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Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity Series #9)
     

Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity Series #9)

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by Alexandra Ivy
 

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The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual--and their lustful appetites are legendary. . .

Her Visions Lead Her To Danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie

Overview

The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual--and their lustful appetites are legendary. . .

Her Visions Lead Her To Danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger--and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her. . .

And Only He Can Save Her

As Cassie's mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine's magnetism, and unsure if he--or her feelings for him--can be trusted. But Cassie can't afford to doubt Caine now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize--and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world. . .

Praise for Alexandra Ivy

"Beyond the Darkness kept me riveted! The Guardians of Eternity series is highly addictive." --Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author

"Ivy always packs her books with buckets of action, emotion and sexy sizzle. Another winner!" --Romantic Times on Devoured by Darkness

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ivy’s ninth Guardians of Eternity paranormal (after Bound by Darkness) features two Weres challenged by themselves as much as they are by evil forces. Imprisoned by a demon lord for nearly all of her life and “compelled by the visions that consumed her to the point of oblivion,” Cassandra is a prophet eagerly sought by the Dark Lord. Caine, her bodyguard and a reformed drug dealer, knows he should stay away from her, but innocent Cassie tumbles into his bed and he can’t resist. Despite the continuing threat of her abduction, Cassie rashly runs away from Caine in order to save him. Not surprisingly, both are eventually captured, resulting in a teamup of familiar characters to defeat the Dark Lord. The resolution of plots from previous books will please fans, but newer readers may want to start with earlier titles. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Ivy manages to keep the romance sizzling and the danger threatening!" ---RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420111378
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Guardians of Eternity Series , #9
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
380,131
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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FEAR THE DARKNESS


By Alexandra Ivy

ZEBRA BOOKS

Copyright © 2012 Debbie Raleigh
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4201-1137-8


Chapter One

The abandoned silver mine in the Mojave Desert wasn't the first place someone would expect to encounter Styx, the current Anasso.

Not only was he the King of all Vampires, but at six foot five of pure muscle with the stark beauty of his Aztec ancestors, he was one of the most powerful demons in the world.

He could command the most luxurious lair in the area with a dozen servants eager to do his bidding. But he wanted his trip to Nevada to be as discreet as it was brief, so ignoring the protests of his companion, he'd chosen to spend the day waiting for his meeting with the local clan chief in the forgotten caves.

And, if he were honest with himself, it was a relief not to be stuck with the formal ceremony his position demanded. He was a fierce predator, not a damned politician, and the need to play nice gave him a rash.

Besides, it was always a pleasure to yank Viper's chain.

Styx made a brief survey of the empty desert that surrounded them, absently knocking the dust from his leather pants, which were tucked in to a pair of heavy boots. A black T-shirt was stretched over his massive chest with a tiny amulet threaded on a leather strip wrapped around his thick neck. That was his only jewelry besides the polished turquoise stones that were threaded through the dark, braided hair that hung to the back of his knees.

His dark eyes glowed with a golden light of power in the thickening dusk as he at last turned toward his companion, barely hiding his smile. Unlike him, Viper, the clan chief of Chicago, had no love for "roughing it."

Dressed in a black velvet coat that reached his knees with a frilled white satin shirt and black slacks, he looked like he was on his way to the nearest ballroom. An impression only emphasized by his long hair the pale silver of moonlight, which was left free to flow down his back, and his eyes the startling darkness of midnight.

Styx was raw, savage power.

Viper was an exquisite fallen angel who was no less lethal.

With a pointed glance toward the Las Vegas skyline that glowed like a distant jewel, Viper met Styx's gaze with a sour grimace. "The next time you want me to join you on a road trip, Styx, feel free to lose my number."

Styx arched a dark brow. "I thought everyone loved Vegas."

"Which was why I agreed to this little excursion." Viper tugged at his lace cuffs, managing to look immaculate despite his hours in the dusty cavern. "You failed to mention I was going to be staying in a damned mine instead of the penthouse suite at the Bellagio."

"We've stayed in worse places."

"Worse?" Viper pointed toward the rotting boards that did a half-ass job of covering the entrance to the tunnel. "It was filthy, it smelled of bat shit, and the temperature was a few degrees less than the surface of the sun. I've visited hell dimensions that I enjoyed more than that godforsaken inferno."

Styx snorted. The two vampires had been friends for centuries, a remarkable feat considering they were both alphas. But over the past months their bonds had grown even closer as they'd been forced to confront the increasingly dangerous world.

