Monday, October 8, 2012

Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall (Immortal Guardians #3)

Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3)Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Phantom Shadows is the story of Sebastien Newcombe. He is the reforming villain from Darkness Dawns. Bastien fought and even killed an Immortal before he realized he was one. Shunned by nearly every Immortal and mortal in the Guardians compound, Sebastien faces a difficult road and he chooses to face it alone.

Dr. Melanie Lipton is struggling to find a cure for the madness that eventually attacks all vampires. She befriends the vampires in her care and has always been kind to Bastien. Bastien is attracted to Dr. Lipton but never wants to put another through the ridicule he faces as an outcast. Melanie sees the good qualities in Bastien and wants to pursue the magnetism between them.

A threat from the human group that held and tortured Ami is uncovered. Melanie is mortally injured by this group and Bastien’s control slips, causing a blood bath. Contacts are going missing, every Immortal is now a target of an unknown enemy that possesses a tranquilizer that can slow or even knock out an Immortal. The situation is direr and it causes Sebastien to propose a radical and controversial tactic.

I found Phantom Shadows an action packed page turner. The characters we fell in love with in the first 2 installments of this series all have just the right amount of time to make their presences known.

Dianne Duvall is astonishing; she twists and turns the villain into the hero. He is scarred and damaged but she makes him lovable and caring even though he hides behind sarcasm.

Melanie is a strong heroin that holds her own even though she is human. She befriends the vampires without prejudice and is a true friend to all those around her.

The ending, in Duvall fashion, leaves us all wanting more! Please write fast, I need to know what happens next.

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