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Friday, September 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Excerpt of Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall


Author:Dianne Duvall
Publisher: Self
Date of publication:  September 19th, 2017

Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember.  But she never saw Aidan coming.  When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion.  Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed.  Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him.  The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed.  While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?

Blade of Darkness is the seventh book in the Immortal Guardians series.  All I really have to say about this series is that it just keeps getting better and more intriguing.  This one is Aidan's story.  He is among the elders of the brethren and has been searching for 3000 years for a gifted one who will love him enough to transform for eternity. How he has been going about this task the last couple of yeas is pretty amusing.  Dana is the perfect match for him.  I loved them together.  I loved how the plot of the overall series developed more.  The ending left me hanging though.  I want to know what happens to the twelve left,  so the next book can't come fast enough!

While the author does a good job of inserting information to catch a new to the series reader, I would not say this holds up too well as a stand alone.  You really need to go back to the beginning with the first book.  Not that that is really a hardship because all of these books are amazing.  While you are waiting for your pre-order of this book, why not start with Darkness Dawns?




Enjoy this excerpt:

Dana’s eyes flew open.
Aidan’s big warm body still spooned around hers, his front glued to her back. The arm he had wrapped around her was heavy and relaxed. His muscled chest rose and fell with deep, even breaths.
She frowned. What had woken her?
The faint illumination that filtered in from the streetlight out front didn’t allow her to see much farther than the bedside table.
Easing Aidan’s arm off her, she sat up and reached for the cell phone she usually kept by the bed at night but didn’t find it.
She must have left it downstairs.
Opening the top drawer in the table, she felt around until her fingers closed around her iPod. Pressing the power button, she slid her thumb across the screen to unlock it.
Pastel wallpaper lit up the screen, along with the time: 3:57.
Looked like they’d slept for several hours.
She glanced at the battery indicator. Red instead of white. Seven percent battery power left. That should be enough to help her fetch her cell phone.
Rising, she tiptoed out of the bedroom and into the hallway.
The house seemed to slumber, too, encapsulating her in quiet. Even the air conditioner made no sound.
Moving toward the stairs, she turned on the iPod’s bright flashlight.
Much better. She hadn’t wanted to turn it on in the bedroom and risk waking Aidan.
Descending the staircase, she passed the door she had forgotten to close earlier and entered her shop. All seemed quiet there, too.
Padding forward, toes curling against the cold wood floor, she found her cell phone where she had left it on the counter before all hell had broken loose.
No new calls or texts had come in.
Hmm. So what had awakened her? She was usually a pretty sound sleeper and had assumed her phone had chimed.
Perhaps Aidan had shifted and inadvertently nudged her awake?
Could be. She hadn’t slept with anyone in quite a long time, so she wasn’t used to having a big warm body in bed with her.
Glancing up, she froze.
Faces peered at her through the bay window.
Sneering, blood-splattered faces that housed long, sharp fangs and glowing eyes.
Oh, crap. Vampires. A lot of them.
They smiled in unison.
Spinning around, Dana raced for the stairwell. “Aidan!” she screamed.
Glass shattered behind her.


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About the author:

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series 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' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews. 

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

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7 comments:

Rachel Richardson said...

Can't wait

rae daniels said...

Really can't wait for this one.

AuthorsTaproom AuthorServices said...

Thank you so much for hosting Dianne today on her BLADE OF DARKNESS Blog Tour! Only 4 days to go until it's release! :) <3

Cyn said...

So excited for this book!!

Ezinwanyi said...

I love this series and i an going to preorder the audio. Thanks Dianne

Jen Schaper said...

I'm looking forward to reading this soon!

Dianne Duvall said...

Thanks so much for helping me celebrate the release of Blade of Darkness! And thank you, Kari, for the wonderful review!!