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Dayhunter (Dark Days #2)

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A new day dawns blood red

A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally--the human vampire hunter, Danaus--have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . .

Paperback, 356 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Harper Voyager
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Sep 16, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing
This book is the second installment in the Dark days series.
Dayhunter is an fast paced action packed Urban Fantasy read. I'm a huge fan of this series and cannot wait for Dawnbreaker. She also has a anthology for this series in Unbound called The dead, The damned and the forgotten. Also a great edition to this series.
Dawnbreaker has lots of twists and brings a lot more to the table for Mira and Danaus to handle.
I love the characters in this series. Mira(Master of fire) is a vampire who can co
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Dec 27, 2010 Tynga rated it really liked it
Dayhunter starts right after the failed attempt, by the Naturi, to break the seal and even though Mira win this battle, the war is far from being over. Not only does Mira have to fight the Naturi, she also have to watch her back because Jabari, her former mentor, also wants a piece of her, namely her head, preferably on a plate or a spike.

At the beginning, Mira is summoned by the Nightwalkers Council to Italy and brings Danaus, Vampire Hunter and Tristan, her new protégé, along for the ride. At
Barbara ★
Jun 01, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it liked it
Not as good as the first book in the series. Had to force myself to continue reading as it was very very slow going. It was difficult to get into the characters as Mira was irritating and Danaus was very quiet so couldn't get a real sense of him. The conflict was so abstract as to be nearly impossible to figure out what was going on. Too much treachery by all characters which made it difficult to follow the action as the direction kept changing. All in all, not a good installment.

There were a s
Hmmm, same rating as the last one, this book was a bit more polished plotting-wise. I like this really dark, Anne Rice-ish world the author has created. It gets a BIT tiresome reading TOO MUCH at once, so I don't wanna read all 5 books in a rush, but that's ok, I'll piecemeal it out and enjoy a trip to the dark side occasionally until I get through the whole series. Enjoyed how the Vampire lore progressed, confused about the motivations of the Faerie people, but I was along for the ride enough t ...more
Steven Allen
Aug 22, 2015 Steven Allen rated it liked it
Shelves: books-to-go, not-kept
Thankfully no sparkling vampires, or this book would have gone flaming into the recycling bin. Good action and a slightly different take on the urban fantasy vampire genre. Drake's sex scenes are not as frequent nor as graphic as Laurel K Hamilton's, but they are spaced accordingly to the action. Sometimes Hamilton's sex scenes appear at points where it feels as if she could not think of anything in the plot, so just tossed a graphic sex scene in to fill pages. Drake's sex scenes are more purpos ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Apr 14, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
If you sit down with the first two books in the Dark Days series, they read just like one long story. Dayhunter picks up just moments after where Nightwalker left off. This book is not a standalone. Each installment of the series (including those that follow this one) is just a piece in a larger story. Personally, I love serialized books, but it can be frustrating to wait between each installment. Fortunately in this case, you can sit down with a stack of these and read them from beginning to ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Jocelin rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
When I read the 1st book in the series, it took a long time for the story to get going. This was not the case for this book. I was totally captivated by this one. The action started on pg. 1. We find our main character/heroine (don't say that to her face) going to Venice to find out answers about the Naturi (supernatural beings bend on world domination). Her maker and her mentor want to use her in a dangerous power play. She has a new nemesis to worry about; The Daylight Coalition (humans trying ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 28, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it

This is the second book in the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake.

The Premise: 600 year old nightwalker (aka vampire) Mira is the narrator in this series who is the only nightwalker to ever exist with the ability to control fire. She and other supernatural creatures (who humans are unaware of), have been fighting an epic battle against the return of the naturi, a race of powerful beings who believe humans, nightwalkers and everyone else should be extermina
Apr 17, 2016 Margaret rated it liked it

A new day dawns blood red

A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally—the human vampire hunter, Danaus—have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows.

Banished for eons beyond the world'

In the beginning, I was very pleased with this book. There's a certain poetic sense to Jocelynn Drake's writing, and at first it's quite nice. Her vampires are pretty cool, appropriately insane, and the rest of the urban fantasy world is nicely fleshed out and interesting. The plot is engaging. Mira is actually pretty cool and rather original. I've always liked how she's already super old, super used to the world, and super talented with her special gifts.

