Darkness Returns

Darkness Returns

by Alexandra Ivy

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Overview

More powerful than ever, the Guardians of Eternity are facing their greatest challenge yet: a war within their ranks. Their future is in the hands of one rebel vampire, who must choose between loyalty and love . . .
 
Blessed with an even more compelling allure than most vampires, Chiron has made a fortune in the human world, creating an empire of resorts and casinos. Since the betrayal and imprisonment of his master, he has existed outside the order of the Guardians, trusting no one. But now, the new vampire king has given him a peace offering: a scroll that could free his master. Following the relic’s magic leads him to a demon hotel deep in the Everglades, a lush paradise owned by a mysterious and
mesmerizing woman . . .
 
As far as Lilah knows, she’s lived her entire life within the confines of her enchanted estate. Memories of her own past are elusive and cloaked in shadows. Even Chiron can’t figure out exactly what she is, and if her intoxicating beauty is his destiny or an illusion drawing him ever closer to his demise—or perhaps to an even more tormenting choice, between his master and his mate . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108428
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Guardians of Eternity Series , #13
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 4,309
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romantic suspense, paranormal and erotic romance. She has also written Regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh. A five-time RT Book Award Finalist, Ivy has received much acclaim for her Guardians of Eternity, ARES Security, Immortal Rogues and Sentinels series. She lives with her family in Missouri and can be found online at www.AlexandraIvy.com.

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CHAPTER 1

The sweeping mansion on the edge of Chicago was the perfect setting for an old-time movie star. Built behind a high fence and surrounded by a manicured lawn with a profusion of gardens, it possessed a faded, ageless beauty. Inside, it had an abundance of marble, fluted columns, and gilt that encroached into every nook and cranny. Including the toilets.

But there was no aging human drifting through the thirty-odd rooms. Instead, the place was filled with demons. Vampires, a pureblooded Were, fairies, and a few imps. Oh, and the Anasso, the King of the Vampires.

The current Anasso, Styx, was a six-foot-six male with the stark Aztec features of his ancestors. His dark hair was pulled into a braid that was threaded with turquoise medallions and hung down his back. His massive frame was covered in leather. And he rammed through the house like a bull in a china cabinet.

Not that anyone was stupid enough to laugh when he busted a fragile knickknack. Or when one of the antique chairs collapsed beneath his weight.

Everyone knew he'd chosen the elegant estate at the urging of his mate, Darcy. He would move heaven and earth to please his female. Plus, there was the healthy fear that he would happily lop off the head of anyone who insulted him with his badass sword, which was usually strapped across his back.

Currently, Styx was in his private study, a room he'd managed to strip of most of the froufrou nonsense, although there was no getting rid of the gilt. It infected the place like a plague. At least it had nice, sturdy furniture, along with shelves filled with rare books, manuscripts, and scrolls.

He was standing behind his desk when the door was pushed open and a male vampire strolled in.

Unlike Styx, Viper's long hair was the silver of moonlight, and he preferred satin to leather. In fact, he dressed like a Regency dandy, with a frilly white shirt and a long velvet coat. Still, anyone foolish enough to think he was anything less than lethal rarely lived long enough to regret their mistake.

"You rang?" the male drawled as he strolled toward the center of the study.

Styx and Viper had been through hell together. Quite literally. In the past few years, they'd battled the Dark Lord, evil witches, and dragons. Which was why he was confident his friend wasn't going to be happy with what he had to tell him.

"I wanted to let you know that I will be out of town for a few days," Styx said.

"Not another honeymoon?" Viper arched a brow. "You do know that eventually they're just called vacations?" He tilted his head, pretending to consider his words. "Unless there's an orgy involved."

"I have to go to Vegas."

"Ah." Viper smiled. In the light from the chandelier, his fangs glistened as white as snow. "Then there is an orgy involved."

Styx rolled his eyes. He could only wish he was taking his mate to Vegas. Regardless of what his friend might think, there could never be too many honeymoons.

"This is no vacation. I've requested a meeting with the Rebels."

Viper looked momentarily disappointed, as if he'd been hoping for the orgy scenario. Then his expression brightened.