The Dark Lord—or Dark Prince or master or a hundred other names he'd been called over the centuries—had been effectively banished from this dimension long ago and kept in his prison by the Phoenix, a powerful spirit who was being protected by the vampires. But he refused to take his imprisonment gracefully.

Over the past months he'd become increasingly relentless in his pursuit of smashing through the veils that separated the worlds, not only allowing his return, but giving a free pass to every creature that inhabited the numerous hells.

Only a few days ago the bastard had nearly succeeded.

Using one of the twin babies he'd created to use as a vessel for his grand resurrection, he'd transformed from a formless mist into a young, humanlike female. It'd been creepy as hell to see the ultimate of all evil looking like a pretty cheerleader.

Thankfully, Jaelyn had managed to drain the Dark Lord before he could pass through the Veil, but Styx knew it was only a temporary reprieve.

Until the Dark Lord was destroyed, there would be no peace.

Which was why he was standing in the middle of the desert with a pissed-off Viper instead of waking in the arms of his beautiful mate.

"You're becoming as soft as a dew fairy in your old age," he mocked.

"I didn't become clan chief to rut in the dirt like some animal."

"Pathetic."

Viper glanced toward the distant glow of lights. "Are you at least going to tell me why we couldn't stay in one of the hundreds of hotels just a few miles away?"

Styx turned to scan the seemingly empty landscape. Not that it was truly empty. At his feet a lizard crawled over a rock oblivious to the owl hunting in silence overhead, or the snake that was coiled only a few feet away. More distantly a coyote was on the trail of a jackrabbit.

The typical sights and sounds of the desert. His only interest, however, was making sure there were no nasty surprises hidden in the shadows.

"I prefer not to attract unwanted attention to our presence in Nevada," he explained. "Something that would be impossible with you in a casino."

"All I want is a warm shower, fresh clothes, and a ticket to the Donnie and Marie show."

"Do I have stupid tattooed on my forehead?" Styx turned to stab his friend with a knowing gaze. "The last time you were in Vegas you nearly bankrupted the Flamingo and ended up banned from returning to the city by the clan chief."

A reminiscent smile tugged at Viper's lips. "Can I help it if I had a streak of luck at the craps table? Or that Roke is a humorless prig?"

The distant hum of a motorcycle sliced through the thick night air. "Speaking of Roke," Styx murmured.

Viper muttered a curse as he moved to stand at Styx's side. "That's who we're meeting with?"

"Yes." Styx narrowed his gaze. "Do you promise to behave?"

"No, but I promise I won't kill him unless he—"

"Viper."

"Shit." Viper folded his arms over his chest. "This had better be important."

"Would I have left Darcy if it weren't?" he demanded, the mere mention of his mate sending a tiny pang of longing through his heart. Over the past months the beautiful female Were had become his very reason for living.

With a throaty roar of power, Roke brought his turbine to a halt and, sliding off the elegant machine, he crossed to stand before them.

Dressed in black jeans, a leather jacket, and moccasin boots that reached his knees, he was not as tall as Styx, although they shared the same bronzed skin and dark hair that brushed his broad shoulders. His features were lean with the high cheekbones of his Native American bloodlines and a proud nose. His brow was wide and his lips generously full. But it was his eyes that captured and held attention.

Silver in color, they were so pale they appeared almost white, the shocking paleness emphasized by the rim of pure black that circled them. They were eyes that seemed to pierce through a person to lay bare their very soul.

Not always the most comfortable sensation.

Especially for those who didn't particularly want their soul laid bare.

Which was ... yeah, pretty much everyone.

"Styx." Offering a low bow, Roke's movements were liquid smooth as he slowly straightened and with stunning swiftness hurled a dagger to stick in the ground not an inch from Viper's expensive leather shoes. "Viper."

Viper growled, giving a wave of his hand to dislodge the dirt around Roke's feet. All vampires could manipulate the soil, a necessary skill to protect them from the sun or to hide the corpses of their prey, but Viper was particularly skilled, and in less than a blink of an eye, Roke was buried up to his waist.

"Are you two done playing?" Styx demanded, his icy power biting through the air.

The clan chief of Nevada climbed out of the sandpit and dusted off his jeans, his expression as inscrutable as ever. "For now."

Viper made a sound of impatience. "Why are we here?"

Styx nodded toward their companion. "Roke has something he believes we should see."

"His collection of blow-up dolls?"

