When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity Series #12)

When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity Series #12)

by Alexandra Ivy

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ISBN-13: 9781420125177
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Guardians of Eternity Series , #12
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 391,120
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romantic suspense, paranormal and erotic romance. She has also written Regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. A five-time RT Book Award Finalist, Ivy has received much acclaim for her Guardians of Eternity, ARES Security, Immortal Rogues and Sentinels series. She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online at www.AlexandraIvy.com.

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When Darkness Ends


By Alexandra Ivy

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2015 Debbie Raleigh
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3738-5


CHAPTER 1

Ireland, present day


Cyn, clan chief of Ireland and former berserker, moaned as he slowly regained consciousness. His brain was fuzzy, which meant it took a full minute to realize he was lying butt-naked on the cold stone floor of a cave.

Bloody hell. It had been a millennium since he'd woken in this precise cave, naked and disoriented. He didn't like it any better today than he had a thousand years ago.

What'd happened?

With a groan he forced himself to a sitting position, his body hardening at the intoxicating scent that teased at his nose.

Champagne?

A fine, crisp vintage that made his entire body tingle with anticipation.

For a blissful minute he allowed the fragrance to swirl around him. It was oddly familiar. And, surprisingly, it stirred a complex mixture of emotions.

Arousal. Wariness. Frustration

It was the frustration that abruptly forced him to recall why the scent was so familiar.

Muttering a curse, Cyn had a searing memory of following a beautiful fairy through a portal. No ... not a fairy, he wryly corrected himself. A Chatri. The ancient purebloods of the fey world who'd retreated to their homeland centuries before.

He'd been there to help Roke locate his mate, but Princess Fallon had shoved him out of the throne room when it was obvious that Roke and Sally needed time to work out their differences, insisting that he leave them in peace.

He'd only been vaguely annoyed at first. He didn't trust the cunning Chatri as far as he could throw them, especially not their king, Sariel. But he wanted Roke to work out his troubles with his mate.

Besides, he was male enough to appreciate being in the company of a beautiful woman.

Or in the case of Fallon ... a breathtakingly exquisite woman.

Her hair was a glorious tumble of rich gold brushed with hints of pale rose. The sort of hair that begged a man to bury his face in the silken mass. Her eyes were polished amber with flecks of emerald and framed by the thickest, longest lashes Cyn had ever seen. And her ivory features ... gods almighty, they were so perfect they didn't look real.

He might be suspicious of Fallon, but that didn't mean he couldn't enjoy fantasizing about having her tossed on the nearby chaise longue while he peeled the gown off her slender body, he'd assured himself.

So he'd allowed himself to be distracted by the lovely female as he sipped the potent fey wine, not realizing the danger until his head began to spin and the world went dark.

Idiot.

He should have known that they were plotting something.

He might have a fondness for the fey, but that didn't mean he wasn't well aware of their mercurial natures.

And their love for luring the unwary into their clever traps.

With a low growl he turned his head, easily spotting the female who was sprawled naked on the ground, her golden hair shimmering even in the darkness.

He wanted to know how the hell she'd managed to bring them to the caves beneath his private lair. And he wanted to know now.

Cyn moved to bend beside her slumbering form, pretending that he wasn't acutely aware of the enticing temptation of her long, slender body and the fragile beauty of her pale face.

Sleeping Beauty ...

A scowl marred his forehead. Aye. She was a beauty. She was also a powerful fey princess who'd managed to catch him off guard once.

It wasn't going to happen again.

"Fallon?" Cyn murmured, his voice deep and laced with an accent that hadn't been heard in this world for centuries. She heaved a sigh at the sound of his voice, but she remained stubbornly asleep. Cyn knelt at her side, knowing better than to touch her. The feel of that satin skin beneath his fingertips was guaranteed to make him forget he was pissed as hell at her little trick. "Fallon," he growled, his voice a command. "Wake up."

She gave a small jerk, her lashes fluttering upward to reveal the striking amber eyes with the shimmering flecks of emerald.

For a long moment she studied him in stunned confusion.

Understandable.

Most people found Cyn ... intimidating.

