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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Early Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian
Author: Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed, book 11
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Source: From author for review
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Reviewed by: Stephanie
Captain of a squad tasked with keeping peace between humans and vampires, Mira has proven herself among the immortal males of the Breed. Hard on the outside, Mira's heart secretly aches for the love she lost eight years ago. Kellan has spent nearly a decade in the shadows, doing whatever it takes to save lives. When he receives information about a technology that threatens the entire Breed race, Kellen embarks on a mission that brings the Breedmate he has tried to distance himself from back into his life. Kellen has never stopped loving Mira and when things take a turn for the worse, he'll give up everything to keep her safe.
Edge of Dawn begins 20 years after Darker After Midnight. The Order, still led by Lucan and his warriors, has grown and works alongside humans to lawfully stop any skirmishes between humans and vampires.
Mira is no longer a sweet 9 year old. She has become a vital member of the Order and takes pride in her work. I wasn't sure she could pull it off but Mira has grown into quite the badass. At times toeing the legal line, Mira has earned the respect of her men while facing the restrictions that come with not having the enhanced abilities of the Breed. She balances being strong, intelligent, rebellious, and pulls at your heart when it comes to her grief over losing Kellan. I'm really happy with the way her character turned out.
8 years ago, Kellan saw something in Mira's eyes that terrified him enough to put distance between him and his family by letting them think he died. I wasn't thrilled with his excuse for leaving, knowing well enough that there's no escaping Mira's visions. All his leaving did was hurt her. One could argue that it starts a chain of events that uncovers something big in the end but he didn't know that. I'll admit he starts redeeming himself by the end and holey moley, does he know how to make a woman's toes curl but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve a big smack to the head.
Over the last 10 books, I've grown accustom to how a Midnight Breed book should feel and how events should unfold. Edge of Dawn breaks away from the Midnight Breed norm and really surprised me. The younger generation has moved to the forefront and they have their hands full. What starts as a simple escort of a politician's paranoid nephew turns into a man hunt and the discovery of a powerful enemy that has the capability of annihilating the vampire race. It took me a few chapters to get use to the new political environment, conflicts, and characters but I'm already enjoying the direction the series is going in.
It feels like just yesterday the Breedmates were pregnant and now Gabrielle and Lucian, Elise and Tegan, and Tess and Dante's sons are all grown up and looking to follow in their fathers' footsteps. Corinne's son Nathan plays a larger role and I really hope it means his book will be next because that man needs to let loose and relax.
This series was in need of something different and exciting and Lara Adrian delivers. This new Midnight Breed is fresh, sexy, dangerous, and emotional. Mira and Kellan start the new chapter in this series off with a bang and I can't wait to see what happens next.