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Black Dawn (Night World #8)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  3,787 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
First he puts her in a dungeon. Then he realized they were soulmates. Now he wants to make her a vampire princess. Maggie Neely is a short, spunky sixteen-year-old with auburn hair and an iron will. When he brother turns up missing, she's determined to find him. But she never suspects that the trail will lead her into the most secret heart of the Night World, a kingdom whe ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 227 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Archway Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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Read this book if you don't mind the following:

1. Instalove. This is a serious case of instalove. The main characters first meet through a dream (that until now I still don't get the mechanics of how Delos appeared as future Delos warning Maggie off or something like that). Then when they truly meet in person, some magical connection makes them realize they're soulmates! Thus they are now irrevocably in love with each other because they are soulmates after all and you only have one of those in
Dec 23, 2015 Connie rated it liked it
Source: I own a bind up of books 7-9 of this series.
Cost: Free gift

Title: Black Dawn
Series: Night World #8
Author: LJ Smith
Overall Rating: 3 stars

I think in every set of three in this series, there's one book that is a three star book for me, and in this set of three, I think it's going to be Black Dawn.

There was nothing wrong with it per say, but it just didn't match up to how much I enjoyed Huntress. I liked Maggie as a main character, but sometimes she was kind of irritating. Delos
Sep 08, 2015 Kushnuma rated it it was amazing
Black Dawn is book 8 in the Night World series.

I loved reading about Maggie and her determination to find her brother. And Prince Delos made it even better.
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
4 Star Read:
A strong, well-developed heroine in Maggie with multiple, detailed plot lines on varying scales and L. J Smith has hit another homeun with her array of interesting, unique characters.

Among some of my favorites. Outstanding literary work. The characters are well developed, interesting. The liked characters are likable and the hated are unlikable. The writing is captivating enough to keep you interested until the end and leave you wanting more. It has a fairly original or uniquely wel
Fantasy Literature
Jul 08, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Whereas the first NIGHT WORLD omnibus set up the basic concept for the Night World and the rules in place for its existence, the second began to give the sense that all the stories were interconnected rather than one-off stories. With each installment, more was learned about the history of the sub-world, the concept of soulmates, and (particularly in this final omnibus) the coming of the end of the world. Such was the case for the first nine books in this series, but unfortunately, the final boo ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Debra rated it it was amazing
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Aug 28, 2016 Epiphany rated it it was amazing
This one kept you guessing what was going on and what was going to happen. I loved it.
Deb Osorio
Aug 25, 2010 Deb Osorio rated it liked it
didn't actually read...listened to the audiobook. it was good once I got past the narrators voice.
Mar 03, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
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Mar 02, 2017 Roser rated it really liked it
This most definitely got my eye!

General review, spoiler-free:

The Night World is the world with every dark creature you can imagine. Every "fictional" creature you know came from somewhere: The Night World.

Now, something weird, even for the Night World, is happening. Soulmates are appearing again. Two beings so connected, they are just meant to be. Every story of this series meant to culminate with the end of the world as we know focuses on different characters and how all these end up meeting.
Ksenia Ohremenko
Jan 08, 2017 Ksenia Ohremenko rated it liked it
В общем эта книга цикла о Царстве ночи ничем особенным не отличается от других.
Духовные узы есть ? Есть !
Нечисть в наличии ? А куда же без нее !
Краткость сестра таланта ? Ну так это же Лиза Джейн Смит !
Эта история чем то похожа на вторую историю с этого же цикла. Есть вампир с принципами, жестокий и не преступный, и появляется девушка - человек, которая немыслимым способом рушит эту всю жестокость и неприступность и для бедного парня-вампира уже нет ничего дороже этой девчушки, которая оказывае
Jan 08, 2012 Bibliotropic rated it it was ok
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Sylvia, Miles' girlfriend, shows up at the Neely residence claiming Miles is dead and his body is missing. Maggie, Miles' younger sister, is skeptical of Sylvia, so she decides to follow her and ends up getting more than she bargained for. She is taken to the Dark Kingdom, the most secret place in the Night World. A place ruled by members of the Night World who choose to keep humans as slaves. A place where a Wild Power may be found. But which side will the Power choose to be on?

