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Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel Hardcover – February 26, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 517 customer reviews
Book 11 of 12 in the Midnight Breed Series

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Essay by Lara Adrian

Beth Orsoff

In Edge of Dawn, I’m taking the Midnight Breed series in a new direction, one I’ve been planning for a long time. Not so much a spinoff or a reboot, Edge of Dawn is the evolution of the series. It’s also a good starting point for new readers who may not be familiar with the books that came before it. In the first ten books of the series, the existence of vampires (the Breed, as they’re known here) has been undiscovered for many centuries. Now, in Edge of Dawn, the Breed has been outed to mankind in the worst way, exposed as blood-thirsting monsters to be feared and, if possible, destroyed. A tentative, tenuous peace has been found in the twenty years since, but there are those on both sides of the conflict who would like nothing more than to see that fragile truce dissolve into war.

As a writer, I love romances that are set against a backdrop of deep external conflict and emotional drama. Add to that a pairing between two strong characters with their own unresolved history—better yet, an undiscovered betrayal--and I’m in storytelling heaven! InEdge of Dawn, long-time Midnight Breed readers will be reintroduced to Mira, a little girl in the first arc of the series, who is now the formidable captain of her own team of Breed warriors. As the book opens, Mira’s young heart has been crushed by the war that claimed the only man she’s ever loved. But she soon finds out the only thing that cuts deeper than a blade raised in combat is the sharp edge of a lie from someone she trusted above all others. . . .

When I first began writing the Midnight Breed series eight years ago, I never dreamed it would go from the germ of an idea to an eleven-book (and counting!) best-selling series. If I’d had any inclination of what I was getting myself into creatively, I’m not sure I’d have had the guts to attempt it.

You see, I’m a plotting writer. I like to know where I’m heading, and where I need to end up, before I write the first page. Sure, I allow for serendipity and surprises that spring organically from my characters and their interaction in the story. As a writer, you have to allow for those moments, or run the risk of crafting tightly woven stories with no heart or soul. Sometimes--in fiction and in real life--you need to take a leap of faith and see where you land.

Taking a long-running, popular series in a new direction (not so new that fans won't recognize it) was a little scary, but at the same time, I've never had more fun with the series than I'm having now. There's still plenty of page-time with the familiar cast of characters from the Order, but in Edge of Dawn you'll be getting to know the next generation of warriors--all grown up--and their soon-to-be mates. You'll also meet some all-new characters I hope you'll love, and a few I think you'll probably love to hate.

I hope you enjoy Edge of Dawn and the rest of the books in the Midnight Breed series.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* The war between humans and the Breed has been over for almost two decades, but Mira, a squad captain for the Order—Breed warriors dedicated to protecting vampires and humans alike—struggles to keep her anger in check ever since Kellan Archer, a fellow Breed warrior and Mira’s one true love, was killed by rebels. Every once in a while her blood boils for revenge, so when she spots rebel-sympathizer Rooster skulking around Boston late one night, she follows him. As a result of their subsequent altercation, she is temporarily relieved of her command and given the task of escorting reclusive human scientist Dr. Jeremy Ackmeyer to the Global Nations Council Peace Summit in Washington, D.C. Upon arriving at Ackmeyer’s fortresslike home, Mira discovers someone else has been there first. Taken hostage by the kidnappers, Mira is in for an even greater shock when she discovers the identity of their leader. The eleventh installment in Adrian’s strikingly original Midnight Breed series delivers an abundance of nail-biting suspenseful chills, red-hot sexy thrills, an intricately built world, and realistically complicated and conflicted protagonists, whose happily-ever-after ending proves to be all the sweeter after what they endure to get there. --John Charles

Product Details

  • Series: Midnight Breed (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345532600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345532602
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C Thilmany TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Can a series jump 20 years and focus a love story on a new group of warriors, face a different type of challenge and still maintain the same feel and quality as the prior books in the series? Yes it can. Especially when we already know a small handful of these warrior as kids from the prior books and many of the others are children of the couples we already know. Lucan is still in charge and all of the couples focused on in prior books are either on screen or mentioned.

The Breed (vampires) had just been outted at the end of the last book and there has been plenty of fallout since then. Peace is now on shaky ground as rebels seem to do their best to disrupt everything. And of course there are some humans that will never believe a different (scary) species has a right to exist on their planet.

Mira--we knew her as the 9 year-old who had to keep her eyes veiled or those who saw them would see a scene from their future-- is now a warrior captain with a burning hatred of the rebels. It also gets her in trouble and as punishment is assigned to escort a brilliant young inventor with a lot of phobias, to receive an award at the upcoming GNC Summit. Both she and the inventor are kidnapped by rebels.

One of the things this author does to keep the series fresher is to change the major back story focus every few books. This one is trying to achieve peace with the humans while facing a lot of restrictions on their weapons and when they can feed. But much later in the story we're given a new focus that sounds challenging and Lucan has had enough with following other people's rules that aren't getting them anywhere.
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I love Lara Adrian's books....Tegan is my all-time favorite Breed. So, when I saw that she had continued the story..in the future, the interest was there. Her books now hardcover...as so many authors are doing who've had long-term series....the price...I was willing to pay, no problem. The problem lies in the characters and the pacing. It's a great idea to continue to give us a glimpse of our favorite characters and their next gen,..with their set of problems. But, the book was a dump of things in the beginning. So much info on the war...what was..what is now. I wanted to feel more from the characters, as we had in the past...not just have her set up the next phase of her world. Mira was such an interesting little girl...and to see her grow up to be so strong was great. And, her grief was palatable in the beginning...but then her emotions fell flat for me. Kellan needed to be more...I wanted to see into his motivations. The choices he made seemed so non-chalant. Nathan stole the show. Now there's a Breed. I will read her books without a doubt, and I know there are some that will be better than others...but I'd had such high hopes for this one. I'm still struggling get to the last page.
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Adrian's Breed series was my introduction to paranormal romance. That's why it pains me to say how much of a disappointment "Edge" was. This is particularly true since I thought "Darker After Midnight" was such a good return to form for the author after her two previous lackluster entries in the series. In "Edge", it was a risky move to jump us 20 years into the future to focus on a world where humans know about the Breed and a new generation of The Order has taken over defending their race. Unfortunately, the new, quasi-futuristic world read like a big jumble of ideas as opposed to a reasonably thought out structure for new stories. She takes one of the more beloved characters from the original storyline, matures her into a warrior for The Order, and then wastes her in a thin story that at times can't even stick to the rules of the world she's created. It was particularly annoying when it felt like these rules were tossed out the window just to make it easier for the author to wrap things up. The central conflict between hero and heroine is a device she's already explored in a previous Breed novel where it was proven not to be the basis for rash action. Yet, we are taken on the tired ride again as if none of her characters have learned the previous lesson. Maybe all of this would have been forgivable if the central relationship had been exciting or felt fresh in any way, which it didn't. A real shame since both the hero and heroine had such potential to be mined. The final big reveal earned a huge groan as yet another sci-fi ingredient is tossed into the mix which was wholly unnecessary given the vast canvass Ms. Adrian had tried to create with our trip into The Breed's future.
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I waited so long for this book! The night before I couldn't sleep I was so excited. And I just finished it, 24hrs later. It was a good start to a new generation. Unfortunately I won't be reading any more of them, even though I have all the books in the series. The price is just too expensive for an ekindle. I could see if I had the actual book, u know, a hard back copy, but for just the kindle version I won't be paying that much again.
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