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  • Mass Market Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc; Original edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402264348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402264344
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,310,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deliver Me from Darkness Hilaire delivers the first novel in a new series about the Paladin Warriors. Original. Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mich_Mc on 14 Jun. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Hmmm...

I enjoyed this book in the beginning I was like ok, I'm liking this then I hit 12% and the origins of the Paladins started coming out, suddenly I was thrown into the story and I couldn't put it down until the end!

I think it was the world itself that drew me in and not necessarily Roland and Karissa. Broody tortured male and innocent female is a tried and tested formula that works for a lot of people but I need a little more and Tes provided that with her intensely captivating secondary characters and intriguing world. Not everything is black and white, good or evil, there are many shades in between and I'm looking forward to exploring them as the series progresses. I don't need to be a seer to predict a promising future for the series - it's one for my keeper shelf!

I'm torn between 4 & 4.5 Stars for this one!
The last 88% I read in 85 mins...
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By BananaTricky on 7 Feb. 2013
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Hmm, not sure what to write. I didn't even remember that I had read this book until I looked at other reviews.

It follows a tried and trusted formula but has an interesting new slant on the genre, kind of Knights of the Round Table meets PNR. I just thought some of the "twists" were a bit hackneyed - but then again I didn't remember reading it!

Anyway, not shot to the top of my list of faviourite series but still enjoyable and at least the characters didn't make we want to grind my teeth - sadly a regular occurrence with a lot of PNR novels.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A heavenly twist on Paladins - Hilaire 'delivers' a promising start to her new series 10 Feb. 2012
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I liked Tess Hilaire's world of Paladin Warriors -who are former angels that choose to become protectors of mankind and their descendants - plus vampires, demons, and a fallen Paladin who are evil, and various crossbreeds of all of the above who may or may not be evil. Since the hero Roland who is a Paladin that was turned vamp and is dead as far as the rest of his former brethren know, he's outside of the main brotherhood so there's not much male bonding or insight into the relationships and regular workings of the Paladin brotherhood yet. And actually the few views of the Paladins en masse is not wholly favorable as the heroine Karissa is a hot commodity - since she's a rare female of the bloodline - and all the Paladins want to claim her for their own.

But Karissa who initially fears Roland - she's been taught vampire is synonymous with evil - finds herself inexplicably drawn to Roland and Roland feels the draw as well. Soul mates are the meat and potatoes of PNR but I didn't mind it here since while there's a soul mate thing going on, it's not one of those immediate ones - both characters hold out for a bit, Roland longer cause he thinks he has no soul with which to bond. While I liked the romance here, I suspect that future ones will be even better. Karissa is a bit damsel-in-distressy, but there are lots of interesting side characters - I liked the friend Logan who's stood by Roland all along, the dark knight brother Valin, and the little half vamp Gabrielle.

Bottom line is that I am a sucker for Paladins - loved Alexis Morgan's too - so I enjoyed Hillaire's first foray into her new world and look forward to seeing more of these nearly immortal warriors in action.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful beginning! 7 Feb. 2012
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My Review:
A+ spicy
Regardless of how it looks on here, I feel like I have reached my saturation point for paranormal books. The last few weeks, if it is a paranormal, I don't even give the book a second glance. But this book has been on my review list for a couple of months. I think that this book is a game changer for me. I am excited about paranormal again. No, let me rephrase that, I am excited for this author's paranormal series!! OMG, this book was so freaking good. So GOOD! I loved the world! I loved the characters! I loved everything about this book and cannot wait for the next in the series to come out.

This book is about Roland. He's a vampire who was once a Paladin (one of God's warriors.) His best friend is Logan, who was also a Paladin, and he was charged with killing Roland. Logan couldn't do that because he could see the good that was still in Roland, even when Roland himself couldn't see it. Karissa shows up on Logan's door needing help and being chased by all sorts of underworld baddies. He knows that Roland lives in a veritable fortress so he takes her to him for safekeeping. After his initial exasperation (because he has issues controlling his bloodlust,) Roland quickly realizes that Karissa is his mate, but she's a Paladin and he's a vampire...the two don't mix.

This is a fabulous book. Roland misses being a Paladin. He was changed into a vampire against his will and he basically lost all of his friends and family because of it. Men that he had always considered to be brothers were suddenly his enemy and wanted him dead. Now to find his mate when it's too late, seems just too cruel. As Karissa's mate, his number one goal is to protect her, even if it means protecting her from him.
She didn't need to read him to know what was going on in that head of his. He was scared to death. Torn between his desire to be with her and his fear of hurting her.

