Review: ‘Death of Darkness’ Dianne Duvall

Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

Seth is one of my favourite Immortal Guardians characters (second only to Zach), so I was understandably beyond excited when I finally reached Death of Darkness. I finished Awaken the Darkness (Stanislav and Susan’s book) and immediately bought Death of Darkness. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I was literally screeching at my poor partner “I’ve bought it! I’m finally on Seth’s book!” and waving my Kindle in his face while it was downloading.

I will be honest, throughout the first half of the book, I was worried that it wasn’t going to live up to my extraordinarily high expectations (I mean, my reviews for the previous books in the series show how much I’ve enjoyed it thus far). I felt Seth and Leah’s book was a slow burner and I found myself growing increasingly more impatient with each passing page as they danced around their feelings for each other. This is by no means an issue with the book. This is very much a me issue. I was just so desperate for these two people – both of whom have suffered losses and heartache – to admit their feelings for one another and find some happiness together. Sure, it took a fair few chapters for them to reach this point, but holy shit, it was worth waiting for. These two characters work so well together and Leah’s wit and humour make her the perfect addition to the ever-growing Immortal Guardians family.

In other paranormal romance fandoms, I’ve seen readers say that they’ve skipped books revolving around certain characters because they don’t like said characters for whatever reason. For any new reader to the Immortal Guardians series, I implore you not to skip Death of Darkness. Even if you’re crazy enough not to love Seth, Death of Darkness is crucial in terms of developing the series’ overall story arc, plus it sets up Dianne’s other series, Aldebarian Alliance, which takes place in the same universe as Immortal Guardians.

I’m a member of Dianne’s fan group on Facebook and a moderator pointed me in the direction of a recommended reading order list. To my dismay, I found out that I’ve missed a couple of novellas, so despite the cliffhanger that Death of Darkness ended on, I’ll be going back to these before I continue with the series. Well, technically, I’ll be starting the Aldebarian Alliance series because apparently the first book in it comes after Death of Darkness in terms of the timeline.

If you hadn’t guessed already, I adored Death of Darkness.

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