At six foot three he had a powerful chest and thick muscles that marked him as a warrior. His thick mane of dark blond hair hung halfway down his back except for the front strands that he kept woven into tight braids that framed his face.

His features were chiseled along blunt lines with a square jaw and high cheekbones. His brow was wide and his jade green eyes heavily lashed. Females seemed to find him handsome enough, but there was never any mistake that he was a ruthless killer.

She sucked in a shaky breath as her gaze lowered to the barbaric Tuatha De Danann tattoos that curled and swirled in a narrow green pattern around his upper arms, emphasizing the perfect alabaster of his skin.

His lips twisted, wondering what she would think of the golden dragon tattoo with crimson wings that was currently hidden beneath the thick mane of his hair.

He'd earned the mark of CuChulainn that was branded onto his right shoulder blade after he'd survived the battles of Durotriges.

It marked him as a clan chief.

"Vampire," she muttered, as if having difficulty remembering who he was.

He narrowed his gaze, wondering what game she was playing. "Cyn."

"Yes ... Cyn." Her confusion was replaced with a horror as if she were suddenly remembering who he was. A horror that only intensified when she belatedly realized they were both butt-naked. "Dear goddess." She shoved herself to a sitting position, curling her arms around her knees as she glared at him with angry accusation. "What have you done to me?"

"Me?" He made a sound of disbelief, unconsciously reaching to push a strand of golden hair off her flushed cheek.

"No ..." With a flare of panic she was scrambling backward, a genuine fear flaring through the amber eyes. "Stay away."

Cyn muttered a low curse. Her pretense of confusion was annoying the hell out of him, but he didn't like the thought that she was afraid of him.

Strange when he'd devoted several centuries to terrifying his enemies.

"Settle down, princess," he murmured softly.

"Settle down?" A flush stained her beautiful face. "I wake up naked in the company of a strange vampire far away from my home and you want me to settle down?" She bit her bottom lip, her flush deepening to crimson. "Did you—"

"What?"

"Violate me?"

What the hell? Cyn surged upright. Six foot three of quivering, offended, naked male.

"No, I didn't damned well violate you," he rasped. "And if I had, I can assure you that you would not only remember, but you'd be on your knees thanking me for the privilege."

Her fear was replaced by a more familiar disdain. As if he was a bug that needed to be squashed beneath her royal heel.

"Why, you arrogant ... leech."

He folded his arms over his massive chest. "At least I'm not a stuck-up prig of a fairy."

"If you didn't violate me, why are we naked?" she demanded, careful to keep her gaze locked on his face. Was she afraid his bare body might strike her blind? "And how did we get here?"

He snorted. "That's a question I should be asking you."

"I beg your pardon?"

"I'm a vampire."

Her lips thinned in annoyance, her chin tilted as she continued her ridiculous charade of innocence.

"Yes, I had managed to figure that out."

"Then you know that I can't create portals," he snapped, deliberately allowing his gaze to skim downward. Unlike the aggravating female, he had no problem enjoying a naked body. Especially one so appetizing. "Only the fey can do that."

She frowned, belatedly realizing she couldn't try and pin the blame of their abrupt teleportation on him.

Odd, she hadn't struck him as stupid.

Just the opposite, in fact.

"Fey aren't the only creatures who can create portals." She tried to hedge.

"Well, I obviously didn't do it."

"Neither did I."

He made a sound of impatience. Why was she continuing with this game?

"You expect me to believe you?" The flecks of emerald shimmered in her eyes. "My father has forbidden his people to leave our homeland."

"Oh aye, and a daughter has never dared to disobey her father."

She cast a condemning glance around the barren cave. "Trust me. If I did decide to defy my father, I wouldn't choose to travel to this dump."

His low growl filled the air. He was a true hedonist. A vampire who reveled in rare books, fine wine, and beautiful women.

And in turn, women adored him.

All women.

But this female ...

She wasn't the warm, willing, bundle of pleasure he was accustomed to. She was rude and prickly and downright dangerous.

"Watch your tongue, princess," he snarled. "This dump happens to be a part of my private lair."

"There." She pointed an accusing finger toward him. "I knew it. You kidnapped me."