"Christ. Enough." Styx bared his massive fangs in warning. He didn't know what the hell had gone down between the two clan chiefs in the past and right now he couldn't care less. He didn't have time for their bullshit. "Roke, show me."

"This way."

In utter silence the three vampires ghosted through the darkness, moving with a speed that made them all but invisible.

They were nearing a line of rugged hills when Viper made a sound of impatience. "As much as I adore running through the barren desert, do we have an eventual destination?" he muttered.

On cue, Roke came to a sharp halt, pointing toward the desert floor just in front of them. "There."

Viper rolled his eyes. "Man of few words."

"Preferable to one who doesn't know when to shut it," Roke countered.

"Agreed," Styx said dryly, shifting so he could study the ground where Roke was pointing. It took a long moment to recognize that the lines etched into the dry dirt were more than just the scribblings from some human. "Oh ... shit."

"What the hell?" Viper tilted back his head as he caught the lingering scent. "I smell pureblooded Were."

"Cassandra," Styx said, easily recognizing the scent of his mate's twin sister, who had recently been revealed as a powerful prophet.

"And Caine," Viper added. "Why would they be in the middle of the Mojave Desert?"

Now that was a hell of a question.

The pair of pureblooded Weres had been missing for weeks, despite Styx's best efforts to locate them. An unbelievable feat considering he possessed the best trackers in the world. Of course, if the rumors were true, then the two Weres were already beyond his reach.

Which made any clue as to how she'd been captured or how to retrieve her from her current prison priceless.

"I'm more concerned with what they left behind," he admitted, prowling around the edges of the strange symbols.

Viper frowned. "An etching?"

Styx shook his head. "It looks more like a hieroglyph."

"A prophecy," Roke said with a quiet confidence.

Styx turned to study the clan chief with a searching gaze. "Can you decipher it?"

"Yes, it's a warning."

Viper frowned. "You're a seer?"

Roke shook his head, his gaze trained on the lines etched into the ground. "There's only one prophet. But I was sired by a wisewoman who taught me to read the signs left by our forefathers."

Of course. Styx abruptly understood precisely why he was standing in the middle of a desert. "So now we know why Cassandra chose to travel to Nevada," he said wryly.

"Why?" Viper demanded.

He pointed toward Roke. "Because it was the one place to make certain her message would be understood."

Viper snorted. "She could have sent a text and saved us a trip."

Styx's attention never wavered from the silent Roke. It was impossible to judge how the vampire felt about being pulled into the battle against the Dark Lord.

But then, he no doubt realized that it wasn't a choice. Styx wasn't the head of a damned democracy. He led his people by cunning and brute force when necessary.

"How did you discover this?"

"A cur stumbled across it two nights ago," Roke promptly answered. "There are no Were packs in the area so he came to me with the information."

"How many others did he tell?"

Roke instantly understood Styx's concern. "None, but it's been here at least two, maybe even three weeks." He grimaced. "It's impossible to know how many others have seen it."

A pity, but there was nothing to be done, Styx silently conceded. "Could anyone else interpret it?"

Roke paused before giving a shake of his head. "Doubtful."

Viper crouched down, studying the desert floor with a frown. "What does it say?"

Roke moved forward, careful not to disturb the marks as he pointed toward the strange etching closest to them. "This is the symbol for the Alpha and the Omega."

Styx froze at the familiar words.

"The children," he murmured, speaking of the twin babies that had been found by the half-Jinn mongrel, Laylah. She hadn't known that they were the babies mentioned in the prophecies. Or that they'd been created by the Dark Lord so he could use them as vessels for his eventual resurrection. "What about them?"

Roke traced the symbol in the air. "Here they are joined."

Styx nodded. When Laylah had found the children they'd been wrapped in the same stasis spell and she'd assumed there was only one child.

"Yes."

"And then they were separated." Roke pointed toward the second etching. "The Omega is lost to the mists."

Viper muttered a low curse. Styx didn't blame him.

They'd struggled to protect the children, but while Laylah and Tane had managed to rescue the boy child and named him Maluhia, the girl child had been taken through the barriers between dimensions and used by the Dark Lord in his attempt to return to this world.

Styx shifted his attention to the last symbol. "What's this?"

"The children reunited."

Hissing in disbelief, Styx turned to meet Roke's steady gaze, the pale silver eyes even more eerie than usual. "Reunited?"

"'The Alpha and Omega shall be torn asunder and through the Mists reunited,'" the clan chief of Nevada murmured, quoting the Sylvermyst prophecy.

