Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review of EDGE OF DAWN by Lara Adrian

Edge of Dawn

(Midnight Breed, #11)
by Lara Adrian

Rating: 5♥s Outstanding/Don't Miss
Sensuality: Hot
Audience: Adult
Length: Novel
Cover: 4.5♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire

Release Date: February 26, 2013
Kindle Edition
Audio CD

My recap:

It's now twenty years after the hysteria of First Dawn, when humans learned that the Breed existed. The current peace between Breed and humans is tentative and uneasy, and there is an underground war going on between the Order and anti-Breed rebel factions.

Mira was a child during First Dawn, known for the visions that people could see in her naked eyes. Now she is a warrior for the Order, captain of her squad, and an unmated Breedmate. Kellan Archer—her childhood friend, and her only love and lover—was killed in a rebel explosion eight years ago. She's been in mourning ever since, and hates rebels with a vengeance.

Walking the line of vigilante justice, Mira breaks one rule too many and is demoted to security duty. She is to escort an eccentric, young, genius scientist to an awards ceremony. She gets caught up in his kidnapping by a rebel group. When taken to their headquarters, she discovers that the group's leader is none other than Kellan Archer. Alive and well. Her best friend and lover has become her enemy.

Kellan had his reasons for disappearing after the explosion eight years ago. Reasons that he believed were valid and that would keep Mira safe from a horrible fate. But now he is reunited with the only woman he has ever loved and destiny has been jump-started. Their love for each other is rekindled, and they are faced with the insurmountable task of reconciling their opposing missions and saving Kellan from a rebel's fate with the Order.

My analysis:

Keep the tissues handy, because Edge of Dawn will both warm and break your heart early and often, not letting up even at the final, poignant line. It's a touching, tender love story played out on the backdrop of truly impossible odds in the fight against a heart-rending fate. I believe it's the most moving Midnight Breed book Lara Adrian has written.

In the beginning of the book, Mira is someone we don't recognize. She's not the playful, wise-beyond-her-years child we knew from previous books. She's hardened by Kellan's loss. She's a fighter, but for all the wrong reasons. After eight years of bitterness, she's lost her way.

Kellan has made mistakes in judgment and is full of regrets. But he still has a steely core of honor that drives him, and is an admirable man in spite of being a rebel. His love for Mira never died, but he knows that he and Mira can never have a future together. He has kept his distance for that reason, and believes he must continue to keep his distance.

You'll be sucked into Mira and Kellan's love story, their fight against destiny, and the mystery surrounding the kidnapping that sweeps them up into a sticky web. Some will want to savor the book, others will want to devour it. All will want to turn page after page to see what happens next.

Fans will be delighted to catch up with all the warriors of the Order—and their families! Lucan Thorne plays a large role and his son, Darion, is introduced. We see Mira's adoptive parents, Nikolai and Renata. Tess and her son and daughter have their parts to play. But Edge of Dawn ushers in a new era for the Midnight Breed series. There is a new generation of warriors, a new and unusual enemy, and a new mission. The next book is Crave the Night, and Adrian has said that she's sketched out 6 more novels after that. We have much more Midnight Breed to look forward to!

Happy reading!

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Midnight Breed Series:

Book 1
Kiss of Midnight
Book 2
Kiss of Crimson
Book 3
Midnight Awakening
Book 4
Midnight Rising
Book 5
Veil of Midnight
Book 6
Ashes of Midnight
Book 7
Shades of Midnight
Book 8
Taken by Midnight
Book 9
Deeper Than Midnight
Novella 9.5
A Taste of Midnight
Book 10
Darker After Midnight
Book 11
Edge of Dawn
Book 12
Crave the Night