Cyn rolled his eyes. Could this farce get any more ridiculous?

"The only one kidnapped was me."

"Why would I kidnap an oversized, ego-bloated vampire?" Yeah. Why would she? It took him a minute to shuffle through his still-fuzzy thoughts.

"To keep me from protecting my friend," he at last concluded.

Hadn't she pulled him out of the throne room, leaving Roke at the mercy of her father, Sariel? And then she'd plied him with some wicked fey brew that had knocked him unconscious.

Aye. It made perfect sense that it was a nefarious plot to separate him from his friend.

At least it did until she glared at him in outraged disbelief.

"Are you completely mental? Your friend was exactly where he wanted to be."

Okay. She had a point.

Roke hadn't looked like he needed Cyn's services. In fact, the last he'd seen of his fellow vampire, he was wrapping his mate in his arms, his expression one of besotted devotion.

Bleck.

"Then perhaps you simply wanted to be alone with me." He flashed a smile that revealed his snowy white fangs. One way or another he was getting answers. "You wouldn't be the first female to use magic to get me into your bed."

She muttered something distinctly unladylike beneath her breath.

"I am a fairy princess."

"And?"

"And I don't share my bed with—"

He planted his hands on his hips, his expression daring her to finish the sentence.

"With?"

Her lips parted to complete her insult, but before she could speak there was a sizzle of power in the air. Cyn turned toward the center of the cave, his muscles coiled to attack as there was a faint pop, and then a tiny demon dressed in a long white gown appeared out of thin air.

Cyn gave a startled hiss, his eyes widening at the creature who could easily pass as a young girl with her small stature and long silver braid that nearly brushed the floor. Cyn, however, wasn't fooled. He recognized the strange oblong eyes that were a solid black and the sharp, pointed teeth.

This was no harmless juvenile.

She had enough power to crush him and his entire clan.

Even worse, she was an Oracle. One of the rare demons who sat on the Commission, the ultimate rulers of the demon world.

"Enough squabbling, children," she chided, folding her hands together as she studied them with an unnerving intensity.

"Holy shite." Cyn offered a belated bow. "Siljar."

Fallon crouched on the ground, her arms wrapped around her knees in a futile effort at modesty.

"You know this person?"

"Not person," Cyn corrected, shivering as Siljar's energy sizzled over his skin. "Oracle."

The amber eyes widened. "Oh."

"Forgive me." Siljar gave an absent wave of her hand and Cyn made a strangled sound of shock as he found himself covered by a plain white robe that hit him just below the knees. The Oracle gave another wave of her hand and Fallon was covered in a matching robe. "I haven't created a portal into the fairy homeland for a number of centuries."

Cyn scowled, ignoring Fallon's I-told-you-so glare. "You brought us here?" he demanded.

Siljar gave a nod of her head. "I did."

"Why?"

"Because I have need of you."

His acute hearing picked up Fallon's soft sigh of relief as she rose to her feet and brushed her hands down the satin robe.

"You need the vampire?"

"I have a name," he reminded the princess with a snap.

Siljar clicked her tongue, her gaze shifting from Fallon to Cyn.

"I need both of you."

Cyn stiffened. It was never, ever a good thing when an Oracle had need of him.

"Why?"

There was the unmistakable scent of sulfur as Siljar's expression tightened with anger.

"I fear the Commission is being tampered with."

Cyn arched a brow. Hadn't Styx sent word that they'd uncovered the plot by the strange demons who'd been holding Fallon's father captive?

"Aye, we know the Nebule planted a spy to pose as an Oracle," he said.

Siljar shrugged. "He has been destroyed."

Oh. Cyn grimaced. "You suspect there's another traitor?"

"That was my first thought," Siljar admitted. "But I believe that on this occasion the Oracles are being manipulated without their knowledge."

That seemed ... unlikely.

"Why are you suspicious?" he demanded.

Siljar hesitated a second before revealing what was troubling her.

"Over the past few weeks I've found myself awakening as if from a trance to discover I'm seated in the Council Room," she at last said.