"Wait, are you going to kill them? I'll go home and get my sword."

Styx held up a hand. The Rebels were a clan of vampires, led by Tarak, who'd led an insurrection against the previous Anasso after he'd taken command of the warring clans and consolidated them beneath his rule. At least, that's the story he'd always been told after Tarak had disappeared. And the one he'd chosen to believe.

Since he'd taken on the duty as king, he'd ignored the Rebels. As long as they minded their business and didn't cause trouble, they could do what the hell they wanted. Until last night.

Then everything changed.

"No, I'm taking Levet to them."

Levet was a three-foot gargoyle who'd been a pain in the ass since Viper's mate, Shay, had rescued him from a slave auction. The creature was intrusive, maddening, and his magic was dangerously unpredictable.

Styx would have him stuffed and mounted on his wall if Darcy and the other females hadn't been so attached to the ridiculous pest. And there were a few occasions when the gargoyle's rare talents actually came in handy.

"Ah. An even more devious plot," his companion drawled. The only one who loathed Levet more than Styx was Viper. "You intend to torture them with that aggravating pest until they kill themselves. Very clever, oh wise and ancient master."

"Did you just call me ancient?"

Viper shrugged. "Prehistoric?"

Styx narrowed his gaze, the lights in the mansion flickering. All vampires had individual talents. Styx's was a blast of energy that could cripple his opponent.

Unfortunately, his power tended to interfere with modern technology when he was annoyed. "Careful."

Viper grinned, gloriously unrepentant. "Tell me why you're taking a gargoyle to Vegas."

Styx folded his arms over his wide chest. "You remember I told you I was cleaning out the caves?"

"No, but to be fair, I rarely listen when you're talking."

Styx made a sound of disgust. "Why do I bother to pretend I'm the Anasso? No one ever pays attention to me."

"Someone has to be king," Viper informed him with a shrug. "Tell me about your cave."

There was more flickering of the lights and a small shudder beneath their feet, but Styx managed to maintain command of his temper. Nothing less than a miracle.

"My Ravens have been using it as temporary housing, but I completed the barracks beneath the estate," he said. The caves were several miles away and had been his home for decades before Darcy had insisted that his role as king demanded a more elegant setting. He hated to tell her that he far preferred the dark, dank, and sometimes moldy caverns. At least there he didn't have to worry about breaking something. And he certainly hadn't had to worry about unwanted guests dropping by. "With no one to guard the entrance, I needed to do something with my previous master's belongings."

Viper's pale features hardened with a sudden burst of fury. The original Anasso had kidnapped Viper's mate and intended to use her blood to extend his own life.

Needless to say, the two males hadn't been BFFs.

"Burn them," the younger vampire snapped. "Or better yet, let me burn them."

"That's what I intend to do with the majority of the stuff," Styx said. In truth, his first impulse had been to pile everything in the middle of the largest cavern and toss a match on top. Unfortunately, he had taken time to sort through the boxes, trunks, and hidden stashes. Now it was too late to solve his problems with a bonfire. "There are a few sensitive items I need to deal with personally."

"Sensitive?"

"We both know that my master could be ruthless even before he started going mad," Styx said.

"He was a jerk."

Styx's lips twitched. His own relationship with the Anasso had been complicated. He'd admired the vampire's determination to force the savage vampires out of the Dark Ages and to unite them in a common cause of survival. But his methods had been ... questionable.

"As eloquent as always, Viper," he said dryly.

Viper waved a slender hand. "It's a gift."

"Anyway, I found this hidden beneath his bed." Styx leaned forward to grab the thick scroll off his desk. It was made of papyrus and rolled around a heavy bronze rod. It smelled of age and blood.

"What's that?" Viper demanded.

"It's a pact with a coven of witches."

"Witches?" Viper took a step backward, eyeing the scroll with horror. Magic was the one thing all vampires feared. They had no ability to sense it, which meant they had no way to protect themselves. "No vampire would willingly deal with witches."

"It gets worse."

"What?"

