Awaken the Darkness

Awaken the Darkness

He awakens encapsulated in dirt with no knowledge of how he came to be there. Riddled with injuries, he can remember neither his past nor who he is. Nor can he remember what he is. But surely no mortal man could survive being buried deep beneath the earth. All he knows with certainty is that the soothing voice and presence of the woman moving around above enables him to en...

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Title:Awaken the Darkness
Author:Dianne Duvall
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Awaken the Darkness Reviews

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  • Cyndi

    I really enjoyed this! Another great one in this series! I’m looking forward to the next one.

  • Lucy Dosch

    Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians is my favorite series hands down. Every character is beloved. Every story is intense, funny, romantic and exciting. If you haven’t read the Immortal Guardians, you are truly missing out!

    If you read the IG series, you are among those of us who have been fretting and stressing out for some time now about what fate befell Stanislov during the battle with the mercenaries. We lost one Immortal Guardian and that loss was already devastating. The thought of losing Sta

    Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians is my favorite series hands down. Every character is beloved. Every story is intense, funny, romantic and exciting. If you haven’t read the Immortal Guardians, you are truly missing out!

    If you read the IG series, you are among those of us who have been fretting and stressing out for some time now about what fate befell Stanislov during the battle with the mercenaries. We lost one Immortal Guardian and that loss was already devastating. The thought of losing Stanislav as well…well, I know that you too have stayed up nights worrying.

    That line sums it up for all of us. We have come up with crazy theories and impossible explanations of what could have happened to our missing friend, but what could cause Stan to disappear from even Seth’s transcendent senses?

    Once you start Awaken the Darkness, you will finally know what happened to him and the suffering that Stan has endured for the last two and a half years that he has been missing. But Stan was found again by a gifted one named Susan Meyer. Susan is a telepath who heard Stanislav’s pleas for help.

    Susan doesn’t know anything about gifted ones or Immortal Guardians, but then again…neither does Stan. Stan has been rescued but he doesn’t know his own name. There is no question that Stan isn’t like everyone else, his glowing eyes attest to that, but he has no idea why.

    Growing up as a telepath, Susan understands different, but she always believed she was alone with her peculiar abilities. She is also aware that she should be very afraid of a man with glowing eyes, an ability to manipulate her feelings, and who has no idea who he is, but she can’t bring herself to abandon him when he is so lost and alone.

    Romance blooms between them but as long as Stan can’t remember his past, he has no idea if he is married or in a relationship with another woman. He can’t bring himself to be unfaithful to an unknown wife so Stan has to battle his own hormones as well as memory loss.

    Danger is coming for them and it won’t wait until Stan is ready for battle. Stan doesn’t know who to trust or who to turn to. He just knows that he will protect Susan with every special ability that he has.

    This is the eighth book in the series, which also has two novellas, and each story is a treat. These stories grab your attention from the start and have action from beginning to end, and plenty of humor to still keep it light. The romance is sweet and just as enthralling as fighting vampires with swords. All of the characters are beloved with no special favorites (*cough* Bastian *cough, cough* Zach. Okay, I love those black sheep).

    If you haven’t tried the Immortal Guardians, what are you waiting for? You are truly missing out on a remarkable series.

    Received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Lorna

    Immortal guardians, vampires and human bad guys, oh my! This series is one of my favorite in the paranormal romance realm and this book not only fit right in, it also has taken over as my favorite book of the series.

    Number 8 in Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series quickly became one of those books that I couldn’t put down. Silly me decided that 4 a.m. was a wonderful time to start this book and two and a half hours later I finally had to stop to sleep-only to finish it later on that same afternoon.

    Immortal guardians, vampires and human bad guys, oh my! This series is one of my favorite in the paranormal romance realm and this book not only fit right in, it also has taken over as my favorite book of the series.

    Number 8 in Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series quickly became one of those books that I couldn’t put down. Silly me decided that 4 a.m. was a wonderful time to start this book and two and a half hours later I finally had to stop to sleep-only to finish it later on that same afternoon. I only rarely do that anymore so that’s saying a lot. At this point I am going to say that if you read this series there will be spoilers in this review after this point so just a heads up.

    Stanislav is an immortal guardian and has been buried in the basement of an abandoned house since the last immortal guardian/mercenary battle. You find this out very quickly so not really a spoiler. He’s been missing and presumed dead for over two years. Susan is an author of romances that is out house hunting when she starts hearing voices in her head telling her to stay in the house. The house is probably a money pit, but she decides to buy it anyway. When she and her beagle move in, things get interesting pretty quickly. It’s not long before the dog is trying to dig in the basement, and then Susan finishes the dig. When she finds an emaciated, horribly wounded man in the hole, life for Susan changes irrevocably.

    Stanislav was never one of the guardians that I was that interested in. I admit it. Now, he is one of my favorite. When he was lost and presumed dead along with his best friend, Yuri, in the previous book, I was still sad at the loss of this duo that were always together in all their scenes. He’s been alive for centuries, is very handsome, but also is very lonely. He’s an empath and can cause people’s emotions to change at will. Now he has lost all of his memory and doesn’t even know he’s an immortal. Susan is feisty and can read minds which is why she was looking for a house in the country. She wants away from people and their thoughts. It’s been pretty impossible for her to sustain any relationship due to being able to read any of her boyfriend’s minds.

