After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of Hell, there’s no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by Uriel’s touch…
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Uriel had very specific plans for the upcoming evening.
First up, dinner in bed with a luscious, golden-haired fairy who tasted like champagne and boasted skills that could make a vampire howl like a damned werewolf. Even without a full moon.
Next on the agenda, a round of sparring with the latest batch of foundlings that had arrived in London. In the past few years Victor, the clan chief of Great Britain, had instituted a law that demanded all recently created vampires must spend at least the first decade of life being trained at his lair. And since Uriel was second in command, as well as Victor's best warrior, it meant it was his duty to oversee their fighting lessons.
And if there was time left before dawn, he intended to meet with the soldiers who had recently returned from their hunt in northern England.
Since rumors of the return of the Sylvermyst had spread through the demon world, Victor had sent out nightly patrols to search for the evil cousins of the fey. It aggravated the hell out of Uriel that he wasn't allowed to take his place in the chase.
Unfortunately when he'd accepted his position as Victor's right hand man, he had given up his place in the field. Now he was stuck plotting strategy, drawing up scout rotations, and researching the history of the Sylvermyst in the massive library beneath Victor's lair on the outskirts of London.
He was also on call 24/7 to his chief.
Which was why he was headed through the vast labyrinth of hallways, dressed in a pair of faded jeans and a sweatshirt, instead of lying naked on his bed with a beautiful fairy doing bad, bad things to his eager, eager body.
Climbing the marble staircase and strolling down the crimson carpeted hallway, Uriel ignored the priceless Greek statues and pictures that lined the walls and the explosion of gilt that framed the arched windows.
He understood Victor's need for a gaudy display of wealth and power, but damn. A man could get a brain cramp from such an overexposure of frou-frou.
Especially those idiotic frescos that were painted on the lofted ceiling.
Uriel grimaced. The images of angels with fiery swords defending a gaggle of humans against a horde of demons might be some sort of priceless work of art, but to Uriel it was a never ending source of annoyance.
He was a brutal killer and a ruthless enemy to those who would threaten his clan. But for all his grim reputation, he was cursed with finely carved features and a halo of curls that perfectly matched his light brown eyes.
As beautiful as a fallen angel ...
He'd heard those words a thousand times over the past four centuries.
Sometimes they were a sigh on a woman's lips. And sometimes a mocking taunt from his brothers.
They always managed to make him want to hit something.
Really, really hard.
Stepping into the vast library, Uriel halted in the middle of the fancy-ass carpet and watched as Victor lifted himself from behind the heavy walnut desk and crossed toward a matching sideboard.
He wasn't the hulking brute that most people expected of a clan chief. Actually, dressed in a silk shirt and black slacks he looked every inch the English aristocrat with his elegantly carved features and glossy black hair pulled into a neat braid. But a closer inspection revealed the hard muscles beneath the designer clothing and the promise of death that lurked in the pale silver eyes rimmed with black.
Victor was a predator.
Pure and simple.
"Uriel, join me," the ancient vampire commanded, turning from the sideboard to press a small glass of amber spirits in his hand. "Salud."
The aged cognac slid down Uriel's throat as smooth as honey. Liquid fire.
"Martell," Uriel breathed with a lift of his brow, easily recognizing the expensive liquor. "I'm afraid to ask."
Victor leaned against the sideboard, his arms folded over his chest.
"You only break out the good stuff when you want something. Usually something that includes blood, death, and/or mayhem."
"Is that any way to speak to your beloved clan chief?"
Uriel snorted. "I will agree that you're my clan chief."
Victor sipped his cognac, a somber expression settling on his lean face.
"We have been through interesting times, haven't we, old friend?"
Uriel's vague unease became downright apprehension.
Despite his vast age, Victor wasn't prone to maudlin musings.
So, what the hell was going on?
"Some more interesting than others," he slowly admitted, setting aside the Waterford crystal glass.
He suspected that he didn't want something so easily breakable in his hands when Victor finally got to the point of this little tete a tete.
Victor nodded. "True."
