Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dianne Duvall - Night Unbound

For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for--and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.
Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he'll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust? 
Comment: This is the most recent installment in the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall. This is Lisette's story and it follows the happenings in the end of the previous book. In fact, this series is continuous and best read in sequence.

Zach has been following Lisette to help and save her if she needs. He doesn't feel friendly towards anyone else but there's something about her...
Lisette knows her boss and friend Seth told her to stay away from Zach but he isn't dangerous around her so they start to see each other more regularly and a new conspiracy points to Zach but Lisette is sure he isn't guilty and their attempts to prove it and even to help look for the true enemy make Zach not only a new friend to the Immortals cause for them personally as well. But who is trying to make proved friends look bad?

I liked this book quite much. It wasn't perfect because I thought the plot simple and where things were too easy or too plain to be of any importance. But the truth is, this was quite good in terms of personal development, not only for the main couple, but especially for the sense of family that seems to grow more in each book.

The best thing about this series has been the development of a friendly community between the characters and how they try to work together and share their lives with one another. I like how characters with shadier pasts or reasons can prove they're part of the Good Guys Team and their presence is significant of further possible story lines. I like how the author does this without that feeling of just filling space or following an idea that was seen countless times. The way things are done are made to be seen as expected, usual and acceptable. I can't really explain it, but I like how there's no hidden purpose in any of the good guys and how whatever motivates them isn't a secret agenda meant to betray or hurt the good guys.How relieving to read about good characters and that's it.

Lisette and Zach have common goals in trying to fight the bad guys and they start to feel attracted for each other. We get their words on how and why this is working for them, but to be honest their relationship, despite being reasonable and good, wasn't that amazing. Still, I liked to see them together, I just wasn't totally convinced why they were special for one another.

The secondary characters are one of the biggest triumphs of this series. There are always secondary characters in every book playing some kind of important role, which adds up to that feeling of community. I like seeing all those people and the interactions between them. I'm very curious about some characters - DAVID!!!! -  and how their appearances will be next time. I can't wait for the next book to see what they are all doing.
I just hope the action goals, namely concerning the vampires and Ami and the enemy are further developed because there has to be some sort of plot wrapping up, otherwise this will become just a soap opera, no matter how good or easily read.

In the end, great feelings about the majority of the book, things that could be corrected or improved, but overall, a good book and very enjoyable to read.
Grade: 8/10

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