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Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  9,611 Ratings  ·  770 Reviews
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle betwe
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
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Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads
3.75 Seth Stars

Val's Reviewing Alcohol Cup Count:
4 glasses, pinot grigio (don't hate, high tolerance)

I should title this review, "That Time When the Side Character Stole the Show."

Seriously though, I was really liking this story already...then Seth showed up.

And my inner Tom Cruise got all excited.


The only problem with how much I liked that this was not Seth's story.

It was Roland's.

And, don't get me wrong, I liked Roland...

...I just wanted Seth to be in every single scene too.


Kat Kennedy
The stats are in and, unsurprisingly to most people, Romance Novels are pretty much beating out the competition. Despite the poor economy and almost every other genre of book experiencing a general reduction in sales, Harlequin still managed to post a 32% sales increase in 2009. Stats for 2010 show that romance novels account for more than 13% of the market, easily beating out every other genre. Their ebook sales are even better with romance ebooks sitting in second place sales as of 2010.

This vampire romance novel brought to you by Captain Planet!
Why, you may ask? Let me give you a few quotes and see if you can capture an underlying theme:

"Those of us who are older (immortals) have a diet similar to your own. Lots of vegetables and fruits. Very little meat. Organic chicken, turkey, or other fowl. None of the heavier meats, processed, or artificial foods that contain known carcinogens or other harmful chemicals."

After peeling off the label, he rinsed the can out and dropped it
Holy crap this was boring! The relationship had no passion and made me yawn as they waxed poetic about how organic food is the awesome. The story just meandered along, I was not excited to read it because I was never drawn into the main characters. The author also had a really annoying trait of adding random sentences in quotation marks (just like this) which should have been taken out by an editor. The only intriguing part was the wannabe Acheron character (named Seth here - see I can use paren ...more
Laurie Garrison
Darkness Dawns is a must read for 2011! This is the first book in a series called Immortal Guardians and its a phenomenal start. Action starts off at the get go and leaves you on the edge of your seat through the whole book. I loved how everything is explained where you have no questions, but yet the author didn’t skip out on the passion or action with this adventure. These Immortals have different ability gifts and are like vampires with a twist.

Heroine Sarah is a organic nut and school teache
Blacky *Romance Addict*

This is one of those times where the narrator makes the book better than it actually is :)

I think it would've been a 3 if I've read it, but listening made it more interesting and I am dying to read the second book so there :)
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Meh, it was ok. I got tired quickly of all the extraneous details put in, like the fact that they were eating organic pizza with organic goat cheese and organic tomatoes while drinking organic juice. How many times do you need to put in organic? I'm pretty sure all of us can deduce if the pizza is organic then all the ingredients on it are organic as well. But more to the point, who gives a flying flapjack? This is a paranormal book about bad vampires and good vampire-ish people called Immortals ...more
The UHQ Nasanta
1.5 stars

It's a bad sign when before you get to 5%, you are already hitting your head against something hard - and if you end up pissed and frequently ranting for 95% of the book. Granted, this was partially due to my general crankiness for the majority of the time I was reading this, which may have affected how I perceived this book, but it also had to do with the things I've read previously. Or maybe it was just the book.

Within the first 5%, I immediately saw the world's resemblance to the wo
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I gave it 4 1/2 stars I think it was a great book with a sweet building love story I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Ronda  Tutt
Excellent! Brilliant Writing! HOT Erotica!

I absolutely loved it. I could hardly put it down and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I now have a new and great vampire series I am addicted to. I loved the concept of these Immortal Guardians and how they slightly differ from the vampires. The romance erotica scene between Roland and Sarah is absolutely fantastic and so HOT! Their romance story had me smiling all through out the book and I even laughed out loud when Sarah stabbed one of the Immora
Katie Michaels
Aug 19, 2015 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PNR fans, you should be reading this series. I’m pretty sure I love it. In a sea of books with similar themes, the Immortal Guardians stand out as something… I don’t know, just… better than most others. It features a group of immortal warriors who protect the world from vampires who have gone crazy and destructive. They’re pretty much vampires too, but they have a little something extra that allows them to stay sane and have a special gift or two. I know it sounds like a hundred other series out ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review

Cover: Hot
Rating NC-17 for the sexiness of it all.
Thumbs Up 5 shiny stars
Overall: Brillant read!
Characters: Love the characters.
Plot: Fresh look at old tale.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes, definately.
Recommend Yes
Book Boyfriend: Roland

SUMMARY (50 word or less)

Dianne Duvall is truly a gifted writer. Darkness Dawns is a fresh take on an old legend. Diane has breathed life into vampires without making them sparkle. Her vision is a mesh of the old and her own vision of the new.
3.5 stars

This one is a very pleasant read albeit I find both the H/h a tad too sweet and too perfect for my taste. There is a lack of surprises and intensity in the romance, but the action scenes did help to speed up the pacing of the book. The thing that irked me most is the short time frame that it took for Roland and Sarah to start proclaiming their love. I just can't wrapped my head around on the fact that they get all chummy and start trading life stories within 24 hours and then planning t
4.75 stars

Update: 1/18/15

I have been thinking on this book, and having just finished book 2 (which was awesome), I decided to up my rating. In fact, I may reread this book! I just really love these characters. I am tired of reading about characters with tragic pasts who basically end up acting like big selfish jerks; in this series, there is none of that. Even when a character is jerky, they are never selfish. And there is always the over-riding theme of caring for others and caring about human
Dec 19, 2010 Cindyg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is clearly...hands down a five star +++ all the way. It grabbed ahold of me right from the first page and didn't let me go until the final page. My god what an awesome f---ing read. Ms Duvall you out did yourself. Your writing is so fluid, and are definitely in my top ten favs.
The characters drew me in and held on tight and I didn't mind one damn bit. They are quick witted and intense and so engaging. I loved the world building, it was so easy to follow, not once did I h
Nov 28, 2010 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Guess what I did after reading this book? I deleted a large portion of the paranormal-romance books I had marked as to-read, solely based on the fear of duplicating my experience with this book. I refuse to read any pnr unless I am largely confident in my ability to enjoy the book some how or other.

