Review: Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall


Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians) by Dianne Duvall
2011-02-01 (Zebra Books)

Rating: D
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Sarah Bingham – Mortal, Vegan
Hero: Roland Warbrook – Immortal, Older Man 
Setting: N/A



Where to start. I've slept since finishing it, so all of the myriad things that bugged me so greatly yesterday have had time to settle and hide in my brain...

Well, I will start with Roland. He is supposed to be 936 years old but there really is no hint throughout the book to that affect - unless you count using the word "trencher" or referring to his kids as "babes." Otherwise, he was like any other man from the 21st Century. Not to mention he is supposed to be this reclusive, antisocial type who is angry with the world... And yet he is written as uber polite and thoughtful from the first. Having no problems socializing whatsoever. And he reveals ALL of his deep, dark secrets to Sarah so easily. Roland just felt totally flat and one dimensional.

And Sarah. Nothing really wrong with her other than I found her to be completely uninteresting. And the things she said often made me roll my eyes. And she fell in love so incredibly quickly. I think the whole book spans maybe seven days. I just couldn't buy it.
And the plot. Nothing much happens. Someone with a vendetta for Roland is pursuing him, trying to kill him. And when they aren't fighting, well, they're doing it. It's like, "Hmm nothing is happening right now, good time for a sex scene." Then a few pages later, "Pace is kind of slow, they might as well have sex again." I'm usually not a complainer when it comes to the intimacies in a book, unless it's to say there aren't enough, so for me to complain about gratuitous sex - that's saying something.

I'm not going to pick on Dianne Duvall's writing... It wasn't bad. There were a lot of redundancies in descriptions, though. Particularly when describing Sarah's "full breasts." There are many other adjectives to be used, no need to repeatedly use "full." Other than that, I just didn't feel there was significant character or plot development. And, honestly, the difference between an "immortal" and a "vampire" did not intrigue me. Not enough to try the next book.

Favorite Quote:

“You still aren't screaming."
"Is that the usual reaction you get when people realize you're, um..."
"Different? Yes, generally."
Marcus stepped up beside him. "We also get shrieks, curses, pant wetting, bowels releasing"--Sarah grimaced--"religious recitations..."
Her eyebrows rose. "Religious recitations?"
"You know--Get thee back, you, ah..." He nudged Roland. "What was it that priest called us?"
Roland rolled his eyes. "Which one?"
"The one in London."
"What century?"
Sarah's mouth fell open.
"The one with hair like Albert Einstein?"
"Spawns of Satan."


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