When Darkness Ends by Alexandra Ivy #Review

When Darkness Ends by Alexandra Ivy #ReviewWhen Darkness Ends by Alexandra Ivy

Series: #12 Guardians of Eternity
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Zebra Books on May 26, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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In this final installment, Cyn, the berserker-vampire, and Fallon, the pure-blood fey princess, are sucked into a race to prevent a new danger from destroying the world as they know it. The sparks fly between them making them a fun couple to read. And bonus, there is a secondary romance that is equally entertaining. This one didn’t quiet have that epic feel or that tone of saying goodbye that final books in a series can have until the very last moment in the epilogue. I was actually okay that it was just business as normal-passionate lovers and saving the world stuff.

This story is part of a series and builds on the book before it so this one would not make a good standalone or story out of order. Surrounded by a familiar group of supporting cast including another unexpected pair of fiery lovers, the series that has gone on for several years winds down to the end. Fortunately, the author is preparing a spin-off series told in the Guardians of Eternity world.

The story opens with Cyn and Fallon waking up in the caves below his hidden lair in Ireland. Both regard each other suspiciously assuming the other one was responsible for kidnapping them out of the other dimension. They soon learn that someone else is responsible. They are given a mission by the ruling council of demons to find out who is seeking to control the council’s power by using a compulsion spell. They reluctantly partner up as they dance around the attraction that pulls these opposites toward each other.

Cyn is a rough, alpha berserker turned centuries-old vampire who answers only to the King of all Vampires while Fallon is a refined, protected and naive pure fey princess. They must combine his knowledge of ancient history and vampire strength with her fey magic scrying and power skills to defeat a cunning enemy who has been setting up his coup for a long time. In the process, they go from hostile to hot sexy times to concern that they don’t stand a chance of being together.

Alongside Cyn and Fallon’s work, Fallon’s promised fiancé has come to find her and has presumed on Styx to assist his efforts since it is thought that Cyn had something to do with her disappearance. Styx pushes off the arrogant fey prince onto Tonya the Imp. Tonya gives stuffy Magnus a run for his money as they work from the other end to defeat the new threat in the world.

As I mentioned, this one didn’t feel like the last book in a series. I expected it too so experienced a little let-down until I adjusted and just went along for a favorite series adventure. Like others in the series, these are more action-oriented than character-driven. The romance also follows a familiar path with that tension caused between an alpha male and an independent female with some sort of forbidden aspect that in this case is caused by their species. It’s like a cozy feel of familiarity as a result and not a complaint. Truthfully, the last few books as exciting as they have been, have been a sort of long denouement tying up the plot threads from throughout this series. I liked how the author did that, bringing things down slowly, but still offering exciting adventures and romances along the way.

Cyn and Fallon were a likeable enough pair, but I confess to only moderate feelings toward them and their romance. I was more into the action part of the plot not that there was anything wrong with the romance. It doesn’t hurt that there are several familiar characters in the back-up roles that are more of interest to me: Styx the King, Levet the Gargoyle, fellow vampire Viper and Dante, Tonya the Imp, and a new player in Magnus the fey prince. Speaking of Magnus, he and Tonya get up another sassy romance and have their own storyline separate from Cyn and Fallon. These two cracked me up the way he came down all lord of the manor on her and she just told him off and did as she pleased.

All in all, I enjoyed the story and I was into it though it didn’t wow me in the tradition of series enders. The series has been a strong favorite and I wholeheartedly recommend it to paranormal romance lovers who like some grit, some spice, lots of action and a world full of nearly every paranormal race imaginable.

My thanks to Kensington and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #196 PNR

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I’ve read a few of the novellas for this series and can’t wait to read the first in this series. Great review Sophia:D Love the fact a vampire and fae team up to save everyone!

    • Each book gives an interesting team-up of races. I enjoyed how she mixed them up each time.

  • Awe levet I adored when was reading this series.

    • I loved him, too. He adds that little bit extra that makes me smile.

  • it sounds like these two would be pretty entertaining. Can’t wait to get to this one. I am trying to read the series in order….currently reading the second book…YAY for Viper, but I am curious to see how this series develops and grows.

    • I had so many favorites in this series. Viper is great. 😉 Is Levet in the books yet? He’s annoying, but hilarious.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I’m glad you enjoyed this story overall. Too bad it didn’t wow you, and the romance wasn’t that great. I’m glad that the action packed plot and awesome secondary characters helped make this story a good one!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Yeah, it was odd. I felt like I was reading a book from the middle of the series and a couple that was nice, but not my favorite. But yeah, its still a good story from a favorite series so that makes up for a lot.