Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . .


Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood ...

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Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians Series #1)

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Overview

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . .


Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control. . .



In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible--when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect. . .


"These dark, kick-ass guardians can protect me any day!"
--Alexandra Ivy

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"This is a strong start in what looks to be a thrilling and chilling new paranormal series. Fantastic!" —-Romantic Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420122428
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Immortal Guardians Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 12,039
  • File size: 781 KB

Meet the Author


Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel, Darkness Dawns, was nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews.

Kirsten Potter has won AudioFile Earphones Awards for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Her reading of Madapple by Christina Meldrum was a Booklist Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    maybe overrated

    i purchased this book after reading some of the reviews , now don't get me wrong i truly loved the immortals and can't wait to read seth's story but to compare it to my dark hunters i think not. there is only one other author who can give ms. kenyon compettion and thats the jr ward. now ms duvall has great characters and i will complete the series but it has a way togo to beat out acheron or wrath , so i'll reserve my judgment until i read more of the series but i do recommend this book you'll love the immortals i did

    30 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    I enjoyed this book so much! Finished it in less than 2 days. Great characters. Interesting story! Can only recommend

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Best Book - Recommended Read!!!

    Action-packed world building and a hero daring all for love makes Darkness Dawns one of the most fascinating romances I've read this year.

    I am so enthusiastic about this story because of its humor, passion and an interesting take on the vampire myth. The best part for me was the main characters; Roland, the hero and Sarah, the heroine. Their interaction, the growth of their relationship and their dialogue are what made this an awesome reading experience.

    Ms. Duvall wrote Sarah as a quirky character with plenty of charm, wit and joy for life that was exuberant in nature. She's not silly, though she certainly brought a much needed smile to Roland throughout the book, as well as making me grin many times. She is spontaneous and sometimes she says things out of the blue which cause characters to look at her with twinkling eyes of humor and amazement. She has a pragmatic way about her, yet she has a healthy dose of curiosity. I also enjoyed the fact that Sarah could see the man in Roland, the one no one else seemed to see. She reacted to things with heart and forgiveness and an open mind. Just because she's smaller than the hero didn't mean she couldn't do heroic things. She surprised herself, Roland and this reader with some of the things she was willing to do. I adored her character because of it. Sarah's character embodied a warm loving feeling that permeated everything she said and did.

    Roland is a man as far removed from warm loving anything as he can get. He doesn't trust at all and I slowly found out just how valid his reasons were whenever he opened up to Sarah. How gruesome and sad and utterly despicable were the things done to him. He was a man who initially trusted and believed and even loved but over time his heart got bruised one too many times. He's the kind of tortured hero romance readers love to see get saved. I know I did. I so enjoyed how, bit by bit, his shell cracked and he shared more of himself with Sarah. The romantic in me thrilled to his care and sensual doings with Sarah; they were everything I could want in a romance book.

    I know I mentioned the dialogue as something I liked and it's true. There were excellent secondary characters sprinkled throughout this book that made me sit up and take notice. The way they all communicated with each other with their various means was fascinating. I loved how they teased Roland. I liked how the dialogue helped flesh out their roles in the book and how they were like a family to each other. I even liked the way Ms. Duvall described each character as though I would meet them again someday and I have to tell you, I'll be looking forward to it. Seth is that mysterious man at the top who can do things no one else can and yet he still can make a mistake. That made me like his character. Marcus is a hoot and I think David is more of a mystery to me then Seth is. Then there is this mystery woman who I think is going to be another story arc because of how she was introduced and what was discovered towards the end.

    Ms. Duvall has me in her power. I simply have to know what is going to happen next and how she's going to impact the characters I've come to know through the course of Darkness Dawns. I loved the action and the mystery of the villain.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2011

    eeehhh...just ok, kind of preachy.

    This was ok, way too much focus on the "organic only, no alcohol" (you fight vampires all day and never have a beer?) And the heroine was kind of an annoying twit. Very judgemental yet fell into bed/love with the hero in a matter of days. Too much time spent on the self-absorption of the 2 main characters. Couldn't get behind them but the rest of the characters and story lined seemed ok.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Great story

    Loved this book, you wont be disappointed!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Very romantic!

    I wasn't sure at first if I'd like this book or not, but it definitely kept me interested and now I'm eager to read the next one!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Good read.

