Review: Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Posted July 27, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Awaken the Darkness

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Series: Immortal Guardians #8
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 10, 2018
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Immortal guardians, vampires and human bad guys, oh my! This series is one of my favorite in the paranormal romance realm and this book not only fit right in, it also has taken over as my favorite book of the series.


Number 8 in Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series quickly became one of those books that I couldn’t put down. Silly me decided that 4 a.m. was a wonderful time to start this book and two and a half hours later I finally had to stop to sleep-only to finish it later on that same afternoon. I only rarely do that anymore so that’s saying a lot. At this point I am going to say that if you read this series there will be spoilers in this review after this point so just a heads up.

Stanislav is an immortal guardian and has been buried in the basement of an abandoned house since the last immortal guardian/mercenary battle. You find this out very quickly so not really a spoiler. He’s been missing and presumed dead for over two years. Susan is an author of romances that is out house hunting when she starts hearing voices in her head telling her to stay in the house. The house is probably a money pit, but she decides to buy it anyway. When she and her beagle move in, things get interesting pretty quickly. It’s not long before the dog is trying to dig in the basement, and then Susan finishes the dig. When she finds an emaciated, horribly wounded man in the hole, life for Susan changes irrevocably.

Stanislav was never one of the guardians that I was that interested in. I admit it. Now, he is one of my favorite. When he was lost and presumed dead along with his best friend, Yuri, in the previous book, I was still sad at the loss of this duo that were always together in all their scenes. He’s been alive for centuries, is very handsome, but also is very lonely. He’s an empath and can cause people’s emotions to change at will. Now he has lost all of his memory and doesn’t even know he’s an immortal. Susan is feisty and can read minds which is why she was looking for a house in the country. She wants away from people and their thoughts. It’s been pretty impossible for her to sustain any relationship due to being able to read any of her boyfriend’s minds.

Immortal guardians are not vampires, but are infected by the same virus that infects vampires. The difference is huge since vampires will ultimately succumb to madness while the immortal won’t. It’s all in the DNA because immortals have that something extra in their’s that give them a special gift like empathy or mind reading. Only those with the something extra can be transformed into an immortal. It’s a lonely world for them, unless they can find someone else with a gift or another immortal guardian to love. Their mission in life is to hunt down the vampires that feed off of humans and kill them. With all the human’s that are trying to capture them for nefarious purposes, life has been pretty deadly lately. That being said, most humans know nothing about them.

I have enjoyed all of the books and novellas in this world the author has created. Duvall is a good writer that is adept at writing all out war for her characters to fight in, as well as writing a very sensual love scene. I’ve heard people say this was a really different book and I have to agree. I think that is due to the couple being away from all of the other immortals for a lot of the book. As much as I love the other guardians, it worked for me because of how wonderful the romance and story was in this book. Imagine not knowing what you are, but also knowing you need blood to live…it really added to the story. Throw in some really bad humans and you have a story that kept me on the edge of my chair throughout. I highly recommend this book to adult paranormal romance readers.



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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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
2 years ago

I have this book on my Kindle, but it’s going to be a while till I can get to it. My TBR pile is killing me.

2 years ago

I do know that feeling! I know I can never read as many books as I have on my Kindle alone and I just keep one clicking.

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

Review twins. I loved this story. Duvall always delivers 🙂

2 years ago

Yes she does! Sometimes I think I like these better than BDB.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Love that it kept you up and made you race back to it when you woke up, Lorna! 🙂

2 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Oh absolutely, I couldn’t not immediately pick it back up. It’s so good!

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I haven’t read any of the books in this series. This sounds like an interesting world that I’d be interested in checking out 🙂

2 years ago

It’s so very good. The Guardians are a great group of characters and their ladies are as well.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

I love when characters surprise you!

2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I do too! Thanks for stopping by.

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

Wow #8 nice review and new to me author

2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Thank you. She’s a great writer!

Naomi Hop
2 years ago

I still need to read Dianne Duvall… this series sounds so good. I’m glad that even though you weren’t interested in Stanislavin, that you were still captivated by this read.

2 years ago
Reply to  Naomi Hop

I’m re-listening to the series right now and loving it all over again. The first five or six come with the romance package on audible.