Cyn blinked in confusion. That was it? He'd been kidnapped and dropped naked in these caves because the old gal was becoming forgetful?

He forced himself to consider his words. Only an idiot implied that an Oracle might be going a bit batty.

"The past year has been stressful, especially for the Commission," he murmured.

"It has. And if I was the only Oracle to experience the strange phenomenon, then I would assume that your implication that I'm suffering from some sort of mental decay was right." Her lips twitched as he flinched at her blunt words. "I am, after all, quite old and it wouldn't be entirely unlikely that I would accidentally transport myself to a familiar location without realizing what I'm doing."

Cyn ignored Fallon's barely hidden amusement at his discomfort.

"But?"

"More than once I discovered I wasn't alone."

Cyn grimaced even as he heard Fallon suck in a startled breath.

Having Siljar suffering from an occasional blackout was one thing. To think of the entire Commission being controlled by some unseen force ... bloody hell.

"The other Oracles didn't know how they got there either?" he rasped.

Siljar gave a somber shake of her head. "No."


When Fallon had opened her eyes to discover herself far removed from her fairy homeland, she'd been more annoyed than frightened.

Strange, considering that it was the first time in her life she'd ever awakened in a dark cave, stark naked, and in the company of an equally naked vampire.

Hell, it was the first time she'd ever been away from her father's vast palace.

She should have been freaking out.

Shouldn't she?

But while she'd tried to convince herself that he must be some sort of deranged beast who'd stolen her from her home for God only knew what sort of perverted reason, she couldn't truly make herself believe he was intending her harm.

She hadn't spent much time with Cyn, but while the massive clan chief was obviously a terrifying predator, she'd easily sensed he posed no danger.

No, that wasn't true, she wryly conceded.

He posed all sorts of danger, not the least of which was the unwelcomed excitement that sizzled through her whenever he happened to glance in her direction.

But she didn't for a second believe he would physically hurt her.

Not unless he believed she was a threat to his people.

The tiny demon in front of her, however, had just sent a chill of terror straight down her spine.

She knew of the Commission, of course.

Unlike most Chatri, the pure-blooded ancestors of the fey, Fallon had never been content with her secluded existence. Others might be happy in her father's royal palace, surrounded by lush gardens and meadows that were drenched in perpetual sunshine, but for her it was all too ... flawlessly monotonous.

There was only so much perfection a woman could endure before she became bored out of her mind. Which meant that Fallon had been driven to develop a secret life just to keep her sanity.

No one among her people knew that she'd created a hidden chamber where she honed her skill at scrying until she could not only peer into other dimensions, but she could maintain several images at once.


(Continues...)

