Review: Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

darkness dawnsReviewed by Jen

PNR fans, you should be reading this series. I’m pretty sure I love it. In a sea of books with similar themes, the Immortal Guardians stand out as something… I don’t know, just… better than most others. It features a group of immortal warriors who protect the world from vampires who have gone crazy and destructive. They’re pretty much vampires too, but they have a little something extra that allows them to stay sane and have a special gift or two. I know it sounds like a hundred other series out there, but it’s written really well, with such great characters and a good romance. The world building is really well done. The series arc is interesting. I may be late to this party, but I’m glad I’m finally here.

Sarah is a just a regular woman, going about her life when she is bowled over by Roland, as he fights off a group of attacking vampires. She has no idea there is anything supernatural to the men who stake him to the ground and stab him in the gut. She just reacts on instinct and saves the beautiful man who appears close to death. She takes him back to her home and helps nurse him back to health, unknowingly sticking herself right into his world.

Roland is a man cut-off from everyone around him. He’s been betrayed too many times by people he thought he could trust. But there is something special about Sarah. She puts herself on the line to save his life more than once.  Even more, she still looks at him like a man after she finds out what he really is. She brings back to life something in him that he has long thought dead, while he makes her feel things no man ever has.

I loved Roland. He is so cranky and untrusting with everyone else, but with Sarah, he’s all warm and gooey inside. I loved watching her earn his trust and seeing them fall for each other, despite the odds against a happy ever after. Sarah is a little less fleshed out, maybe a little too good to be true, but not enough to annoy me. The danger plot is good. It makes the pages fly by, with pacing that’s just right.

Perhaps what I enjoyed most was the wealth of great secondary characters. I’m really interested in learning more about Seth, David, Marcus and so many others. Dianne Duvall has crafted such a rich landscape that no matters she goes next, I want to follow.

My only complaint was an overindulgence in everyone’s love of a super-healthy diet. There’s only so much praise I need to hear about organic foods, tofurky, and clean eating. I may have rolled my eyes once or twice. But otherwise, I was all on board the Immortal Guardians train.

I started this series with book 6 and enjoyed it so much, I wanted to go back to the start and capture the magic from the beginning. I am so glad I did. I would definitely recommend this series from what I have seen so far. I can’t wait to jump back in with book 2.

Rating: B/B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Darkness Dawns
by Dianne Duvall
Release Date: March 3, 2011
Publisher: Zebra


  1. I haven’t read this series, maybe I should try it.I need to finish a few of the ones that I’m in before I start any new ones. Great review.

  2. I’m not caught up, but I’ve read the first three books in the series. Every time I finish one, I’m reminded that it really is a cut above the usual PNR. I know I have the next two books on my TBR pile. Your review is reminding me that I should dig them out and get caught up. Glad you found a new series to enjoy.

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