alive. I admire his lady love. It would be great if Cliff could somehow be converted to and Immortal Guardian. I don't think I could bare it if he succumbs to the madness of a Vampire and has to be put down. Cliff is fighting so hard. <br/><br/>Unfortunately the story is written in such away to keep the villain Gershom in the storyline that Seth, Zach and Jared who has finally joined the battle in earnest got there Butts kicked along with the IG. I hope Seth can finally Best him in the next Immortal Guardian book and Dianne Duvall can write a new villain to take his place. Gershom needs to meet his end in a big way by Seth. Seth reputation is at stake and he should always remain the Strongest and Smartest "Other". <br/><br/>I Highly Recommend Blade of Darkness for your reading pleasure. I can't wait for book 8. <br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 09-25-17

Another Excellent Immortal Guardians story!

Loved this book as much as all the others in this series. If you haven't read this series you should! They are all must reads.

Loved Aiden and Dana. They made a great couple. He waited a looonnggg time to find her that's for sure. I really enjoyed this story and the Others coming into play. There was a lot of action and superb dialogue. A lot of characters from the previous books coming in to play. I love all the powers the Immortal Guardians have. Especially Seth! (Can't wait for his book.) I know it is coming one day.

As for the narration, Kristen Potter does such a great job on all the voices and keeping the same voices throughout the series. Just fantastic.

Gonna be a long wait for the next release... Sigh... But it will be a pre-order as always.

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Ummm....Can I get another? More please?

At first, I was a little leery. I recently had a sequel come out that I was really excited for, only to have the hero totally lose all his integrity. So, when I read the excerpt, I was nervous. Especially after the vision of Seth attacking Aiden. (I really like Seth) I was pleasantly surprised to find that instead of the integrity of the characters being compromised, the author raised their integrity to a whole new level. The sense of family and caring were very present in this book. Their refusal to believe wrong about one another and banding together around the main character despite everything is very inspiring. I wish we could all be like that.
Anyway, on the whole a terrific book and a worthy sequel. Now the only question is...... what's next?

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 09-26-17

Awesome.. Awesome.. Awesome.. Love this series..



*Sigh* I just finished book 7 in the Immortal Guardians series and now I’ll have to wait 100 years for the next one, or it feels like it, anyway.

So, I hate, hate, hate Gershom but with him being sooo powerful he made the book much better. He teleported from country to country with Aiden or Seth or Zach or Jared hot on his trail, slashing and stabbing innocent people to try to slow his pursuers down. Only to finally get away AGAIN!

I absolutely loved Aidan and Dana. Especially Aidan since he’s been alone for over three thousand years. Another *sigh* and then he met Dana and he finally had someone to love him.

As always it was such a pleasure to see Seth, David, Zach, Roland and Bastian again. However, I don’t know if I could bear it if Ms. Duvall killed off Cliff, and he seems to be getting worse in every book. I’m hoping Melanie finds something that will help him. Readers don’t like it when authors kill off main characters so here’s hoping…

There was explicit sex in this book but it certainly wouldn’t be called erotic, thank God. Also, the F- bomb was used 47 times.

As to the narration: Kirsten Potter is one of the best female narrators out there. She does voices great and reads with wonderful emotions.

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Will the real Aiden please stand up.

I have loved Aiden since he was first introduced. This book was a good as i knew it would be. I am glad Aiden finally found his match. Abby is good for him and he for her. She now has a family/friends to call her own. I felt bad for Aiden when he kept telling everyone it was not him in the videos with the missing women. But as it turns out it was just a ploy to try and turn the immortals against one another. I loved the part where Abby kicked butt when she was captured and taken to the place where the other gifted ones were. Zack did a good job planting that info in her head. I would like to see the three gifted ones in future books becoming immortals. I liked them. I have seen one person state that they could not understand how three others and two elder immortals could let Gershum out smart them. For one thing he has no scruples. He did not mind hurting/killing other to reach his goal/ get away from them. I do hope there is someway to save Cliff. I can't wait to the next book. Oh i did want to say the narrator did a great job with the voices. I just love Aiden's accent. Keep up the good work all.

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Love the overall Story Arc more than Romance

*NO spoilers*

Loved this so much I read it in 1 sitting! Romance takes a back-seat to the overall storyline regarding the Others vs the Immortal Guardians and tension between them. It took forever to get any more juicy info on Gershom, but just a teaser, again. It's like crack.

Aidan and Dana's story followed tradition set up of Duvall's previous stories. I thought Aidan's character seemed more like a 'modern man's vs less like an 3,000 year old bachelor unlucky in love. He was a little boring IMO - I was hoping for more of an old-school curmudgeonly loveable guy, but he was a pushover non-alpha male. Dana on the other hand is likeable and made me LOL with her antics. Basically, Boy stalks girl, they instantly fall in love, someone/something gets in the way, but it always works out. But still worth it since Duvall keeps things interesting until the end. OMG! Best part!

