Review: Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall

shadows strikeReviewed by Jen

I am late to the Immortal Guardians party. I picked up an anthology a couple of weeks back featuring a short story from this world and liked it enough to try and jump in. Boy, am I glad I did. I really enjoyed this.  It’s the sixth book in the series, and there is clearly some stuff I missed, but none of it detracted from the story at hand, or the romance.

For the past year, Heather has been having the same dream about a vampire attack –and the super-sexy vamp who helps fight them off. Imagine her surprise when her dream becomes reality and suddenly the hot guy from her dream is a flesh and bone charmer standing in front of her. Heather never thought vampires were real, but she carries a special gift of her own, telepathy. Between her own supernatural ability and all those dreams, she takes the news better than most.

If you’re not familiar with these books, they features a few different kinds of characters. Regular humans, which are self-explanatory; then gifted humans, like Heather. There are vampires, which are regular humans turned by the vampire virus, and Immortal, which are gifted ones turned by the vampire virus. (There are Others, too, but let’s put that aside for now.) Basically, human DNA can’t handle the virus very well and all vampires eventually go crazy, while Immortals stay sane and protect the world from the crazy vamps. Ethan is an Immortal and the man-candy in Heather’s dream.

The two fall for each other pretty quickly, though it helped that Heather felt like she knew him from her dreams. Her telepathy and family ties to the military make her am ideal candidate to help the Immortal cause. It seems that Gershom, a powerful (Other) bad-guy, is amassing a vampire army, hoping to manipulate the human military into starting Armageddon. Heather can help stop his plan, but she’ll need all of the Immortal Guardians to stop him.

Writing that out makes me realize that it’s kind of complicated, but it’s totally in a good way. For people who are already fans of the series, I’m sure it makes total sense, but even for a newbie like me, I promise, you’ll catch on pretty fast. The arc moves along quickly, but no sot fast that you can’t keep pace. It’s just right to keep the pages turning.

Ethan and Heather are both likeable characters and they are good together. The sexual tension and physical aspects are hot, but their emotional connection is good too. There is a healthy mutual respect between them and I loved how much they both wanted to protect each other, without ever taking away the other’s agency. What I loved even more is this phenomenal cast of characters that make up the Guardians and their team. These characters are so well drawn. They’re unique and I feel drawn to so many of them, I can’t wait to go back and read the five books that came before this one.

I almost never jump into a series on book 6, but I am so glad that I did. I hope I enjoy the backlist as much as I did this installment. I have a feeling I will!

Rating: A-

*ARC provided by publisher

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Shadows Strike
by Dianne Duvall
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Zebra

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