Review: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall (@Mollykatie112, @DianneDuvall, @AuthorsTaproom)

Posted September 19, 2017 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 20 Comments

Blade of Darkness Blog Tour

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Dianne Duvall, comes the next heart-pounding romance in the Immortal Guardians series – BLADE OF DARKNESS! Order your copy today!

My Review

Review: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall (@Mollykatie112, @DianneDuvall, @AuthorsTaproom)
Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #7
Published by Indie
Published on: September 19, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 382
Format: ARC
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Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.

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 three thousand 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?

"Fans of paranormal romance who haven't discovered this series yet are really missing out on something extraordinary." —Long and Short Review

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Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series has a place high up on my list of favorite series of all time and it’s well deserved. Needless to say, these are an auto buy for me. Immortal Guardians are people that are born with certain gifts, psychics, for just one example. When people are bitten by a vampire and turned, they end up insane from the vampire virus. When a gifted one gets turned, they become an immortal and don’t go insane. The immortals are tasked with hunting down the insane vampires and either killing them or in some cases, taking them to study scientifically. Human’s do not know about vampires or immortal guardians, except in a few cases where the human’s help them.

The last I remember of Aidan, he had gotten into trouble for stealing a copy of the list of known gifted ones. He’s thousands of years old, but still hasn’t found his mate, so he decided to try and find her himself. He wants a gifted one so that she can be turned and spend eternity with him. So far, he’s met a few of the women, but still has a few more to cross off the list. He goes to meet psychic, Dana, and makes an appointment to be read by her. He realizes pretty quickly that she could definitely be the “one”. Dana takes one look at Aidan and pretty much falls into lust with him, even more so when she reads him and see’s herself in his bed! But she also see’s a horrible time coming to Aiden, as all the people he cares about turn against him, except for her.

Dana is beautiful, feisty, and smart. She has made a living with her psychic abilities, but has no idea that she is considered a gifted one with the possibllity of becoming immortal one day. Aidan may be spectacularily handsome, but he’s lonely and just wants to meet his mate. He’s also the quintessential nice guy-when he’s not out killing vampires. It doesn’t take long before the violence that is part of Aidan’s life comes for Dana. When she finds out about all the vampire and immortal guardian secrets, she s pretty much blown away. And intrigued.

Of course this isn’t the only thing that is happening in this book. Gifted ones are going missing. When it turns out several are women that Aidan has met, things are about to get real for Aidan. Enough said.

I love that all the characters in the story are now like old friends. Long time readers know most of the backgrounds of everyone and all the little idiosyncrasies of each immoral/or mate. And all of the special abilities that each has because when they become an immortal, they also received at least one more ability. I have at least three more characters that I want to see have their book. Namely, Seth, the leader of the group and an ancient, David, also ancient and second in command, and Chris, the human leader of the center where the immortals study vampires, and the liaison between humans and immortals.

Duvall’s writing and pacing are pretty flawless and I was entertained every minute spent with this book. While writing this review, I went back through the book and found myself re-reading many parts because it pulled me right back into the story. That’s a sign of a good book as far as I am concerned. I highly recommend this book and the whole series to adult(steamy scenes)paranormal romance readers and urban fantasy fans may like it as well due to all the action, violence, and vampire hunting. The icing on the cake is the humor sprinkled throughout. Let’s just say that Dana has protecting Aidan issues.

My thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and"wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.


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20 responses to “Review: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall (@Mollykatie112, @DianneDuvall, @AuthorsTaproom)

    • Just a heads up, you should really start with book one. Everything will make so much more sense to you because they do pretty much go in order and have an ongoing story arc, although each book is about a different couple.

    • Gosh, now I am wondering what novella? I am sure I’ve read it, but I am drawing a blank. I hope you do continue on with the series Sophia, I think you would love these.

  1. Wouldn’t it be great if Chris fell for a gifted one? I mean, he makes me mad sometimes, but I think that would be interesting. I also remember he has a thing for his assistant-so maybe not.

    • Oh Naomi, I know you would love these. They just have everything going for them. You should read them in order ideally though because they do go in order as far as the story arc of the series.

  2. Jessie Meyer  

    I’m a bit silly but I’ve not been able to read in my favorite place, the bathtub, for 1.5 years and in October I will finally be able to do so again! SO these books are at the top of the list for breaking in the new tub. SO EXCITING!