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When Darkness Ends 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this series so much I'm reading it for the second time.
barbara143 More than 1 year ago
Okay guys and gals this series is one of my top 10 of all time. Each book gives you something different yet gives you answers to questions you didn't even know you had. 12 books and a few novellas later and you have the ultimate series. Please take time out of your busy schedule to read this series you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The characters are well developed and the story well written.
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
great read
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Cyn is a self-confessed hedonist and proud of it. He doesn't want to settle down or stop partying or stop indulging in all of life's pleasures, so when a fairy princess and him end up dropped naked in caves under his lair and told by an oracle that they have to work together to stop the next evil plaguing their world, his reaction is to leave said princess alone in his caves. Princess Fallon has longed to experience life and Earth. Tired of living the submissive and pampered life at court she wants to live and make her own choices, so she jumps at the chance to help the oracles to discover who is trying to control the Commission even if that means working with the obnoxious but so gorgeous and arrogant vampire. They butt heads from the get-go. He can't seem to see past her spoiled and pampered façade to see that she isn't actually either of those things, but she can't stop fantasizing about him. Cyn tries to ignore her presence in his lair while he works on his part of the puzzle but he can't seem to stay away from her or stop worrying about her comfort. When pieces start to fall into place Cyn and Fallon also start to spend more time together. When Cyn is nearly killed by the villain Fallon rushes to save him, which leads to her royal fiancé finding out where she is. Cyn hates Magnus on site and when Magnus forces Fallon to break the engagement Cyn doesn't stop long enough to think, he just wants to claim her for his own. As they fight along side each other, Fallon fights to be independent and for Cyn to accept that she wants to have the choice as to who she spends her life with. Cyn comes to realize that she is his mate but he knows he can't stake a claim on her, not after all that her father and ex-fiance put her through. But he will not stop trying to prove to her that he is the best choice and that she is safe with him. I loved the story and their character development. Their interactions on the page were great to watch. The plot was strong and the conflict developed at a good pace. I enjoyed the side plot with Magnus and Tonya too. I looked forward to their page time. Overall great story and a wonderful romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
absolutartist1_Cate More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** ----------------------------- Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. ----------------------------- Another terrific installment in the Guardians of Eternity series! Beauty and the Beast meets vampires & fae... Cyn is only trying to help a friend be with his mate, unfortunately the Oracles have other plans. Siljar "kidnaps" Cyn & Fallon by transporting them without their knowledge, an swears them to secrecy regarding the task she sets upon their shoulders - a task which forces them to work together no matter their personal feelings for each other. I love the depth of character Ivy produces, and the strong (normally sarcastic) female protagonists that populate her stories. If you've read any of this series this book will not disappoint. And, if you haven't read any of this series - what are you waiting for?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!  ***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review The cover is awesome and Cyn looks completely sexy :) This is the 12th book in the series, but this doesn’t count all the awesome novellas there are too :)  I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t realize until I requested this book how woefully behind I am in this series.  I have read the first 6 books and the novella that follows; however this is before I started writing reviews.  So I am definitely going to have to break out the books I’ve already read and review them, and then get my hands on all the books I haven’t read yet.  Ok, I’m done with my tangent ;) I really love Alexandra’s style because she is a fabulous story teller who weaves these incredible and complex stories, but she also adds in humor and awesome women who won’t be put on a pedestal or locked away being told what to do.  They stand next to their mates ready to do battle which makes for a fantastic adventure every time. This is Cyn and Fallon’s story with some of my favorites coming along for the ride too (Styx, Dante, Viper, and Levet).  Cyn is the domineering male vampire who is a berserker.  Fallon is a Chatri princess.  The Chatri are the ancient pure blood fae.  Fallon has a fiery spirit that she has finally let free.  Of course they have been chosen to save the world by the Oracles.  I really loved being sucked into their story.  I can’t wait to come back to this world because silly me forgot how awesome it is. I highly recommend this series to all paranormals fans because Alexandra has plenty to love for all paranormal enthusiasts and of course if you already love Alexandra Ivy’s work, you do not want to miss this one :)