"What's on your mind, Victor?"
"I sense we're approaching momentous days."
Uriel might have laughed if he didn't sense the same damned thing.
It had started small.
The growing unrest among the demon world. The recent flurry of sacrifices by the Dark Lord's disciples to return him from his exile to this world. The rumors of the Weres regaining their ancient powers and the discovery of a new Oracle who would sit on the Commission (the powerful council who ruled the demon world).
But more disturbing than all of those combined were the nasties that were crawling out of the shadows at an alarming rate.
Demons that everyone had assumed were extinct or banished along with the Dark Lord.
Including the Sylvermyst.
"Is that a polite way of saying that things are about to go to hell?" he demanded of his chief.
Victor grimaced. "In a hand basket."
"What can I do to avert the looming apocalypse?"
"For now I need you to track down the missing gypsy."
Uriel muttered a sharp curse.
He should have been expecting this. Despite his fierce protests, Victor had invited their fellow vampire, Tane, to remain in the lair four nights ago, along with his companion, a female Jinn half-breed called Laylah. During their brief stay they'd discovered that the Jinn mongrel had a human mother being held captive by a female vampire and her pet mage.
Not that Uriel gave a shit, but Tane had managed to convince Victor that his beautiful Jinn was somehow important to the future of the world, and that her captive mother must be protected.
"The female from the vision that the mage conjured?" he gritted, even knowing it was a stupid question.
What other gypsy could it be?
Victor's lips twitched, as if he agreed with the stupid part.
"If it's true that she is Laylah's mother then we have to rescue her from Marika and her nasty wizard," he said, his tone nonnegotiable. "Tane's afraid they'll use the female to force Laylah to hand over the child."
Uriel snorted. The only thing he knew about the mysterious baby that Laylah was hiding was that it was somehow connected to the return of the Dark Lord and that the female vampire, Marika, was desperate to get her greedy hands on it.
"You know as well as I do that the entire thing stinks of a trap," he growled.
Victor shrugged. "There's only one way to find out."
"Why doesn't the Jinn go after the female?" he demanded. "It's supposed to be her mother, not mine."
"Jinn half-breed," Victor unnecessarily corrected him, his eyes narrowing at Uriel's odd behavior. Understandable. Uriel had never been a "yes-man." Victor didn't have the patience for kiss asses. But he didn't usually pitch a fit over such a small request. The problem was, Uriel didn't want to share the reason for his reluctance to get involved. "Tane and Laylah must return to Chicago and protect the baby." There was a deliberate pause. "Besides, I offered your services, which is my right as your chief."
"There are others more suited to play the role of Knight in Shining Armor."
Victor didn't move. He didn't have to. His power swirled through the air, slamming into Uriel with enough strength to make him grunt in pain.
"Are you questioning my decision making skills, Uriel?" he asked, oh so softly.
Uriel grimaced. "I'm not suicidal."
"I'm beginning to wonder."
"I just don't know why you would choose me for this chore."
"When did searching for an exquisitely beautiful woman become a chore?"
"When she ..." Uriel bit off his revealing words.
"What?" Victor demanded.
Victor pushed away from the sideboard, moving to stand directly in front of Uriel.
"Uriel, is this because she is the supposed mother of a Jinn mongrel?"
Uriel clenched his hands. Had Victor become a mind reader?
Damn. Talk about disturbing.
"I logically understand that she was more than likely a victim," he said stiffly. "A Jinn wouldn't hesitate to rape and impregnate a helpless female." His hand instinctively lifted to rub the scar that was directly over his unbeating heart. "Bastards."
"But?" Victor prompted.
With a restless motion, Uriel turned on his heel and paced toward the window that overlooked the manicured parkland.
He could easily sense the dozen vampires who patrolled the grounds, as well as the vast series of tunnels that ran beneath the estate. Closer at hand he could detect Juliet, Victor's mate, and in the private quarters the fairies who happily provided dinner (and whatever else might be desired) for many of the warriors.
Including the exquisite fairy that was supposed to be on his menu.
