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?
Okay, I know I’ve raved about the previous four books in the Immortal Guardians series, but Night Unbound is hands down my favourite so far. First of all, one of its protagonists is Zach, a character who’s drip fed to readers throughout Phantom Shadows and Darkness Rises. I won’t go into too much detail, lest anyone reading this review wants to read the series, but he’s this dark, brooding, mysterious character who just seems to spend a lot of his spare time sitting on people’s roofs. Now, as people reading this blog might know, I’m an absolute sucker for dark, brooding, mysterious men, so I knew Zach was going to be a favourite character of mine the moment he made his entrance into the series.
I’ve made the mistake of devouring an entire series in one go and having to wait a year or more for the next instalment, so, as a general rule, I try to put a couple of months between each book. However, when I realised that Zach and Lisette’s story came after Darkness Rises, I had to make an exception. I had questions that demanded answers, the main one being whether or not Zach is physically unable to wear a shirt. Paranormal romance men tend to spend a lot of their time shirtless, but Zach takes it to a whole new level. In fact, he spends so much of Night Unbound without a shirt on that even Marcus from Night Reigns asks him if he has a problem.
Anyway, enough about gorgeous, bare-chested men. Back to why Night Unbound is my favourite book in the Immortal Guardians series so far.
Let’s talk about Lisette. Lisette is an absolute badass (it’s quite possible that I’ve described every woman in this series so far as “an absolute badass”). I mean, she’s been hunting vampires for the past 200 or so years. Need I say more? Well, yeah, I do need to say more. She’s not just an absolute badass. She’s not just a vampire hunter. She’s a three dimensional, multifaceted character and this is what I love about Dianne Duvall’s writing. Her characters are written in such a way that they genuinely feel like real people. For me, a good book or series is one that provokes an emotional response from me and this is exactly what the Immortal Guardians series does. For example, we discover a lot more about Seth, the leader of the Immortal Guardians, in Night Unbound and some of the revelations actually had me tearing up. I can’t remember the last time a fictional character had me blinking back tears and, again, this is why I love this series so much. It feels so real at times. I can completely and utterly lose myself in it, which is just what I’ve needed over the past year or so (future readers, I’m writing this during the Covid pandemic).
Sorry, that took a very deep turn. But books have always given me a place to go when there’s been nowhere to go. Books have always offered me escape and respite and I love it when I find a series that I can become completely immersed in.
Anyway, I fucking loved this book and I can’t recommend the Immortals Guardians series enough.