Yearwood More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you put a sultry overbearing vampire with a wise beyond her years fey, excuse me Chatri demon. You get When Darkness Ends. This book is the final installment in the bestselling Guardians of Eternity Series. I can also say Alexandra Ivy saved the best for last. Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon has his number. It all started when they awaken in Cyn lair to found out the Oracle commission are being controlled by an unknown source. It’s up to our fair heroes to save the day. Along the way we meet up with some of our longtime friends Stxyx, Viper, Danta and we cannot forget our sexy gargoyle Levet. This story had everything, Alexandra Ivy truly know how to weave a story from beginning to end. When I turned the last page it felt like I was saying goodbye to a family member.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Ivy has taken the world that she created throughout her series and has given it some fantastic room to swing with this one.  The plot was well thought out and executed.  Her descriptions and narrative brought this world to life in a larger than life, extremely vivid and Technicolor manner for me.  Although the novel was unique and enjoyable, it was a case of it being a story that was hard for me to get into.  Once I did, it was quite good.  The further into the novel I got, the more and more enjoyable and engaging I found it. Ivy has created some strong, larger than life characters that definitely do her story justice.  I enjoyed getting to know them and felt that they carried the story forward well.  Some of my favourite parts of the book included the interactions between the main characters.   This novel was well written with an intriguing plot.  It was imaginatively unique and kept me coming back to find out what happened next, but didn’t hold my attention consistently throughout.  I fully enjoyed reading this one and would definitely try other works by the same author. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in the series and I have loved everyone of them. I would recommend this book and the whole series!
angelblue-240 More than 1 year ago
When Darkness Ends is the final installment of Alexandra Ivy's phenomenal Guardians of Eternity series Aww... Say it ain't so! *sobs* I am seriously going to miss this series! It has always been one of my favorite go to PNR reads. Wow. As usual my expectations were blown out of the water by Alexandra Ivy. She can write the most deliciously sexy alphas and her vampires are my absolute favorite! Cyn is a beserker vampire who was raised by faes since he was a foundling. Because of his knowledge of fae history, he and Fallon, a Chatri princess with a unique gift are enlisted by one of the oracles to investigate the potential threat that is trying to gain control of the Oracles for nefarious reasons. As Fallon and Cyn try to solve the mystery, Cyn realizes fairly quickly that Fallon is his mate. Fallon is reveling in the freedom from her homeland where she will be forced to wed another Chatri nobleman to strengthen her family's line. The chemistry between these two is explosive and I really loved Fallon's character, it was a perfect blend of innocence, strength, intellect and cleverness. Cyn was possessive, protective and sexy as hell. You know, basically the perfect alpha male. :) When Darkness Ends is a perfect blend of humor, passion, action and danger. I loved seeing cameos of past characters and of course, Levet. It wouldn't be a Guardians of Eternity with my favorite gargolye! This can be read as a standalone but I urge you to read the whole series so you may experience the awesomeness of Alexandra Ivy's smexy werewolves, vampires and demons. *I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say. Wonderful series. I started reading The Gardians of Eternity series about a year ago and flew through them. I have throughly enjoyed them all.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
If you are going to end a series, what better way to do it but with perfection. The perfect couple, the perfect romance, the perfect past character interaction. I can honestly say, I didn't want this book to end. Cyn and Fallon find themselves transported into a mystery surrounding the powerful Oracles. Evil lies in wait. Deeper they delve, the scarier the threat becomes.  Cyn is known for his womanizing while Fallon is struggling with an arranged marriage to an arrogant ass of a Chatri. They might try to skirt around their attraction for each other but when they fall, they fall hard.  This has been a marvelous, riveting and exciting series. I could happily read 12 more books with these characters and still feel like I couldn't get enough. All the loose ends have been neatly and creatively woven into a fabulous conclusion.  Feeling a little bereft with the thoughts of this series coming to a close, I find solace knowing I will revisit the Guardians of Eternity series again and again.  Thank you Alexandra Ivy, for sharing your masterful creativity and imaginings with us all. You made us laugh, you made us cry and you made a short, awkward gargoyle a hero. I received this ARC copy of When Darkness Ends from Kensington Books in exchange for a honest review.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Escape into the world of vampires and fairies. A great story, the chemistry between the characters is excellent. The story is fast paced and I couldn’t put it down. Excellent Read!
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by Author Alexandra Ivy and I love her writing style. I will start by saying I have not read any of the previous stories in this series. With that being said it took nothing away I was able to read this fantastic paranormal book just as I would a stand alone. But now I must start again with book 1 and read them all. I love when  a paranormal author brings many character types to a story and Alexandra Ivy does it so well. We get a berserker turned vamp, Fae , Gargoyles loved Levet.  We also have oracles, weres and Vampires which is what our alpha male Cyn is. Fallon the fae princess and Cyn are kidnapped in order to help the Oracle find information needed. Well all hell breaks loose as Fallon’s  father the king of Fae is off in search of her.  Fallon is also to wed a prince who has equal wealth but after being with Cyn will that happen? Can the Fae Princess and The King of the Ireland Vampires Clan have a happily ever after? Tons of twists and turns, action, suspense and sizzling hot passion. Just how I like my books. The story flows nicely and I did not want to put this book down until I finished it.  I was gifted this book via the publisher for my honest review. 