"But I would rather return to our hunt for the Sylvermyst," he said between gritted teeth.
Victor remained silent a long moment, then he moved to stand at Uriel's side, his gaze boring into Uriel's profile with a tangible force.
"I have never pressed you to share what happened in your battle with the Jinn, even when I eventually realized that you had been ... altered by the encounter," he said, politely referring to Uriel's sharp surge in power. A vampire gained his full strength within the first few decades of his transformation. It was unheard of for one to acquire a master level after centuries of life. "I think it's time you shared."
"And if I choose not to?"
"I won't force you."
Uriel unclenched his jaw, accepting the inevitable.
He'd known from the minute Tane had arrived in London with his half-breed Jinn that the truth would have to come out.
Fate was too much a pain in the ass not to interfere ... again.
"It's not much of a story," he said, reluctant to start. Not only because he had done his best to block out the painful memories, but because Victor was not going to be pleased.
His lips quirked.
Hell, that was the understatement of the year.
"Then it shouldn't be difficult to tell," Victor pointed out.
"You can start from when we went to the docks to battle the Jinn."
Uriel kept his gaze trained out the window, tracing the moonlit gardens, but in his mind he returned to two centuries ago, when Victor had led his clan (along with his stubborn mate) into the tunnels beneath the London docks, determined to drive away the full-blooded Jinn who'd set up residence there.
He hadn't known what to expect. None of them had. Jinn were forbidden by the Oracles to settle in this dimension. They were too powerful, too violent, and too talented at ensnaring other demons into becoming their mindless slaves. Not to mention they were immoral bastards.
Uriel, however, had been stupidly confident that an entire clan of vampires would be able to convince the forbidden demon to move on to a less dangerous location.
"After we split off in the tunnels, Johan and I headed toward the Thames in the hope of cornering the beast," he said, his tone brittle.
"A solid strategy."
"We hadn't gone far when we entered a cavern." He could still recall the damp, musty smell of the barren cave that had been edged by the unexpected scent of an approaching thunderstorm. "Johan circled left while I circled to the right. I sensed something was near, but it was ..." He shrugged, turning his head to meet Victor's searching gaze. "Elusive. Like a bad cell phone connection flickering in and out of service."
Victor nodded, his expression grim. Uriel knew the older vampire's memories of the battle with the Jinn weren't exactly shiny happy thoughts, although his mate did manage to kill the bastard in the end.
"A full-blooded Jinn is not of this world. It's why they're so difficult to hunt and even more difficult to kill."
"So Johan found out," Uriel agreed dryly. "One minute he was standing near the entrance to the cavern and the next he was being skewered by a bolt of lightning." Uriel shuddered. Johan had been his brother for two centuries. He'd deserved a better end. "He had no warning. No chance."
Victor reached over to lay a hand on Uriel's shoulder.
"Johan was a warrior. He understood the dangers of his position, just as you do. You aren't to blame for his death."
"You think I blame myself?"
Uriel gave a sharp shake of his head. "No."
Victor wasn't convinced. "Uriel."
"I don't blame myself for his death," Uriel assured his companion, unable to hide the bitterness in his voice. "I blame the Jinn for keeping me alive."CHAPTER 2
Victor was predictably baffled by the blunt confession. "What the hell does that mean?"
"After Johan was destroyed the Jinn appeared in front of me." Uriel had a vivid memory of the demon who had taken human shape, although there was nothing human in the lethally beautiful face and the slanted lavender eyes that held an unearthly fury. "I tried to fight, but I was no match for him."
Victor's fingers gave his shoulder a comforting squeeze. "The only way to hurt a Jinn is to destroy his tiglia."
Uriel nodded. Victor had discovered during his battle with the Jinn that the demon's actual essence was kept in a wooden box. At the time, however, Uriel had only known that his fierce blows had done nothing but amuse the bastard.
"He could have killed me. Instead ..." The words became lodged in his throat.
Stepping back, Uriel yanked his sweatshirt over his head to expose his chest.
"Instead he grabbed me by the throat and used his other hand to do this."
