by Dianne Duvall

February 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4201-1861-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Take a dash of Carpathians, a pinch of Dark Hunters, a few original elements and the result is Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians. Centuries old, they watch over humanity, protecting them from vampires.

Professor Sarah Bingham is relieved that the term is over. It was particularly stressful, and she is having trouble winding down. Battling insomnia, she decides to start her vegetable garden in the middle of the night. Her nocturnal labors will change the direction of her life.

Hearing voices, she finds a group of men standing over their victim. Their talk about leaving him for the dawn makes no sense, but she is not really paying them any mind. Her focus is on saving the man on the ground.

Roland Warbrook has never been rescued by a human woman before, but he will accept her aid. He has been gravely wounded and needs refuge to heal and contact his brethren. He knows that he may be placing her in danger but cannot consider the consequences right now. He just needs her help.

You might think that having so many familiar elements would have made reading Darkness Dawns boring. It was certainly not the case for me. I picked up the book on a whim, was drawn in by Sarah's bravery, and kept enthralled by good writing and a fast-paced plot. The secondary characters will lend themselves to additional books, and I look forward to reading them.

Reviewed in February 2011 by Paula.

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