Death of Darkness (Immortal Guardians #9) by Dianne Duvall
Read: 26th – 28th July 2019
Publication Date: 20th August 2019
Quote from Death of Darkness (Sorry there’s so many scenes that I LOVE in this book)
Seth stared at her [Leah], perplexed. “Guys rebuff you for being taller than they were?”
She really was quite lovely. He would’ve thought the boys would’ve been vigorously competing for her attention.
“Oh yeah. Quite a few times,” she told them.
“Why?” David asked. “You’d think they’d like being shorter than you.”
Seth nodded. “It would put their faces right at breast level.”
“Exactly!” She said with a grin.”That’s what I thought, too. But that ended up not being the case. At all.”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
Death of Darkness is book nine (approx 499 pages) in Ms Duvall’s popular Immortal Guardians Series (currently 9 novels plus 2 novellas); a paranormal romance tale that I think could sit happily on an urban fantasy shelf due to some of the grittier content, set in our modern human world featuring a new twist on the vampire genre.
Immortals and vampires are both infected with the same virus, which lends them dramatically increased strength, speed, healing capabilities and enhanced senses. Vampires are humans who have been infected, whereas immortals are gifted ones who have been infected. Gifted ones are men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts, such as healing, telepathy, precognition and the like. Vampires rapidly descend into madness when the virus damages their brains but Immortals don’t; their advanced DNA protects them from that aspect of the virus.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.
Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.
Ms Duvall says that all of the books in her Immortal Guardians series can be read as standalone titles, however, I feel that you’d miss the nuances of knowing the existing characters, understanding the dynamics of relationships and ongoing plot lines. As with most series, there are background story arcs running through this book to continue into the next one, and possibly beyond. Having said that, the romance aspect of the tale between Seth and Leah is concluded by the end of this book in Ms Duvall’s signature HEA style and she does try to ensure her new readers aren’t lost by weaving much of the pertinent information about past adventures and existing characters into this story.
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given a pre-publication paperback of this book for free from the author (Dianne Duvall) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review; these are my words, I’m giving you my honest opinion here.
I really love Ms Duvall’s writing style and find her books very easy to read (but impossible to put down! Lol!); she writes intelligent, engaging stories with a collection of well written characters, set against an imaginative world that cleverly mixes fantasy and reality, making it so easy to submerse oneself completely in her books. The pace of her stories is usually fast, full of action and contains a couple of plot lines which run alongside the main romantic story arc, but fear not lovely readers, she manages to pack this all in without making you feel overwhelmed, bewildered or lost. Existing fans of this series have been eagerly awaiting this book since the series began in 2011; Death of Darkness was worth the wait!
I enjoy books more where the characters are not purely good or evil but a multifaceted mix of positive and negative traits and thankfully all of the characters within the Immortal Guardians world have been created like this. The fact that the characters within these pages have been written with personalities that we can see in the real world around us – even though the majority of them are mythical, paranormal beings – adds that level of believability to this fantasy tale for me.
If you’ve read my reviews before, then you’ll know that I connect to a story more when the main female character is intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has plenty of gumption; I wasn’t disappointed here. Leah was perfect. She has oodles of gumption with a fantastic sense of humour that had me COL (Chuckling Out Loud!) numerous times. Of course, as the leader of the Immortal Guardians we had already met him in the previous books but I loved spending a day in Seth’s big shoes and finding out more about the man behind the name legend.
The mystery and thriller aspects of this tale kept me guessing, the action kept me on the edge of my seat, the romance between Seth and Leah warmed my heart, the banter kept me giggling and the passion set my tummy a-tingling. *oh my*
Nope – even though some of the more violent scene sent my emotions spinning, there’s nothing about this book that I didn’t absolutely love!!
Although I should warn you, Ms Duvall has already confirmed that this is not the last book in the Immortal Guardians series and as such she has left a wee teaser, cliffhanger-esque ending, but rest assured, dear readers it’s not a perilous life-or-death situation thank heavens as you know how I HATE those.
I loved Death of Darkness – couldn’t stop reading 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 on earth 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 sort who enjoy strong alpha heroes and independent capable heroines, tense and often traumatic and brutal confrontations and hot lust/romance scenes.
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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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