"Maluhia," Viper breathed, his expression grim. "Cassandra was warning us that the baby is in danger."

"Shit." Styx shoved his hand in his pocket to yank out his cell phone, his sense of furious urgency frustrated by the realization there was no service. He needed to get back to civilization. Now. Grasping the startled Roke by the upper arm, he headed back across the desert at a blinding speed. "You're coming with us."

Three weeks earlier Las Vegas

The Forum Shops in Caesars Palace were a wonderland for any female, let alone one who had spent the past thirty years secluded from the world.

Beneath the ceilings that were painted to resemble a blue sky, the elegant stores wound their way past fountains that were intended to transport shoppers back to Roman days. Glass display cases were filled with the sort of temptations designed to make a woman drool.

With a wry smile, Caine stepped behind his dazzled companion to wrap his arms around her waist, tugging her back flat against his chest. He could only wish Cassie would look at him with that same wistful longing, he ruefully acknowledged.

Or perhaps not, he swiftly corrected as his body hardened with a familiar, brutal need.

Since discovering Cassie being held prisoner in the cave of a demon lord weeks ago, Caine had done his best to play the role of knight in shining armor.

Although possessing the natural strength of a pureblooded Were, Cassie had not only been altered in the womb not to shift, but she was as innocent as a babe and twice as vulnerable.

Add in the fact she was the first true prophet born in centuries, and currently being hunted by every demon loyal to the Dark Lord, and she was a disaster waiting to happen.

She desperately needed a protector.

And since Caine, once a mere cur, had died and been resurrected as a pureblooded Were in her arms, he'd assumed that protecting Cassie was the reason the fates had returned him to this world instead of leaving him to rot in his well-deserved hell.

Unfortunately, his miraculous return to life hadn't included a sainthood and he remained a fully functioning male with all the usual weaknesses.

Including a rampaging lust toward the tiny female currently wrapped in his arms.

As always completely impervious to his torment, Cassie breathed a soft sigh of wonder. "Oh ..."

"Cassie." Bending down, he spoke directly in her ear. "Cassie, listen to me."

She tilted back her head to meet his narrowed gaze and Caine briefly forgot how to breathe.

Holy shit, but she was beautiful.

Her hair was pale, closer to silver than blond, and pulled into a ponytail that fell to her waist. Her skin was a perfect alabaster, smooth and silken. Her eyes were an astonishing green, the color of spring grass and flecked with gold.

Her face was heart-shaped with delicate features that gave her an air of fragility that was only emphasized by her slender body. Of course, beneath her jeans and casual sweatshirt, she possessed the lean muscles of all pureblooded Weres.

"What?" she prompted when he continued to gawk at her in mindless appreciation.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from FEAR THE DARKNESS by Alexandra Ivy Copyright © 2012 by Debbie Raleigh. Excerpted by permission of ZEBRA BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series. She has also published traditional regencies and regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh.

Audiobook narrator Arika Rapson has performed a wide range of genres, from classics to contemporary thrillers, children's books, urban fantasy, and women's literature. Her voice has been featured on national television, on radio, and in video games, and she is the ongoing narrator for Amazon Kindle's how-to video series.

