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Jenna Black
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1 July 2008 Guardians of the Night (Book 4)
When fellow Guardian Gabriel is taken hostage by an old enemy, Drake finds himself in Baltimore, alone, facing a European delegation of Killer vampires who do not hesitate when they see a delectable human morsel.Drake's only hope of salvaging the situation is the Seigneur's concubine Faith - an unwilling vampire fledgling - and her sixteen-year-old human sister. Then someone begins killing the members of the European vampire delegation and Drake is held responsible. Now Drake and Faith must track down the real Killer, or lose their chance at love...forever.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765357186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765357182
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 9.8 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whilst studying physical anthropology, Jenna Black dreamed of making fabulous discoveries about primate behaviour. However, after concluding that primates spend around 80% of their time sleeping and eating, she moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing. Visit her at www.jennablack.com

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"Jenna Black has crafted a fine story with "Watchers in the Night". She supplies deft handling of plot, characters, and genre, and I enjoyed the novel tremendously. I see many more fascinating novels coming from this author in the future!"--"New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author Heather Graham "You'll want to bare your throat to Jenna Black's enthralling heroes. This cleverly plotted romantic tale will leave you hungry for more!"--Sabrina Jeffries, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "One Night With a Prince "on "Watchers in the Night"

About the Author

Author Jenna Black writes paranormal romance books and young adult novels, including "Shadowspell" and "Watchers in the Night," which was nominated for the 2006 Paranormal Excellence in Romantic Literature (PEARL) award. She's your typical writer: an experience junkie. Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush and making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. She went to Duke University to study physical anthropology. Then, during her senior year, she made a shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating. Narrowly escaping the boring life of a primatologist, she moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences: ballroom dancing, traveling to all seven continents--yes, even Antarctica--becoming a Life Master in Bridge, and singing in a barbershop chorus.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fourth in series 21 Jun 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the fourth book in Jenna Black's "Guardians Of The Night" series and it certainly helps to have read the previous books to follow the events and characters in this one. The focus of this story is Drake, a Killer (vampire who kills humans for food) but who is allowed to live by the Guardians because of his moral stance about those he kills for food. However, as the book opens, Drake is accused by one of the Guardians in Philadelphia of killing an undercover cop and he's forced to go to Baltimore and join the small group of Guardians there led by Gabriel.

Unfortunately once Drake arrives he discovers that Gabriel has been kidnapped by Brigitte and within a very short time a delegation arrives from Paris led by Armand Durant who has been tasked by his superior, La Vielle, to dispose of Gabriel. As Gabriel has been kidnapped Drake has to try to take his place in holding together the small band of vampires against those much stronger than them. When Drake also meets with Faith, Armand's concubine, and Faith's sixteen year old mortal sister, he finds himself having to take their needs into account rather than just working to dispose of Armand and all his followers.

Faith's life, since she mistakenly trusted a man who turned out to be a vampire six years before, has been a long mission to keep her sister safe. She hates Armand but knows that she has little chance of surviving leaving him and so she bides her time. When she finds a sympathetic ear in Drake there's a chance but can the machinations of Brigitte and Henri, as well as Drake's Maker Padraig, prevent a reasonable future for them?

Jenna Black's writing style is very good with excellent pacing, a varied list of characters and some interesting moral dilemmas for her characters.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One thing vampire children are taught is, never run with a wooden stake. -Jack Handy 8 May 2008
By Cherise Everhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the Vampire world that Jenna Black created, there are two kinds of vampires; those that kill to survive, known as Killers, and those that feed off of animal blood. Drake is a Killer. He tries to make up for it now by killing only those victims who are less than stellar human beings.

The Guardians are an organization of non Killer Vampires that spend their time ridding their city and protecting the people from the Killers. Drake is one of the Guardians, though his status as a Killer leaves him on the outside of the circle of trust with a lot of the vamps. He heads to Baltimore to be part of a fledgling group of Guardians headed by another Killer, Gabriel.

When Gabriel goes missing, Drake is forced to take over leadership and try to keep his Vamps alive as they are in the middle of a power struggle involving a mother against her daughter. The mother vs. daughter battle brings in high-powered vamps from many different territories, choosing sides, and it's every vamp for himself.

Faith comes to Baltimore with her protector, as he is on a mission to kill Gabriel for the mother. When forced to stay under the same roof with Drake, Faith finds herself unexpectedly attracted to him and for the first time she sees some hope in bettering her situation.

In this fourth tale in the Guardians of the Night series, the power struggles are at the heart of this story and we get a deeper glimpse into both the good and evil sides of the vamp world and all the grey areas in between. Drake has been one of my favorite characters from the start and I was really pleased with the way his story turned out. We definitely figure out what makes Drake tick and what kind of life he came from. The romance between Drake and Faith is sexy and I liked her for a partner for him, they balance each other beautifully.

There are a few twists and turns as some vamps I hated and some I liked, ended up surprising me in the end. This books has a little bit of everything; some vamp battles, some hot love scenes and a whole lot of insight into the vamp world. This is another entertaining installment in this series and it has me eager to read the next one.

Cherise Everhard, May 2008
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fourth in series 6 Jun 2008
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the fourth book in Jenna Black's "Guardians Of The Night" series and it certainly helps to have read the previous books to follow the events and characters in this one. The focus of this story is Drake, a Killer (vampire who kills humans for food) but who is allowed to live by the Guardians because of his moral stance about those he kills for food. However, as the book opens, Drake is accused by one of the Guardians in Philadelphia of killing an undercover cop and he's forced to go to Baltimore and join the small group of Guardians there led by Gabriel.

