Ivy, Alexandra. When Darkness Comes. (New York: Kensington, 2006). ISBN – 0821779354.
Main Characters: Abby Barlow and Dante
Related Works: This is part of the Guardians of Eternity series. When Darkness Comes, the story of Abby Barlow and Dante is the first in the series. Embrace the Darkness, Viper and Lady Shay’s story is the second. The third book, is Darkness Everlasting – the story of Styx and Darcy Smith.
Description from book:
Never tempt fate . . .
It’s been a hell of a day for Abby Barlow. In just a few hours, she’s survived and 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 wil 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. . .
There is something very compelling about Alexandra Ivy’s guardians of eternity. I’m a sucker for good vampire story – and I thought this was an excellent one. Although Darkness Everlasting is the third in this series, it was the first one that I read. I have to say that I was hooked. When I finished Styx and Darcy’s story, I couldn’t wait to read more about Dante and Viper. In this book, Dante is bound to guard the woman who possesses the Chalice. Abby happens to work for this woman, Selena. However, when Selena is mortally wounded, she is able to transfer the Chalice to Abby. Thus, Dante becomes bound to Abby, who is woefully unprepared for the task. For most of the book, Dante and Abby believe that they might be able get the witches to remove the Chalice. Danger, chaos and a bit of mayhem ensue. Fortunately, Dante and Abby triumph in the end.
Read first August 2008