First things fir
Claire (not Danvers)
Whiny prince w/a horrible childhood vs. honorable sibling from nice family
“You are an idiot," he said slowly, with cold wonder.
"You should listen to your body; it's telling you what it needs. You can't ignore thirst. You can't deny it."
"Yes, you can," Maggie said flatly.
Her wrist was going numb.
If this went on, she was going to drop the bag involuntarily, and in the wrong place.
"You can't," he said, somehow making the words into an angry hiss. "I should know."
Then he showed her his teeth.
Elodie  Diebolt
Mar 13, 2012 Elodie Diebolt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ceux qui me suivent savent que je suis absolument fan de cette saga et qu’il me tardait de lire ce huitième tome ! La couverture est juste magnifique, avec cette couleur rose et le visage superbe qui l’illustre. La quatrième de couverture nous promet une histoire des plus intéressante et de nouvelles découvertes, ce qui donne encore plus envie de le lire. Une fois de plus, je n’ai pas été déçue et le livre tient ses promesses, il est à la hauteur de mes espérances ouvrant plein de nouvelles pers ...more
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4 stars.

Going back and forth I kept on teeter-tottering between a 4 and a 5 star rating. Finally settled on a 4 star.

Although I had fun reading this, I liked the characters, and I liked the story there were a couple things that didn't flow well and just kind of happened as opposed to working up to it.

A quick summary, Maggie has just found out her brother, Miles, is dead but something isn't quite right with Sylvia and Maggie follows her. Turns out Sylvia is a witch and she sends Maggie to a he
Dec 06, 2009 Leeanna rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Night World #8: Black Dawn, by L. J. Smith

"Black Dawn" feels like the meatiest of the Night World books, with a lot going on in a very short period of time. Smith introduces us to a new Wild Power and a secret vampire kingdom all in one.

Maggie's world changes overnight when she's awakened by the sound of her mother crying. Her brother Miles is missing and presumed dead. Maggie listens as his girlfriend, Sylvia, tells the family what happened, but something is wrong with Sylvia's story. Maggie's
Dec 19, 2015 Brina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In der geheimen Welt der Vampire, Hexen und Werwölfe herrschen strenge Regeln:
1. Kein Mensch darf je von ihrer Existenz erfahren.
2. Kein Geschöpf der Dunkelheit darf sich je in einen Menschen verlieben. Sonst wartet der sichere Tod …
Doch: It’s so easy to fall in love …

Maggie Neely kommt einem grauenvollen Komplott auf die Spur: Die Mächte des Bösen wollen die Alleinherrschaft über die Welt erlangen! Kann ihre Liebe zu Prinz Delos, dem unwiderstehlichen Herrscher des Schattenreichs, das Un
Jan 25, 2014 Sabine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich kannte die Autorin von ihren "Tagebuch des Vampirs" - ich hatte sie damals als Schülerin gelesen, als der CORA Verlag sie in der Mystery-Heftreihe veröffentlich hat. Daher war ich neugierig, was es mit dieser Reihe hier auf sich hat.

Okay, also rein altermäßig war ich auch hier wieder außerhalb der Zielgruppe. Ich hatte das Buch in gut zwei Stunden ausgelesen - aber es waren zwei sehr unterhaltsame Stunden! Ich weiß nicht ob es bei den drei Büchern in der deutschen Übersetzung bleibt oder ob
Claire Lloyd
Sep 23, 2013 Claire Lloyd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires
I have just finished this book and all I can say is ''Wow!.'' I LOVED it! It was so thrilling, gripping, and easy to get into. It had me hooked from like page two! It really is that great. This book, along with Secret Vampire, Dark Angel and The Chosen are definitely my fave books in the nightworld series. I wasn't big into Soulmates or Spellbinder, I just kind felt like they were there to lead you to the next story. Kinda like stepping stones..But anyways this was brilliant! I loved the main ch ...more
May 09, 2011 Ne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais uma vez este livro enquadra-se na categoria de juvenis e de "já não são para a tua idade", mas não consigo deixar de me entusiasmar ao ler este género de livros, nem de me fartar da temática vampirica. Aurora Negra não se enquadra totalmente nesta última, desta vez L. J. Smith foca mais a vertente dos humanos e das bruxas, o que só abona em seu favor.
O Vampiro Secreto continua a ser o que mais me marcou, talvez por ter sido o primeiro, mas este ultrapassou todos e, neste momento, é o meu pr
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
O que eu achei do livro?!

Sem querer cair em repetições e frases feitas, apenas digo que L.J. Smith, continua no seu estilo de escrita simples e leve. Nada de pormenores complicados de lembrar e detalhes nada dificéis de serem conectados uns com os outros e com os livros anteriores.

Todos os livros, parecendo que não, estão interligados e cada uma à sua maneira tenta dar-nos uma definição nova e uma visão refrescante do Mundo da Noite.

