Series: Midnight Breeds #11
Published by Delacorte Press on 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this pulse-pounding and thrillingly sensual novel, Lara Adrian returns to the mesmerizing world of the Midnight Breed, following new characters into a dark future where an uneasy peace can unravel into war--and a great betrayal can mask an all-consuming love. 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.
Mira is much more than a breed mate. She is also a warrior who was raised within the Order from the time she was a young child. Now after a lot of hard work, Mira is the captain of her own squad. On a night that was to have been for celebration, Mira sees the human who she holds responsible for the death of the Breed warrior she had taken as her lover many years ago. Nothing is going to stop Mira from finding out who was behind the bombing that ended up killing Kellan – even if she has to break a few rules to do so and pay the penalty.
Bowman is the leader of a rebel fraction with deep secrets; he is a ghost of a presumed dead Breed warrior. The rebels are the humans who are fighting against the Breeds and their total admittance into society. They are behind some of the worse attacks that have happened to and against the Breeds. However, Bowman isn’t like any other rebel and he runs his group very different. Their actions are done to try and keep both the humans and the Breeds safe from the fanatics.
Mira is sent out on a minor mission to escort a human to Washington, DC that turns out to change her life. Bowman and Mira come face-to-face when she is captured by a group of rebels and taken to their compound, except Mira already knows Bowman and can’t believe the instant betrayal she feels. Both Bowman and Mira struggle to deal with their feelings and the love that still bounds them together. They both know that the Order will be hunting for Mira and Bowman’s (Kellan) actions have made him an enemy to the Order now. Just as the love blooms again, a betrayal within the rebel group has Mira and Kellan working together again to track down the human Mira was sent to protect when it all began. Events are unraveling which brings both danger and a feeling of helplessness to Kellan, Mira and the members of the Order. Mira can show the future to some, but can she find a way to save a future for her and Kellan?
Can love overcome both betrayal and death when that love has come through so much already? Mira and Kellan learn this answer and many others in Edge of Dawn. I knew that this would be a new beginning for the Breeds with the next generation now fighting for their existence. Mira was an adorable young girl when we last saw her and now she is a bold and tough warrior for the Order, one with a fierce temper and even fiercer need for justice. Kellan came into the Order as a young and troubled boy. A boy that Mira instantly felt drawn to and helped become a warrior she fell in love with. I had a feeling that I would be blown away as I read Mira and Kellan’s book, but I had no idea just how amazing it would be. I had my own emotional journey as I followed Mira and Kellan’s path that would lead them back to the Order and to uncover a greater enemy than the Order has every faced. Several times I wanted to yell and at others I just wanted to cheer. I loved seeing how the original group of Breeds and their mates have prospered and to see their children grown up. I also loved how Mira and Kellan found the strength to prove that they deserved a place within the Order as a team like the others. I have a feeling that this second generation is going to be just as wonderful as the original Breeds were as they found their mates and lasting love.
Edge of Dawn has it all: action, danger, suspense, passion, betrayal and it all is wrapped up in book that you just can’t put down easily. I immediately knew that this would be a book that I would re-read many times and would never leave my reader. I am now, very impatiently, waiting for the next Midnight Breed book to see who will be the next. I knew before I finished the final page that I would have to Joyfully Recommend Edge of Dawn as a must read that will become an instant favorite. While this might be the 11th book in the series, it is like a new beginning. So if you haven’t read the other books in the series you could begin here; however, I will bet that you will need to go back and find out how the series began and how the original Breeds found their mates and defeated their foe.