★ SYNOPSIS ★
For centuries, Lisette d’Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can’t bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians’ command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for–and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.
Zach is an exile, a loner. He won’t defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he’ll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Night Unbound is the fifth book in Dianne Duvall’s “Immortal Guardian” series. It is written from a third person point-of-view and it can be read as a standalone. I wouldn’t recommend reading it as one, however, as too much will be lost in translation. Not only is it from the main characters standpoints, but also various other characters in the book that you’d need background on. Like all of Ms. Duvall’s other books, it is exceedingly well done. The writing itself and characters in Night Unbound are on par with the rest of her IG series. I do have a reason why it’s got a lower rating then I would normally give a Dianne Duvall book, however. I’ll get into that toward the end of the review.
In Night Unbound, we revisit Lisette and Zach. These two have been playing on the fringes of the rest of the series for awhile. Lisette more so than Zach. Zach is a recent addition, but you can’t help but like this character. With his gargoyle duty (no, he’s not one), to his drum stick (lollipops) addiction. The last book in this particular series set up the situation between the pair of them in Night Unbound. (Still can be a standalone.)
Immortal Guardians are just that, immortal. Some are thousands of years old and their duty is to protect the human race from what are literal vampires. They have a whole organization for this, far more in-depth than I could ever dream of. Female Guardians are extremely rare, and for the longest time, Lisette is one of the very rare few. It tends to make the leader of the Immortals a bit more protective of her. Lisette herself, doesn’t need much protecting. She’s fast, she’s smart, and she’s telepathic.. sometimes even getting sucked into others dreams. She’s young for an IG, but she’s learning. She’s also fiercely loyal and situations in this Night Unbound test that.
Zach on the Other hand, is just… odd. The younger Immortal Guardians just assume he’s an Immortal Guardian too, but he’s different. He doesn’t know touch, isn’t used to people touching him. Doesn’t understand feelings and emotions. They are all new to him. The guy also has wings, huge wings. It leaves you wondering what IS he? Well, I’ll just spoil it for you right now, he’s not an angel, which was what I was sort of hem-hawing that he could be. I think the fact that the wings are there makes it a brilliant plot twist though. I’m not going to tell you exactly what he is, because I’m not sure still myself. 😀
Lisette and Zach are very aware of each other. She knows he pulls gargoyle duty on the roof, he knows she’s around and watches over her. There is a constant pull between them and a hefty dose of attraction. These two come together seamlessly though, after what seems like a lot of figuring and working things out. It was almost like watching puzzle pieces click into place with them.
Finally, I rated the book a four out of five stars, and one certain plot thing aside, it did deserve a five. I would still highly recommend the book, however. As for the plot and my issue with it… We are on the fifth book in this series, and for the last three.. we’ve basically dealt with a “mercenary” group of some sort, and the big boom of a climax at the end of the book, is to have the whole crew go in and blow the place up. Huge battle, etc, so forth. It’s almost like something you’re coming to expect at this point and that actually makes it disappointing for me. I’d like to see it move past that bit of it, although I did get one heck of a shock at the end of this one, not the book, but the battle scene. It’s like I said, it would definitely be a five, but it’s just starting to feel repetitive in some regards.