Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #11)
February 26 2013
Received from publisher through NetGalley
Yummy Man – Kellen
Kick Ass Chick – Mira
From Goodreads –
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.
It’s official. Lara Adrian is brilliant. Over the course of ten books, we met a wonderful barrage of characters and witnessed as each of them found their mates. Mix the romance with some incredibly unique vampire history (they come from alien beings procreating with select human women who can carry their young) and a story arc that will keep you glued to the page and you have Lara’s Midnight Breed series.
The tenth book, the last book, was the end of the story arc that Lara had been building since book one. But what to do now? What to do with book eleven now that the main story is finished? (And boy what an ending!) Well, Lara didn’t go back to her characters and try to come up with new stories for them. What she did, and what makes her brilliant, is she set the next books twenty years later. If you think that’s brilliant, wait until you see what else there is! Who does she focus on in this new batch of books? The children and teenagers that we met in the first ten books! Many of our beloved characters had or were having children and now we get to witness them grown, as adults, and we see them as they meet their mates. See, brilliant.
Edge of Dawn is the story of Mira (Renata and Niko’s girl) and Kellen (Archer’s grandson). I have always liked Mira. She was raised among Breeds (vampires) and has always known about them. She has a gift (as do all Breedmates) that is both powerful and hurtful. If someone looks into her eyes, they can see their future. Her predictions have never been wrong. The thing is, every time she uses her gift, she loses a little bit of her sight. Since she was brought to the Order, she has been wearing special contact lenses that block her eyes but still allow her to see. She was abused as a child (before being adopted by Renata and Niko) and has grown into a tough woman. In fact, she is now a warrior with the Order. Not something that you usually see, but it totally suits her. As much as I liked her character as a child, I liked her even more as an adult. Smart, spunky and strong, she was a lot of fun to read.
For the past eight years, Mira has been dealing with the loss of her mate, Kellen. Well, they were not officially mated, but they were best friends since childhood and they were meant to be together. But then Kellen was killed in an explosion while on a mission for the Order. Well, it turns out he wasn’t as dead as she thought and this book shows us what happens when they re-connect.
Kellen has been essentially hiding for the past eight years but even though he’s been keeping his state of alive-ness a secret, he has not just been sitting around. Kellen was supposedly killed by Rebels…and now he is one. At first, I was concerned about this twist. The anti-vampire population in Lara’s books is not nice (to put it mildly) and I was worried that Kellen would p*ss me off more than anything. But I should have known that that wouldn’t happen. He is a Rebel but…well, I’ll let him explain it to you in the book. I enjoyed Kellen. You are well aware that he knows his plan to stay away for as long as he did was a bit on the stupid side and that helps make you not want to punch him like Mira does. He has always looked out for her even in hiding and that too makes it easier to like him. He truly cares for Mira, that is easy to see, and their chemistry is wonderful. And hot. I liked the Kellen and Mira match. They are really good together.
Kellen being a rebel and ‘accidentally’ abducting Mira and what that entails is the main part of this book, but that’s not all there is to it. This book also sets up the new story arc. But I love how Lara did it. She took her time introducing the newest villain. She let us catch a glimpse at most of the past heroes and heroines, showing us where they are now. She gave us a lot of time with Mira and Kellen so we were able to watch them deal with all things left and done in the last eight years. The villain is only introduced near the very end of the book. And even then, it’s all clouded in a ton of mystery. We know who he is but not at all at the same time! For the first book in this new story arc, I loved that idea.
If you have not read this series but have been curious about it, this book isn’t a bad place to start. You won’t feel the same little “twinge of joy” when characters from the first ten books show up on the page but you won’t be lost either. This really is the beginning of a ‘new series’. The world is even different thanks to the events that ended book ten. So, even though I still recommend reading this series from the first book, if you can’t find the time to sneak in ten books quickly *snort*, then you can pick up Edge of Dawn and completely enjoy the ride.
Overall, I found Edge of Dawn to be a strong and entertaining read. I really like the direction the story arc has taken and I am very curious to see where Lara takes us with it. I’m also very curious to see who the hero for the next book, Crave the Night, will be because let me tell you, there are many possibilities. Nathan especially is someone I want to see more of. He’s Hunter and Corinne’s son and I do believe he met his HEA in this book. I can’t wait to see if I’m right.
Fans of the series will really enjoy Edge of Dawn. Be sure to check it out.
Favorite Quote –
“’Do you think you can love a ghost?’
‘I love one for eight years.’
‘So you did. Thank God you did.’”