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Awaken the Darkness

(Immortal Guardians #8)

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He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to en ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Dianne Duvall
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Long Lost Brother Stars



Awaken The Darkness is the 8th book in the Immortal Guardians series, and though it was a nice read it didn't really move along the series plot. It was mainly just about Stanislav being found alive and him and Susan (the gifted one that found him} falling in love. The others don't join in until the end for the sweet family reunion.



Slower paced than the others it still had some action in it. It was nice to see Stan brought home to his family. Stanislav reminded m
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Nazanin
3.75 Stars

This was my first audio and such a wonderful experience! I always wanted to listen to an audiobook, I even tried two or three times but the narrations were really slow! So I switched to the books! But this one was really good! Kirsten Potter did a good job on this one, it had a good speed on it and she did a fantastic job on the Russian accent! Loved it! I like this world Dianne Duvall created! I enjoyed all the books in this series and love all its characters. I would enjoy it more if
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Cyndi
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this! Another great one in this series! I’m looking forward to the next one.
Jen Davis
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy returning to the world of the Immortal Guardians. This eighth installment is an awesome gift for long time fans of the series. This is Stanislav‘s book. You read that right. One of the immortals believed to have been killed a few books back is actually alive! He has been buried alive for the past 2 1/2 years, ever since he was horribly wounded in the battle that killed his best friend, Yuri. He has been in and out of stasis this whole time and doesn’t remember who or what he is; h ...more
☕️Kimberly
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reasons, Awaken the Darkness, is my favorite book of the series to date. 

Duvall brings her characters completely to life. She fleshes them out and gives these characters history, baggage, emotions, and family ties. She allows the reader to become emotional connected. The story begins with a prologue.  The Immortals are attacking compound . We feel our hero's pain as one of his own is torn from this world. Then the world goes dark before he awakens in pain and finds himself trapped beneath di
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Lorna
Immortal guardians, vampires and human bad guys, oh my! This series is one of my favorite in the paranormal romance realm and this book not only fit right in, it also has taken over as my favorite book of the series.

Number 8 in Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series quickly became one of those books that I couldn’t put down. Silly me decided that 4 a.m. was a wonderful time to start this book and two and a half hours later I finally had to stop to sleep-only to finish it later on that same afternoon.
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Kari
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, 2018
Awaken the Darkness is the latest installment in the Immortal Guardians series. And just like all of the other ones that I have read, I loved it. This is Stanislov's story. If you haven't read the series up to this point, make sure to read the prologue. It will catch you up a bit. Stan has been missing form the group for two years and feared dead by his friends. I loved finally finding out what happened to him. Thank you to the author or bringing him back!

I'm not going to spoil where he has bee
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Shawna
3 stars - Paranormal Romance

I love the Immortal Guardians series, but this lacked the energy and excitement of the previous books. I really missed the interactions with all the IG characters. The story dragged, and I honestly felt like it could've been a novella.
Lucy Dosch
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians is my favorite series hands down. Every character is beloved. Every story is intense, funny, romantic and exciting. If you haven’t read the Immortal Guardians, you are truly missing out!

If you read the IG series, you are among those of us who have been fretting and stressing out for some time now about what fate befell Stanislov during the battle with the mercenaries. We lost one Immortal Guardian and that loss was already devastating. The thought of losing Sta
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Cheesecake
I really enjoyed this installment. It's a bit of a side detour to find out what happened to Stanislav.
While Stanislav remains in the dark...

Susan is a good heroine. While the heroines of this series are tending to blend together in my mind, I still enjoyed her character. She has spent most of her life separated from society because of her telepathy. I would have liked to have seen this played up a bit more. Mostly the author just tells us how hard it has been for her. But one thing I like about
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 Rosebud
Susan Meyer has a gift that has its pros and cons. The pro being she constantly hears people's thoughts, even going one step further by being able to view their history. The con is that she constantly hears people's thoughts, which is why she needs a remote place to live where she won't be exposed to the constant bombardment of people's thoughts.

Finding an excellent multi level home that meets all her needs, Susan resigns herself to pass as the purchase price is way beyond her means. Yet. It se
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
I knew I wouldn't be able to put this down once I started.

*Book source ~ Purchased

This story starts out recapping a huge, action-packed, suspenseful event from over two years ago, but from a POV we didn’t see at the time. If you haven’t been spoiled yet by who the main character is I won’t mention his name. But if you’ve read all the books up to this point, trust me when I tell you, it won’t take you long to figure it out. While most of this series will tug at your heartstrings at some point or
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Debrac2014
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! I didn't want it to end!
AJ
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

Book #8 in the Immortal Guardians series brings a change in pace from the earlier books as we shift away from the action for a bit and in its place we get a slower-moving, heartfelt romance that is gorgeously sweet and swoony. Of course there is still some action and supernatural goings, it’s more about the love story in this one, and I loved it!

Before that this book, and this review, contains spoilers for earlier books in the series so make sure you’ve read the previous books before div
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'i Mari 🍷 YAAAAAAS
IT IS HERE; THE BLURB. And. I. Am. Dead.

May Dracula, Maui, Seth, or whatever, whoever, immortal out there find me when this is out, thanks. This slayed me and I don't know how to deal. May Dianne Duvall the Kind, have pity on the rest of us and give us another blurb soon. Like...Seth's blurb 😂. Anyway, see you all in July.

