Beyond The Darkness Mass Market Paperback – Mar 30 2010
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"Ivy does her usual excellent job of weaving intriguing plot threads and complicated characters into high-octane adventure." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series. She has also published traditional regencies and regency historicals under the name Deborah Raleigh.
Audiobook narrator Arika Rapson has performed a wide range of genres, from classics to contemporary thrillers, children's books, urban fantasy, and women's literature. Her voice has been featured on national television, on radio, and in video games, and she is the ongoing narrator for Amazon Kindle's how-to video series. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I'm still reading Alexander Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series. Why? Because it's still giving me exactly what I like in my paranormal romance novels. An uberalpha male and a strong, independent female that lock heads, fangs, fists AND wits, humor, and charm to create an explosive chemistry that works for me quite nicely. There's also the characters from previous novels that get tossed into the mix, and I love seeing the continuing development there.
In Beyond the Darkness, in particular, Ivy has gone one step further, and seems to have added another dimension to the series arc, hinting at something coming that may draw together all the characters we've met so far and pit them against one decidedly evil threat to all demonkind. It was a tantalizing and tricky thing to do, because it provided the series a cohesion and depth previously unattained. Not to mention, this particular book is the first of the series to provide a male pureblood werewolf as top dog (so to speak) instead of another of the leeches (as Salvatore would call them), so we got to get a much better - though still too brief for me - view of the difference between the vampire culture and the declining werewolf culture. The differences were handled nicely, even if I wish I'd seen a few more of them to make them really stand out. When combined with my appreciation for the series and the characters to date, it raised my enjoyment of this book and the series even higher.
Not to mention that Alexander Ivy has managed to take a character I have disliked since he was introduced, Salvatore Giuliani, and made me not only like him (a little), but understand him better and appreciate his responsibilities and the demands of saving a race from extinction. That stunned me, because I said in my review of the previous book in the series that I was NOT looking forward to a book about Giuliani. Up until this point I've found him arrogant, manipulative, and at turns boorish and sadistic in how he treated his curs and females. There was A LOT of ground to cover to get me to like him, and while he STILL isn't my favorite character, I admit, I did warm to him. I had no such trouble with Harley. I found her just as competent, intelligent, and strong as all of Ivy's female leads (except maybe Abby). I enjoyed very much her calling Giuliani to task again and again for his arrogance and I appreciated her willful resistance to bowing to the alpha's power. I thought the plot supporting her backstory was well defined and explained everything about her character. In fact, I think this is the first book in the series in which I completely bought into exactly why the male and female lead are exactly the way they are and was very impressed by how deftly the author blended the pair without diminishing either individual.
Salvatore has been searching for the four genetically altered pureblood cubs for thirty years, and has finally stumbled across the third (after the first fell in love and mated to the vampire Anasso, Styx, and the second proved to be barren...though she also fell under the spell of the leech Jagr, and Salvatore had no chance there). Imagine his surprise when he realizes that the third of the female cubs, the delicate in appearance but anything BUT delicate in reality Harley, is not only within his grasp, but is also his true mate - a bond he thought lost to the mysteries of the past for his species, as it had been a hundred years or more since the last pureblood true mating. Harley has been living cloistered from the werewolves, kept hidden by Caine, the upstart cur who's been using Harley's blood to try to find his personal holy grail - turning curs into purebloods and being the messiah of the species. She's been lied to her entire life - about the death of her sisters at the claws of the Were King himself, in particular, so meeting up with him on a moonlit night sends terror through her heart and violence through her soul. Neither know, nor soon realize, that each are a pawn in a far deadlier game, and ancient evil and a long dead nemesis rise against them both. If they fall, they lose more than their lives, they lose the entirety of the battered and beleaguered were species.
Excellent novel, and fun, fast read. It didn't have quite the same amount of humor that some of the others in the series do, and I truly missed the sardonic acceptance that each of the vampires showed when they realized THEIR mates weren't going to make life easy on them. Salvatore was less humorous, more intense that way - but in his defense, he had some truly charming and adorable moments towards the end that I won't go into further to prevent spoilers. They were endearing, though. Beyond the Darkness is also the first in the series that has set me on the edge of my seat for the next - and it's exactly because of the added dimension I mentioned as well as the plot thread with Caine. Dastardly Ivy keeps making her books better and better. 4.5 Stars all the way. Very much enjoyed it.
Harley is one of the babies stolen from the weres. She is one of four born without the ability to change. Therefore she will be able to carry her babies to term. She doesn't know this as she has been held her whole life by a group of curs. These are weres who were bitten instead of born. Salvatore finally finds her and rescues her from the curs. But Harley has been held to long and now she wants her freedom.
