Review: Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Reviewed by Jen

It feels like a million years since I read a book in this series (translation: two years), but this story takes no time at all to pull you back into the world of the Immortal Guardians. The hero here is Aidan, the 3000 year-old warrior who was so desperate for love, he stole the group’s list of gifted women in hopes he could use it to find a mate. Sure enough, his plan works.

Dana isn’t the first woman he approached from that list, but it is apparent from their first meeting that they are destined to be together. Dana is a powerful psychic and gets visions of her future with Aidan. The cool thing is, he’s psychic too, so he sees all of her visions. There’s not a whole lot of will-they-or-won’t-they, meaning their relationship development is a bit low on internal conflict. But there is plenty of external conflict to go around.

Remember how I said Dana wasn’t the only woman Aidan approached on that list? Well, it seems every other gifted woman he’s come in contact with has disappeared. Not only that, but he is being framed to look like he is the person responsible. I won’t spoil the how or why, but I will say that it pits the Immortal Guardians against one another as the evidence piles up against him. And Dana’s psychic visions indicate it could end up a fight to the death.

One of the things I really like about this series is the pacing. The books move so well with just the right blend of action, romance, backstory, and world-building. Not only that, but Dianne Duvall does a great job crafting characters with distinct voices and making me care about them. Aidan has this great old-world humble charm – I love how hard he tries and how unsure he is about how to properly court Dana. As for the heroine herself, I like that she is spunky but not in a twee sense. She stands up for herself and plays an active part in not being a victim. In addition to the main couple, we get time with all of our old favorites (and a special surprise for two of them.)

It is a bit of a bummer that the action-part of the ending was a bit unresolved, but the romance has the requisite HEA. Not a lot of teeth gnashing for Aidan and Dana, but they’re easy to root for.

Now… am I the only one was wants a Chris Reordon story next? At least a novella. Somebody give me an amen. Humans need love too.

Rating: B/B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Blade of Darkness
by Dianne Duvall
Release Date: September 19, 2017

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