Hello, fellow audiobook fans. Today, I want to share my thoughts about Cliff’s Descent: A Vampire’s Tale by Dianne Duvall read by Kirsten Potter. Book 11 in Dianne’s bestselling paranormal romance series, Immortal Guardians. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Audio, for the free audiobook in exchange for my candid review.
What’s Cliff’s Descent: A Vampire’s Tale about?
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Title: Cliff's Descent: A Vampire's Tale by Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #11
Published by Self-Published, Tantor Audio on 27th July 2021
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Vampires
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes
No. of Pages: 290
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall brings readers a novel--set in the "fast-paced" (Publishers Weekly) and "totally addictive" (RT Book Reviews) world of the Immortal Guardians--that revolves around a vampire... one who has become a friend and trusted ally of the powerful warriors.
Every mortal who works at network headquarters knows that vampires reside below them. They were the first to surrender to the powerful Immortal Guardians who hunt them. And they did so, hoping they can be saved, that the doctors and scientists the Immortal Guardians employ can halt the progressive brain damage that robs all vampires of their sanity. Though curious, Emma never thought she would meet any of the vampires who remain under heavy guard several stories beneath her office. Then mercenaries strike, bombarding the building with heavy artillery. The vampires are freed to join the fray... and Cliff saves her life.
From that moment on, she can't stop thinking about him regardless of the restrictions placed on interactions with vampires. When Emma discovers a way to speak to Cliff at network headquarters, she becomes even more fascinated by him. He's smart, charming, and honorable to his core despite the darkness that lies ahead. And he seems to crave her company as much as she does his. Aware of the eyes that watch them, they keep their encounters innocent, limiting them to those of mere acquaintances. Nevertheless, their attraction grows and she soon falls in love with him even as the madness begins to claim him.
Cliff realizes his future is dark. As one vampire friend after another succumbs to insanity, hope that network doctors will be able to find a cure in time to keep him from meeting the same fate begins to dwindle, leaving him little to look forward to... until he meets Emma. Just speaking to her brings him a happiness and contentment he hasn't experienced since before his transformation. And when they finally find a way to be alone together, everything changes. Emma burrows her way right into his heart and quiets the voices. She sparks dreams of a future with her that strengthen his determination to beat back the madness. But as time passes, the voices grow louder and insanity begins to chip away at him until he fears it will eradicate every part of him she fell in love with.
Will the two of them find a way to defy the odds and find their happily-ever-after? Or will Cliff's descent consume him?
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook
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Listened To: 29th – 31st July 2021
What did I think about it?
A Paranormal Romance That Melted My Heart.
You only have to browse through my review archive to know that I’m a big fan of Dianne Duvall’s books. 😉 I love her writing style, the language she uses and the way she paces her plots. There’s always a natural balance throughout the story between the mystery, fighting and violent scenes and the humorous, romantic and passionate ones. All of Dianne’s characters are well thought out, with a range of personalities without being stereotypical. Therefore, they feel real and believable, despite most of them being supernatural.
Cliff’s Descent: A Vampire’s Tale is different from the rest of the series.
This book focuses on the romance between Cliff and Emma with the action being subdued in the background. Cliff’s Descent takes us right back to the beginning of the Immortal Guardians series, yes, we see past threats and villains through the eyes of Cliff. However, it’s his life on Sub-Level 5 with the other vampires and his continual battle to fight the mental deterioration into madness that’s at the core of this book.
The Romance between Cliff and Emma takes centre stage.
Although Cliff has been a secondary character in this series from the start, it was wonderful (and a bit scary) to get inside his head. He really is an honourable man with a heart so big it was difficult to listen to some of the more emotional scenes. Emma was the perfect answer to Cliff’s maelstrom of darkness. She displayed all the traits that I need a leading lady to have: resilience, intelligence and gumption. Emma’s not a badass warrior but her compassion and inner strength are undeniable and I loved her wit. She always put others first and had a kind-hearted nature.
Cliff’s Descent is narrated by Kirsten Potter.
Kirsten has narrated Dianne’s other books and as usual, her performance was excellent. She conveyed just what the story needed when it was needed. Kirsten has a knack for voices and has created many for this series. The different accents she uses for Dianne’s characters bring them to life in my ear! The majority of them in this story were the humans that work at network headquarters; some new as well as some old favourites. However, I was never lost during the many conversations that took place and enjoyed the quirks Kirsten’s performance highlighted.
The Immortal Guardians team will always hold a special place in my heart.
I loved seeing the cameos from them in Cliff’s Descent. However, I really liked spending time at network headquarters with the soldiers and staff that work there. I’m looking forward to reading a story or two about the headquarters again. *hint*hint* Dianne. 😉
Has my review of CLIFF’S DESCENT: A VAMPIRE’S TALE (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS #11) encouraged you to find out more? Of course, it has! 😉 Click on any of my links to check it out yourself.
Keep reading to find out more about Dianne Duvall. But first, here’s the Immortal Guardians series book list.
The Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians series sits in the paranormal romance genre. However, it could also sit happily on an urban fantasy shelf due to much of the content. Set in our modern human world, it features 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.
Books in the Series
If you haven’t read any of the series yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure with these gripping alpha heroes and truly awesome heroines. Follow the links to read my reviews or buy your own copy.
- Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) (2011)
- Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians, #2) (2011)
- Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3) (2012)
- In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #3.5) (2014)
- Darkness Rises (Immortal Guardians, #4) (2013)
- Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, #5) (2014)
- Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians, #5.5) (2016)
- Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6) (2015)
- Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #7) (2017)
- Awaken the Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #8) (2018)
- Death of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #9) (2019)
- Broken Dawn (Immortal Guardians, #10) (2020)
- Cliff’s Descent (Immortal Guardians #11) (2021)
- An Immortal Guardians Companion (2021)
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Now as promised, here’s Dianne’s bio.
And as this is a review of an audiobook, here’s Kirsten’s bio too.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Cliff’s Descent: A Vampire’s Tale. Do you have any of Dianne’s titles? What about any audiobooks narrated by Kirsten? Drop me a comment and we can indulge in bookish chatter!
As you can tell by this gushing review, I really LOVE this series. Dianne Duvall is one of those authors that I can just auto-buy and know I’m getting a great story. Before you go, check out my favourite auto-buy authors’ page? See which amazing authors I love and don’t forget to recommend anyone I’m missing.
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