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Review: Deliver Me From Darkness (Paladin Warriors #1) by Tes Hilaire

Review: Deliver Me From Darkness (Paladin Warriors #1) by Tes Hilaire

by davincikittieFebruary 14, 2012

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

TLDR Recap:

In our darkest hours, warriors descended from Angels watch over and protect humanity from the creatures of the night. The Paladin have dwindled in number until no more females of their own kind exist. When Roland, a fallen Paladin-turned-vampire, meets Karissa, he knows she’s the one soul made for him. Convincing her to take him as his mate, however, and convincing the rest of the lonely Corps to accept it, will be the ultimate test. Deliver Me From Darkness is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

Title: Deliver Me From Darkness
Series: Paladin Warriors book #1
Author: Tes Hilaire
Prominent Characters: Roland, Karissa
Recommended Reader Age: 17+
Sexual Content Level: light to moderate


From dream to reality to flashback, with changing points of view, the switches are sometimes jarring, jumping from scene to scene. However, the flow of the story is solid and progresses like an urban fantasy novel, with most of the first half of this book spent building the various characters and plotlines. From setting the scene on multiple fronts, laying down the rules of the universe, introducing the characters, to sowing the seeds of forbidden passion and love… everything races toward an unexpectedly epic ending.

The chemistry between Roland and Karissa is instant and intense, even when they are both trying to fight it. I was immediately pulled into Roland’s inner turmoil and his struggle against accepting Karissa as his mate; how could the last remaining female paladin, one lucky man’s chance to replenish the powerful bloodline, be fated to be with one of the fallen… a vampire? I think his fall from grace and the apparently-miraculous fact that he has a soul put me even more staunchly on his side.

Memorable Quotes:

Playing with fire is better than standing outside the fire…

Stupid woman. Hadn’t anyone ever told her not to play with fire? If her brown eyes were an addiction he could drown in and her lips an edible fruit, then her smooth skin was the fuel of his desire, her crisp floral scent the accelerant. An inch closer and they were both going to go up in flames.

Who said jeans can’t be stylish AND informative?!

“Do you like pretty panties, mon chaton?” he asked, working the top button of her jeans and then, with agonizing slowness, pulled down the copper zipper.  The label on the inside was red and read “Lucky you.” Oh yes indeed.  He smiled. Who would have thought his snarling minx would have a sexy kittenish side too?  Or maybe she just liked this brand of jeans.  That wasn’t as fun to imagine though.

If you liked Deliver Me From Darkness…

If you enjoyed Deliver Me From Darkness and are looking for more adventures with an ensemble cast, a paranormal theme, and steamy scenes, you might like the Dirk & Steel books (starting with Tiger Eye), a paranormal detective agency series by Marjorie M. Liu.  You might also enjoy King of Darkness, the start of a riveting new vampire series by Elisabeth Staab that centers around the young new king of the vampires and his struggle against their mage enemies.  It’s a little like BDB but not enough to be a clone or to be overly reminiscent.

Final Thoughts:

The premise for this novel was unique and engaging, and in a genre flooded with vampire stories so similar to each other, that’s an impressive accomplishment. I liked the lore of the Paladin and their unique abilities and I enjoyed the setup of the various demon and vampire races as separate hierarachies that are unexpectedly working together. Characters you initially dislike become some of your favorites, and hidden connections between the players are slowly revealed to sweeten the tension and mystery. The explosive conclusion ties off all the major plotlines so there are no cliffhangers, but still leaves enough open to give you something to look forward to in the next chapter of this saga. Deliver Me From Darkness is a recommended read!

Rating: Deliver Me From Darkness


NOTE: This book was originally received from and reviewed, without compensation, for Urban Girl Reviewer.  Go here to see the original review.

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • February 14, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I agree with you on this one. I really enjoyed this book and PNR is very touch and go for me. This had a strong UF element which is my favorite genre. I really liked the author’s voice in this one. thanks for the review!

  • Sophia Rose
    February 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I think this sounds like a very intriguing story and I can’t wait to read it.

    Thanks for sharing the review!

  • Viki S.
    February 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I love the little snippet. Thank you for the review.

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