- Publisher: Random House Children's Pub (May 2002)
- ISBN-10: 037589019X
- ISBN-13: 978-0375890192
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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Midnight Predator (Den of Shadows, #4) Unbound – Import, May, 2002
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Turquoise Draka is a fighter for the Bruja witch guild, in competition for the elite Crimson with her rival Ravyn. After the two hit a stalemate, they are both approached by a mysterious businesswoman with a revelation and an offer. A vampire empire known as Midnight, once burned to the ground, has been rebuilt and repopulated by vampires and human slaves. And the savage vampire who founded Midnight, Jeshickah, may take control of it once more. An unknown employer wants some experienced fighters to kill Jeshickah. The problem is that Turquoise was once enslaved by one really nasty vampire named Lord Daryl, who murdered her parents and little brother, and kept her as his lapdog for a year before a vampire mercenary named Nathaniel helped her escape.
Ravyn and Turquoise soon take the task, and the reluctant Nathaniel sells them to the leader of Midnight. Except the leader isn't Jeshickah, it's a fledgling called Jaguar. Jaguar is strangely kind towards human beings, especially Turquoise and a teenage boy named Eric. Turquoise must confront her past, her fears and the questions about Jaguar's kindness before she can hope to deal with Daryl.
In many ways, this book is far better than the previous ones. Characterization is far superior: Turquoise has more depth than the execrable Jessica or the wannabe-tough-girl Sarah, though her past is too speedily covered. We hear about how horrifying her life under Daryl was, but we only get a few pages worth of flashbacks, most of which involve her getting backhanded.Read more ›
Amelia suffers from a sad syndrome that I cannot think of a name for. But it has clear symptoms.
- Many ideas and potentials from characters, with no time for any sort of realizations.
- Stiff and ill-fitting endings.
- Protagonists with little clear motivation.
A sad thing about Midnight Predator in particular was exactly how *good* it COULD have been. The beginning starts with an intriguing character, an uncomfortable (for the protagonist) situation, and good character foils (Ravyn in particular). The idea behind Midnight Predator, that Turquoise must willingly rejoin the world of slavery that she has desperately tried to distance herself from for several years, is more than slightly intriguing. You thirst to see the conflict she will have with strong-willed masters, where the entire world is out to get her for the reason that she kills their kind. So you wait, meeting the very interesting character of Nathaniel along the way, and get to the second act where everything she be just wonderful. They are in the building, sold into slavery.
And then it goes downhill from there. Her "cruel" master is a 'bleedin heart' vampire who won't let a hair be harmed. Jeshika, the could-be terrifying sire of Jaguar, who can do whatever she wants to Turquoise, backs off with little or no conflict.Read more ›
But now, where to start?
Characters are always good. Or, well, bad here. But what can you expect with character names of Ravyn, the 'y' makes it /so/ much more cool, Jaguar, Turquoise, Nathaniel and Jeshikah? None of the characters have a personality. I feel like I'm at fanfiction[...] I'm reading a first-time Harry Potter work. If this had been there, it would have been torn to shreds just for characters. We've got the underdog, the lustful one, the double-agent, the dictator, the rival. I'm pretty sure we're only missing the werewolf, although that might have escaped my mind since I've tried to forget it. Every character in this have emotions slightly more complex than robots, just basic emotions: Happy, sad, angry, love. No confliction. No doubt or desire, no nothing. And then, suddenly, two characters are hopelessly in love and all I'm thinking is, 'WTF, mate?'.
Now, to the plot.
Oh boo-hoo I'm the underdog I can't beat the leather-clad slut and she chose the contest where I'm awful and now I have to go undercover with her in the city of vampires where humans are slaves and defeat an evil vampire dictator. That's pretty much the plot in a nutshell, or a run-on setence as it may be. Sure, there is some love in there, but I wouldn't call it 'love'. It's too simple, to...blah. Nothing. And there literally are no twists and turns, as if the writer /thought/ about putting them in, but decided not to, letting the reader keep reading searching for them. And then it's the end of the book, no plot twist, and you're left with nothing afterwords, just a rather disgusted feeling that you've wasted your time and money on that.
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One of my favorite authors. I have read every book she has written and I have never not love one of themPublished 20 months ago by Destiny
Finished the series and enjoyed the short read over Christmas holiday. Definately wans't what I expected, not bad.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is my wifes favorite author. Her books could be longer & she could release books faster. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Mark
I liked the entire set of 'vampire' books in this series. Quick reads and interesting characters as the stories overlap.Published on January 10, 2013 by Stephen Barr
As with almost all of Amelia books, I loved this one. BUT I hated the ending cutoff. Unless there's a sequel or something, that ending sucked with just leaving it like that. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by ashlee
"In this world, there are predators and there are prey; only the former survive." - Bruja's Motto, Midnight Predator.
I forgot how much I loved this story. Read more
I keep on going back to two of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' books to read over and over again: Shattered Mirror and Midnight Predator. Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Little Oriole
Book had no tears, rips, scratches, creases, dents or marks on the pages or on the cover. looked like it just came off a book store shelf. Like it had never been opened. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by rez