Styx felt something in the middle of his chest. A strange pressure. Darcy would no doubt tell him it was guilt, but he refused to accept such a stupid hypothesis. He was a predator. A king. A badass warrior with a badass sword that lopped off heads.

Still, that pressure was annoying.

"My master came to me and swore that Tarak had turned traitor and tried to kill him to claim the throne for himself. He said he'd been forced to exile Tarak and that he wanted me to stand at his side when he proclaimed Tarak's clansmen as Rebels."

"Did you?" Viper demanded.

"Yes. I stood proudly beside the king as he made the proclamation that the Rebels were being driven from our territory." The words were clipped. He hated admitting he was wrong. And he had been epically wrong. He should never have dismissed Chiron, who'd been Tarak's most loyal servant. The young male had come to him and pleaded for his help after Tarak had disappeared. The younger male refused to believe his master had been a traitor. "I wouldn't listen to the accusation that the king had captured Tarak."

"Shit." Viper widened his dark eyes. It was one thing to kill a chief in battle. In the olden days, it had happened with depressing frequency. But it was considered a cowardly human trick to take a fellow vampire as a hostage. And especially when that vampire was a member of one's own clan. "It was true?"

"Unfortunately."

"What happened to him after he was captured?"

The pressure in the center of his chest became more pronounced. As if a very large troll was sitting on him. The damned thing weighed a ton.

"As far as I know, he's still imprisoned."

Viper grimaced, then, as if struck by a sudden thought, he took a step forward.

"You're not thinking about letting him out, are you?"

Styx shrugged. "What choice do I have?"

"Let me think." Viper mockingly tapped a finger to his chin. "You could release the powerful clan chief who has had several centuries to consider the most creative ways to kill us for holding him prisoner. Or leave him safely locked away." More tapping on his chin. "Hmm. Tough decision."

Viper had a point. If Tarak was released, he most certainly would track them down to seek his revenge. That was the least of Styx's concerns. He was far more worried about the possibility that the vampire would come out of his prison completely insane. Tarak could rampage halfway across the world, slaughtering the innocent, before they managed to stop him.

Styx had spent the previous night contemplating the various risks before he'd made his decision. He wasn't a vampire who liked to rush into things. Calm. Logical. Persistent. Those were the traits he used as a leader.

"I have to do what's right," he said.

Viper snorted. "What's right is keeping my head attached to my neck."

"I didn't ask you here to debate the issue. I just wanted to let you know I would be gone."

Viper paused. Was he considering the odds of convincing Styx to forget Tarak was locked in some mystical prison? Probably. But the younger vampire wasn't stupid. He knew once Styx made up his mind, there was no changing it.

Why beat his head against a brick wall?

"What exactly are you going to do in Vegas?" he instead asked.

Styx held up the scroll. "I'm going to give this to Chiron."

"Chiron," Viper repeated. "I don't recognize the name."

Styx had lost track of the younger vampire after he'd been banished, although he'd heard rumors that Chiron had snuck back into his forbidden territory and started a casino. It'd taken a few hours of research, and cashing in several favors to various demons, to learn that Chiron had settled in Vegas nearly fifty years ago.

"He owns Dreamscape Resorts."

Viper sent him a shocked glance. "Dreamscape? The chain of casinos and spas spread around the world?"

"I suppose." Styx didn't have any interest in casinos or spas. Viper, on the other hand, owned several nightclubs, and despite the fact that his clubs catered to demons rather than humans, he was constantly scoping out the competition. "As far as I can tell, he's been the public face of the clan. Most of the Rebels disappeared into the shadows over the past centuries."

"Why take the gargoyle if you're just handing over the scroll?" Viper demanded. "It can't be because you enjoy his company."

Styx shuddered. He'd rather spend the next forty-eight hours being flogged by a drunken troll than be forced to travel with Levet.

He glanced toward the scroll in his hands. "This is the original spell that hides the key to the prison. It was given to the previous Anasso to prove the deed was done."

"There's a key?" Viper cast a wary glance toward the scroll. As if it was a ticking time bomb about to explode. Styx didn't blame him. Witches and magic and hidden prisoners were enough to put any vampire on edge. Which was why he was anxious to hand the thing over to Chiron. Let him deal with it. "Where is it?" Viper demanded.