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--WHEN DARKNESS ENDS is the final installment in Alexandra Ivy’s GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY paranormal, romance series. This is vampire clan chief of Ireland Cyn, and Chatri princess Fallon’s storyline. WHEN DARKNESS ENDS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous storylines is revealed where necessary. Cyn and Fallon were first introduced in book #11 HUNT THE DARKNESS   Told from several third person perspectives WHEN DARKNESS ENDS follows several intersecting plotlines that culminate in a finality where justice is served. The ancient supernatural Commission of Oracles has come under suspicion, and Cyn and Fallon have been called in to investigate and uncover the person(s) responsible-someone is trying to close the veil between dimensions thus effectively stopping all interactions between demonkind.  What ensues is a building relationship between Cyn and Fallon, one that is unacceptable by the Chatri ruler and Fallon’s intended Chatri mate; and a search and destroy mission to stop a potential supernatural apocalypse.   Cyn, like many of Alexandra’s leading men is an alpha male whose protective nature continues to butt heads with his intended mate, but Cyn is also a bit of a man-whore with a reputation for the ladies that finds our heroine ill at ease with her attraction to the ancient vampire. Fallon is pure; a Chatri princess who has been promised to a Chatri male-Prince Magnus- a man Fallon does not love but is quick to defend as her intended husband. But saying that, Fallon is not helpless; there is some powerful mojo hidden beneath the princess’s beautiful façade.  Cyn’s attraction to Fallon is that of a mate, and our leading hero is determined to claim Cyn as his own. The $ex scenes are romantic, compelling and provocative without the over the top erotic focus.   WHEN DARKNESS ENDS is an ensemble storyline with many of the previous storyline characters playing a secondary and supporting role including the Anasso (King of the Vampire) Styx, guardian Dante, and vampire chief Viper. We cannot forget about the little gargoyle Levet-who is the bane of everyone’s existence-but is a constant source of help and information. Alexandra brings together vampires, demons, fey, druids and humans in a battle to close the portals between worlds thus eliminating magic and the supernatural powers.   Alexandra Ivy ends the GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY series with a happily ever after-for now: there are no threats against the supernatural powers and everything appears to be right with their world.  WHEN DARKNESS ENDS is a fast paced, action packed story with suspense, romance and revenge. The characters are animated, engaging and amusing; charismatic and fun. The requisite evil is over the top but will be justly rewarded for his crimes. GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY is an intoxicating series with sensual couples and passionate mates; the ensemble cast of characters brings familiarity and cohesion for fans of the series, as well as, entertainment and fun.   Just a side note: WHEN DARKNESS ENDS may not be the final book in the series-there is talk that the author may continue to explore the world of her GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY at a future time.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Well if you like a good action story then read this story. Who can not want to read about Fey, Vampires, Chatri and Druids. There are troubles that effect all of these as Alexandra has developed one crazy story line. She has everyone going every which way. Cyn, a vampire, falls for Fallon. She is to marry Magnus, a prince. Magnus is dropped by Fallon . Spoiler. He is attracted to Tonya. There is a spell cast by a rogue Druid to cause the death of all demons. Spoiler. Levet is a Gargoyle who gets all the hard deals to clean up. I liked this book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading paranormal-fantasy stories. Actually the whole series is awesome. Even if you haven't read any previous books you can still pick it and understand it. Please pick this book to read. You won't regret it! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity #12) by Alexandra Ivy Cyn, chief of the Ireland vampire clan and Fallon, a Chatri Fairy princess, are recruited by an Oracle to investigate suspected foal play. When Darkness Ends is a fast-paced novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoy Cyn’s character.  He is extremely knowledgeable.  He is a fierce warrior who defends those in need.  I love how protective he is of Fallon.   I like Fallon.  She is tired of being used as political leverage.  She is resilient and honorable.  She fights for what she believes is right.   I love that gargoyle, Levet, is once again part of the story.  The little guy cracks me up.  I find the annoyed reaction of all the vampires to him amusing. The plot was mysterious and fascinating.  It had a lot going on that keeps you enthralled.     I really adore the Guardians of Eternity series.  The characters are all well-developed and interesting.   Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
evaVA13721222_0727 More than 1 year ago
Good !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A final battle to save their right to live in the world. This was Cyn and Fallon's story. Like all the books that preceded it, this was a wonderful read, it has it all, from a war to be won while finding love. And like the thread that links all the books together we have Levet, who is many things, including comic relief.