Shadows Strike

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Shadows Strike

Immortal Guardians, #6

The Immortal Guardians are a fascinating collection of individuals who people this exciting paranormal series. Each has remarkable gifts and a different paradigm that is related to the eras he has survived yet all share the common goal of preventing the ultimate destruction of the world they have protected for so long. The allure of each book in the series is seeing how a very special human matches up with a particular individual and this volume is even more intriguing because of the heroine’s talent and her military father’s response to it. There were great cameos from some of the characters who starred in other books, which I always like, because it gives me a sense of revisiting old friends. I think that it is possible to read this as a stand-alone story, but there are so many interconnecting threads, it is probably better to have read some of the previous books in the series to get a feel for some of the events that have caused the unexpected alliances and the connections between characters.

I love capable heroines, and Heather’s familiarity with weapons and willingness to fight makes her a great match for Ethan, and it is fun to watch them work on a relationship. There are also many touching moments, especially seeing the way one particular baby causes even the most asocial and prickly of them to cater to her every wish. This is an intriguing paranormal series populated by engaging characters and, although some issues are resolved, there are plenty of threads left dangling, and I hope to see some of them resolved soon (such as Cliff’s limbo).

“Shadows Strike” by Diane Duvall is part of the ‘Immortal Guardians’ series and centers around a very special human woman named Heather Lane, who has been having an improbable dream for a year, involving creatures that she never imagines are real. Immortal Guardian Ethan is startled to discover a ‘gifted one’ being attacked by vampires, and even more amazed by his attraction to Heather, which seems to be reciprocated. She gets drawn further into his world, which seems to get increasingly dangerous by the day, as vampires unite in greater numbers than ever before, and there are indications that someone is pushing to make sure that Armageddon becomes a reality. The Immortal Guardians and their allies muster all of the resources at their command to combat the evil forces of destruction but their enemies may be impossible to defeat.

Book Blurb for Shadows Strike

The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can't guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she's awake, she isn't sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn't trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that's coming, it will take everything they have just to survive...

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 4.50