"I don't know for sure. I'm hoping Levet will be able to use his ability to trace the magic. It might lead the Rebels to where the key is hidden."

Viper slowly smiled. "More likely they'll kill the gargoyle before they can ever find the key. No sane demon could endure that aggravating scourge for more than a few hours. At the same time, you'll be celebrated as a hero for making amends for the previous king." Viper offered Styx a mocking bow. "Well played."

Styx ignored his friend's hopeful prediction. His luck wasn't good enough for Chiron to dispose of Levet and give up any attempt to free his master. It was more likely the vampire would free Tarak, who would promptly come to Chicago along with the gargoyle to kill him.

"I should be back before the weekend," he said. He planned to take his jet, which was waiting at a private airfield, to Vegas tonight and fly home before morning, but if he was delayed for some reason, he didn't want Viper rushing to his rescue with the Ravens. He was trying to prevent a war, not start one. Then again, he didn't want to disappear into the Mojave Desert and never be seen again. "If not, come looking for me."

"Got it." Viper stiffened, his nose flaring as the scent of granite filtered through the air. "Call if you need anything. Now I'm bailing before —"

His words were cut off as the door to the study was thrown open and Levet stepped inside.

"I have arrived," the tiny demon announced in a booming voice.

Levet wasn't what most people expected of a gargoyle.

He had the usual grotesque features, the thick gray skin, the reptilian eyes, the horns, and the cloven hoofs. He even had a long tail he polished on a regular basis. But he was barely three-foot tall, and he possessed a pair of delicate fairy wings that shimmered in vibrant reds and blues with veins of gold. Even worse, his magic was as combustible as a harpy's temper, and he had more courage than sense.

It was little wonder he had been voted out of the Gargoyle Guild.

"Too late," Viper muttered.

The stunted gargoyle blew a raspberry toward Viper before he turned his attention to Styx.

"This summons had better be important," he said with a sniff, as if Styx couldn't crush him beneath his size sixteen boot. Levet had a bloated opinion of his own importance. "I was enjoying a lava bath with a lovely fire imp."

Styx forced himself to count to ten. "We're going to Vegas."

"Vegas?" Levet's wings twitched excitement before he abruptly scowled. "This is not a trick, is it? The last time you promised me we were going on a vacation together you locked me in the dungeon."

Styx bared his fangs. "You tried to sell my sword on eBay."

Levet stuck out his bottom lip. "I do not know why your panties are in a kink. It is not like you ever use the rusty thing."

The floor trembled and ice formed in the air as Styx reached over his shoulder to grasp the handle of his massive weapon, which was strapped to his back. With one smooth motion, he had the tip of the blade pressed against Levet's short snout.

"Lucky you," he growled. "I'm taking it to Vegas."

Levet's wings drooped. "I do not feel very lucky."

CHAPTER 2

Chiron's penthouse office was designed to make a statement. Wealth. Sophistication. Power. The three things that impressed the mortals he dealt with routinely.

The outer reception room had a bank of windows that looked out over the Mojave Desert on one side and the lights of the nearby Vegas Strip on the other. Anyone who entered the room was immediately captivated by the view.

The carpet was silver, the furniture a sleek chrome with black leather. There was one wall covered by shelves that held a priceless collection of pottery from the Persian empire.

Chiron's private space was more suited to a vampire. No windows, dim lighting, and heavy furniture that could withstand the weight of a full-grown orc. It still managed to be an elegant testament to good taste, with a sleek desk and a silver-and-black décor.

It was a perfect setting for Chiron.

Like all vampires, he was blessed with a compelling beauty that was used to lure his prey. But Chiron's was even more dramatic than most.