    I like the story and characters. The author does a lot of preaching about health, dietary, and religious issues that I could have done without. She obviously swallows whole every scary anecdotal website spreading disinformation without bothering to check things out before she, in turn, spreads it some more. I can't decide whether this book is good enough to suffer through another of her rantings in her next book or not.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Great!!!!! New series

    Sarah thought she would go out to garden early before dawn since she couldn't sleep anyway only to be mowed down by something very fast and strong then followed by two men. Brushing it off as hunters chasing a wild animal she went on with her gardening. It wasn't in till the men started talking and making her realize that it was a man that had ran into her and these men plan on killing him. On impulse she grabs her shovel and goes to his aid.

    Roland cannot fathom the kindness this beautiful stranger is showing him. She's saved him, took him in her home and nursed him back to health. Being a antisocial person he never expected any one to ever come to his aid like that. Now after spending some time with her he finds himself more drawn to her every passing moment. But it could never work as he has seen in the past if she knew what he really is she'd flee or attempt to kill him. But no matter what he has vowed to keep her safe, he drug her into this and he will keep her safe. In the meantime he must find out who this vampire is that is hell bent on killing him, almost like it's a personal vendetta.

    Will Sarah accept him if she knew what he really is, or will Bastien, the vampire stalking Ronland, catch them before Roland has a chance to find out?

    This book was good. I was pleasantly surprised. The overall book had a feel of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter book, but with its own story and plot. The characters were strong independent characters. I hope to see more of the other characters with their own books. There is a underlined story that present for each of the side characters in the book to tease me and make me hope they get a book so the story can expand and I can find out more about each character. I think this was a great starting series I would love to read any sequels.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    It was alright

    I only gave three stars because I feel that this series is way too similar to Kenyon's Dark Hunters. The writing is not as developed but the story line is almost an imitation of the DH. A powerful undefeatable leader guiding the immortal solders saving humanity. C.Feehan's Carpathians combined with S.Kenyin's Dark Hunters and you have the Immortal Guardians. It is sad that the author is using story lines that have already been written.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Keep up the good work

    I totally enjoyed this book, hope to read more by this author

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    eeeehhh... decent-ish read

    while i did think that some parts of this book were really good, most of it was just OK. the heroine of the story was way too obsessed with organic food and i thought the part where the hero and heroine were bonding over their joint love for tofurkey to be a little over the top. overall, i think this first book shows promise for the rest of the series to actually be really good, and i would recommend it to someone looking for and entertaining read in their free time- probably not something that will keep you reading all night long.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Five Star

    I really enjoyed (u will 2) this book. Can't wait 2 read more. I was a bit surprised that so many reviews were allowed 2 mention other books and authors. Ty 2 those who did... i now have some new authors 2 read...regardless of that, I really did like the book and so will a lot of others :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Im a huge fan of the bigger names in PNR such as Lara Adrian, JR

    Im a huge fan of the bigger names in PNR such as Lara Adrian, JR Ward,
    Lyndsay Sands, Charlaine Harris, etc. etc. AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS
    SERIES ISN"T IN PRINT ONLY AVAILABLE VIA EBOOKS because....THIS
    AUTHOR IN MY OPINION JOINS THE RANKS OF ALL THOSE ABOVE!!! I love the
    vampire world she has created...it isn't far fetched like some, the
    characters have depth and the plots are all spot on! Both books in this
    series are page turners. In fact, I actually ordered my family pizza for
    dinner one night so I could have the extra 30+ minutes I saved by NOT
    cooking to FINISH THE BOOK!! LOL!! (everyone was happy!) Kudos & I
    HOPE she continues on with the series. I know book #3 is due in October
    & if Ms. Duvall reads this (or her editor/publisher) PLEASE, PLEASE,
    continue on with the Immortial Guardians Series! They are much loved!
    Also....I'd LOVE to have them in HB or PB for my home library!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Love this book!!!!!!!

    I've read it severaj times!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Starter series that has potential, THIS IS A GOOD ONE!