The this was the thick scar in the shape of a fist that was seared into his flesh.
Victor made a sound of shock as he caught sight of the disfigurement for the first time. Uriel had always been careful never to be seen without a shirt. Even when he was with his lovers. He didn't want nosy questions.
And there would most certainly be questions.
A vampire's ability to heal even the most grievous injuries made certain that their bodies remained flawless no matter how many centuries they might survive. It was only when they were being simultaneously starved and tortured that they scarred.
Or when they were in the hands of a demented Jinn.
"Bloody hell," Victor breathed. "I've never seen anything like it."
Uriel squashed the urge to snatch up his sweatshirt and cover the revealing wound. What was he? A warrior or a squeamish wuss?
Still, even in the company of the only person in the world he trusted, he felt vulnerable, exposed.
"Don't ask if it hurt," he awkwardly muttered.
"No need." Victor lifted his gaze with a puzzled frown. "You don't get marked like this without it hurting like a bitch. Does it still bother you?"
Victor lifted his hand, holding it over the scar without actually touching it.
"I sense ..."
"Power," Uriel finished the sentence.
The silver eyes widened as Victor abruptly realized where Uriel's sudden increase of power had come from.
"I have to admit I wasn't expecting that." Victor slowly shook his head. "Of course, I wondered what had happened to increase your strength, but ..."
"But you didn't suspect that the Jinn had juiced me up?"
"I can safely swear that was at the very bottom of my list," Victor dryly admitted. "I've never heard of a Jinn sharing his power with anyone, let alone a vampire."
Uriel flinched at the memory of the white-hot pain that had drilled into his chest, spreading through his body like an infection.
"At the time I didn't know what the hell he was doing. I assumed I was about to meet my well deserved end." His lips twisted with a bitter smile. "Imagine my surprise when the bastard simply disappeared, leaving me with a pretty new tattoo."
"Did he say anything?"
"He said ..." Uriel hesitated, bracing himself for Victor's response. There was the potential that his chief would consider the secrets he'd kept hidden worthy of a death sentence. Not the most comforting thought. "He said that I was to be 'the instrument of his revenge'"
Victor's brows snapped together, his power slamming through the room with frigid force. Uriel hissed, struggling to keep his own powers leashed. The potential for violence quivered in the air, just waiting for the smallest provocation to erupt.
Uriel didn't intend to be that provocation.
"Why didn't you tell me what happened?" Victor growled.
"You had just rescued your new mate from the gaping jaws of death," he reminded his chief. "You didn't leave your private lair for over a month."
Victor's aristocratic features briefly softened. Like Pavlov's dog, Uriel wryly acknowledged. Victor might be a fierce clan chief who enforced his laws with a brutal strength, but he melted at the mention of his mate.
"Ah yes," the ancient vampire murmured. "Now that was a month to remember."
Uriel refused to acknowledge his stab of envy.
What was the point?
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I've purchased and read all of Ivy's books as they have been written and published. So naturally I pre ordered this book and ear marked the release date only to find five pages in that I recognized the story line. I had paid $5.95 for less than 100 pages of writing for a story contained in a previously released book that included 3 or 4 other authors and had cost the same amount for all those authors when originally released. What a rip off!
A quick paced short story that did deal with the novella curse to a certain point. They fell in love quickly but their situation (thrown into hell together running from her psychotic dead vampire twin sister) made me ok with how quickly they came together. That situation made their explosive passion believable and the fact that we are dealing with a vampire who can recognize his mate from almost the moment they meet justifies the relationships fast progression. With that said he wasn't anxious to embrace her as a mate at first. He had been cursed by a jinn (the same jinn that Kata was forced to be with 200 years before that allowed her to have her daughter Laylah). He didn't want to risk her but she knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. After being imprisoned by her evil twin for centuries she was ready to seize her happiness and not let someone else make the decision for her. It was enjoyable. I finished it in a few hours.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 REVIEW: Darkness Eternal was filled with a lot of action, smexy time and of course a hint of crazy. This was a very quick read. And just like any good novella it made you want more even after you are done. I will say that I am not catch up on this series ( I know, I know I am working on it) but Darkness Eternal can easily be read on it’s own. I am looking forward to getting catch up on this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley & Zebra | Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
I liked it...a good read...but I didn't think it was one of her best. I still encourage you to read this book, a continuation of the series!
