Review: Fear the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

Fear the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
Series: Guardians of Eternity (# 9)
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher:  Zebra
Pages: 352
Source:  Publisher

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pure-blooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger – and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her. As Cassie’s mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine’s magnetism, and unsure if he – or her feelings for him – can be trusted. But Cassie can’t afford to doubt Caine now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize – and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world.

 

Review:  I will start out by saying I have not read the first 8 books in the series. Because of this, I found myself a little lost and unsure of all the characters and how they tied into this story. I of course love any book with werewolves, witches, curs, vampires, and demons!

I found this book to be about the battle of good vs. evil and of course a love story! Cassie is the “Prophet” that was altered in womb and is a pure blood werewolf that cannot shift to wolf. She was held captive for 30 years by a demon. Cassie is also gifted (or cursed) with visions of the future- a “true seer”. Caine is a werewolf has been sworn to protect her. The story leads to me to believe that Caine did not always lead life on the right side of the tracks. (This is where I feel reading the first books in the series probably would have been helpful.) At the beginning of this book I found the romance and chemistry between Caine and Cassie to be sweet. Cassie has been sheltered while she was held captive all those years and is new to many worldly things. Caine immediately tries to ignore his attraction to Cassie. The fact that Cassie seems to be clueless of her beauty and sexiness makes it hard for Caine to resist and …..his wolf wants this Were- desperately!

Gaius is a vampire that has sold his soul to “The Dark Lord” in the name of love. His mate Dara was killed and in return for Dara returning from the grave Gaius is indebted to the Dark Lord. Gaius was unwillingly teamed up Sally- a witch Conduit and brother/sister team of curs (which also happen to be capable of magic) Dolf and Ingrid. Gaius despises witches and curs but has no choice to team up with them in their quest to capture the beautiful “seer” pure blood werewolf Cassie and deliver her to The Dark Lord. A lot of this book is told from the view of Gaius. I did enjoy getting in the head of the evil Gaius and The Dark Lord. I gained some insight as to how evil almost tries to rationalize its actions!

This is the first book I have ready by author Alexandra Ivy and I will say I love her witty humor throughout the book. The romance did start out “sweet” between Caine and Cassie but eventually turns out to be hot and super steamy. Unable to ignore the attraction Caine eventually does give in. His wolf wants Cassie as a mate- forever! Cassie is new- and excited about these sexual feelings and urges that Caine brings out of her. She pleads with Caine to take her “innocence” but Caine holds back. He feels he is not worthy of having such a woman as a mate. During all the back and forth sexual tension Caine still has to find a way protect Cassie.

The Dark Lord is looking to resurrect so he may rule with evil. He desires the gift of Cassie’s visions and also seeks the babies created centuries ago; “Alpha” and “Omega”. The Dark Lord encounters The “Phoenix”, Goddess of Light who tries to stop the Dark Lord in his quest to rule by chaos and evil. Everyone comes together in the battle scene to fight the classic battle of ‘Good VS Evil”. (This is another situation when knowing all the characters from previous books in the series would have made things a little less confusing). In the end does the Dark Lord unleash his demons and allow chaos to rule? Does Gaius fulfill his deal with the Dark Load and reunite with his beloved mate Dara? Do Cassie and Caine finally seal their love and mark each other as eternal mates? And finally, does Good or Evil prevail?

I did enjoy the way Cassie changed and grew throughout the book. At the beginning of the story she seemed to be this innocent naive woman. She was unaware of her sexuality and seemed so fragile. As the story progressed Cassie grew aware of her attraction for Caine she became a little temptress. I liked how she also took control and tried to protect Caine when she had a vision and sensed he was in danger. She grew from a fragile shell of a woman to a strong woman that would risk herself and delve into the unknown to try to protect the man she felt so strongly for. I do love this kind of character development/growth in a book.

I was surprised of how much I liked Gaius. Even thought he seemed like a heartless vampire I found myself feeling for him. Throughout the book he mistreated many of the other characters and just had a nasty demeanor. What touched me about him was that all he did was in the name of love. He was determined to pay off his debt to the Dark Lord so he would be reunited with his one true love Dara. I felt it was almost sweet how much he cared and wanted to be with his mate even thought he was an evil/bad person. It was all in the name of love.

I normally enjoy many characters in a book, but there were entirely too many characters in this book. I found myself having to write down character names, roles, and relationships. I did also expect more of a back story for the sister. Since Cassie was one of the main characters in this book I would have liked to know more about sisters and their relationship.

I did enjoy the excitement of the story. The story was not predictable at all and I did find myself wanting to read more to see what would happen next even thought I was confused and flustered by the switching of viewpoints and the number of characters in the book. I do appreciate that author Ivy did note the location at the beginning of each section when the view point changed. (Without this I would not been able to finish this book.)

Overall I did enjoy the book but felt it was hard to follow. The story line was good and most of the characters were well developed (even not having read the previous books). I must say I do love the writing style of author Ivy and loved the story line. Ivy writes with much excitement, drama, humor and action! I would recommend this book to anyone currently reading the Guardians of Eternity Series. I will recommend this series but will definitely stress the importance of starting with Book 1!