Series: Midnight Breed #11
Author: Lara Adrian
Page Count: 273
Published: Delacorte Press, 2013
The new book of the Midnight Breed series was one I’ve been waiting a long time. Not only because of the surprising forward time jump of twenty years, but also because it was to feature the two kids -not so much kids anymore, of course- who I hoped would end up sometime in the future. And my excitement was high, because what I hoped would be an epilogue at the end of the series perhaps, turned out to be a whole book that introduced a new path and storyline.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought the young children Mira and Kellan would one day make a right couple. Lara Adrian seemed to think so. And she gave us their book with a whole new set of threats and bad guys, new potentials for future books, and a brand new story that derived from the one we loved of The Order.
Twenty years have passed since the Order has come out to public and people found out about the existence of the vampires known as The Breed. The knowledge has brought inevitable fear and loathing with its acceptance, and the expected craving for the unknown. And just like everything else in the world, people are divided in their opinions about The Breed. After all, twenty years is nothing compared to believing all your life that vampires did not exist.
Even though this book is the eleventh in the series, I think it’d be safe to say it can also be considered as the first in a brand new one. Most of the characters are well known to us, but there are as much new ones, and the setting and conditions is much different than we last seen them. The children we once knew are now all grown up and fighting, the old enemy had been defeated, and the characters are now faced with the world knowing exactly who and what they are. And in the middle of it all, there is Mira and Kellan, who shared so much together and who had been friends ever since they were children, now facing a whole lot of difficulties and messed up situations, not to mention the deep feelings they have for each other.
Without spoiling anything, since I breezed through the book I’m not sure where things are said and done, I have to say this book was a bit slower in pace than the previous ones. It was, however, fitting to a book that introduced a new world to us, just like a first in a series would.
More than the discovery of Mira and Kellan’s feelings for each other, as they were crystal clear from the start, this book was about the setting of this new storyline. So most of the book was building a relationship between the reader and the new characters and easing us into the new way of things. And all the while we also witnessed Mira and Kellan’s reunion and love for each other, and the difficulties they had to face and how they handled them.
With the quick tumble into the romance of Mira and Kellan, and the slow pace of the action, I think I would’ve preferred it the other way around, with the two struggling with their passion and the action playing a bigger role.
Kellan and Mira’s characters surprised me. Not in a bad way, and certainly not in disappointment, but the way they went head first into the story and their relationship felt a bit rushed. It seemed like while clearly trying to avoid a tragic end, they ended up making decisions that led them to the path they were trying hard to avoid, which is understandable of course, but it was still frustrating to read for a fan like me. Many occasions, they broke my heart with their desperation and love and hopelessness, I was more than ready to jump to the last page to assure myself of their happiness.
The biggest lack, however, would be in the action for me, especially when it came to Mira. She’s a human woman, and you know it’s not usual for such a person being in the ranks of the fighters, and yet she’s a captain of her own team and we hardly got a chance to see her fight. Even Kellan, with his Breed power and speed and abilities, spent little time to impress us with a good long fight. I would’ve liked to see them more in action even though the story took a rightfully different course. That is not to say, of course, there wasn’t any action, because the biggest one of all came towards the end of the book, where we got to see where exactly the story is going to go, and what troubles await our heroes in the future. The kick start of excitement in the end was the real deal in the book in my opinion. It made me look forward to the upcoming books and their heroes.
A great book to suck us right back to the world of The Breed, and I, for one, cannot wait for more. And while I wait, I might as well keep myself busy making my hodgepodge more delicious by adding four big spoonfuls of this story into it.
Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian:
- Kiss of Midnight
- Kiss of Crimson
- Midnight Awakening
- Midnight Rising
- Veil of Midnight
- Ashes of Midnight
- Shades of Midnight
- Taken by Midnight
- Deeper Than Midnight
- Darker After Midnight
- Edge of Dawn