Salvatore has hunted the babies, one of whom he plans to make his Queen, for 30 years. When he finds Harley he finds more than he bargained for, there has not been a true were mateing in many, many, years. So it is hard for him to accept that he and Harley are true mates. The fact that his powers are weakened by her nearness, and the musk that now permeates his skin, finally convince him that he must quickly make her his mate.
The identity of the true evil that is killing the packs and draining their power is finally revealed. This power is now determined to kill Salvatore and take his place. The action is fast, the romance hot and I love these stories.
There are as usual a few secondary characters that you know will be in the next novel and leave you wanting more.
Harley has never been around other weres and allows curiousity to over rule good judgement by visiting Salvatore's jail cell. Without revealing any spoilers the two end up together on the run and the story is on. The Anasso and Darcy show up as well as Abby and Dante. This story overlaps Darkness Unleashed since there is mention of Jagr after Regan but not that he has caught her. Levet obviously is here with an appearance as well but no where near as annoying as before.He was almost his endearing self again. This was really good and I loved watching the love develop between Salvatore and Harley. We're given some tidbits about why the female quads were kidnapped as babies and the plot reveals information that ties up some of the questions on previous books. More info on Tane the asian vampire assasin as well as his possible hea with a djinn and then a pivotal scene about Caine and maybe the final female pureblood wolf being discovered.
Ivy did a fantastic job with this Alpha and Harley is worthy of being Queen of the Weres.
The King of Weres; once a villain in our beloved series, now the determined hero. I love this book. From the beginning, Salvatore has been one of my favorite characters. He's so arrogant and self assured that you can't help but love him. He's been on a mission to return the ancient powers back to the Weres that have been lost for so long. The race is on the verge of becoming extinct, no female can control her change and carry her children to term and humans are not converting into curs from a bite anymore. Salvatore created a plan thirty years ago to fix this problem but the solution was stolen from him, right out of the nursery. Now, thirty years later, his search for the sisters his lab helped create is coming to an end. With Darcy mated to the Anasso and Regan infertile, there are only two sisters remaining who can give Salvatore what he so desperately seeks. In comes Harley, she has taught since birth to fear the arrogant King of the Weres. She is a no nonsense, tough, and capable pureblood that instantly captivates Salvatore. There is a passion burning between them from the moment they spot each other. They each have their own plans and agendas, but those are easily being tossed in the air as an enemy that was believed dead has returned to the scene. Salvatore and Harley must fight their way to freedom and for the survival of the entire Were race. I love the raw passion that explodes between these two fierce and headstrong characters. The complex mystery involved throughout this book keeps you constantly guessing what is around the next corner. It's a thrilling ride with new characters with their own plans and old characters jumping in to save the day in any way they can. This is a fantastic book that goes with a fantastic series that I highly recommend. Warning: explicit content.
Love the action and world Ms. Ivy has created in her Guardians of Eternity series.
Beyond the Darkness is book six in Alexandra Ivy‘s Guardians of Eternity series. Ms. Ivy does not disappoint she knows how to pull her audience in and keep us entertained, with a strong plot, action, adventure, and just the right amount of romance.
We are taking on a fast paced action packed adventure and learn more about the Weres in this world. By the end I had a better understand of the Weres. It was nice to see Salvatore get his comeuppance, a mate who won’t fall at his feet. We see Salvatore change slowly oh so slowly now that he has a mate to protect. Finding Harley opened up new possibilities and also gave a sense of completion to the Were King. As for Harley she is a strong heroine. I liked that she never fully trusted Cain and everything he told her. It was refreshing to see her question her reactions to Salvatore. Makes it more real. I will say I had a hard time feeling the romantic love blooming between Salvatore and Harley, not sure why, might be because I’m not a Salvatore fan, just could not get that connection I usually get between couples.
As for Cain I liked his side story maybe leading up to his own book. Something unexpected happens to him that I am interested in learning more about. We also find the fourth and final missing pureblood sister Were and I did not expect her abilities/gift.
Lastly Levet; I just love him. He always brings humor to the stories. All the male characters hate him, but each female just falls in love with him. He is such a great character and something happens to him in this book…..
The story was great. Ancient evil, unknown foes and possible enemies that could become allies. Their is something stirring in the Guardians of Eternity world and you can just tell everyone is in for a ride. I always enjoy seeing previous characters return. There where some great fight scenes and steamy ones as well. I highly recommend pick up this series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.