Monday, February 18, 2013
Review: "Edge of Dawn" by Lara Adrian
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.
Lara Adrian did an outstanding job flipping the Midnight Breed series on it's head. After so many books in the series it was at it's peak and instead of trying to carry that out with new characters, the series takes a jump 20 years into the future and we are now following the children of the Breed that were just being born in the last book. I doubt there are many authors that could have pulled this off so seamlessly. It was a smooth transition into the new world of characters and we still get to see a little of our old favorites too.
It was amazing to see Mira come into her own finally. She was a kick-ass heroine even as a kid and she has certainly grown into an amazing warrior. Mira and Kellan were of course the favorites of the children so far as they were children in the previous books so we've gotten to know them quite well. The other one I was anxious to meet was Lucan Thorne's child. I'm sure as leader of the Breed, Lucan's son will have to be one of the biggest baddest warriors of the bunch!
The reunion between Kellan and Mira was heartbreaking throughout most of the story but there was tons of action too, and as usual, amazing character and world building. The rest of society now knows that the Breed exist which certainly opens it up for some new storylines as well. I was worried about missing all the old characters but the new ones are such strong, well- built characters already in this book that I can see that's not going to be an issue. Lara Adrian writes some of the most unique, action packed, paranormal romance! This series has always been in my top 3, but this new story arc and time jump brings it to a whole new level.
Edge of Dawn is scheduled to be released February 26th.
To learn more about Lara Adrian and her books, visit her website here.