I loved this world of the Paladin and it will be interesting to watch them grow. Already they are having to accept things that they've always considered impossibilities...like vampires can be good people. It will be interesting to see where Tes Hilaire goes next with the series. Logan, the Paladin who defied his father and his orders to save Roland; Valin, the enigmatic Paladin who lost his mate and unborn child when Roland was turned, but who shows an incredible protective streak for Gabriella, another vampire who isn't bad. I cannot wait!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Angel to vampire is a long way to go 13 Nov. 2012
By Delphina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I am just going to say straight out that I loved this book. Tes created a world filled with good and evil and the gray in between. Her characters were easy to relate to and the plot had a few interesting twists. Here are a few of the things I loved about it:

*I admit it, I am a sucker for vampires and when you have an angel who is now a vampire I am all kinds of intrigued. I was glad that Roland was not a new vamp because his story was so much more interesting than the typical "I just became a vamp oh poor me" story line I read so often.

*Karisssa was such an easy to relate to character. She was smart, brave, and a really good person without being a push over victim type.

*The world Tes created was fascinating. She combined new lore with old time faves which made things familiar enough for me to be comfortable with yet new enough to keep my on the edge of my seat.

*I loved the supporting characters. There are some I still have not figured out if they are good, bad, or in between. I am excited to read the rest of the series to find out.

*This was a complete book in and of itself, but laid the ground work for more awesomeness in the future.

If you are looking for a fun and sexy paranormal read, this book should go into your TBR pile asap. It is definitely an adult read, so if you are under 18, you should probably look elsewhere.

I was given a copy of this book as part of a blog stop.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Read 8 Feb. 2012
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Roland has fallen about as far as angel can; he's now a vampire. He's still a Paladin Warrior, but they will have nothing to do with him. In fact, they'd be willing to kill him. But they have something he wants...

Ms. Hilaire has written a fast paced story about good and evil and the gray parts in between. All her characters are strong in mind and body, and she makes the love interest very real and very challenging. I especially liked the fact that while the Paladins could not interact with Roland because he was fallen, he still had friends who helped him when times got tough. We all need friends like that.

Roland is happy living in the safety of his home and avoiding the sun. He works hard on containing his blood lust. Then his Paladin buddy shows up with a woman he wants him to protect. Roland wants no part of it. He also finds that he's very attracted to her and he can't be. No one wants someone like him. Especially not the last Paladin woman...

You get the devil, vampires, merkers and more on the bad side. You have the Paladins and one fallen angel on the other side. Karissa turns into the prize the two sides are fighting over. The battle is ugly. When the author throws in a few secrets on the Paladin side and it gets even more interesting. Ms. Hilaire makes her words dance as she weaves a great fantasy tale that is a real pleasure to read.

Another fascinating point in the story is that there was a prophecy made long ago that Karissa is part of. Of course, no one has interpreted the prophecy correctly.

I was pleased when the end of the book sets up the scene for the next Paladin adventure. I'm already looking forward to that! I'm also adding this book to my permanent library; it's that good.

Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great start to a new series! 31 Mar. 2012
By Herding Cats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deliver Me From Darkness is the first book of debut author Tes Hilaire's Paladin Warriors series. And what a great start! Characters that may not be perfect but that you can be proud of. That have honor and strength. A tale of good versus evil and how the lines aren't always so clear cut. Surprising twists and a fantastic ending that had me biting my lip and my hands sweating I was so nervous one of the characters I'd grown to love might not make it. Writing that's easy and comfortable. Ahhh and a hero named Roland! I don't know why it gets me but I just love it! It's like Jo Davis' hero named Howard. Always cracks me up and Lord help me makes me giggle. But the Howards and Rolands of the world need love too, right? Well, I loved Roland from page one. I enjoyed Karissa and Roland as individuals and a couple. The whole start to the book when his well organized and simple life is getting thrown all to bits with the arrival of an unconscious Karissa kept a smile on my face. She really did a number on him, poor guy never had a chance. Roland's a little growly and grumbly. Struggling with his inner demons and being a fallen Paladin. It broke my heart that he couldn't see all the good in himself. Karissa's got a good bit of sass in her. She doesn't just lie down and take it but fights back with everything she has when she thinks she's in danger. I liked the back and forth between the two of them from the start and enjoyed how their relationship and bond progressed through the story. It never seemed rushed or forced and just felt right.

The secondary characters were very nicely done as well and left me excited for the books to come. I can't wait to read about Logan, Alexander, Valin and Gabriella. Each of them a little more than what was expected of them. Men and women that decided to make their own decisions and do what they thought was right even if it went against the rules and would likely cause them in trouble. And how could you not love a vegan vampire? Yes, I'm just a little smitten with Gabriella and I hope we see more of her. I was jumping online as soon as I finished Deliver Me From Darkness to see who book two was about. Crossing my fingers and going "please be about Alexander, come on Alexander!". I'm looking forward to reading more from Hilaire and hope he gets his own book one day.
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