Review: Darkness Dawns

Darkness Dawns
Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eager for a quiet break from the humdrum of academic live, college lecturer Sarah Bingham’s solitude is shattered when she is literally bowled over by a man being chased through the woods near her home. After saving the injured man from his assailants, Sarah soon learns that there is more to Roland Warbrook than meets the eye. Roland is an Immortal Guardian sworn to protect humanity from vampires whose bloodlust makes them corrupt and insane. After nine centuries, Roland is surprised by very little, but Sarah shocks him to the core with her kindness and acceptance. Can these two strangers find love together as death and destruction rains down about them?

The basic premise and many of the tropes are similar if not identical to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters series. Nevertheless, there are one or two original elements such as mysterious origins of the gifted ones and the idea that vampirism is a virus.

Sarah and Roland’s romance is problematic mainly due to the fact that they are simply too perfect and there is virtually no conflict between them whatsoever. A little chatting about their shared passion for organic food and recycling (Seriously – he book is about immortals and they are concerned about carbohydrates and preservatives!), a little sex and everything is hunky dory despite the rampaging vampires and the blood drinking…

The secondary characters, in contrast, are far more interesting. Seth, the leader of the Immortal Guardians, is very intriguing as is the love-sick Marcus and the villainous Bastien. There are also some excellent action scenes with a great deal of blood and pain as the immortals are not bulletproof or immune to internal organ damage.

The overall story arc involving the gifted ones and their unknown origins as well as the mysterious woman rescued from the military compound are all compelling enough to continue with the series despite its shortcomings. Of course, it helps that I already own the first 4 books.

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