Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

Published February 26th, 2013
Delacorte Press
273 pages (Hardcover)

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. (From Goodreads)

Edge of Dawn is book 11 in the Midnight Breed series, but is a fresh start of sorts, beginning the stories of the original set of character's children.  This book follows Kellan and Mira, two characters we have been previously introduced to, now all grown up!

This book is setting the scene for the next several books in the series, to the point that it felt as if it could have been the first in a series.  The re-establishement of the world, which has changed a lot since we left off, left me a little disappointed.  The world-building is balanced nicely with tons of action and a decent bit of sexy-time.

I had a difficult time keeping track of all the characters.  This book features a lot of names.  Half of them are from previous books.  The remainder are there children, plus new warriors.  This makes for a lot of names, and while some are only briefly mentioned, they are likely to come up again and I feel like I should have made a reference guide or something.

Mira is already well known in the series, and I don't think anyone would be surprised that she grew up into a little bit of a badass.  Kellan was also in previous books.  However, I found myself more interested in Nathan, a former hunter from the Hunter's story, and Dare, Lucan's son.  I hope their story's will be coming up soon.

If you're interested in giving an adult paranormal series a try, this is one that I fully recommend.  My tip is to start back at book one, Kiss of Midnight, or here with Edge of Dawn.  Overall, I really enjoy this series and can't wait to see where it goes next.

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