Nesse livro, é de salientar a entrada de novos seres, os mutan
Camille Myskovsky
Mar 02, 2016 Camille Myskovsky rated it it was ok
I have a rule: if I can imagine myself going through life without having read a book, said book can't get more than three stars. Having made that clear, I really liked this book. I just didn't adore it, nor did I fall in love with it.

From this book's description I expected something completely different. Perhaps that was the real reason behind my disappointment. I have no idea. All I am sure of is that I really, really, REALLY didn't like this book. I started to read Black Dawn b/c I thought i
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"First he put her in a dungeon. Then he realized they were soulmates. Now he wants to make her a vampire princess. Maggie Neely is a short, spunky sixteen-year-old with auburn hair and an iron will. When her brother turns up missing, she’s determined to find him. But she never suspects that the trail will lead her into the most secret heart of the Night World, a kingdom where no outsider has stepped in five hundred years.
The kingdom is ruled by the young vampire prince Delos…who keeps a
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It all starts like this:

When her brother's girlfriend, Sylvia, comes to her family to tell them the news of their son's death, Maggie doesn't believe her. So she decides to follow her and confront her. But it turns out that plain human Maggie is going to be sold as a slave to the Dark Kingdom because of her efforts to find out what happened to her brother.

Well, nothing turns out as she believed it would be. First she escapes. Second, Delos, the evil and powerful vampire prince, happens to be he
Apr 13, 2010 Jodi rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I think I'm just too old for these books. Unlike the first three books, this one had vaguely 2 dimensional characters, but the plot is still the same. Night worlders and humans are not supposed to mix. Of course, if that's so, why do so many of them seem to find one another as soul-mates? The whole soul-mate concept is rather weird, particularly since these books are geared toward pre-teens, so the most the two teen characters do is kiss. In this one, when human Maggie investigates the supposed ...more
Sakina (Y.L.) Angel
Feb 04, 2011 Sakina (Y.L.) Angel rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural
It wasn't great, just about readable. I couldn't really get into the story or buy into the plot, and none of the characters really stood out for me, apart from Aradia. I felt that there wasn't any chemistry between the leads either, which was a major disappointment. This could have been an awesome story - the valley that LJ Smith created was so vivid, but sadly, it lacked too much history and description to make the world seem believable which is a shame as a lot happened in this story, and a lo ...more
This tale had the feel of "The Chosen" with the slave story-line. Again, I liked this book better than that one, but I was still left with a feeling of having read this before. I was glad that this story had a different setting than the others and I half-way liked Maggie. I wasn't crazy about yet another soulmate connection nor a big-bad supernatural guy that is really just a softie. Here is the brother/sister duo getting sucked into the Night World sub-plot that Smith started the series ooff wi ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Det här är alltså 8 delen i den här serien, men går nog helt okej att läsa dom fristående också för jag kommer inte alls ihåg vad dom tidigare delarna handlade om men hänger ändå med i handlingen utan problem. Jag tyckte dock att det var svårt att komma in i boken, tog mig mer än halva boken för att faktiskt fastna någorlunda för den. Ingen bok jag direkt rekommenderar, karaktärerna är ganska tråkiga, handlingen är inte jättespännande och det händer liksom inte så mycket. MEN jag har läst betydl ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Orlane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, ya
Très bon ouvrage. Encore une fois LJ Smith ne m'a pas déçue. Tout y est: de l'action, une intrigue qui se met en place peu à peu pour aboutir au 10ème tome. les personnages sont toujours aussi sympathiques et attachants. Le style d'écriture est toujours agréable et rapide à lire.

C'est une lecture très divertissante! Néanmoins, je trouve que cette série deveint un peu trop répétitive et les tomes se ressemblent beaucoup. Surtout les deux derniers tomes que j'ai lu ce mois-ci. C'est peut-être dû a
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Looking for a book with similar plot..any recommendation?? 2 17 May 09, 2013 03:52PM  
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L.J. SMITH, Lisa Jane Smith, is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in th
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Other Books in the Series

Night World (10 books)
  • Secret Vampire (Night World, #1)
  • Daughters of Darkness (Night World, #2)
  • Spellbinder (Night World, #3)
  • Dark Angel (Night World, #4)
  • The Chosen (Night World, #5)
  • Soulmate (Night World, #6)
  • Huntress (Night World, #7)
  • Witchlight (Night World, #9)
  • Strange Fate (Night World, #10)

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