Archive | August 29, 2015

Shadows Strike, Dianne Duvall

 

Shadows Strike,  Dianne Duvall

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Romance,Sci-fi and Fantasy

I’ve not read all the books in this series, but several and understand the world Dianne has created. I think you need to read a least the first in this series to understand and enjoy the story even though each book is a complete one, as the overall story arc and the individual characters pay such a strong place in the stories. I’m always intending to go back and read the ones I’ve missed but its that old shortage of time and cash that’s stopped me so far. So many great books and so little time…

Once again its a solid read, a perfect romance with tension and sensuality, lots of action and the overall story arc of Guardians, Others and Vampires all having different ideas about interacting with the human world. For some time the guardians have been fighting vampires, trying to keep the humans safe, and in the dark about supernatural matters. There’s a force out to provoke war though, and its getting stronger all the time. They need to keep up if the world is to stay safe, but in the last big battle they lost some key members, both Guardians and the humans who work with them. Now it looks like the battle is on once again and a human telepath, Heather, seems to be in the middle of it, but the Guardians need to know why.

I loved the interaction between Heather and Ethan. That insta love kind of thing sometimes just isn’t believable, but here Heather has been dreaming of Ethan for so long that she feels she already knows him. Throw in the very real danger she’s in and its easy to understand her live for the day motto when she finds him. Ethan has been very lonely and finding Heather, finding a connection with her that’s bone deep is a real bonus for him. Immortals can live long lives, thousands of years for some, and even though Ethan is just a baby at 200 years its a long future to be lonely. For the last hundred or so he’s had a friends with benefits thing with his maker, but now she’s found a mate he’s kind of lost, and Heather comes along just at the right time. They can be with humans, but its the gifted ones such as Heather that they need for mates, they are able to be changed, whereas humans just become vampires who  go crazy from the virus in a very short time.

Its a great blend of romance with story, and there’s lots of action. I don’t like long, drawn out battle scenes, where we get pages and pages of heavy, dull descriptions, but Dianne delivers battles that are perfect for me. I understand what’s going on, why they act as they do, what they hope to achieve and the way its all done. That keeps me reading, keeps me wondering where its all going to end, and how they can fight against an enemy who’s uncaring of humanity, when they do all they can to save it. Its tough fighting someone who views humans as disposable and has no morals about using them for his own ends. This series is working well for me, gaining pace with each book and I’m really enjoying it. Its one of those that when its finished I’ll immerse myself in the whole series, having a back to back read through of all the books. I love to do that with good reads, where I can get lost in the world created and feel part of it.

Stars: Five, another great instalment, full of romance and sensuality, action, drama and lots of emotion.

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