*Purchased and read as part of the Supernatural anthology. The vampire Uriel had always wanted a mate, but ever since he’d been marked by a Jinn and his powers grew exponentially, he gave up on that dream for fear he could potentially harm anyone close to him. He got tasked with rescuing the mother of a halfbreed Jinn because it was deemed a danger that she could be used as leverage to hand over a child that was the key to the resurrection of the Dark Lord. With Uriel’s hatred of Jinns or anything involving them, he was less than enthused with his mission. The gypsies Kata, and her twin sister, Marika had always been inseparable. Then Marika was kidnapped and turned into a vampire. Any trace of Kata’s sister was gone forever, and in her place was a power-hungry, evil [blank] who’d teamed up with a wizard with plans on resurrecting the Dark Lord. Marika had captured Kata and forced a Jinn upon her, and the result was Laylah. Fast forward to the rescue, instal-attraction sparks between Kata and Uriel, and they momentarily forgot their hatred of Jinns and vampires. Before they could escape, they got sucked into the underworld. Marika somehow returned from the dead to fight them, Kata and Uriel succumbed to their lust, more battling, then the mystery behind Uriel’s mark was solved. End of story. The sex was hot, and the suspense was good. I also liked these two as a couple. Kata was a feisty heroine, not at all whiny, demanding or spineless. Uriel started out as a broody hero but he quickly warmed with his rising interest in Kata. They got intimate very quickly, but for a novella in the middle of a series, I suspect this was a treat for fans of the series. I thought it was fitting but still very well-written and executed. Alexandra Ivy was a new to me author, so this anthology was a great opportunity to get acquainted with her writing. I must say, I really enjoyed it.
I really enjoy this series and have them all. Look forward to the next one and hope there are several more.
This novella is part of the Guardians of Eternity series and I would recommend having some knowledge of the series before reading this. This is a fast paced read with excellent characters and a great story line. Uriel is a sexy alpha hero that I loved, he and Kata’s journey take you on one exciting ride. Great Read!
This is another short story from Alexandra. I liked this book and yes it is a mature read over 18. There are demons, vampires, gypsies and lots of curses. If you like action this story is full of it. Victor, the head chief, sends Uriel to find and return Kata, the mother of Layman a half Jinn. Kata was a prisoner for centuries. Spoilers. Uriel comes to take her away and meets her twin, Marina, who has tortured her. Spoiler. Hannah, a your guess is as good as mine as to what she is, comes to the rescues. It takes quite a few. Spoiler. The family has been scattered for an eternity. Lots of major spoilers here. This is a series but I read this as a Stand Alone and got along just fine. If you like these Demon stories you should like this book. If you are curious try it out and get hooked. I hope you enjoy reading this book! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
I had previously read a few titles by Ms. Ivy in Zebra paperback editions. I had not seen anything by her in a while so I decided to give this title a try. The characters are well thought out and it's a well written story. Like other reviewers I only wished it could have been longer. I wasn't prepared for a Novella and was slightly disappointed in the length of the book. I do however recommend the read highly. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington/Zebra for reintroducing me to a previous favorite. I received this title free from NetGalley so I might leave a honest review.
