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Saturday, January 26, 2013

ARC Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

Format: ARC bound copy (provided by author/publisher)
Release Date: February 26, 2013

Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn-when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them, the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.

Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior's code of swift-and even lethal-justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order's hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.

Kellan didn't think he would ever see Mira again, or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides-between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.

As a fan since the very beginning, I was extremely excited to find out that Edge of Dawn would be Mira's story and that it would take place 20 years after Darker After Midnight.

Mira first appeared in Niko and Renata's book, she was an orphaned Breedmate that had the ability to show those who looked into her eyes their future. The downside to her gift was that each time she showed someone their future, she would lose some of her sight. From the beginning Mira was special and I hoped she would have her own book.

Aside from her gift however, Mira's the first Breedmate trained as a warrior, which was so refreshing. With a few exceptions (Jenna from Taken by Midnight and Renata from Veil of Midnight), Breedmates (human females who can carry and give birth to Breed children), usually sit on the sidelines and cheer on their men when they go into battle. This was starting to grate on me a little. Make no mistake, these Breedmates were tough and special in their own ways but this particular reader likes females who can kick ass just like the men.

Which is why Mira is such a wonderful addition to the Midnight Breed series. With her gift, I had assumed she'd be a minor character who sat on the sidelines. Only brought out when her "talents" were of use to the Order. Thankfully, Lara Adrian made Mira tough enough to be a part of a team that takes down rebel fighters. It's a mission that's personal to her because the rebel fighters cost her something very dear. Or so she thinks.

Kellan Archer is also a character from a previous book. He and his grandfather were the only survivors when their Darkhaven was destroyed and it's residents slaughtered. When Kellan was introduced to readers, he was a moody teenager with issues. As an adult, he's lethal, tortured and determined to protect Mira, even from far away and without her knowledge.

The history between Kellan and Mira makes Edge of Dawn a very passionate and bittersweet story. They have a lot to work out, despite the fact that they're desperately in love with each other. Their reunion is anything but simple and their road to a happy ending is not entirely certain.

One thing is certain though, even after 10 books, Lara Adrian still knows how to entice and entertain readers.

It took 10 books for the initial villain and the conflict he stirred up to reach his end, if not his complete destruction. Now the fallout of that bloody battle has brought a whole new wave of conflicts. The mystery of the Breedmates has now been thrown into the spotlight, and could present an even tougher challenge for the characters to overcome in the future. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Edge of Dawn also sees the new generation of Breed warriors stepping up and taking their place in a new world with a new fight. The sons and daughters of previous characters are introduced and possible story lines are beginning to develop for these new characters.The possibilities for these new characters are endless. I do hope that as the series progresses, readers will still be treated to scenes with the original members of the Order. Tegan comes to the front of my mind.

The only downside to Edge of Dawn is its price. It is being released in hardcover which translates to expensive. Amazon and Barnes & Noble have the bound copy for pre-order at $14.70 and $12.99 for the digital versions though I expect the prices to go up after the book is released. While die hard fans of the series may not mind spending the extra cash to get the book as soon as its released, others may decide to wait until the paper back edition comes out. Which, in these economical hard times, is understandable.

It's a shame though because there was a virtual signing for Edge of Dawn and I, like many other fans would have loved to have had a personalized, signed copy of this book. 

Edge of Dawn is a can't miss story for longtime fans of Lara Adrian, despite the hardcover issue. If you're new to the series, I suggest you start back at the beginning to better enjoy the series and have a chance to fall in love with the Breed warriors and their unique mates.

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