Review: Darkness Rises by Dianne Duvall

Review: Darkness Rises by Dianne DuvallDarkness Rises by Dianne Duvall

Series: Immortal Guardians #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Zebra Books on October 1, 2013
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

I was lucky enough to get this both on NetGalley and in paperback from Authors After Dark. I squealed when I got it because I have loved this series. I did have one down moment in book 2, but since have gotten over it. Since then, I keep coming back for more. I just wish books didn’t come out a year apart because I keep forgetting key elements to the series and the threats against the Immortals.

Krysta fights vampires by night as the drunk, helpless female, drawing vampires to their death. For six years, her “gift” has helped her in her attempt to punish the insane vampires for what they did to her. Wielding her weapons she makes short work of the while her brother, Sean, offers the getaway car and his own powers of healing. Sean is getting to the end of his rope, wondering when she will be injured so bad, it will kill him. The two struggle day to day to make ends meet, put Sean through medical school and defeat the never ending supply of vampires. Until one night….

Born in the 1700’sn France, Étienne has lived a long life as an Immortal, but still young by Immortal standards. When he sees Krysta stumble into the night drunken, he knows something is different about her. He follows her, witnessing her skill at killing vampires, as she is a mortal without his strength. The two don’t actually get along at first, but Étienne follows her home and watches over her. Each night he goes out to hunt and takes out the vampires before they can get to her, until one night she has had enough and causes them to get caught in the crossfire of an old enemy.

Now the Network is involved and Krysta and Sean get a quick education in the the lives of the Immortals, their seconds and the Network that protects them all. This is the point where the story kind of loses it’s momentum. I was all into the action, the banter, just everything. When they had to pull the siblings into the fold, it just kind of got … boring. Étienne and Krysta get all lovey dovey, without actually having sex…well, because Étienne is old fashioned. Krysta won’t give up fighting vampires as a mortal and eventually learns she is a liability and wants to be changed.

There is a side story of a character named Zack. We met him in the last story as an Other, but the author hasn’t described what an Other is, just that Seth may be one. Seth is the leader of the Immortals and has so many powers, he pretty much is invincible. We at least know Seth is extremely old. So Zack knows Seth and starts hanging around, just watching the Immortals. You get the sense that Zack has no feelings, emotions, or anything. He does have some cool wings though. He meets with Ami from the second book. Nothing sexual, it is almost like kindred injured souls. Well, some of the Immortals find out and kidnap Zack to find out who and what he is. I won’t go further than that, but all around Zack is betrayed for things he never did. Really, he just doesn’t care enough to do the things he is accused of, but he is coming into his feelings and you see how.

There is also a threat from the past re-emerging after they thought they took care of it. This is where most of Seth and David’s (another old Immortal) time is spent mostly, figuring out how this could happen and putting a stop to it.

What I like more than anything in this book was Zack. I think he stole all of my interest from Krysta and Étienne. After about 50% I lost interest in them. Everything became easy and comfortable. There wasn’t any conflict and the timeline seemed to jump a lot. One minute they are doing something important and the next we are two weeks later. I guess we just have to trust it was ok, but it felt like a chunk was missing in the story.

So while I wasn’t impressed with Krysta and Étienne, I fell in love with Zack and he made the book worth reading if only to find out more about him. I can’t wait to read his book and hope it is the next one…in a year.

About Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel Darkness Dawns, Book 1, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. Night Reigns, Book 2, was declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. Phantom Shadows, Book 3, was named a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella “In Still Darkness” was released in the Predatory Anthology in May 2013. Darkness Rises, Book 4, was also nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance. Night Unbound, Book 5 in the series, will be released on September 2, 2014.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne loves all things creative. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

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