Readers who love the Guardians of Eternity series with love this novella. Darkness Eternal falls between books 7 and 8 of the series and is sure to bring a smile to long time readers. As readers await the final book in the series, this is a story that will remind them of all the things they loved about Alexandra Ivy's series in the first place. There is love, adventure, and a whole lot of action in this one, readers won't be able to put it down for a second. Alexandra Ivy is a great paranormal writer and the Guardians of Eternity series is beloved by many readers. When I heard that this story was going to be released as a novella, I was really excited. It first appeared in Supernatural, as one of a few other paranormal stories. But having it stand on it's own as a part of the series, was really great. The timing and placement of this novella falls between Tane and Layleh's story and Ariyal and Jaelyn's story. I think it is important the reader read Devoured by Darkness which explains some about Layleh's mother, Kata who is the heroine of this story. I does stand on it's own but I think the reader misses out on some of the nuances of the story if they don't know what has gone on before. Kata was a great character. Since this is a novella we don't get a lot of time to spend with her character. I think Ivy realized that readers needed to connect quickly and strongly with her. Kata has been held captive for centuries by her evil vampire twin sister, who wants nothing more than to torture and use her. Now that she's escaped she has to learn who she is without Markita's domination. I thought she was interesting and unpredictable. I wanted Kata to be this strong and imposing woman, but she really had some issues to overcome. A great character. Uriel was simply a wonderful hero. He is a vampire and his strength and poise is impressive. He is a loyal man who does everything he can for his friend and master, Victor. Victor asks him to protect Layleh's mother, Kata and once he makes the decision to do so, it doesn't matter what happens he is going to do it. I loved his determination in spite of his issues with the Jinn. He and Kata have a lot to overcome in very few pages. The journey they take through hell provides tons of action and these two really light up the pages with their passionate chemistry and unrelenting spirits. Bottom Line: This is a great novella for readers who love the Guardians of Eternity series. I don't think I would pick this one to read first if you've never read any others in the series, just because this one requires a little background because of the short page length. The characters were amazing and the story has a lot of adventure. Readers who love Alexandra Ivy will love this one. I was glad to see it in a novella by itself and I think it adds a lot to the series.
Darkness Eternal is a well written book and worth every minute that it took me to read. The latest installment in Alexandra Ivy Guardians of Eternity series, Darkness Eternal takes us on what I that was a humorous adventure of Uriel and Kata. Kata was held captive by a vampire for four centuries, and can you say that Kata and her twin sister Marika put the word dys in dysfunctional, since it was her sister that held her captive all of these centuries with no sight of rescue until Uriel was assigned the task by the Victor the vampire leader. It was an assignment that Uriel didn’t want. However, it was an assignment only he could fulfill. Darkness Eternal can be read as a standalone. However, to get the full effect of this series I advise to start at the beginning.
These was decent, but unfortunately I just didn't connect to the characters as much as I would have liked. The plot was a bit different, witch held prisoner for centuries by her evil twin. Uriel. Uriel I really liked because he was torn between duty (he was ordered to get his hands on her) and hating her because of the evil Kata's sister did. The race through Hell and running into a demon who held something over Uriel was thrilling, especially when we discover the ties said demon had to Kata as well. The world building was great, and it made for a decent interval novella between Immortals books. I just wasn't that into it unfortunately. Still, quick and easy read. Always enjoyable. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review Uriel is a vampire, second in command to Victor and best warrior. Victor is the clan chief of Great Britain Sylver Myst, the evil cousins of the fey. Uriel now plotted strategy, draws up scout rotations and researches the history of the Sylver Myst instead of being in the field. He's also on- call 24/7 to his chief. The Commission is a powerful council who ruled the demon world. Tane is a vampire. His companion is a female who is a female half-breed Jinn named Laylah. Her mother, Kata, was human, and being held captive by a female vampire, Marika and her pet mage. Tane has managed to convince Victor that Laylah was somehow important to the future and her captive mother must somehow be protected. I found Kata to be strong, determined, very caring and stubborn. Uriel has the same traits as well as being very loyal. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone that likes paranormal stories with a side of romance.
Another amazing Guardians of Eternity by Alexandra Ivy it is an absolute must read and I highly recommend it to everyone. Be sure to pick up a copy you will be very very glad that you did.
