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Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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Essay by Lara Adrian
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.
- Publisher : Delacorte Press; First Edition (February 26, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345532600
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345532602
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.51 x 1.13 x 9.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #734,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Optus Nostrun. What an entertaining novel this is! I can't wait for Crave the Night...A highly recommended series!!!
Absolutely a WOW read! I am still blown away with the whirlwind of drama that unfolds in this story. First let me say that I normally write a review without spoilers but this is one review where I cannot so if you do not like spoilers then do not read this review.
The writing is excellent of course and the drama with lots of action of the midnight breed series remains addictive with their fierce warriors and heroines. But this book goes way beyond the expected and totally messes with the readers mind leading you to think one way as in a HEA and then tragedy and then wait for it, a freakn' miracle happens - yes there will be a HEA but it comes with a twisted baggage and gives the midnight breed warriors something else to fight for. Is your mind spinning yet, well it should be. LOL
At first I wasn't too sure how this book was gonna turn out when I learned in the beginning that Kellan Archer had died and evidently Mira (Breedmate with eyes that give vision of future) was still grieving and in love with him. So at first I thought ok, so her HEA will be with Nathan (Gen One raised in lab) - NOT!
Home boy Kellan is still alive! You can just imagine Mira's surprise. In a way it kind of irritated me because she didn't seem angry enough towards him. I mean after 8 years of grieving and then everything is gonna be ok, oh hell no, home boy needs a good ass kicking and then some. LOL
Kellan (Bowman) on the other hand I thought was cowardly in the beginning because he left everything he loved behind and started a new life all because of the vision he saw in Mira's eyes. I call it cowardly because a vision is a glimps of the future and knowing you got the glimps you can always change your actions to change the future because nothing really is set in stone. But no, he ran and by his running it caused his faith to follow the path of the vision he foresaw. One word describes this and it is called DRAMA! However by the end I had warmed up to him and forgave him.
The romance between Mira and Kellan was definitely undeniable and they had a few hot steamy scenes in the book. It was really cool to see the old Breed Warriors all brought into the story and how all their children they produced were now a part of the Order carrying out missions. I have to say I like the personalities the characters were given.
But what is really neat is throughout the Midnight Breed series we learned bits and pieces from each book about their history, mainly that their ancestors were called Ancients and they came to earth to breed with human females who were offspring of an immortal race who'd built a civilization human legends would eventually call Atlantis and they bared the mark the shape of a teardrop falling into the cradle of a crescent moon.
With that in mind which I had put into the back of my mind as I read it previously and never put a thought past it but this book brings out the importance of it and is the key to the continuance of the Breed Series.
As the book ends, the so called legend immortals that supposedly produced the breedmates has now been exposed thanks to Crowe who has a group called Opus Nostrum and is one of the otherworldly fathers of the breedmates - an Atlantean whom like many others we learn survived the destruction of Atlantis and now flourish in secret plotting their own war against the Breed.
Shocking yes but now I don't know how I feel about that because now the Atlanteans are the enemies of the Breed and I love the Atlanteans or maybe just the myth of them - LOL These Atlanteans are awesome and are hard to kill, I mean the guy gets shot between the eyes and just laughs as the hole the bullet went in heals and closes up, then he gets a knife in the throat and home boy just pulls it away and laughs. The only thing that can kill them is beheading them and in this particular book that's what happens to Crowe.
My thought now though is how they will find Atlantis - thinking lots of new books for the series with all the new characters mentioned - lots of HEA's. LOL
Overall - excellent read! Can hardly wait to read the next book in the series and am especially excited to read about Nathan's (Gen One who is stone cold) story and or Darion's (Lucan and Gabriella's son) story or one of the twins story - geesh lots to look forward to.
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You also find out how the series is going to progress during the next installment and I for one cannot wait to read it.
The characters were great as usual but I think kellan was lacking something, what it is I just cant put my finger on, mira was great and a strong female character and it was good to read about past characters.
Not wanting to give spoilers, but readers are going to be in for a thrilling ride. Lara makes the story flow taking us swiftly from where we left The Order last time to the present day, 20 years on. Its been a really gripping story and the start of something big. Loved to see all the Warriors and their mates again along with the now grown up next generation.
In the middle of all the excitement we finally have the love that started at a young age between Kellen and Mira. Gosh they were in for a rough ride...found myself shedding a tear a time or two over their story....some heart renching moments. I did wonder if fate meant them to have a HEA....you'll have to read it to find out.
Long may the Midnight Breed continue, this is going to be a great success Fans will love it....thank you Lara Adrian can't wait for the next one.
I was wrong. The new generation of Breed open up whole new storylines and the new threats they face inject some freshness into the series. Plus, as always, we still get to see some previous characters. Like the rest of the series, this book was well written and had an engaging storyline that I had to keep reading until ridiculous times in the morning, just to see how they were going to get out of the mess they were in.
I'd now like to apologize to the author for my previous whining and I look forward to seeing more stories about the new Breed warriors. Pretty please.