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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Book Review: Fear the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Series: Guardians of Eternity, book 9
Source: From publisher for review
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Cassandra is the first true prophet in centuries and all demons, good and evil, are looking for her. Caine has done regrettable things in the past and now that he's changed from a cur to a pureblooded Were, he'll do anything to keep Cassie safe. Caine wants to do right by Cassie but it's becoming more and more difficult to fight the growing attraction between them. Each day the Dark One is closer to crossing into this dimension and unleashing hell on earth. To stop him, Cassie and Caine will need to work together with their allies or risk losing everything.
Caine and Cassie's story has been building. One of the four baby werecubs that were stolen decades ago, Cassie and her gift were hidden from the world until Caine saved her from a demon lord. Caine hasn't always been the hero Cassie sees him as. Searching for a way to transform from a cur to a Were, Caine has done some things he'd rather forget. Now he's fully committed to protecting and keeping Cassie from both the demons who want to take her to the Dark One and the ones who are family who wish to protect her for her own good.
Cassie and Caine have great chemistry. Caine gives Cassie the things she's never had before: safety, a reason to smile, help, friendship and love. Cassie in turn shows Caine he's not defined by his past and is deserving of a mate. They are each other's missing puzzle pieces and they fit perfectly together. Their romance was sweet and meaningful while still very hot and steamy. One of my favorite pairs in this series.
Threatening the budding romance is the Dark One. Close to returning to this realm after being banished, the Dark One is readying his, now her, armies and finding those loyal to her. I wasn't all that impressed by the Dark One. There's no doubt she's evil but for all the hype, I was expecting someone more sinister. A character that would give me chills. I never got that feeling so I wasn't all that blown away.
There are a few point of view changes throughout the book. From Cassie and Caine to the traitor Gaius and the King of the Vampires Styx, there was more jumping around than I would have liked. Also, I thought a few scenes could have been cut back or completely left out. At times I felt the story was being drawn out and my attention started to drift away from the book. I think this could have easily been 50 pages less without losing anything important to the story.
This series has been leading up to battle with the Dark One and it's all hands on deck. Styx, Viper, Salvatore, and my favorite gargoyle and the bane of all males, Levet, are ready to fight. The final battle is a pretty epic scene and I thought the author did a fantastic job at describing it to the point I could picture it happening. The ending leaves something pretty big open and I can't wait to see how it plays into the next installment. If you're interested in this book, I suggest starting at the beginning or at least go back a few books so you fully understand what's going on.