Many reviewers have enjoyed this book. I am happy for them. Really. But I do not understand why. Maybe if this were my first pnr book ever, I would have found something resembling originality. This i
Mar 04, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow, what a pleasant surprise. I got this book as a Kindle freebie, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I got was a terrific first installment in this new series. I was hooked from the first page, the story moved along nicely with just enough detail to hold your interest, but not bore you out of your mind. The H and h, Roland and Sarah, had sizzling chemistry that exploded when they finally acted on their feelings for each other. HOT! The secondary characters, especially Seth and Marcus, ...more
3.5 This was a pretty interesting read!

Ok, of course there are all those stuff you expect from a vampire story: from the "love at first site" to the "good vs bad" vamps, they're all there.
But you know the good thing? I didn't mind! I really liked the main female character, she was pretty funny and I liked her attitude. The male char wasn't special but he wasn't bad either.
The story was ok, there were some interesting factors, but I absolutely loved the overall plot. It made me so damn curious,
Just listened to this on audible and liked it even more! The first half did not bother me like it did when I read it (see below comments). The narrator did a really good job. So I improved my score!


I cannot lie. There is no way I thought this book would get 4 stars from me. I just was not diggin' it. The dialogue was strange. The H and h had no time to bond or really be together because of constant attacks by vampires. And the overall premise was pretty different f
Kimberly ☕
Darkness Dawns is the first book in the series and is very light on the world building. I grasped things quickly but it was weaved into the tale instead of the typical information dumps we find at the beginning of some of these series. Duvall followed a tried and true formula and it worked. Her characters are interesting and I loved the banter and snark between fellow Immortals and the humans who side with them.

Sarah Bingham was a hoot. I love strong, independent, kick-ass, take no shit woman. S
Oct 16, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly addictive read! The storyline kept me VERY interested and the good writing kept me on the edge of my seat!

The romance between Roland and Sarah was really lovely and well timed. (I believed it.) I normally don't go for books with a ton of action, but this one wasn't over the top and it actually made the story even better; which was really a nice surprise! I also loved being in Sarah's head and knowing how she fantasized about Roland, who also happened to be immortal. Though, Sarah dos
Dec 02, 2016 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe, dead-ex, paranormal
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5 stars

I loved this book. Roland and Sarah are great! I've actually read it a few times (this is just the first time since I started reviewing book) and it's still a fave of mine and always worth the read. :D

Sarah is a music professor living in the boonies in North Carolina. She's a good woman and she has courage as well. Sarah's outside one day at the break of dawn to dig a garden when something draws her attention. When she investigates, she finds that 2 men have another tied down and are stab
T.J. Shaw
Feb 07, 2014 T.J. Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended DARKNESS DAWNS to me and after reading this book, I must admit that my friends have really great taste! DARKNESS DAWNS was a fast, enjoyable read. The writing was sharp and witty and the dialogue kept me engaged. Although I really enjoyed the main characters, Sarah and Roland, the secondary characters also were engaging. Ms. Duvall left some very interesting questions unanswered, which will ensure that I keep reading this series, but still provided closure and the HEA I long ...more
Barbara ★
This one grabs you from the first page and just doesn't let up until the very last page. Exciting and action-packed from start to finish with some romance and sex thrown in for good measure. Though I will say that the whole organic thing was irritating. I can understand it from the human but for the immortal to be spouting the same tripe seemed ridiculous.

Though I liked both Sarah and Roland, I was mostly intrigued with Seth, David and the mystery woman (who remains a mystery). I look forward to
Another PNR series for me to get stuck into. Oh yeah!

A little bit similar to the Dark Hunter books (at least in terms of the character set up), this is a series where it’s Immortals (good guys) vs Vampires (bad guys) existing in secret alongside humankind.

We are introduced to the world of Immortals when human Sarah comes across a man being tortured in the woods behind her house. Going all badass with a shovel, she saves the guy and brings him back to her house, tending his wounds and caring for
Feb 01, 2011 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friendable
When the very normal Sarah bravely acts to rescue an injured stranger from torture and certain death, she is drawn into a world she never dreamed existed – for Roland is not truly the undercover DEA agent he first claims to be but an immortal protector who guards humanity from predation by insane vampires.

Even though I am no longer a huge fan of vamps, I actually really enjoyed this debut effort. Author Duvall brings some science and enough of a twist to the vampire mythos here to avoid some of
Nov 23, 2014 Ira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
A promising good first book for an exciting new series.
Multi POV tho, sigh. I really not into this type of book.

But a very interesting story and the other POV is not too overpowering the H and h story.

So that's not so bad, yeah I will looking forward to the next one!
-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review

Where to start. I've slept since finishing it, so all of the myriad things that bugged me so greatly yesterday have had time to settle and hide in my brain...

Well, I will start with Roland. He is supposed to be 936 years old but there really is no hint throughout the book to that affect - unless you count using the word "trencher" or referring to his kids as "babes." Otherwise, he was like any other man from the 21st Century. Not to mention he is supposed to be t
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Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choic

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Immortal Guardians (7 books)
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