(Continues…)


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SonyK 6 months ago
This is book thirteen in the GUARIANS OF ETERNITY series. I found this book to be an interesting read. I strongly suggest reading the series in order. I love that the author brought back a character from a previous book; you don't want to miss that. I really like the setting of this book, all the magic and mystery, so my thing. I felt that the characters were strong and well written. The ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger, I have the feeling I'm gonna love the next book! If you like PNR you'll have to give this book a try, I know I wasn't disappointed! ***I voluntarily reviewed this ARC for an honest review via NetGalley also received a copy from a giveaway via Goodreads, this is my honest opinion and has not been influenced by the author, Publishers, NetGalley or Goodreads in anyway.*** Thank you!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Another+great+read%2C+this+one+ends+on+a+cliff+hanger+but+that+just+makes+me+more+excited+to+read+the+next+one.+Levett+is+his+regular+silly+self+I+love+him+so+much+I+wish+he+was+my+actual+friend.+lol...Chiron+and+Lilah+story+is+unique+and+loving+for+sure.+great+suspense+and+romance.+Tough+guys+are+loyal+I+can%27t+wait+to+read+what+happens+next.+
Sailon 10 months ago
Chiron is a vampire who has made an empire of world wide casino hotels. When the possibility of his missing master has been found, Chiron follows the clues, with Levet’s help, to a small Everglade magical retreat where he meets the most memorizing young woman, Lilah. Chiron doesn’t know if he can trust Lilah or if she is responsible for his missing master. Lilah has spent her entire life at the estate and dreams of traveling the world but breaks in her memories and a magical nanny convinces her time and time again to stay. Mystery, mayhem and lots of sexy is just what this book reader wanted and got from Darkness Returns. She had me with Levet so all the rest just made for a magically fabulous read. I received this ARC copy of Darkness Returns from Kensington Books - Lyrical Press. This is my honest and voluntary review.
cherlym 10 months ago
How fun to see Styxx and Viper again. The back and forth is truly snark worthy. Styxx enlists Levet to help correct a wrong that the former Anasso perpetuated,providing humor. Chiron and Lilah provide the romance and mystery. Lilah is unsure what she is. Her nanny from years gone is an Orge with her own secrets. I really enjoyed this light hearted, romance wrapped in a mystery and topped with humor. I was not thrilled that it had a mini cliff hanger. Thank you Netgalley , Lyrical Press and thank you Alexandra Ivy for this arc. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were unsolicited.
animation 10 months ago
Although this is the first book in the Guardians of Eternity series I have read, this is not the first book by Alexandra Ivy that I have read. I have been slowly embracing the paranormal world in the last few years and finally decided to give this series a try. With this being the 13th book, I thought I would have a hard time following along, but my fears were unfounded. While there were some scenes that alluded to previous characters/story lines, they were brief and just enough to help me understand the connection to this story. The humor is the first thing that drew me in. I enjoyed the flirty foreplay between Chiron and Lilah, as well as, the character of Levet. He’s like Einstein and Peter Griffin wrapped in a tiny annoying package, but I loved him. The way he is written is pure genius. This is a paranormal romance, so there are several different beings in the story, each with their own set of abilities. I think I might like this fictional world that Ms. Ivy has created and at some point will go back and read the previous books in this series. The ending definitely has me awaiting the next book with baited breath. ARC received from NetGalley for an honest review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is book 13 in the Guardians of Eternity series. I have read a lot of books in this series but not all. Even though I was unfamiliar with these characters, this book works well as a stand alone. Styx, king of the vampires, discovers some information that proves the previous king was involved in the betrayal of another vampire. He passes the info to Chiron so that he can try to find and free his former master and right a wrong. Chiron reluctantly accepts the loan of the king’s annoying gargoyle and sets off in search of the key to finding his master. Being the owner of a string of luxury hotels he is surprised by the exclusive, private and magical hotel that caters to demons. He encounters the beautiful owner and her ogress manager who definitely are harboring secrets. He doesn’t know who to trust or where to look for the key as he finds danger along with a little romance. This is a quick read with not a lot of depth but if you are looking for a vampire romance, this is it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 11 months ago
ended+too+soon+but+well+written+even+up+to+end.+
Cali-Jewel 11 months ago