    I actually liked this book well enough that half was through it I went ahead and bought the next book in the series.
    The writing style is ok and a bit long winded at times through out the book, BUT I liked it. The writing was a bit amateur in my opinion compared to JR wards BDB (don't like JR's other series), Lara Adrian and Kresley Cole just to name a few that are GREAT READS!! But the story line was a pretty good one. If your looking for a starter series to follow that has potential. THIS IS A GOOD ONE!! I WILL be keeping up with this author and series!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Hmmmm.....

    OK, I just finished reading Darkness Dawns and I have a few problems with it. If I'm to understand correctly by reading most of the reviews Dianne Duvall is a new author. So I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, but this new series reads an awful lot like Sherrilyn Kenyon's dark Hunter series! And I know Sherrilyn Kenyon didn't copy Dianne because the Dark Hunter series is coming out with book 21. I don't necessarily believe Dianne copied Sherrilyn, but in the Dark Hunter series they are Immortals who aren't vampires but still have fangs and can drink blood, they hunt vampires who kill innocent humans, they have a Dark Hunter website in the series as well. The Dark Hunters leader is mysterious and considered the oldest and most powerful, his temper never showed but when and if it did it was powerful and awe inspiring..... Now, here's another problem I had. In darkness Dawns the immortals fangs are like IVs that go strait to their systems, and they use blood bags. That is fine, a lot of paranormal romance vampires use blood bags, but the fangs working as IVs is a lot like another vampire series I've read! Its Lynsay sand's Argeneau Family series and that is already into book 15. The author also tended to talk way to much about organic food and recycling. People read romance novels for excitement and pleasure. I shouldn't have to feel bad about my own diet and lack of recycling while I'm trying to get lost in a good paranormal romance. The leading characters had a lot of potential but came together so quickly it didn't make sense. Also the leading lady needed to make up her mind! She was a liberal green activist who believed in the death penalty??? It was just was weird. I understand that my review of this series was very harsh and all over the place, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book. Dianne Duvall has the potential to really make this into something that could live a long life in the paranormal romance world. I am going to read the next novel in this series because I did enjoy the other characters and I really did see the potential! She just needs to steer clear of other authors and make this her own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    it was ok.

    the Immortal Guardians were well characterized, but I'm not impressed with the female protagonist Sarah, who just happens to love organic food only and yet is ok with 'eye for an eye' philosophy, who came from a troubled emotionally deprived family life yet falls for a stranger within 48 hrs. And her supposed gifts as a gifted one came in the last part of the story without any foreshadowing in the beginning or the middle parts of the story. And the author should learn from Lori Foster or Christina Feehan with regards to the sex scenes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    Wonderful new Series!! Can't wait for the rest...

    Finally!! A new vampire/immortal series worth reading! I'm a huge fan of Kenyon's DarkHunter series and have had a difficult time finding an author equal to her talent. Duvall's Immortal Guardian's is as awesome as the DarkHunter's. I enjoyed Sarah and Roland's story. Duvall introduced many characters without overloading the reader with too much information. An interesting twist to the vampirism "virus". The fight scenes were edgy and realistic, not over the top. I like a little more "heat" to love scenes, but Sarah & Roland's story was filled with much emotion and thought. All the characters were believable and identifiable with real emotions and depth.
    I'm so excited that I've "found" Duvall & the Immortal Guardians. When is the next book coming out?!?!?!?!?!?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Good Read, Looking Forward to the Next One!

    Similar character structure to Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dark Hunter series, but very enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    fun post apocalyptic urban fantasy

    The virus continues unabated as no preventative inoculation or cure has been found to stop victims from becoming maniacal vampires seeking fresh blood. Ironically some other humans hit by the same virus become immortals dedicating their souls to protect mankind from the vampires.

    Human music Professor Sarah Bingham intervenes in an assault on immortal Roland Warbrook saving his life. He is grateful for her act of courage, but is also attracted to her. She reciprocates, but a relationship between and immortal and a mortal has no chance due to the diverse life spans. Thus it is up to Sarah whether to risk exposure to become an immortal like her beloved.

    Although neither Sarah's dilemma nor immortals protecting mortals from other immortals are not new concepts (for instance Lynsay Sands' Argeneau vampires), Dianne Duvall makes it fresh with her underlying premise of the virus breaking humanity into three different species. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Sarah the human and Roland the immortal meet in a dire scenario. Post apocalyptic urban fantasy readers will enjoy entering the Duvall realm as the good immortals and the bad vampires fight over the ugly humans.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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