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Marianna, an attractive yet bloodthirsty vampire as we know her from the earlier books, is somewhat mysterious. Yet in Dawn of the New Breed, we finally meet her in her human form. We meet her as a brave young woman who is in love with the king’s chief general. Later we can witness her transformation into a vampire, which began in the fifteenth century. We could say it occurred and completed in the fifteenth century, yet Marianna keeps some of her human characteristics and values long after she joins the undead. In this sense, her transformation may seem to be more of a gradual process.
The second part of this book shows us Marianna in our present time, observing and stalking the triplets Juliana, Rocco and Marcus who are the main characters of Murderous Little Darlings.
“We are what we are and we do what we do” -- is a theme already featured in the earlier books. It directly concerns vampires who have urges normal humans cannot understand. But the same theme indirectly extends to other situations described in this book. Marianna was raised as a Christian and was therefore expected to behave in a certain way. Marianna’s lover as the king’s chief general faces the same dilemma -- he is what he is, i.e. the king’s general, so he seems to have no other option than to obey the king, just as vampires seem to have no other option but obey their instincts. Both the king and the vampire instincts often demand unspeakable atrocities.
Vulnerable orphans who grow up without loving parents surrounded by irresponsible drug users seem to be limited in their options too. Marcus sees the possibility of a monstrous metamorphosis into something inhuman and evil as their only route of escape while his siblings may be of a different opinion. Many characters in this book seem to revolt to what one would normally expect of them. They do so in varying degrees, which makes the plot unpredictable and therefore extremely interesting.
Another repeating theme of this series is revenge. Many characters deeply dislike their new vampire selves, but they are willing to accept them for the sake of revenge. Yet once we accept evil in us it usually gets out of hand.
This is by far the best vampire series I have ever read. The author captures the whole process of becoming a vampire so well that I am almost inclined to believe in vampires after reading his books. The imagery surrounding ravens is powerful, compelling and frightening. I will never look at ravens the same way I used to.
I can easily imagine this book as a movie, but it would be a challenge to keep its high standard.
Mariana was someone who had her young life, her unborn baby, and her lover, stolen from her five hundred years before when England and Scotland were frequently at war. At age seventeen Mariana and Francis Weston, a General in the King’s court fell in love. Weston planned to marry her, but fate had other plans for them.
Mariana's life changed forever when she was attacked by a demon. She disliked her new state at first, but survival was her greatest instinct.
Part II of the Book introduces us to Marcus, Rocco, and Juliana - the stars of Murderous Little Darlings.
To prevent spoilers, I will say no more.
For those of you who love vampire stories and have been following the Vampire series, you will not want to miss Dawn of The New Breed.
The story starts describing the relationship between Mariana and the Lord general Weston. He is part Scottish and English. As history has defined, the Scottish and English warred quite a bit in the earlier years.
Mariana is attacked by a man, who is essentially a vampire. Weston is hung for treason and she is left alone to roam the earth.
Fast forward to a woman giving birth to triplets. Now this was where I was thrown back. If you are a fan of John Hennessy you will know these three names instantly, Rocco, Julianna and Marcus!!!! Yes, the three darlings! Omg! I was so excited, to read about those three again and amazed in how easily John wrote them into this story! Fantastic story!
Unlike another books of the series, the book is not that dark but packed with an amazingly powerful story. In fact i would say that the book is nothing less of a game changer as the story that John has brought this time changes the whole equation of the series.
For the readers of the series, this would be true eye opener and brings in a new perspective as Marianna merges as a completely different person from what we have seen of her till date and its simply revolutionary
Loved the book for being such a fabulous surprise and bringing in so much to the series. The fans of the series are in for a true surprise and the way the book ends with where the first book in the series picks up was really a good touch
In short the series is like an old bottle of wine getting better and better with time.