When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity Trilogy: Book 1)

by Alexandra Ivy | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0821779354 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CheriePie of Campbell, California USA on 4/17/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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It's been a hell of a day for Abby Barlow. In just a few hours, she's survived an explosion, watched her employer die, had a startling dream, and now she finds herself in a seedy Chicago hotel with the sexy, unearthly Dante, a vampire she both desires and fears.

For 341 years, Dante has stood as guardian to The Chalice, a mortal woman chosen to hold back the darkness. A terrible twist of fate has now made Abby that woman. Three hours ago, Dante would have used all his charms to seduce her. Now she is his to protect. And he will do so until his very death.

A terrifying plan has been set in motion, one that will plunge Dante and Abby into an epic battle between good and evil—and a desperate race to save their love...

Journal Entry 2 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, April 30, 2007
My Review
Abby Barlow has unknowingly become The Chalice, a host body for The Phoenix, the Goddess designed to keep the Prince of Darkness and his minions at bay. Dante is a 341 year old vampire who's been bound by ritual to protect The Chalice from all the demons and minions now hunting her. With the death of the current Chalice, and it's transference into Abby, they're now running for their lives from the demons that hunt the Chalice, in the hopes of bringing the Prince of Darkness back into our realm.

This book struck me from the beginning because the main character's last name is very similar to mine, and then on the very first page of the Prologue, the Duke of Granville is mentioned, and Granville is my Dad's middle name, taken from what was once part of his last name before he moved to America from England as a teen. In any case, it just struck me as quite coincidental. :-)

This is Alexandra Ivy's first novel and though the story itself was fairly decent, it did have a bit too much romance for my liking. Also, I thought her style left something to be desired. She was constantly using incomplete sentences as entire paragraphs! I know authors often do this for emphasis sometimes, but I thought it was very much overused, such that as a reader, you couldn't stop mid-way through a chapter because you might stop at a paragraph that makes no sense standing alone. I didn't like that... but I often see a lot of quirky things I don't like in an author's first novel anyway.

The story itself was supposed to contain an element of danger, and it tried to, but for some reason, it just didn't come across that way, probably because Abby and Dante were stopping to have sex every 1/2 hour. We hear at least once per chapter about his silver eyes, and long dark hair, and gorgeous body, etc. It's this kind of thing that made it too romance-y for me, and caused my attention to wander. Once I got beyond all these things though, I did enjoy the underlying story. If I hadn't, I would've given up without finishing. So I'm guessing romance readers might appreciate some of it more than I did.

This is now reserved for Breeni, to whom it was promised from our 5th Live Swap at Sticky Fingers in Charleston.

Journal Entry 3 by CheriePie at Live Swap in USPS, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Released 16 yrs ago (5/9/2007 UTC) at Live Swap in USPS, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases



Off to Breeni as an owed TBR from our Live Swap #5 in Charleston. Sent via Media Mail on 5/9/07. Enjoy!! :o)

Journal Entry 4 by rem_HKR-388626 on Saturday, May 19, 2007
Received a few days ago...just getting around to journaling. Thanks so much, Cherie!!

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