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Fear the Darkness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
adria_r More than 1 year ago
You know what they say about Karma right? Well I'm sure Caine certainly does! He's spent so much time being an evil bastard that fate has come up with the most delicious punishment. He got his wish to turn from cur to a pureblood Were but at the same time he has taken on the task of protecting the most valuable creature in the world from dark forces. Unfortunately for him, he finds her irresistible and his newly found conscience is firm on not taking advantage of her naivety and innocence. Now one might think that Cassie would be a boring snooze fest of a character in a paranormal world due to said innocence but that's just not true. She's smart, sassy and a fast learner. Her naivety and innocence comes not from a prudish mind but from being locked up for so many years, unable to so much as socialize with anyone. Cassie is a grown woman, beautiful and tough but she also doesn't completely understand the world around her, giving her a child-like mentality and views from time to time, which doesn't help Caine's dilemma one bit. Cassie may be new to the world, but that doesn't mean she blindly follows Caine or lets him boss her around, she gives as good as she gets, even going so far as to call Caine out on him being a "sexist dog" when he wants to always be the one she depends on for protection. She isn't afraid of him or his sometimes cranky moods or the fact that as a full blood Were he's almost as big as a car and twice as mean. Cassie is most entertaining once she knows what she wants (Caine) and goes after it (him). The sexual tension was present from page one, Caine wants Cassie but he doesn't want to hurt or take advantage of her, something completely new and baffling at times for him. He isn't used to feeling something other than lust for a female and to have his bad ass self WANT to protect and care for such a pure creature such as Cassie drives him nuts for a few pages. Thankfully, Fear the Darkness doesn't spend too much time on the "will they or won't they" battle between Caine and Cassie because there's a much bigger obstacle in their way. I'm grateful for this because frankly, Caine and Cassie are just too combustible to be kept from each other for so long. They're a pretty hot couple that will definitely make you re-think the whole "Team Vampire" thing (If you were inclined in that direction before). Fear the Darkness is definitely filled with blood, danger, death and mayhem, it wouldn't be a paranormal romance if there wasn't at least one bloody fight would it? Keeping it balanced and from becoming an endless nightmare for her characters, Alexandra injects just the right amount of humor to distract everyone from the conflict, even if it's only for a moment. One of my favorites? Cassie's first taste of wine and pizza. Having read Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series from the beginning and loving each one of her alpha males, I'm going to have to say here and now that Caine is officially my favorite. I was mildly intrigued by him when he was a cur, he had hints of decency in him but it was never more apparent than when he saw Cassie for the first time. He may not be as tortured as Styx, Viper or even Salvatore, King of the Weres, but he does have that whole "Will kill to protect" attitude and as bad as he can get, his tender way with Cassie kind of cancels out his cold hearted, bad ass factor. Fear the Darkness is a great read from beginning to end and definitely leaves you wanting more from the Guardians of Eternity and of course, leaves you with the feeling that the end of the battle is only the beginning of the war.
doggis More than 1 year ago
Good book but prefer the first books I read in the series.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Indera Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I will start out by saying I have not read the first 8 books in the series. Because of this, I found myself a little lost and unsure of all the characters and how they tied into this story. I of course love any book with werewolves, witches, curs, vampires, and demons! I found this book to be about the battle of good vs. evil and of course a love story! Cassie is the “Prophet” that was altered in womb and is a pure blood werewolf that cannot shift to wolf. She was held captive for 30 years by a demon. Cassie is also gifted (or cursed) with visions of the future- a “true seer”. Caine is a werewolf has been sworn to protect her. The story leads to me to believe that Caine did not always lead life on the right side of the tracks. (This is where I feel reading the first books in the series probably would have been helpful.) At the beginning of this book I found the romance and chemistry between Caine and Cassie to be sweet. Cassie has been sheltered while she was held captive all those years and is new to many worldly things. Caine immediately tries to ignore his attraction to Cassie. The fact that Cassie seems to be clueless of her beauty and sexiness makes it hard for Caine to resist and …..his wolf wants this Were- desperately! Gaius is a vampire that has sold his soul to “The Dark Lord” in the name of love. His mate Dara was killed and in return for Dara returning from the grave Gaius is indebted to the Dark Lord. Gaius was unwillingly teamed up Sally- a witch Conduit and brother/sister team of curs (which also happen to be capable of magic) Dolf and Ingrid. Gaius despises witches and curs but has no choice to team up with them in their quest to capture the beautiful “seer” pure blood werewolf Cassie and deliver her to The Dark Lord. A lot of this book is told from the view of Gaius. I did enjoy getting in the head of the evil Gaius and The Dark Lord. I gained some insight as to how evil almost tries to rationalize its actions! This is the first book I have ready by author Alexandra Ivy and I will say I love her witty humor throughout the book. The romance did start out “sweet” between Caine and Cassie but eventually turns out to be hot and super steamy. Unable to ignore the attraction Caine eventually does give in. His wolf wants Cassie as a mate- forever! Cassie is new- and excited about these sexual feelings and urges that Caine brings out of her. She pleads with Caine to take her “innocence” but Caine holds back. He feels he is not worthy of having such a woman as a mate. During all the back and forth sexual tension Caine still has to find a way protect Cassie. The Dark