UPDATE!
It's August and I'd finished the book a while ago. I would have been here ASAP updating my review but damnit, it wouldn't let me. Anyway, I'm here and it's working! YAAA
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Malinda
4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I will say that I've been wondering what happened to Stanislav so it's nice to find out and see him get together with Susan. Stanislav's story is somewhat of a standalone as the rest of the series characters don't come into it until much later in the story. And since he lost his memory, there are more explanations than there normally might be.

Susan is a woman with powers, the ability to hear the thoughts of others. This has often been
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Audible book review of Awaken the Darkness. The Narrator Kristin Potter was Outstanding as usual. The storyline not so much. I am so Happy that Stanislav is alive and has found love with Susan both of this characters have strong resemblances to the other Immortal Guardians and Gifted One in the prior books. Its like the names were changed but its the same character descriptions of prior IG and GO's. The story itself reminded me a bit of the 2nd book "Dark Desire" in the Dark Series by Christine ...more
Ezinwanyi
This audiobook was okay. It wasn't as action packed and didn't move the plot along at all. Last full novel, Gershwin had raised a vampire army to battle Seth's immortals. He had gotten really tricky and gave the immortals just about all they could handle.

This book basically consisted of an amnesiac Stanislav being rescued by a gifted woman named Susan. My main issue was that she seemed to lack apprehension and fear that I felt should be evident in a mortal coming into contact with an immortal. N
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Kristen
3 Stars
Overall, I enjoyed this book but it felt it should have been a novella not a full length novel. Nothing really happened in this book to progress the overall story arc. The focus of this story was on the couple and their relationship. As much as I liked the love story, it also lacked that little extra something that would have made it swoon-worthy.

All in all, Awaken the Darkness was a good read. It’s more of a filler book and should have been a novella instead of full length novel. Nothin
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Awaken the Darkness was a gripping addition to the Immortal Guardians series that moved me beyond measure. The story itself is quite different from previous books as it centers strictly around the main couple Stanislav and Susan for 99.9% of the story-line, as opposed to having the rest of the immortal guardian family popping in every so often to help support the plot. I believe this is because this story was originally intended to be a novella, but outgrew it. This didn't diminish the story at ...more
Lyndi W.
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
I held off on this one for a while because I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it without having read all the previous books in this series. Now I'm kicking myself because it was so good and I could have read it twice by now.

I use my "heroine-ruins-it" shelf quite a lot, but I should make a "heroine-makes-it" shelf for this book. Susan fucking rocked.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Really good, better than anything I’ve read in a while. I must admit confusion. I’m not a re-reader and with so much time between books, I couldn’t remember the circumstances of Stan’s situation. I also felt lost about Uri. I think I missed a novella or maybe book. I only listen to this series, so if it’s not on audible, I haven’t “read” it. So much of the book I accepted the backstory without really remembering it. I think it took a little of my enjoyment away. Yes, we were given the history in ...more
Kimi
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I thought Susan was more likable than some of the other human women in the books and selfless at times. I didn't like the woman in the previous book so that was a relief. It was really great to learn more about Stanislav. I felt for him with all that he'd gone through for such a long time. Susan was a wonderful savior and it was interesting to see one of the immortal guardians in such a vulnerable state.

I wish there'd been more romance in this book in the form of sex but I liked this cou
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Vfields Don't touch my happy!
-I didn’t know anything about this book before I started and I was surprised by the beginning and interesting direction this installment took. Oh yes, I loved it!
-We were able to quietly get to know this couple. It was a refreshing and smart change.
-I was also pleased to see the relationship and depth of commitment between the Immortals and their Seconds.
-Oh no!
There isn’t another installment ready.
I have to wait for the next book.
Is it done?
Is it ready now?
NOW?
Hurry up!
-Ha! We have our
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Buffy Kennedy
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a reader from the first book's release, I am amazed at Dianne Duvall's artistry. She's a master at her craft in creating beautifully woven tales full of heart, action, and fantasy. Each and every book is incredible and to keep up that level of quality through even a few books, much less EIGHT now (plus two novellas), is truly amazing.

This book is no exception. It can be read as a stand alone due to relevant past events being explained or even shown and done so in a way that feels refreshing
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Melissa
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun PNR/UF that I have enjoyed since the first book. If you haven't read them, you are missing out on some laughs, adventure and romance. I do suggest starting with the first book in the series to really get to know all the characters and it also helps to make sense of the overall series arc.

In this book we go a bit back in time to an incident that hurt the guardians. This is Stanislav's story and what happened to him during the incident and 2 years later. Stan is a man of honor and it
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The old home in the rural country of North Carolina is exactly what Susan has been looking for. It has the seclusion she desperately needs. The house itself instills a warm comforting feeling every time she is in it. Susan knows it will take her forever to update the house the way it needs. She just can't seem to walk away from it.

Gravely wounded, buried, abandoned, and believed dead Stanislav has to rely on his gifts to free himself from his dirt tomb. There is just one problem once he gets fr
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Sonia189
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this series but this one wasn't as appealing. A little over half of it is the wo main characters interacting apart from the already beloved community of immortals. I get why but I don't even think their chemistry was that great. The romance still felt too fast and without spark for me.
The end was cute, hopeful but this barely moved along the series.
Barbara ★
Excellent series

I loved Stanislav's story. It's filled with love, danger and adventure. Susan is the perfect heroine for him. Their interactions are numerous and thrilling.
I look forward to future installments.
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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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