Thrilling, heart pounding excitement, action packed danger and riveting twists that kept me glued to my e-reader all night long..... loved the sexy passion and engaging charters. I have loved this series from the beginning and this story is the best addition so far. Loved it!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Ended+without+resolution.
Anonymous 11 months ago
How+can+you+leave+your+readers+hanging++in+this+short+book%3F+Come+on%2C+you%27ve+never+done+it+before+with+this+awesome+series++How+long+will+we+have+to+wait+for+the+next+one+to+get+answers%3F
Rainn2978 11 months ago
I would highly recommend reading the other books in this series before you read this one just so you understand events that are spoken of that happened in the past. It has been almost 4 years since the last book in this series and I honestly thought that it was over. And then this one comes and let me tell you, it does disappoint and just reminded me all over again why I love this series to begin with! I love that we get to see a bit of Styxx because who doesn't love that vampire?? Chiron is on the hunt to find his master, Tarak, and free him. Unfortunately for him Levet has been sent with to help him, and we all know how much the men love Levet LOL! Chiron is led to the Everglades and a meeting with Lilah. This book has quite a few twists and turns and I loved every minute of it! Chiron is loyal to the point of almost excluding what could be the best thing for him. Lilah was definitely the biggest surprise for me! I definitely wasn't expecting to find out what I did about her! And then you have the side characters that are introduced and it all just reminds me of how much I truly love this author! I can't wait for not only Tarak's story but all the new characters that are introduced as well! Another great read in this series and I can't wait to see where this storyline takes us!
Evampire9 11 months ago
He has existed outside the order of the Guardians and trusts no one but Chiron has created an empire of resorts and casinos. Using the peace offering given him by the new vampire king, he sets out on a quest to find and free his master, only he never expected to find a lush paradise owned by a mysterious and mesmerizing woman. Chiron and Lilah are two very strong, alluring characters that easily compel readers to read their story which is full of some powerful electrical chemistry and scorching passions. The romance is on the sweet side but has a few obstacles that stand in the way Chiron’s mating which causes quite a bit of intense emotional turmoil especially since Chiron’s quest is reminding Lilah just what her life is missing. This potent and exciting plot is full of suspense, action, romance and unexpected twists that grabs the readers by their imaginations and hold them hostage as the actions that take place in this fast paced plot promise to bring about some challenging events to come for the Guardian world. The author has brought back her creative and fascinating world full of vampires, shifters and magic and added some wonderful new elements and intriguing new plot that puts the future of the Guardians in the hands of one rebel vampire who must choose between loyalty and love. While the story concludes with a happy for now ending, it also provides an intriguing set up for the continuing story that is ensures readers have to know what will happen next. Oops, I didn’t mention that Levet is back and up to his usual – finding heaps of trouble and causing readers to LOL.
Lillian Maddocks-Cummings 11 months ago
Can you break the curse? Chiron knows that he has to find his leader Tarak but no one knows where he disappeared to but that changes when the king of the vampires Styx visits him. This might be his only chance to find him and to repay his debt. Tarak saved him so many eons ago he would have gone completely mad if he hadn't been shown how to be a vampire. Chiron knows that it isn't going to be easy especially that his helper is a gargoyle named Levet. Will he be able to trust this little annoying creature? Where is the key to finding Tarak and why is magic involved. Vampires don't really like witches that is one thing they all agree upon but he has no choice but to follow Levet. He is surprised when he meets Lilah as he can't figure out what she is. Lilah knows that this vampire could be trouble she just can't understand why her friend and nanny Inga warns her to stay away from him. Lilah doesn't know much about her dead parents and Inga refuses to talk about them all she knows is that this is her life and that she needs to take in guests so that the hotel can survive. But there is something different about Chiron he makes her want to leave her home and to travel to all the wonderful places that he has been too. Can she take that chance? Levet doesn't trust Inga the half ogre she is hiding something but before he can warn Chiron he is thrown into a dungeon and no matter how he tries he can't get out. Chiron has been looking for him but he is more attentive to Lilah and that could be his undoing. Why is she so special and why can't she remember anything about her parents. Can he help her learn the truth and will he find Tarak at long last? A great read who doesn't love a strong vampire that knows what he wants. I was luck enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.