Lord is looking to resurrect so he may rule with evil. He desires the gift of Cassie’s visions and also seeks the babies created centuries ago; “Alpha” and “Omega”. The Dark Lord encounters The “Phoenix”, Goddess of Light who tries to stop the Dark Lord in his quest to rule by chaos and evil. Everyone comes together in the battle scene to fight the classic battle of ‘Good VS Evil”. (This is another situation when knowing all the characters from previous books in the series would have made things a little less confusing). In the end does the Dark Lord unleash his demons and allow chaos to rule? Does Gaius fulfill his deal with the Dark Load and reunite with his beloved mate Dara? Do Cassie and Caine finally seal their love and mark each other as eternal mates? And finally, does Good or Evil prevail? I did enjoy the way Cassie changed and grew throughout the book. At the beginning of the story she seemed to be this innocent naive woman. She was unaware of her sexuality and seemed so fragile. As the story progressed Cassie grew aware of her attraction for Caine she became a little temptress. I liked how she also took control and tried to protect Caine when she had a vision and sensed he was in danger. She grew from a fragile shell of a woman to a strong woman that would risk herself and delve into the unknown to try to protect the man she felt so strongly for. I do love this kind of character development/growth in a book. I was surprised of how much I liked Gaius. Even thought he seemed like a heartless vampire I found myself feeling for him. Throughout the book he mistreated many of the other characters and just had a nasty demeanor. What touched me about him was that all he did was in the name of love. He was determined to pay off his debt to the Dark Lord so he would be reunited with his one true love Dara. I felt it was almost sweet how much he cared and wanted to be with his mate even thought he was an evil/bad person. It was all in the name of love. I normally enjoy many characters in a book, but there were entirely too many characters in this book. I found myself having to write down character names, roles, and relationships. I did also expect more of a back story for the sister. Since Cassie was one of the main characters in this book I would have liked to know more about sisters and their relationship. I did enjoy the excitement of the story. The story was not predictable at all and I did find myself wanting to read more to see what would happen next even thought I was confused and flustered by the switching of viewpoints and the number of characters in the book. I do appreciate that author Ivy did note the location at the beginning of each section when the view point changed. (Without this I would not been able to finish this book.) Overall I did enjoy the book but felt it was hard to follow. The story line was good and most of the characters were well developed (even not having read the previous books). I must say I do love the writing style of author Ivy and loved the story line. Ivy writes with much excitement, drama, humor and action! I would recommend this book to anyone currently reading the Guardians of Eternity Series. I will recommend this series but will definitely stress the importance of starting with Book 1!
barbara143 More than 1 year ago
must read the whole series. love love loved it
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tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
- 4 Fear The Stars -  Fear The Darkness is book nine in the Guardians of Eternity series by Alexandria Ivy.  This is Caine and Cassie's story, who where introduced in Beyond the Darkness and have had little features in installments after. I have been waiting to get their story and Ms. Ivy did not disappoint. In Bound By Darkness everyone was looking for Cain and Cassie. Here we get to see their journey and what became of them. We also get to learn about Cain’s history before he became a Cur. Levet still brings humor to the story and surprises us with they role he plays. As always we get a unique adventure with some big surprises Everything is coming to a head with the prophecies, the big bad, a bloody battle with all key players in attendants and more. I am enjoying this series, the characters, plot direction and world. Each book builds on each other and are best read in order.
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2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Another hit for Ms Ivy! Salvatore Giuliani is the PISSED OFF ruling Were King and he thinks he is all that! He just has to find his mate and make some little Giuliani! What woman would not want him? Harley, that who! Harley is a rare pure blood were and she is so sick of bossy, controlling men and that goes double for ALL Weres! She doesn't want to have an ARROGANT King in her universe! She is not a puppy machine! Salvatore just wants to have her over , under or beside him and never like go. Harley doesn't want him, but he got that yummy body! Thus begins their Battle of Wills! Who will win? Will they kill one another? I have to ask, who will be on top? I give Ms. Ivy my THANKS for creating the Guardians of Eternity world that she GIFTED me with. She has the best imagination and creates better characters with each book! Ms. Ivy gives my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book and series. Love the character and storyline. I highly recommend this book and all of Ms. Ivy's books!!
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It is really nice reading about all of the old characters and their mates and seeing that they continue to play important roles in each book. Cain and Cassie were cute and entertaining. Ivy's books are always enjoyable to read
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I just loved Caine and Cassies story.It was very well done and he just loves her so much it's swoon worthy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in the series and waited anxiously for the next in the series. This book was disappointing. I am not sure where Ivy was going with the ending, the other books were building a crescendo to a finale in this book but then the book left the end open for more books. While I would enjoy more of her books, Ivy cheated the reader of a solid conclusion to this series. I wish I'd never read the book and that I was still anticipating another good book instead of dealing with the disappointment of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Levet! ; ) he is hilarious. This has become one of my favorite series!