Darkness Rises

Immortal Guardians Book 4

October 1, 2013
RT Reviewers' Choice Award
for Best Vampire Romance Nominee

Dianne Duvall returns to the world of the Immortal Guardians, where danger -- and desire -- make every decision count . . .

Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires.  Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple -- she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in.  Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker.  Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally.  He's a vampire, all right, but different.  Mysterious.  Handsome.  And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.

Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years -- long enough to know that Krysta is special.  He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords.  Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too.  He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them.  The stakes for a mortal are high.  But the cost to his heart might be higher . . .

"Great.  There goes our security deposit."
~ Sean ~

"There is no reason to feel embarrassed, Krysta."
"Easy for you to say!  You weren't caught mentally checking out my package!"
~ Étienne and Krysta ~

He just seemed menacing.  Like he could slit your throat, then sit down, prop his feet on your corpse, and eat a sandwich.
~ Krysta ~

"Sweetie, I'm not a flowers and chocolates kind of gal," she said, leaning into him.  "Well, maybe the chocolate."
"I was going to say."
~ Krysta and Étienne ~

Krysta looked at her watch.  "We still have a few hours of hunting left and nothing much is happening. You want to make out a little?"
He laughed in surprised delight.  "you're a saucy wench, aren't you?"
~ Krysta and Étienne ~

4.5 stars
"Duvall's newest heroine is very much in the habit of kicking butt and taking names.  For the past six years Krysta has been eliminating vampires.  Immortal Guardian Étienne is impressed and intrigued.  Trust is not easy for either of these protagonists, so their budding relationship is a tad rocky.  Duvall does an outstanding job building both a rich world and a compelling cast of characters."
— RT Book Reviews

"Krysta Linz is a kick-butt vampire hunter whose world is taken for a sexy spin when she meets Immortal Guardian Étienne d'Alençon in Duvall's fast-paced and humorous latest paranormal."
— Publishers Weekly

TOP PICK, 5 stars
"Dianne Duvall has established herself as a star of the paranormal romance, and this book only solidifies her place in the pantheon. Not only is the love story at the center of this book wonderfully steamy and fulfilling, but the subplots and secondary characters kick this series into a whole new realm that will enchant fans from beginning to end."
— The Romance Reviews

TOP PICK, 4.5 stars
"Ms. Duvall brings together a rich world and a wonderful group of characters . . . I hope to see many more books in this series."
— Night Owl Reviews

4.5 stars
"The characters are well-developed, and their interactions and banter ring true, shining with humor, camaraderie, and emotion.  Rich description, intriguing story lines, and formidable villains keep the story moving.  Featuring a fascinating take on vampires, Darkness Rises is a thrilling, action-packed, suspenseful, funny, steamy paranormal romance readers won't be able to put down until the last page."
— Affaire de Coeur Magazine 

5 stars
"Darkness Rises is an awesome chapter in the Immortal Guardians series! It will draw you in so completely that you will be left shaken after the final showdown. With all the characters you love, suspense that doesn’t stop, fun and sexy romance, and more, any PNR fan will not be in the least bit disappointed by picking up this book!"
— Buffy's Ramblings

5 stars
"Darkness Rises is Dianne's best work yet!  The Immortal Guardians rock down the house in this action packed book. A phenominal power couple heat up the pages, Krysta and Étienne are fantastic.  I really loved getting to touch bases again with old friends from her previous novels. We as readers don't get to see that very often so its nice to see previous characters continuing on well after their individual novels.  I loved getting to see a strong female just as strong as her male. There isn't any simpering female hiding in the corners in this novel no way.  Obviously prepping for a major burst of plot thickening this novel brings it all! 
I can never get enough of Dianne's books, shes a phenominal writer!"
— Krissy Malott


  1. Although I read two or three books a week, this is without a doubt my favorite series. Can anyone even give me hint to what might come next in the series? Who will it be about?

    1. Hi, Angie! I'm so glad you're enjoying the series. I'm going to keep you guessing regarding what will happen next in the series, but I WILL tell you that Book 7 will feature Aidan as the hero. ;-)