Absolutely love this series but hate how long I have to wait for the next novel.

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*** OUTSTANDING!!! ***

It seems like it took forever to get the next part of this series, and Ms. Duvall did not disappoint! This book is very well written and moves at a fast, strong, steady pace.

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

I fell in love with this leading man right from the start! Aidan O'Byrne is an Immortal Guardian that is 3000 years old. All this time he has lived without someone to love, and he's had no one to love him in return. Because he's lived all this time waiting for his &quot;Gifted One&quot;, he breaks down and steals the list that Chris Warden has compiled naming all the women and men who carry the genes that will allow them to become an Immortal. On account of this, he is not trusted by Chris and is somewhat distrusted by Seth, who is the leader of the guardians. Aidan uses the list to set up &quot;accidental&quot; meetings with the women on the list in order to see if they share any chemistry. He meets Dana Pembroke, a clairvoyant, who can see the future by touching someone. He finds the chemistry he's been looking for all these years with Dana, and she falls for him just as hard. Aidan spends all this free time romancing Dana but does not tell the other guardians, or Seth, about her. He didn't want to tell her that he is an Immortal and 3000 years old. He just didn't want to rush her into his world, of danger and violence, before he know's she can handle everything he must tell her.

When some of the women on this list come up missing Chris makes the accusation that Aidan is the cause. It turns out that one of the &quot;Others&quot;, the original Immortals like Seth, is the cause. Gershim hates Seth and is impersonating him to cause problems between Seth and his Immortal Guardians. Gershim has perfected his ability to shape shift into any of the guardians, including Seth, and uses every opportunity to cause strife. Gershim sets Aidan up as a murder of the missing gifted women, and Chris being gun-ho pushes the accusation home.

It will take all the Guardians working together with their human counterparts to bring Gershim to justice, and Dana must learn to trust in a man who is more than just a man.

I could not stop listening and stayed up most of the night to finish! So worth the loss of sleep!!! Kirsten Potter did a wonderful job as always!!!!

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Great story and addition to the series :D

4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I really liked both Dana and Aidan and was happy to see them find each other and get together.

Dana is a &quot;gifted one&quot; with advanced DNA that makes her a strong psychic that has visions about others, from the past, present or future. Dana hasn't had much luck with men, especially once they find out she has visions. They usually either think she's nuts or they want to use her gifts for their own goals.

Aidan is an Immortal Guardian, which are &quot;gifted ones&quot; like Dana that are also infected with a very specialized virus that makes them more powerful but also makes them need blood. The Immortal Guardians aren't vampires though...they actually fight vampires to protect humanity from them. Aidan is around 3,000 years old and has been waiting a very long time to find someone to love.

Aidan got himself into some trouble a while back because of his desperation to find a &quot;gifted one&quot; that he could build a relationship with and that might agree to be transformed into an Immortal so they can be together forever. Aidan stole a copy of the list of &quot;gifted ones&quot; from the Immortal's HQ and got in trouble when he was found out. He was allowed to keep a copy of the list though and since then, Aidan has been setting up &quot;chance encounters&quot; with the women that allow him to meet them without them knowing why. Aidan hadn't had any luck with meeting someone that interested him in something serious until he met Dana. Dana was a bit freaked by some of the visions that came with Aidan but there was such a strong connection between them, she couldn't bring herself to push him away.

As hinted at in the book description, Aidan is the focus of some issues that the Immortals are experiencing. Evidence that appears valid seems to prove that Aidan is responsible for the disappearances of some &quot;gifted ones&quot;. Aidan doesn't have anything to do with it but it's not easy to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, Aidan and Dana have been dating for a couple weeks when she's drawn into the world of the Immortals in a very abrupt way. Thankfully, Dana is pretty level headed and is able to adjust well...especially since things have gotten pretty serious between her and Aidan and I think it helped her acceptance of everything. Things are rather complex and the suspense was very well done, keeping me on the edge of my seat through most of the book. Thankfully, the issues are figured out and things are resolved (although the bad guy is still out there) so the story ends with Aidan and Dana doing well and starting on a HEA together.

I greatly enjoyed this story. Dana was a really good heroine and I liked her a lot. Aidan is such a sweetheart and so lonely that I was really happy that he found Dana. It seems like Dana and Aidan really fit well together. The story was very interesting and kept me engaged from beginning to end and I'd recommend the story/series.

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  • Jk
  • 12-09-17

love this book and series

Diane Duvall weaves the tale and Kirsten Potter brings it to life - all these books are great and get listened to again and again

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  • SARA
  • Jacksonville, Ar, United States
  • 12-08-17

fantastic!!!

I love these books every one gets better and better!!! I never want them to end. I recommend these books to anyone and everyone!!!

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  • 09-19-17

Blade if darkness

First audio book I have been able to obtain of this excellent series. Well narrated, the story moves on looking forward to the next book/audio