★ SYNOPSIS ★
Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her “special abilities” aren’t much, but the plan is simple–she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it’s bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He’s a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.
Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years–long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can’t stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she’s exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger too. He’ll have to accept Krysta’s help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher. . .
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Darkness Rises is the 4th book in Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardian Series. That being said, let me stop you right there. This book can can be read as a standalone, but I could not recommend it. If you’re just now stepping into the world of the Immortal Guardians, do yourself a favor and go back to the first book. You won’t regret it. As for Darkness Rises itself, this book touches on so many different things, preps you for the next book in the series and packs one hell of a love story.
In this book, we get the story of Etienne, one of the “younger” Immortal Guardians. When some of them are thousands of years old, this guy only being two hundred is nothing. I’m going to try to just focus on Etienne and Krysta for this review, because if I say much about the book itself, it is going to give away A LOT of spoilers, not only for this book, but for the whole series.
This book is written in alternative third person point-of-views and it flows extremely well. The writing is on par with the rest of Dianne Duvall’s books, meaning, it’s excellent. The characters, as usual, are well thought out, planned, have specific personalities and they have depth. I’ve never found what I call a “filler” character in Ms. Duvall’s books. (Unless you count the vamps that get offed, and even then, some you come to know and love, or hate as the case may be. 😉 ) The world of the Immortal Guardians, although modern and contemporary for all intents and purposes is fascinating.
Etienne, being one of the savvy French Immortal Guardians, can read minds. (You’ll know this if you’ve read the other boos, so I don’t consider it much of a spoiler.) What can’t do, is get into Krysta’s head. At least, not in general unless she’s “broadcasting” very loudly. He’s stronger and faster, as are most of the Guardians, but they all have their own talents. When Etienne sees Krysta for the first time, he’s instantly charmed.
Krysta has no clue that beings like Etienne even exist. To her, they are all vampires… and they all need to die. So she goes out hunting them every night, with the help of her brother. Krysta is actually pretty special, what human can really hunt vampires and live to tell the tale? Not many. Watching her do this complete intrigues Etienne, because it’s not the norm. There is obviously more to this woman.
Eventually, these two do clash. I’m not going to go into how they meet, again, spoilers! However, it’s worth it to read it. I was beyond amused by how they did meet and from that point, Etienne goes about trying to protect her, even if she doesn’t want the help, claims she doesn’t need it and also hey, he’s a “vampire”, supposedly. 😉 She doesn’t want him around, but she can’t help that she’s drawn to him, anymore than he is drawn to her.
You might be wondering why it’s a four star rating for me instead of a five star. Well, to put it plainly, I wanted more of the story between our main characters then what was going on in the whole series. I felt like you got more of the series then the characters. It’s not a horrible thing and still gets a four star from me because I love -all- the characters in these books. The banter between them is one of those things that will make you burst out laughing when you’re reading.
For those who do read my blog, I’ll be reading the next book in the series soon. I’ve an ARC for the newest book out, so we’ll see how that goes. Until then, if you’re interested in this book.. read it! I thoroughly enjoyed it and getting to see what else is going on in the IG world.