Review: Deliver Me from Darkness

Reviewed by Jen

Once a revered Paladin, a warrior for good, Roland is now a vampire. He believes himself lost… irredeemable… without a soul. He never dreams that he’ll be granted a mate. But then he meets Karissa. She is beautiful, innocent, and she has no idea that she is part-Paladin.

There are no female Paladins left on Earth, and the remaining males are desperate for mates. But Roland knows without a doubt that Karissa is his. Unfortunately, he thinks he doesn’t deserve her. How can you be a soul-mate to someone if you have no soul?

Karissa is fearful of Roland at first. Her grandfather taught her that all vampires are evil. But she quickly comes around and makes it her mission to convince Roland they should be together. Their relationship drama unfolds as vampires, demons, and Paladins all hunt for Karissa, hoping to make her their own.

I had a hard time connecting to the book at the beginning. Maybe I’m reaching my threshold of 24 year-old virgin heroines, because when Roland scented her innocence, my eyes rolled. Then, after Karissa spent the first few chapters solidly rejecting him, I found her about-face terribly abrupt. She went from trying to get away from him to being completely sure of him in the blink of an eye.

But the book started to really come together once our hero and heroine hook up. The sexual tension was great, since Roland feared hurting his mate. The payoff was really good too. The ending sets up a potential story for vampire hybrid Gabrielle, which I feel torn about. She is definitely an interesting character, but she has the body of a 13 or 14 year-old, which skeeves me out in the romance department, no matter how old she is chronologically. We’ll see if it comes to pass. 3 1/2 stars.
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Deliver Me from Darkness
by Tes Hilaire
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks


  1. I wasn’t happy with how Karissa’s character ended up. I thought it just didn’t fit with how she was behaving towards Roland earlier in the book. I liked the side characters. Nice review Jen!

  2. I had issues w/ Karissa… she was pretty mean to Roland early on. But yes, it got better once they broke down and hooked it up, LOL

  3. I have this one coming in the mail. I appreciate seeing what other people think of it.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  4. I liked Tess Hilaire’s world of Paladin Warriors -who are former angels that choose to become protectors of mankind and their descendants – plus vampires, demons, and a fallen Paladin who are evil, and various crossbreeds of all of the above who may or may not be evil. Since the hero Roland who is a Paladin that was turned vamp and is dead as far as the rest of his former brethren know, he’s outside of the main brotherhood so there’s not much male bonding or insight into the relationships and regular workings of the Paladin brotherhood yet. And actually the few views of the Paladins en masse is not wholly favorable as the heroine Karissa is a hot commodity – since she’s a rare female of the bloodline – and all the Paladins want to claim her for their own.

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