    Immortal guardians are not vampires, but are infected by the same virus that infects vampires. The difference is huge since vampires will ultimately succumb to madness while the immortal won’t. It’s all in the DNA because immortals have that something extra in their’s that give them a special gift like empathy or mind reading. Only those with the something extra can be transformed into an immortal. It’s a lonely world for them, unless they can find someone else with a gift or another immortal guardian to love. Their mission in life is to hunt down the vampires that feed off of humans and kill them. With all the human’s that are trying to capture them for nefarious purposes, life has been pretty deadly lately. That being said, most humans know nothing about them.

    I have enjoyed all of the books and novellas in this world the author has created. Duvall is a good writer that is adept at writing all out war for her characters to fight in, as well as writing a very sensual love scene. I’ve heard people say this was a really different book and I have to agree. I think that is due to the couple being away from all of the other immortals for a lot of the book. As much as I love the other guardians, it worked for me because of how wonderful the romance and story was in this book. Imagine not knowing what you are, but also knowing you need blood to live…it really added to the story. Throw in some really bad humans and you have a story that kept me on the edge of my chair throughout. I highly recommend this book to adult paranormal romance readers.

  • Kari

    Awaken the Darkness is the latest installment in the Immortal Guardians series. And just like all of the other ones that I have read, I loved it. This is Stanislov's story. If you haven't read the series up to this point, make sure to read the prologue. It will catch you up a bit. Stan has been missing form the group for two years and feared dead by his friends. I loved finally finding out what happened to him. Thank you to the author or bringing him back!

    I'm not going to spoil where he has bee

    Awaken the Darkness is the latest installment in the Immortal Guardians series. And just like all of the other ones that I have read, I loved it. This is Stanislov's story. If you haven't read the series up to this point, make sure to read the prologue. It will catch you up a bit. Stan has been missing form the group for two years and feared dead by his friends. I loved finally finding out what happened to him. Thank you to the author or bringing him back!

    I'm not going to spoil where he has been, so you'll have to read how Susan rescues him. It's a shorter book than others in the series and one I devoured. I loved Susan and Stan together. I can't wait to see more of them in the next book. It can't come fast enough....who is it going to feature? I'm dying to know! I love this series and highly recommend it!

  • Jen Davis

    I always enjoy returning to the world of the Immortal Guardians. This eighth installment is an awesome gift for long time fans of the series. This is Stanislav‘s book. You read that right. One of the immortals believed to have been killed a few books back is actually alive! He has been buried alive for the past 2 1/2 years, ever since he was horribly wounded in the battle that killed his best friend, Yuri. He has been in and out of stasis this whole time and doesn’t remember who or what he is; h

    I always enjoy returning to the world of the Immortal Guardians. This eighth installment is an awesome gift for long time fans of the series. This is Stanislav‘s book. You read that right. One of the immortals believed to have been killed a few books back is actually alive! He has been buried alive for the past 2 1/2 years, ever since he was horribly wounded in the battle that killed his best friend, Yuri. He has been in and out of stasis this whole time and doesn’t remember who or what he is; he knows only loneliness and pain. Until Susan comes.

    Susan is a Gifted One who moves in to the home above the basement where Stanislav is buried. He uses his empathetic gifts to prompt her to buy the house and eventually to dig him up. Susan is a telepath, so the two of them are able to communicate truths to each other that help get past what would be a mountain of fear and suspicion for most women. I mean, if most ladies were to dig up a body six feet underground and find him still living, at the very least they would call 911. Susan ends up letting Stan stay with her and nurses him back to health.

    The bulk of this story takes place in Susan‘s home. This couple is largely isolated and we don’t see the rest of the cast until near the end of the book. But I still enjoyed this so much. I never felt particularly connected to Yuri or Stanislav in the early books. I guess I just kind of thought of them as cannon fodder. But then Yuri got his story and now seeing his best friend essentially brought back from the dead has been really cool. Props to Dianne Duvall for finding a way to make this happen.

    Stanislav is a great hero. He is a gentleman and at no time does he fail to put Susan first: her safety, her feelings, her fears. And he does it without ever being an alpha hole. I loved that Susan was able to take care of herself without needing to be big and bad. And even though they fell for each other quickly, I loved taking the journey with them.

    Big points and major feels when Stan gets reunited with the rest of his team. And as always, excellent world building. These books are very well written PNR. And there has been no drop in quality whatsoever as the series made the jump to independent publishing. In fact, Duvall has managed to hang onto the quality and maintain the tone and feel of the series over time better than many other long running authors in the genre.

    If you’ve never tried this series before and you’re in the mood for some solid paranormal romance, I would recommend you give it a try. Or if you enjoyed some of the books early in the series and think you might like to come back, give it a go. I’m already looking forward to where the series takes us next. Raising my hand again for a Chris Reordan book. I’m not giving up.

