Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.
Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.
Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?
Blade of Darkness Character Interview
Thank you for joining me! I’m happy to be here at Jeri’s Book Attic, celebrating the release of BLADE OF DARKNESS, the seventh book in my Immortal Guardians series. If you like powerful preternatural heroes, strong heroines, action scenes that will keep you flipping pages well past your bedtime, and romance that is alternately steamy and sweet and laced with humor, then I hope you’ll pick up a copy, because you’ll find all of this in Aidan and Dana’s story. And don’t worry if you’re new to the series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel. You’ll just know more about the secondary characters if you read the books in order.
Today Sheldon, one of the mortals in my series (and a favorite of many readers, thanks to the comic relief he provides) will be interviewing Seth, the eldest and most powerful immortal in the series and the self-proclaimed leader of the Immortal Guardians.
Sheldon: Thanks for agreeing to an interview, sir.
Seth: No problem, It’s been a while since we did the last one, and a lot has happened since then.
Sheldon: A LOT.
Seth: smiles I take it the humans who work for us down at the Network are feeling a little . . .
Sheldon: Antsy? Yes. I mean, first mercenaries blew the hell out of the original Network headquarters. Then Gershom wreaked havoc at the new one. Now Aidan is haunting the hallways . . .
Seth: Aidan makes them nervous?
Sheldon: laughs Yeah. It isn’t intentional. It’s just the whole ancient Celtic immortal thing and all of the gifts he possesses. Some of the humans find it a bit intimidating.
Seth: I can understand that. looks around curiously Any particular reason you chose this location for the interview?
Sheldon: You mean instead of doing it down at the Network?
Seth: Yes. The humans there are accustomed to seeing me on a fairly regular basis. Some may view me with something akin to fascination, but I don’t think they fear me.
Sheldon: No, they’re fine with you. I just thought you’d be more comfortable here.
Seth: In David’s backyard?
Seth: stares at him, unspeaking
Sheldon: Well . . . David’s place IS sort of the hub of the Immortal Guardians’ world here in North Carolina and—
Seth: What do you want, Sheldon?
Sheldon: narrows his eyes Are you reading my mind?
Seth: grimaces No. There’s too much—
Sheldon: Porn and weird crap up there. Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard it before.
Seth: So spit it out. What do you want?
Sheldon: shifts I was kinda hoping you’d do me a favor.
Seth: releases a beleaguered sigh Fine. I’ll do it.
Sheldon: eyebrows fly up Really? You know what it is?
Seth: I assume it’s the same thing you wanted for your birthday?
Sheldon: Yes. You’ll really do it?
Seth: Because you’re good with Adira.
Sheldon: waves a hand in dismissal Who ISN’T good with Adira? That cutie has every one of us wrapped around her little finger.
Seth: Nevertheless, I appreciate everything you do for her. For Marcus and Ami as well. rises and backs away Are you ready?
Sheldon: grins big Absolutely!
Seth: shifts into the form of a huge dragon that dwarfs the sprawling house behind them
Sheldon: gapes up at it as the dragon roars and breaths fire that buffets him without burning him
Seth: shifts back into his natural form and retakes his seat
Sheldon: That. Was. AWESOME!!!
Seth: lips quirk Fun, too.
Sheldon: Will you do it again and let me—
Seth: You’re not climbing onto my back and going for a ride, Sheldon.
Sheldon: Oh,come on. I give Adira piggy-back rides all the time.
Seth: Seriously? That’s your argument?
Sheldon: shrugs with a grin It was all I could think of.
Marcus: opens the back door, leans out with a pretty toddler on his hip and casts them an exasperated look Really? I JUST got her down for a nap.
Sheldon: winces Sorry, man.
Seth: My apologies. We’ll keep it down from now on.
Marcus: ducks back inside with a sigh
Sheldon: Okay. Where were we?
Seth: Before I shape-shifted? I believe you were telling me that Aidan is making the employees down at the Network nervous.
Sheldon: Right. While we’re on the subject of Aidan . . . Rumor has it he’s smitten with a psychic.
Seth: That’s correct.
Sheldon: How’s that going for him?
Seth: It would go a lot better if all hell didn’t break loose every time an immortal falls in love.
