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Darkness Dawns

(Immortal Guardians #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  13,053 ratings  ·  1,042 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
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Zebra Books
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
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.

May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 i
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 anti-social stars

first read 5/2014

Reread 2/2019

I have been a moody reader lately. I don't know what my deal is, but I have started and stopped a number of books. Nothing was hitting the spot, so I decided to go back and do a reread. As I was going through my list of books I want to reread I came across Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians and seen a few books have came out since I first read this series. Figuring now was as good as any to catch up, I went to Audible and downloaded Darkness
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
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
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 :)
The UHQ Nasanta
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: militant vegetarians/organic food nuts who like vampires; die-hard Sherrilyn Kenyon fans
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
Actual Rating: 1 star.
I did not like this book.
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
Jen Davis
Aug 19, 2015 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
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
Dec 19, 2010 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
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.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, safe, dead-ex
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Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2010 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
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,
Maria V. Snyder
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my audio books - the narrator did a fantastic job - I almost thought she was my girl Gabra, but it was Kirsten Potter. IMO for audio books the narrator is key - I'll ignore some bad writing and plotting if the narrator is top notch. This book is definitely a paranormal romance - after the excitement and danger of the first third of the book, there's quite a bit of sex - I like things more fade to black but that's what the fast forward button is for ;).

I enjoyed the world and the
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
Mar, Queen of Darkness
Why have I never read this series before?! This was so good! YES, I did feel it lacked some of the world-crushing tension that might have made for a more gripping tale, but sometimes it's nice to just read a romance about two people who are just honest, nice people who want to be together. The end.

So many angsty romances be like, "He betrayed me ten thousand years ago and now I will kill him! But first, lots of sex. Ooh, now I love him, though I will continue to verbally abuse him!" And vice ve
Mar 04, 2011 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
This remains a fave of mine that I revisit from time to time.
safe (view spoiler)

I stumbled across this cute little extra of Roland and Sarah on the author's website;
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Thought this would be a bit more unique maybe? Wasn't a bad read just not more stand out like I was hoping it would be I guess. I was more interested in Marcus than I was in the main characters for some reason.

Not a bad read at all, just not what I was looking for at the time.
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
2 Stars... I had a really hard time with this read right from the start... The setup as to how our main characters meet was odd and became the root of the heroine's stupidity... I look for some conflict or tension in the initial relationship with the main characters which I think builds chemistry, these two were super sweet from the start and it never changed; they just fell flat for me... The real intrigue was in the secondary characters and their potential storylines; I may read on in the seri ...more
3 1/2 on reread
I gave this a 4 on first read on the basis of the PNR. It has a lot of world building for the UF over plot that I missed on first read as it pertains to the later books. The woman they rescue, Amy, becomes a big part of the team and she ends up with her own book. The immortal that they are fighting also appears in most of the rest of the books and again, gets his own book. This is a set up for the next books and my first read passed it over as I didn't connect with any in this bo
Feb 01, 2011 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
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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


Other books in the series

Immortal Guardians (10 books)
  • Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians, #2)
  • Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3)
  • Darkness Rises (Immortal Guardians, #4)
  • Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, #5)
  • Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)
  • Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #7)
  • Awaken the Darkness (Immortal Guardians #8)
  • Death of Darkness  (Immortal Guardians, #9)
  • Broken Dawn (Immortal Guardians, #10)

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