Short, sweet and oh, so sexy, Darkness Eternal may be a novella but it brings on the romantic heat. Held prisoner for 400 years by her ruthless, evil, turned vampire twin, Kata has had enough of vampires to last the next 4 centuries. Uriel, vampire warrior and second in command to his clan leader, is tasks with saving Kata. When both are taken straight to the hell realm, it will take trust and their combined strengths for them to come out alive. Ivy gives us deeper insight into the secondary characters we’ve met before while whetting our appetites for more to come in the Guardians of Eternity series. I found Darkness Eternal was a quick, easy and highly entertaining read. I received this ARC copy of Darkness Eternal from Kensington Books - Zebra in exchange for a honest review.
To tell you the truth, I had no idea that the author was planning on releasing a novella for the Guardians of Eternity series, not that I’m complaining. Darkness Eternal should be read after Devoured by Darkness (Layla and Tane’s story) and before Bound by Darkness (Ariyal and Jaelyn’s story). As Victor’s right hand, Uriel can’t but follow his master’s orders. So, when Victor orders him to find and rescue Layla’s mother, Uriel must obey. Held prisoner by her evil vampire twin for 400 years, Kata has finally found the means to escape only to fall into another vampire’s hands. As if that wasn’t enough, Kata is literally thrown into hell and if she wants to survive she must learn to trust Uriel. Only if they work together will they be able to survive hell. A suspenseful romantic short story about two souls who have been through a lot. Uriel is a loyal, strong, determined alpha male who would never fail his master and friend Victor. It may have started as a mission but it turned into something that neither Uriel nor Kata expected. All Kata ever wanted was her freedom and a chance to meet her daughter. Despite what her sister did to her, Kata’s spirit weakened. So, when Uriel tags along to the journey through hell, Kata isn’t sure if she should trust him. After being alone for so long, Kata yearns to be touched but is Uriel the right choice? Little does she know that Uriel has his own secrets… This isn’t only a romantic story. It also has a lot of action as it follows Kata and Uriel’s journey through hell and their trust issues. What I also loved was seeing Victor. I had forgotten how much I loved Victor and Juliet and this book gave me the excuse I needed to re-read their story, Yours for Eternity. Moreover, if you’re a new reader of the series then I definitely recommend reading this novella as it will prepare you for Bound by Darkness. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! Totally recommended!
I love this series but this book was just over too fast for me. I would recommend reading it though bc it does help build the series. Can't wait for the next book
3.5 stars--DARKNESS ETERNAL is the latest novella and second to last installment in Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity paranormal romance series. This is Vampire Uriel and Gypsy Kata’s storyline. DARKNESS ETERNAL falls into the series at book 7.5 adding some additional information to an already established storyline. At this particular point in the series timeline, Kata’s daughter Laylah has just recently become protector and guardian to a baby thought to be connected to the Dark Lord. NOTE: DARKNESS ETERNAL can be read as a stand alone for those readers who enjoy fast paced, paranormal romance storylines. Its’ connection to the Guardians of Eternity series will not be a hindrance to the reader’s enjoyment. If you are a follower and fan of Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity series, DARKNESS ETERNAL adds some background information, not previously revealed, which will connect to the final installment-WHEN DARKNESS ENDS. The storyline follows the angelic looking vampire Uriel as he is tasked, by his clan chief Victor, to find a missing gypsy woman held prisoner in the Underworld for four hundred years. Uriel has no desire to find the human female, as she is the mother of the half-breed Jinn Laylah (Devoured by Darkness 7) who currently guards a most precious child in the hopes of preventing a supernatural war. What ensues is a trip between portals and worlds for Uriel and Kata as they battle Kata’s vampire turned twin in their search for a way home. Alexandra Ivy adds a little bit of mischief with Yannah, Levet’s demonic and future ‘girlfriend’, as she plays tour guide and matchmaker between Uriel and Kata. Kata wants nothing to do with another controlling or manipulative vampire, but Uriel recognizes that Kata is his mate and will do everything to protect the woman with whom he will fall in love. DARKNESS ETERNAL is a quick read; a fast paced storyline of insta-love between two unlikely people that adds a little bit of color, humor and history to the series as it approaches the final installment. With the introduction of Kata, Laylah and the child’s purpose in the final battle will come full circle as the Dark Lord seeks his ultimate goal in WHEN DARKNESS ENDS- book 12.