DELIVER ME FROM DARKNESS
This is a solid and very readable mining of the “eternal warrior with only one mate” storyline. The novel tracks well, with the heroes and villains clearly defined. The author does a good job of setting up the world in this series starter.
In the beginning of the world, a group of angels volunteer to leave heaven and live among humans in order to defend them against Lucifer and his evil cohorts. They are the Paladins and, while reduced in number, their descendants are still fighting demons and vampires today. Because of interbreeding with humans, there are few left with all the powers they were given, and the last of the female Paladins is dead. Once one of the mightiest of Paladins, Roland was turned into a vampire 90 years ago, and now is under sentence of death. He hides and tries desperately to hold on to his humanity and honor. Then he meets Karissa, an unknown Paladin female — his mate, whom he can no longer claim. Every creature of the night is after her because of her Paladin powers. Well, Roland may have lost the right to stand at her side, but he will protect her to his last breath. Karissa has been raised with little knowledge of the night creatures, and no knowledge of her unique powers, but even she knows that vampires are evil. So why is this one the only person she feels she can trust? (SOURCEBOOKS, Feb., 352 pp., $6.99)