Monday, February 27, 2012

Review - Deliver Me From Darkness by Tes Hilaire

Deliver Me From Darkness
Tes Hilaire
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
February 2012

Roland is a vampire who was once a Paladin (one of God's warriors.) His best friend is Logan, also a Paladin, was charged with killing Roland when Roland was turned. Logan believes there’s still good in Roland but when he brings a girl to Roland’s apartment for safekeeping, he’s just a little worried by Roland’s reaction to her. Roland doesn’t want the dirty, unkempt bundle in his place and certainly not in his pristine bed but that’s where Logan puts her. And after assuring himself that Roland won’t harm her, he leaves the girl in Roland’s safekeeping. Neither can understand why the denizens of the underworld are after this one girl.

When Karissa wakes and realizes she’s in an apartment with a vampire, she’s terrified. Nothing Roland says can assure her that she’s safe. And nothing he says can assure her she’s safe from him. Her first impulse is to fight for her life.  And when Roland asks her not to touch anything, she makes a point of running her hands over every surface in the ‘germaphobe’s’ apartment. But most surprising is when she tries to teleport away from Roland and he holds on. They pass through God’s area and Roland doesn’t die.

Roland quickly realizes that Karissa is his mate, but she's a Paladin and he's a vampire. He isn’t good enough for her. In his opinion, she deserves someone better, someone like Logan. Slowly Karissa comes to know Roland, seeing the goodness in him and the soul that he refuses to believe he still has. As they battle against their enemies of darkness, she accepts him as her mate. And he finally accepts her even though he hates the idea of her light being attached to someone as dark as he.

I love paranormal but I love it even more when it’s not the same-old, same-old. In Deliver Me From Darkness, we have a new mythology of Paladin warriors descended from angels. Yes, Roland from Deliver Me From Darkness is a vampire but he was once one of these Paladin and that puts a whole new shine on it for me.

There are some, to me, funny spots: the idea of a germaphobe vampire for one. However, that doesn’t mean this is a light paranormal. Not at all. This is a nice dark paranormal that will satisfy those who like their paranormal dark. I have to admit I was not enthralled with the ending. A fresh new book like Deliver Me From Darkness really needed a fresher ending but I won’t tell you any more than that.

Overall, this is the start of a new series that I will be following and enjoying.  I highly recommend it.

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