all_in 11 months ago
I am an Ivy fan and have purchased and read this entire series. However I do not appreciate cliffhangers especially in a serial book. I'm also a senior citizen on a fixed income. When I spend $5.99 on a book I expect a whole book not a beginning and a middle. That makes me feel cheated. If an established author decides to write a half a book and charge for a whole one, warn your fans - give us a choice to make the decision to buy the book even though it's not a whole book. I was so startled at the end when I figured out what was going on I just starred at the last page for a couple of minutes. Dumbfounded. Please don't do that to us again. Thank you.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 11 months ago
DARKNESS RETURNS is the thirteenth full-length instalment in Alexandra Ivy’s contemporary, adult GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY paranormal romance series. This is hotelier and ancient vampire Chiron, and hotelier Lilah’s story line. DARKNESS RETURNS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. NOTE: WHEN DARKNESS ENDS was originally intended to be the final book in the author’s Guardians of Eternity series but the storyline ended with a happily ever after –for now, so it was the end of that particular arc. Now it appears Ms. Ivy will be continuing to focus on her Guardians of Eternity with a new story line arc. Told from several third person perspectives including Chiron and Lilah DARKNESS RETURNS follows ancient vampire Chiron as he is tasked by the Anasso Styx (King of the Vampires) to find the vampire Chiron once called Master and friend, a male whose whereabouts are currently unknown. When the reigning Anasso discovers an ancient scroll, Chiron and the gargoyle Levet are called in to help locate the key that will hopefully free Tarak, the missing male. Strong magic and a veiled resort brings Chiron face to face with his future-enter hotelier Lilah, an immortal woman of unknown origins, and the woman Chiron knows to be his mate. What ensues is the search for the key; the discovery of magic and secrets, and the potential fall-out as the truth is revealed. DARKNESS RETURNS is a story of betrayal, secrets, lies and loss. Lilah is unaware of the true nature of her past, a past that has been wiped from her mind and her thoughts. Chiron knows his Master is still alive but our hero must battle between head and heart when freeing Tarak could place his mate in mortal danger. Alexandra Ivy introduces a new species or two to her world of the supernatural, species I suspected early on in the story. Levet’s inaccurate use of words and euphemisms is priceless and fun; the return of Viper, Styx and Ulric lends connection, cohesion and familiarity to the current story line. The premise is captivating; the romance is passionate; the characters are colorful, dark, and dangerous. DARKNESS RETURNS ends on a cliff-hanger, you have been warned.
Marta Cox 11 months ago
A triumphant return to this much loved series about Vampires and all the associated immortals they exist with. I wasn't exactly sure how Chiron and his previous actions would fit but happily my favourite Vampire King is magnanimous enough to admit to mistakes and give Chiron valuable information. Now Chiron is no fool but does agree to take Levet with his affinity for magic with him as he searches for someone who has been lost for a long time. However winding up in a hidden, magical hotel in the Everglades isn't exactly what Chiron had in mind but with a beautiful, mysterious owner named Lilah perhaps Chiron is exactly where he's meant to be ? I love that I never quite know just what this authors imagination will dream up next and this crazy hotel was very unexpected. Chiron might be unsure about what Lilah is exactly due to the mysterious magic reverberating around but theres definitely something not quite right. Luckily there's always Levet to rely on but with brandy that needs drinking will Levet save the day this time ? As much as I liked the lead couple for me it's Levet that steals every scene he is in. Chiron is so loyal and determined to rescue his imprisoned master Tarak but the author cleverly dangles supporting characters that mean already I'm longing for more. I'm reluctant to give away the plot involving Lilah but will say there's huge clues if you breathe in (hint) about exactly what magic is being used and this was fun, exciting and such a wonderful way to while away a few hours. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
nku 11 months ago
Darkness Returns (Guardians Of Eternity, #13) by Alexandra Ivy... I enjoy this series and would like to thank the publisher and #NetGalley for allowing me to preview this book. This is Chiron and Lilah's story and there are plenty of twists and turns, laughs, tears, steamy stuff all getting us to their HEA. I can't forget Levet... there is a bit of a cliffhanger but not enough to be upsetting. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Action-packed Happily Ever After Funny Page-turner Steamy Romantic Easy-to-read
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