Death of Darkness: Dianne Duvall

Death of Darkness

Posted on November 21, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

Death of Darkness continues the intriguing, action packed and spell binding tale of the Immortal Guardians. This, the ninth book in the series, tells Seth’s, the beloved leader of the Immortal Guardians, long awaited love story.


Death of Darkness: Dianne DuvallTitle: Death of Darkness
Author(s): Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #9
Also in this series: Darkness Dawns , Night Reigns , Phantom Shadows , In Still Darkness , Darkness Rises, Night Unbound , 🎧︎Phantom Embrace, Shadows Strike, Blade of Darkness, Awaken the Darkness, Broken Dawn, Cliff's Descent: A Vampire's Tale
Narrator(s): Kirsten Potter
Published by Tantor Media on August 20, 2019
Pages: 511
Length: 17 hours and 16 minutes
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Format: Audiobook
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Delve into the most eagerly anticipated book in New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly) Immortal Guardians series.
Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.
Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

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Seth’s character intrigued me from the moment of his appearance in Darkness Dawns, and I looked forward to his story. I figured because of his position as the leader of the Immortal Guardians, his story would bring the series to an end. However, this was not the case. The author has penned other books in the series since the release of Death of Darkness. This made me happy, as I was not ready to say goodbye to the world of the Immortal Guardians. Seth is not only the leader of the Immortal Guardians, he serves also as a father figure. He always puts their needs ahead of his own, ensuring their well-being and happiness. So it was a delight to see him finding love a second time around after more than a thousand years of existence.  

Death of Darkness delivered an exciting tale infused with humour and action. This tale will have readers either sitting on the edge of their seats or biting nails because of the action, suspense and danger permeating the pages of the Death of Darkness. Throughout the series, I had many questions regarding Seth’s origin. Well, this instalment answered them all, bringing with it some mind-blowing revelations.

The events in Death of Darkness occurred at the same time as that which occurred in Awaken the Darkness. Therefore, it’s best to read Awaken the Darkness before to avoid spoilers. Also, the epilogue paved the way for the spin-off series, The Aldebarian Alliance.

Now, for the most important part of this instalment, the romance between Seth and his lady love. Leah came into Seth’s life at the appropriate time. The spark between them was clear from the start, however, both were not looking for a relationship. They both shared the experience of losing spouses and children in the past and feared opening their hearts to the possibility of love a second time around. So they chose the route of friendship. However, the more time they spent in each other’s company, the closer they grew. Soon, they could no longer deny their growing feelings for each other. Seth falling in love brought out his softer side, which surprised his team. They made each other happy.

Kirsten Potter continues to narrate the series. Honestly, I cannot imagine another narrator could do justice to the series like she does. Her performance, as always, is brilliant. She portrays the characters’ emotions and personalities superbly.

This was a great addition to the series and one which I recommend it to fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.


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About Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter, a graduate of the Boston University School for the Arts, has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy. An award-winning audiobook narrator, Kirsten has won AudioFile Earphones Awards for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara. Her other titles include The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Sammy’s House by Kristen Gore, and Madapple by Christina Meldrum, which was a Booklist Editors’ Choice for Best Audiobook 2008. Kirsten has received recognition from the American Academy of Achievement and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, as well as numerous regional awards.

About Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel Darkness Dawns, Book 1, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. Night Reigns, Book 2, was declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. Phantom Shadows, Book 3, was named a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella “In Still Darkness” was released in the Predatory Anthology in May 2013. Darkness Rises, Book 4, was also nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance. Night Unbound, Book 5 in the series, will be released on September 2, 2014. When she isn’t writing, Dianne loves all things creative. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

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