Review: ‘Shadows Strike’ Dianne Duvall

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…

I’ve been putting off writing this review, not because I didn’t enjoy Shadows Strike, but because I loved it. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been working my way through Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series for a few months now and I’m beginning to worry that every review I write is near enough a carbon copy of the last. I was joking with my partner the other day, saying that I should just have an Immortal Guardians review template. If I created such a template, it would look something like this:

I absolutely loved <insert book name>. Just when I think this series couldn’t get any better, it somehow does. <insert character’s name> is an absolute sweetheart and <insert character’s name> is an absolute badass. You know me, I love badass women! (Me loving badass women is something that I’ve said in literally every single Immortal Guardians review thus far.)

But I honestly haven’t been able to fault the series so far. Dianne’s worldbuilding is second to none. Her writing makes the world that the Immortal Guardians inhabit feel almost tangible. I open the next book in the series and boom, I’m there, experiencing the events of the book alongside its cast of characters. And speaking of the characters, there isn’t a single character in the series that I don’t feel something for, be that something good or bad. When a fictional character can evoke an emotion in you – happiness, heartache, pride, anger, the list goes on – then you know that the author is a talented writer.

Shadows Strike is a fantastic book, one that had me hooked from the very first page. I’m rapidly approaching the latest book in the series and pretty soon I’ll be having to wait who-knows-how-long for the next one to be written and published. I told myself that I was going to avoid this by placing multiple books between each instalment of the Immortal Guardians series, but, alas, it hasn’t worked out that way!

Are you a fan of the Immortal Guardians series? What are some of your favourite paranormal romance series? Let me know in the comments!

Want to read Shadows Strike? Head on over to Hive or Amazon to order your copy.

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