    Rating: B+

  • ☕️Kimberly

    Duvall brings her characters completely to life. She fleshes them out and gives these characters history, baggage, emotions, and family ties. She allows the reader to become emotional connected. The story begins with a prologue.  The Immortals are attacking compound . We feel our hero's pain as one of his own is torn from this world. Then the world goes dark before he awakens in pain and finds himself trapped beneath dirt

    Duvall brings her characters completely to life. She fleshes them out and gives these characters history, baggage, emotions, and family ties. She allows the reader to become emotional connected. The story begins with a prologue.  The Immortals are attacking compound . We feel our hero's pain as one of his own is torn from this world. Then the world goes dark before he awakens in pain and finds himself trapped beneath dirt. He hears a soothing voice and brings him comfort and this is where our story begins.

    Most of our story takes place in an old farmhouse. Her we Susan Meyer an author who is also happens to be a telepath. She, along with her dog are searching for a property with lots of privacy. Susan can read the thoughts of others and is looking for some tranquility. I liked Susan almost immediately. I mean she write,  is a gifted one and a dog lover. BFFs forever. Something about this farmhouse speaks to her, and soon she is moving in.

    Susan and her dog discover our guardian and rescue him. Susan first helps him heal and soon discover he has lost his memory. In the process the two become close and despite their sizzling chemistry they do nothing more than hold hands and exchange a few kisses.  Neither knows if he is already in a committed relationship.  I loved this time the spent alone together and the discoveries they made. Things triggered partial memories like the fact that he speaks several languages and can heal. As they talked, we learned more about Susan's past and I began to make connections. I love how Duvall weaves threads throughout the series.

    Before finding him, Susan dreamt about him and I loved when she connected the guardian to the man in her dreams.  As the two sleep they share a dreamscape and it was pretty dang interesting.

    When our guardian and the rest of the immortals reunite I wept. Oh lord, grab the kleenexes. The emotions and connections. So many feels.

    We get some intense action scenes that would put most action movies to shame. Heart-pounding, near death moments but Duvall weaves in her signature humor with banter, teasing and more. Susan is quite the kick-ass heroine. She knows how to handle a gun and fearlessly defends our guardian. I loved her spunk.

    Healing, reunions and passion made for an addictive tale. We discover a few things and weave threads together in the overall arc before getting an epilogue that made me smile. Now if Ms. Duvall could write faster, all would be well.

  • Nazanin

    This was my first audio and such a wonderful experience! I always wanted to listen to an audiobook, I even tried two or three times but the narrations were really slow! So I switched to the books! But this one was really good! Kirsten Potter did a good job on this one, it had a good speed on it and she did a fantastic job on the Russian accent! Loved it! I like this world Dianne Duvall created! I enjoyed all the books in this series and love all its characters. I would enjoy it more if

    This was my first audio and such a wonderful experience! I always wanted to listen to an audiobook, I even tried two or three times but the narrations were really slow! So I switched to the books! But this one was really good! Kirsten Potter did a good job on this one, it had a good speed on it and she did a fantastic job on the Russian accent! Loved it! I like this world Dianne Duvall created! I enjoyed all the books in this series and love all its characters. I would enjoy it more if the other characters were more active in this one like the previous books, they came to the story but it was a bit late (at the end) and we didn’t have their POVs!

    Told in dual POV, 3rd person. It’s the eighth installment in the "Immortal Guardians" series and It’s safe to say you can read it as a standalone. Because there is a prologue that explains what you should know, the other characters don’t participate in this one and it doesn’t end with a cliffhanger! Overall, liked it and hope you enjoy it as well!

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    Awaken The Darkness is the 8th book in the Immortal Guardians series, and though it was a nice read it didn't really move along the series plot. It was mainly just about Stanislav being found alive and him and Susan (the gifted one that found him} falling in love. The others don't join in until the end for the sweet family reunion.

    Slower paced than the others it still had some action in it. It was nice to see Stan brought home to his family. Stanislav reminded me a

    Awaken The Darkness is the 8th book in the Immortal Guardians series, and though it was a nice read it didn't really move along the series plot. It was mainly just about Stanislav being found alive and him and Susan (the gifted one that found him} falling in love. The others don't join in until the end for the sweet family reunion.

    Slower paced than the others it still had some action in it. It was nice to see Stan brought home to his family. Stanislav reminded me a bit of Jacques from Christine Feehan's Dark Desire, buried alive for years, can't remember who he is? Though Stanislav wasn't as dark or as insane as Jacques was. Stanislav through it all was still very sweet, worrying about protecting Susan. Susan and Stan had a slow burn love. They didn't know if Stan had a wife so they waited until they knew before getting together. Which I could respect. I loved that Stan got to see Yuri again. It was my favorite part of the whole book. Overall a good read but not my favorite. Bring on Seth's book!! Lol I can't wait for him and David to get lady loves.

  • Shawna

    3 stars - Paranormal Romance

    I love the

    series, but this lacked the energy and excitement of the previous books. I really missed the interactions with all the IG characters. The story dragged, and I honestly felt like it could've been a novella.

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