Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series has always been an auto-read PNR series for me, but I will admit that I went into this book hesitantly. I say that because the original story arc concluded in the last book and all of her original cast of warriors found their breedmates, settled down and seemed destined for contentment. Usually when that happens the series concludes and the author moves on to something new, so when I found out there was going to be a book 11 featuring Mira and Kellan I had to wonder how I would feel about this series seemingly not having an ending in sight.
At the conclusion of the last book, Darker After Midnight, the breeds finally defeated their enemy, but were forced to out their existence to the world. Jump forward twenty years, now the breeds live alongside humans and are trying to maintain a delicate balance to keep the peace. A council of human and breed world leaders has been created, a kind of paranormal UN. Lucan Thorne, one of the Gen Ones and the original leader of the Order sits on this council and has become the established leader of the breed nation. His warriors from books past: Tegan, Brock, Chase, Nikolai, Dante, Kade and Hunter, their breedmates and children have spread out all over the U.S. to help him in his quest to keep the peace and govern the breeds.
Mira is now the leader of her own squad of warriors working under Lucan, she has worked her way up the ranks and proven herself to be a fighter. A girl who once was a child rescued by Renata and Nikolai, and whose special ability is that when people look into her eyes they see the future, whether good or bad, has grown up and come into her own. But not without tragedy. The boy she loved as a child, who was brought to the Order’s compound after his family was murdered, who she helped come out of his shell and became her love and best friend, Kellan Archer, has been dead for the last eight years after he was caught in a building explosion. He has been the only one for her even after all this time and she still holds the human rebels responsible for the explosion accountable. This makes her do reckless, careless things that get her into trouble.
After being taken off patrol rounds, Mira is given an easy job… guard an important scientist who is on his way to a peace summit and make sure he gets there in one piece. She didn’t count on being ambushed during a kidnapping attempt or coming face to face with someone who she thought has been dead for the past eight years.
The love Mira and Kellan had for each other hasn’t died out, even after his betrayal and deception. Once these two see each other again and Kellan explains why he left so long ago, they come together and stay together through the whole book. They have only ever loved each other. I won’t get into why Kellan makes the decision to leave and pretend to be dead because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but he never actually goes very far because he can’t seem to leave Mira behind. He now leads a group of human rebels and since he left his breed family, he has made a new family with these people. Everything he disappeared to try to prevent seems to be coming to pass and there is no way he or Mira can avoid it any longer. Times are changing and those changes bring new enemies, different friends and more species to worry about than just human and breed.
I loved Mira, she knows what she wants and she stubbornly refuses to give up until she gets it. She and Kellan have loved each other since they were children, there is no way she is going to lose him again after grieving for him for the last eight years. She proves her love for him over and over. I think Kellan really believes he is doing the right thing, but I couldn’t help but feel that if he would just stop making decisions without talking to Mira first that maybe he could have avoided all the pain and suffering they kept going through. Regardless of the jump in time, I did find the intensity of their relationship to be believable. I truly enjoyed seeing this couple fight for their happily ever after.
This book turned out to be so much more than I thought it would be. I’m a little excited about the direction Ms. Adrian is taking this series. I found Edge of Dawn to have more of an urban fantasy feel, it seems to have evolved past the plain vampire PNR to a much more elaborate world. Now that all the original cast of characters have had their stories told, we get to meet their children and the almost new world that they live in. We even got to meet one of the breed cage fighters, who I’m pretty sure is going to be the story I will most be looking forward to next. As much as I’ve loved the breed warriors out fighting the bad guys, I just can’t see what could be more awesome that a bad boy, cage fighting vampire from the wrong side of the tracks who is in love with a girl from the right side. I think readers will find that the Midnight Breed series continues to be a well written, action packed series that is just getting better with age. Final Grade: B+
“After everything I’ve done,” he whispered harshly, “not only today, or eight years ago, when I left, letting you believe I was dead, but since the first day we met, Mouse. Ever since then, since the very beginning, you’ve stayed with me. You’ve always had my back.”
“I always will,” she replied. Her voice was quiet, but her eyes were resolute. “When you love someone, that’s what you do.”