(Immortal Guardians, #4)
by Dianne Duvall
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Vampire
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Two opposites, one goal
Krysta is a mortal whose "gift" of seeing auras has helped her fight vampires for the past six years. She's constantly getting injured and putting her life on the line, but she won't stop until every last vampire is dead. Then someone who seems to be a vampire comes to her aid in a fight, and she's suddenly not sure who is a friend and who is a foe. She just knows that Etienne is handsome and sexy and seems to be on her side. She wants to believe in him.
Etienne is an Immortal Guardian whose gift is telepathy. Yes, Immortal Guardians survive on blood and are sensitive to light, but they're not vampires. They have been protecting humans from vampires for millennia. When Etienne sees Krysta fighting vampires, he's protective and attracted to her.
Because she's gifted and therefore a potential Immortal Guardian, he brings her and her brother into the world of the Immortal Guardians.
Soon Immortal Guardians and vampires alike are under attack from an enemy that should not exist. The Immortal Guardians, with Krysta's help, must uncover this powerful, mysterious enemy.
Before one of them is captured and becomes a lab rat.
Love, mystery, mortal danger, and betrayal
Etienne is a protective hero who knows how to curl a girl's toes with his kisses. He's also a two hundred year-old gentleman who knows that he's "wooing" a young, modern woman. He tries to be up to date for Krysta's sake, which leads to some funny dialogue.
Krysta is a kick-butt heroine with a great sense of humor. In fact, there is a lot more humor overall in this book than in the previous ones. There's a scene in which Krysta's brother, Sean, visits—well, I don't want to spoil it for you. But you'll enjoy getting to know the other side of some of the more staid characters.
There's plenty of mortal danger, and I found myself worrying about characters that I cared about. I wasn't sure if all of them were going to survive. Again, no spoilers here.
The enigmatic character Zach features prominently in Darkness Rises. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of him in the future. Most likely in the next book.
The mystery of the enemy's identity will keep you turning the pages. The answer is a blow to the leaders of the Immortal Guardians, Seth and David, and leaves us with a cliffhanger. Fortunately, other story lines are wrapped up nicely to make up for it.
Is Darkness Rises on your TBR pile? I highly recommend it. To get the most enjoyment out of the book, read the series starting with book one, Darkness Dawns.
Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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