2 November 2013

Blast from the Past Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

Midnight Breed #11
What they say: In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war—and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love.

Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.

Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.

Kellan didn’t think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.

What I say: Right, I'm gonna put this out there straight away: I thought book #10 Darker After Midnight was officially going to be the final book in the Midnight Breed series. The ending was all kinds of dramatic and seemed final in a game changing sort of way. The Breed and vampire world were revealed to the humans by Dragos and his evil scheme. I had also read on numerous blogs and websites that the series was originally supposed to end after book #10 and I was surprised to find there were going more of the Breed books BUT I'm glad because I personally wasn't ready to let go of the paranormal world Lara Adrian created.

Edge Of Dawn is set 20 years after the world's discovery of the Breed and focuses on both old fav's like Lucan, Gideon and Rio, but also on their children and the rest of the new generation of Breed Warriors and Breedmates. Little Mira is now a fierce Breedmate warrior who is struggling to move past Kellan's supposed death 8 years ago.

My favourite part of the book was actual the element I was expecting to find annoying...It was good to see Mira, Kellan, Xander Raphael (Rafe) and Nathan all grown up. Often when a series shifts forward I get frustrated by missing out on all the action in between and although I would have loved to see Gabrielle preggers with Dare or to see Mira and Kellan fall in love, it made sense to shift the action. This flash forward approach allowed Adrian to introduce a whole new set of baddies and drama to refresh the series.

With Dragos's effectively outing the Breed in the most horrific of way, the relationship between humans and vampires is extremely tenuous and the Order have the somewhat troubling task of maintaining the peace and building human-vampire relations.

There have been many problems in the 20 years since humans discovered the existence of the supernatural, involving fights on both sides and rebel uprisings. Under the guise of vampire rebel Bowman, Kellan has been fighting to protect both the Breed and humans. Mira watched the love of her life die, yet she's never been able to let go.

I'm not going to give away any more of the plot but I was please Adrian hadn't forgotten about certain unanswered plot points including where did the Breedmates come from? What is happening to Jenna? And who are the Atlantian's?

I really like Nathan and Mira's friendship. Nathan was really protective of her in a big brother sort of way. It was also fun watching Lucan being challenged by his equally stubborn and strong son Dare.

Adrian has found a great way to continue the series without having to resort to rehashing old storylines, but she managed to maintain what was great about the original series.

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • Fang-girls, Mira thought with an amused roll of her eyes. Despite the ongoing civil unrest between human and Breed, there was never a shortage of woman - and a large number of men - looking to donate their fresh red cells in exchange for the sensual high if a vampire's bite.
  • "I am cyborg, hear me roar."
  • Lucan smiled with wry amusement, hearing a younger version of himself in Dare's decisive, black-or-white approach.

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