Unfortunately once Drake arrives he discovers that Gabriel has been kidnapped by Brigitte and within a very short time a delegation arrives from Paris led by Armand Durant who has been tasked by his superior, La Vielle, to dispose of Gabriel. As Gabriel has been kidnapped Drake has to try to take his place in holding together the small band of vampires against those much stronger than them. When Drake also meets with Faith, Armand's concubine, and Faith's sixteen year old mortal sister, he finds himself having to take their needs into account rather than just working to dispose of Armand and all his followers.

Faith's life, since she mistakenly trusted a man who turned out to be a vampire six years before, has been a long mission to keep her sister safe. She hates Armand but knows that she has little chance of surviving leaving him and so she bides her time. When she finds a sympathetic ear in Drake there's a chance but can the machinations of Brigitte and Henri, as well as Drake's Maker Padraig, prevent a reasonable future for them?

Jenna Black's writing style is very good with excellent pacing, a varied list of characters and some interesting moral dilemmas for her characters. This book was much heavier on the vampire politics than the romance, in fact the romance felt rather like a sideline to the plot and didn't have that much time spent on it, but it was interesting to see events from Drake's, Faith's, Armand's and Charles's minds, especially as none of the characters are either completely good or completely bad. However this reader found that, overall, the book wasn't entirely satisfying as it felt more like a transitional story than a complete story in its own right and the lack of focus on Drake and Faith was perhaps a slight disappointment.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hungers of the Heart- A Joyfully Recommended Title 7 Aug 2008
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Drake, a Guardian who still uses actual humans for nourishment, has been asked to leave the city of brotherly love where he has helped to keep the streets safe from both vampire and human predators. The accusation is heĘs finally stepped over the line and killed an innocent, not the human criminals he normally uses to assuage his thirst. Joining Gabriel in Baltimore is his only option now. Arriving to the news that Gabriel has gone missing and his small band of fledgling vamps are in need of leadership until heĘs found. Add in the mix of a European contingent on its way to kill Gabriel and take back the daughter of EuropeĘs most feared vampress and DrakeĘs new home isnĘt so welcoming. All that he is and has been will be needed if he is to maintain whatĘs left of his humanity while trying to keep Faith, the European SeigneurĘs concubine and her mortal sister alive.

My first suggestion for anyone considering picking up Hungers of the Heart is read the previous installments. This is Book 4 of the Guardians of the Night series and they all connect in a way, which makes for seamless enjoyment. In Jenna BlackĘs latest book, we get a closer look at Drake, a Killer who is the stepchild of the Guardians because of his continued use of humans for meals. Drake is thrown into a situation that he is barely able to contain and one heĘs outmanned for. His relationship with Faith, a turned vampire who is trying everything in her limited powers to keep her mortal sister safe isnĘt an all-consuming passion. The build-up is slower than previous connections in this series and there is so much going on with the fight to keep everyone alive, with the mystery of the missing Gabriel, the mayhem perpetrated by two local vamps and just the chaos within the European contingent the love affair is more an afterthought than the focus.

I still think readers and fans of this series will love it just as much because the excitement, extensive storyline and the action makes up for any lack of heat. For this reason I Joyfully Recommend Hungers of the Heart as a Recommend Read for the month of August.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black's 'Hungers' gives us more plot and less romance as Drake takes his turn in the spotlight. 3 May 2008
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
There is a romance Hungers of the Heart but it is set against a relatively complicated background plot, fraught with danger, betrayals, and twisted vampire games. When Drake, the only `Killer' member of the vampire-hunting Philadelphia Guardian vampires, becomes the focus of a rift that threatens tear the group apart, Drake exiles himself to Baltimore where born vamp Gabriel is Master of the city. Unfortunately for Drake, the powerful Gabriel is kidnapped by the truly evil Bridgitte leaving Drake, the most powerful of Gabriel's remaining vampires, in the position of trying to keep Gabriel's mate Jez and Gabriel's fledglings safe from a group of European vamps. The vamps led by Seignuer Armand are in Baltimore under the orders of Brigitte's even eviler mom to kill both Gabriel and Bridgitte. Failure is not an option for Armand, failure means a torturous death for Armand and all of the vampires and humans under his protection including his unwilling consort vampire Faith and her human sister Lily.

Though the leads Faith and Drake are drawn to each other and do manage to connect physically, there is much going on which keeps them from being able to focus solely on each other. Faith is trying to somehow win freedom for her sister before Lily is killed or turned and Drake is way over his head with Armand, Bridgitte and Bridgitte's evil lover/fledgling Henri who are all older so more powerful. Also Drake's confidence is shaken, until his exile he had seen himself as a good guy vamp only feeding on evil humans and now he wonders if he is still the monster that he was before his turning. So with all that going on it isn't surprising that the romance takes a back seat to the story, giving this book more of an urban fantasy than paranormal romance feel. Still a big plus for Hungers of the Heart was that with Jenna Black drawing many of her characters in shades of gray -- Drake her hero doesn't wear a white hat and Armand though ruthless in control of his people and despicable in his treatment of Faith isn't entirely black -- she gave life to the story while avoiding the cartoonish simplicity of using the stark contrast of black and white, evil and good, villain and hero.

While many of the characters from Hungers of the Heart appeared previously in the series, Black does a good enough job of providing enough background that this would work as a standalone read. Drake has appeared in all of the books since the first Watchers in the Night (The Guardians of the Night, Book 1) and Gabriel, Bridgitte and Henri are introduced in Secrets in the Shadows (The Guardians of the Night, Book 2) and Jez in Shadows on the Soul (The Guardians of the Night, Book 3).
5.0 out of 5 stars Can never get enough of this series 2 Dec 2013
By Val - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't think I will ever get enough of this series. It has another great romance with awesome characters, new drama, & interesting twists. As with the others in this series I couldn't put this book down. I just couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
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