Published in: 2013
Edition read: E-book
Book : Book 11 in the Midnight Breed series
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.
This book took me forever to get into. It’s situated 20 years after the last book. 20 years. It’s bloody hard to get used to 20 years just passing in the minute it took me to put down the last book and pick up this one. It is also weird to read about characters that were 8 and 11 in the last book, and suddenly they are 28 and 31 in this book and they are screwing each other… it’s really weird and didn’t feel quite right. So it took me like two weeks to plod through the first few chapters, getting over the weirdness and trying to adapt to this weird new world with characters that were suddenly adults.
About halfway in, it finally started feeling less weird and the book got interesting, but it took so long to get there. I had always loved Mira’s character when she was a cute little 8 year old, so to see her become this cynical 28 year old was hard, but then Kellan was a good character for her to be with. The backstory of how close they were as kids was what really sold their relationship to me, that was evident in the earlier books and helped with the adjusting to them now being older.
It was also a difficult book to read as I’d gotten used to the old world, and now we are thrown into this new one, which is really different. Now the Breed are out in the open and everyone knows about them, it’s really a different kind of story, and the magic of the earlier books is lost- part of the charm was this secret hidden world within our own, with guardians who kept the rogues from killing us humans. Having them now be public knowledge meant that the story lost some of the magic, but by the end I was on board with this new world and ready to get into the next few books.
Edge of Dawn rating: 7/10. It took a while, but I did end up enjoying it.
Would I re-read it? I think I’d like to give it another whirl, now that I understand the new world of 20 years into the future. I think it’d be much easier to understand a second time around, and I’d be able to actually enjoy the characters rather than yelling that they are only kids why are they acting like this, and then having to remind myself they are now apparently adults (even though an hour ago, they had been kids to me).
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series- but be warned, the world you loved is no more 😦
Otherwise, fans of paranormal romances featuring vampires.
Sidenote: did you know “edge of dawn” is a german ‘futurepop’ band? No, neither did I. Not until I googled it… and then went “hmm, these sites aren’t about a vampire romance novel’. The things you learn.