Sheldon: I hear ya. What do you think of Dana?
Seth: I like her. She’s a fighter.
Sheldon: I’ve heard some things about the first few times you met her . . . It’s pretty wild.
Seth: lips twitch There were . . . extenuating circumstances.
Sheldon: laughs Well, if even half of it is true, that woman is ballsy!
Seth: laughs As I said, she’s a fighter.
Sheldon: Strong women are so hot.
Seth: Yes, they are. Aidan is a lucky man.
Sheldon: Immortal males all seem to be drawn to strong women.
Seth: nods Every one of us.
Sheldon: Even you?
Seth: Next question.
Sheldon: Hey, I had to ask. The ladies at the Network are very curious about your love life . . . or lack thereof.
Seth: Is there a question in there somewhere?
Sheldon: Fine. If you won’t talk about that, then let’s talk about the latest problems that have arisen. How are you holding up?
Seth: I’m fine.
Sheldon: I know things have been . . . pretty tough lately.
Seth: A bit of an understatement.
Sheldon: Tempers are flaring.
Seth: wry smile Yes, they are.
Sheldon: The Immortal Guardians have acquired quite a formidable foe.
Seth: Not just the Immortal Guardians. Gershom wants to watch the world burn. If we don’t stop him, EVERYONE will lose.
Sheldon: No pressure, right?
Seth: laughs Right.
Sheldon: Kinda makes you long for the days when the only enemies Immortal Guardians fought were psychotic vampires.
Seth: huffs a laugh as his cell phone rings Life WAS simpler then. retrieves his phone from a back pocket, looks to see who is calling, then answers Ja? frowns Ik ben onderweg. pockets the phone and rises I have to go.
Sheldon: Okay. Thanks again for the interview.
Seth: Anytime. vanishes
Sheldon: That is so cool.
To quote and use my favorite line of this book : “There is a slight chance … that I might have …. “ fallen in love with this series even more …. “how slight …. ? GARGANTUM!”
#sigh – I “live” for those small Zach and/or Bastien moments …
Series are usually heading into one direction when they go on for a long time and that is repeating previous stories.
With the immortal guardians I never experienced that problem so far and when I take a look at the background story and the characters I also do not see it anywhere in the future.
Quite the opposite actually I am kind of afraid that the author might at some point not continue that series and I will never get to hear all those great stories that I can practically see lurking in the background.
So DEAR AUTHOR don’t you ever do that to us please …
While the way the couples fall in love might always be close to instantly (which is normally something I dislike) their love stories never get boring. They are never common or easy … I agree with Seth on that fully … Non of our Guardians got a real nice courtship with his woman … so why should it be any different with Aiden – especially with him not leaving anything out to finally find a woman. (that is no spoiler but a fact that followers of the series know) …
I think there is no series honestly where I memorized so many character names … and no matter how much time passes the moment I open a new book all the stories that I read come back to me. Usually I have to re-read older books to get back into the story but here … the basic storyline always comes back to me …
So I really can not review this as “Aiden’s” story – for me this is a complex network of people and I love to revisit all of them at all times ….
Let me tease you … we all know our unsocial Roland right ? Are we sure he really is unsocial ? How much would you like to find out ?
Would you ever expect Bastien to care about anyone else then his woman ? …
And then there is Cliff …. Yeah he is there … no spoiler here but what will happen to him … ? He is this background secondary character that has I think like Sheldon his own fans waiting on hearing the full stories …
I loved that we got glimpses of a Seth that almost seemed “human” – and some comments make me wonder when we will get his story.
Readers will get to meet some new guardians as well …
And I loved the way the author threw some thoughts out there about stuff that happened that might not have been what it looked like … (sorry being vague on purpose) – so I hope to hear about a guardian again that ….(vague sorry)
See ? you open Aiden’s story but believe me you will get so much more …
And I honestly already can not wait on the next story and I am sure it will be far to long before we get it – but it will be OK as long as we WILL get it … I can be patient … (But it would be nice as a Christmas present 2017 #laughing)
So in total ? you ask me for my NO. 1 paranormal series ?
Look no further start with this series WITH BOOK 1 and slowly fall in love …
About the Author
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and”wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews.
Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.
For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .