ARC Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall – 4 Stars

Night Unbound
Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #5 in the Immortal Guardian’s series: Release Date 9/2/14

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley.

Book Synopsis:

For centuries, Lisette d’Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can’t bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians’ command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for–and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.

Zach is an exile, a loner. He won’t defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he’ll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?

My Review:

This is such a fun action packed series.  It reminds me of several other big name author’s work, yet remains fresh and innovative with its own spin on the paranormal genre.  This book lives up to its predecessors and delivers one hell of a ride.  Wanted to give it five stars, but there was just a couple of things holding me back, so really its a 4.5 star rating.

We learned SO much about the mysterious Seth in this book, it was great to finally get some answers.  This usually doesn’t happen in a series until there are tons more books out, this is only #5!   This book was Lisette and Zach’s story, saw this match coming in the last book, but was still great to watch their romance unfold.  Zach was as mysterious as Seth in the other titles and in this book we find out why.  His was a hard road to follow in this story, but so worth it to see his transformation.  I think he has become my new favorite in this world.

We also get to peak in on past leads and see how Ami is doing.  She is another character with lots of skeletons in her closet that remain to come out.  I look forward to reading how her plot thread plays out.  We also were introduced to many new characters in this book, which lead me to hope there are plenty more addition to this series I’ve come to adore.

Besides reminding me of other series I enjoy I also love the politics this author works into her books.  A little like Star Trek she works morality into her tales and sets a good example for us on how to live our lives.  Sure it can be a little heavy-handed at times, but it has become much subtler in latter books while still getting the point across.  Some might find it annoying, but I find myself agreeing with the author’s political and social leanings, so it works for me.

So what was it that held me back from giving it that five-star rating.  The overuse of italicized words for emphasis.  Some is alright to stress a point, but this was just way too much.  Some of that may be just because it is an ARC book and it just hasn’t been fixed yet, gosh I hope that the reason…  Anyway.  Great book, great series and I eagerly await book #6 and whom ever she pick to focus on next.  My bets are on Aidan!  Scored book #3.5 for review and I’m off to read it now.

 

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