When Darkness Ends by Alexandra Ivy (Guardians of Eternity #12)

When Darkness Ends by Alexandria IvyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Zebra

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

The Guardians of Eternity are facing a final battle to save their world—but battles of the heart may be the most difficult to fight… Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…

Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…

The Guardians of Eternity is a wonderful paranormal series that I have enjoyed reading throughout the years. I am sad to see that this is the last book but it has been a fun ride. These alpha men and women who have taken on the worst of enemies yet persevered and found their mates have created page turning stories that are thrilling and sexy.

Cyn is a powerful vampire who is chief of the Ireland clan, he was raised in the Fae world, his foster parents created a home and helped him survive when he was first turned and abandoned by his

maker. He is unhappy to have recently awakened in a cave far from home with a beautiful but angry Chatri princess. There is someone or something compelling the Oracles, the powerful group that protects and governs all demons, the fact that these problems will manifest into chaos causes Cyn and Fallon to rely on each other to help.

Fallon is a Chatri princess, her upbringing in the Fae world prepares her to serve her husband and not much else, and yet she has always wished for more in life. She is a powerful scry and has often watched others in different worlds, wishing she had their freedom. When the Oracles coerce her to help she is angry but realizes that their lives and most demons living in both worlds depend on finding out who is forcing the Oracles.

Fallon and Cyn have an immediate yet weary attraction to each other. She knows he has a wicked reputation and yet the more she is around him, the more she likes him.

This is a truly a thrilling book that captures your attention from beginning to end. I love how many of the characters we have grown to know and love are directly involved in saving of the world, their camaraderie, if begrudgingly given, is fun to read and I laughed at several of the alpha’s encounters. They all have a love-hate relationship with each other, and when they are together the banter is hysterical.

Cyn is one of the most down to earth vampires of the entire series, he seemed to have the best upbringing and although I love when a character is damaged and tortured, Cyn is a breath of fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, he is still as badass as they come, but you do not have to dig too deep for the kindness and thoughtfulness he gives.

Fallon is also a bit more subtle, she comes across as this shy young woman who is about to get married to a prince and does whatever her father wishes. But below the surface, she is a dynamo and has her own powers and strengths that surprise many of the Guardians, including Cyn.

There is a lot going on, the action is non-stop from the beginning and I had trouble setting the book down. The chemistry is apparent between Cyn and Fallon and their time together steams up the pages, yet the book seems more about the ending of the series than their romance. Many of the characters we see are from other books, and I enjoyed seeing them come together to help. Surprisingly I liked Fallon’s fiancé Magnus; he is an arrogant prince who gets his comeuppance with Tonya, who teaches him a thing or two about women and real life.

I love seeing Viper, Styx, Dante and many more of these incredible characters we have grown to love, and of course Levet stole the show in several scenes. The epilog is amazing and was almost

in tears as the story ends. This is number twelve in the series and there is a lot of history but each story has its own HEA and characters so it could be read as a standalone, but I recommend the entire series as it is well worth the read. I am sorry to see it end, and maybe someday we will visit this world again.

I give When Darkness Ends by Alexandra Ivy 4 stars!

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