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Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 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.
*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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I won't warn you about spoiler alerts, as really there isn't much to spoil.
Premise is that Mira, a fully trained warrior with the order, interrupts a kidnapping in progress, is kidnapped as well and brought before the rebel leader, Bowman, who tuns out to be Kellan Archer, x-breed warrior and the man Mira has been grieving for the last 8 years because he is suppose to be dead.
Mira saw Kellan enter a building that exploded moments after he walked into it... Good reason to suspect he is dead. Kellan was found by humans who nurse him back to health and when he recovers he decides to stay with them and be their leader, rather than face a vision of the future that he saw where he was facing a trail accused of capital crimes including treason and murder. This excuse for his missing in action routine is so thin and contrived I had to walk away from the story multiple times. There is never a really solid explanation for it, so don't expect one. I mean he couldn't figure out that abandoning the Order and becoming a rebel was leading him to a fate of at the minimum being accused of treason?
So the story goes from contrived with no solid explanation to Mira spending a few pages being upset with him before jumping back into bed with him. EIGHT YEARS of supposed grief just washed away! Really? And to add insult to injury, they just didn't have any chemistry before, during or after the sex!
Hope Nathan's story is better!
Optus Nostrun. What an entertaining novel this is! I can't wait for Crave the Night...A highly recommended series!!!
This book picks up the Breed story about 20 years after "First Dawn"--when Dragos' Minion attack against mankind revealed the existence of the Breed race to the world. Mira (first introduced in Veil of Midnight) is all grown up now and the captain of one of the Order's warrior teams. Her hatred of Rogue vampires is fueled by the fact that eight years ago, it was Rogues who blew up a warehouse in Boston...taking with it Kellan Archer, a fellow warrior, good friend since childhood, and briefly Mira's lover. Mira's rage gets her in trouble with the Order and lands her a solo mission babysitting a human scientist as punishment. But when that mission goes bad and Mira and her charge are both kidnapped, she gets yet another shock. The leader of the band of human Rebels who captured them *isn't* human--it's Kellan, miraculously alive.
Mira and Kellan must deal with what his return from the dead means for both of them, a betrayal, and revelation of a new enemy, all the while trying to figure out how to deal with the combustible passion between them.