Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dianne Duvall - Blade of Darkness

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?

Comment: I got this book recently, it was actually only released last month, but I must say I feel a bit sad about how one is able to get it. The author now self publishes, which I have nothing against, but that makes it difficult to get the books in the formats we want at the moment of release. And a paperback wouldn't fit with the others in terms of size either. Oh well...

This is Aidan's story, an Immortal Guardian who everyone knows is looking for the woman who would love ans sacrifice her mortal life to share his existence with. His methods, however, have become a bit desperate and some of his actions in previous books have not been well seen. The story begins with Ainda going to meet Dana, a psychic and it seems things are finally looking good for him, but at the same time, the old enemy of the Guardians creates a daring plan and Aidan seems to be guilty of some gifted ones disappearances...can he and Dane still be a couple in the midst of all the worrisome things going on?

After reading all the full length stories in this Immortal Guardians series, I must say this is one of the ones I liked the least, just after the first which didn't win me over completely. I'm glad I kept going because most of the books are great, the character connections one of the elements I enjoy the most, but this book was not as good, especially when it comes to the romance. I don't mind multi POVs in series and I like seeing the more "domestic" or "family" side of everything but this is primarily a romance series and while still matching the expected, it wasn't as interesting for me.

Dana and Aidan meet each other and immediately there is a connection. Well, this is quite expected in PNR but since part of Aidan's sub plot in previous books was how much he wanted to find someone to love, I feel the journey between them was too plain and easy, all other details aside. I'm not saying more drama would be the key, for instance, but perhaps things could have progressed in a different way, romantically speaking. Then the needs to suit them both into a situation where Dana would be introduced, in a believable way, were obviously on the way and influenced the rest but... I just wasn't sold on why they were a good match besides the obvious. Their intimate interactions (moments alone, sex and even shared looks and touches) were not enough or done well enough to make me truly believe they should be a good couple.

As for the plot, it had its moments, namely the advances in trying to help gifted ones, the need to help Cliff, a character that surely deserves a story, and the battles, emotional and physical, against the vampires and the enemy that is causing to much havoc among the Guardians. But some situations are just too repetitive and I'd certainly like to see differences when it comes to the good guys to have an upper hand. Perhaps this would allow the rest of the series to focus more on reaching common goals and positive outcomes instead of the constant loss of something, only to let us hope it might solved in the next book. Just my opinion/preference.

All in all, this was a good book, no doubt about it, but I certainly expected some more magic when it comes to the situations exposed and I think the romance wasn't as sweet and special as it it made to look. Of course this is still one of the best PNR series out there, despite my quibbles, it's very consistent overall.
Grade: 7/10

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