Darkness Danws Audiobook
By: Dianne Duval
Narrated by: Kristen Potter
Published by: Tantor Audio 07/2011
10 hrs and 39 mins
Whispersync for voice-ready
Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s handed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible – when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.
Darkness Dawns, the first of the Immortal Guardian series has a very interesting and distinctive take on the paranormal world of vampires. This story was one of the few times I enjoyed the book more for its plot than I did for the romance.
As a personal preference of mine, I like when the romance is developed and paced a little better. By that I mean, make me believe the love, grow the relationship first, and that IMO only happens with time.
I was a little turned off by the fact that the main characters felt for each other so quickly. But if you are bigger romantic than me, this shouldn’t bother you at all. As a matter of fact, I can honestly say, once a while it’s nice to have the love story be uncomplicated, sweet and just plain romantic. That’s exactly the kind of romance we get here.
Having said that, I’m going to share with you what I thought made this book a very good listen.
For starters, the book was very well written. The threads that were formed in the beginning are shaping a very exciting, complex and imaginative world. Immortals, vampires, and humans play a big role in bringing enough action and suspense to keep the story very engaging.
We get taken in a different direction with new scientific elements that make the story fresh and inventive. I got a real good feeling about the following books in this series. The introduction of very exciting secondary characters really heightened my interest.
The main characters are very likable. Roland, the hero, and the protagonist in this story is another departure from the norm. He’s a loner and a little antisocial, but he’s a very nice guy. He doesn’t lack any of the attributes that make a great alpha.
Roland doesn’t suffer from the arrogance syndrome, yet never appears weak, and he displays a sense of vulnerability that only adds to his charm.
Sarah is a strong and kind heroine that never comes across as a damsel in distress; she’s very likable and engaging.
The atypical vampire world, the sweet/uncomplicated but hot romance, and hints of exciting things to come, more than deserved a recommendation to all PNR fans. Especially if you enjoy a series like The Midnight Breeds by Lara Adrian.
The main reason I am taking this book from 3. 1/2 to 4 hearts, is due to excellent interpretation by Kirsten Potter. Again another case of a narrator making an alright book into a much better one.
The overall feeling of this world was extremely well conveyed, the suspense and tension are nicely transmitted to the listener. The English accent was excellent for the portrayal of Roland. The remaining male characters were distinctively performed in a very believable manner.
Ms. Potter does a terrific job with Sarah’s personality, making her come across as a very likable heroine; sweet, strong and with a good sense of humor. Oh! I must mention, she’s an absolute pro at reading the hot scenes.
All in all, this was an excellent narration of the Darkness Dawns audiobook.