But after a while... it just got old. Dr
Adam Duclos
Feb 20, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first book of the series, "Nightwalker", because it introduced an interesting new world and nifty new concepts. This second book really drops the ball on all fronts. Everyone gets bogged down in internal politics, lessons learned in the first book are ignored, we find out interesting info about a strong secondary character that goes nowhere, and at no point does anyone in the entire book actually hunt during the day or even gain the ability to do so if they couldn't already. Seriou ...more
such promise...such hope. another series bites the dust unfortunately. I had hoped, prayed, that Drake would finally get it together and give us explanations to all the questions that have been building. All we get is more questions. We still don't know what happened at macchu pichu. We get a possible origin myth...for the wolves. It is alluded to that different vamps have different powers but never explained. Why don't these people fight the naturi with the ONE THING POISONOUS to them?! Like se ...more
Lonestar Mama
Sep 23, 2014 Lonestar Mama rated it liked it
I loved the first book of this series. I was completely riveted by the characters, the world Ms. Drake created and the dark, edgy vibe to it. Dayhunter was boring. Absolutely nothing happened, and this novel was nothing more than just a filler. Mira and Danaus were in a few battles, Mira had people to protect that she didn't want, and she and Danaus repeatedly (and I mean repeatedly) mentioned that when "this" was all over they were going to kill eachother. No progress was made with anything. Th ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
This picks up right where the first one ended which I like. Danaus, Mira and Tristan have to go to Venice to meet with the vampire coven after stopping the Naturi from breaking the seal to the other world where more of their people are trapped. Mira is not sure what to think about anything after learning that she has been merely a weapon to be used by those she cared about most. Mira is playing a dangerous game while trying to keep those under her protection alive.

I thought this was a decent fo
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2014
I liked Dayhunter, but not as much as the first book. It's still thrilling, and there's plenty of action and violence to go around, but somehow it felt slower to me. It picks up just a few hours after the ending of Nightwalker, with Mira and Tristan feeding after the battle. While they're out, they encounter some new players in this supernatural battle that's brewing. Mira also manages to piss off just about every nightwalker in a position of power, and nearly gets herself and those around her k ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Tricia rated it it was amazing
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Apr 28, 2009 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Mira isn't your average vampire. Well, unless of course you consider a fire starter vampire normal. She's teamed up with a vampire hunter, one of her so-called makers, and a few other people that want her dead. But the crisis at hand is more important and they need her if they want to survive.

Mira doesn't want anyone to depend on her and she sure as hell doesn't want to have to depend on someone else. Or so she thought. When she decides to take Tristan under her wing and save him from his creato
So, I literally devoured this book... which is so weird because the first one took me a few weeks to read (although I do blame a personal tragedy for the lapse in my reading, not Drake). But yeah, the first one sparked my interest... this one has got me hooked.

Drake manages to keep up a heady mix of interesting plot twists and super-fun-to-read characters to boot. The book starts out with Mira and company arriving in Venice to meet with the Coven about the impending war/battles with the Naturi,
Mar 28, 2011 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I am two books into this series and already in love. I just can't get enough of these UF/PNR meshes. This book has a UF feel with enough of the sensual not to be a tease. I love the characters, the drama, and the plot of this basically everything.
I think Mira is pretty bad ass as well as Danaus. We find out what he is in this book and I get kind of angry because he is (not going to tell you) something that everyone she be shunning, not him getting to shun everyone else. I also got mad
Oct 30, 2015 Deanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Dayhunter stayed true to the theme of the Dark Days. It stayed true to Mira and her fight against the Naturi. It stayed true to the action. It stayed true to Nightwalkers.

I liked Mira.
I liked Danaus.
I liked Jabari.
I liked the story.

I liked the tension between Mira and those in the Coven. There is tension for Mira as she does not know who to trust...Jabari? Danaus? Who?

Dayhunter was far more focused on the chase...the need to beat the Naturi. It
Oct 27, 2010 Natasja rated it really liked it
Mira is a strong vampire with her own domain and she has an unusual talent, a talent many of her kind fears. She is able to control fire without burning herself and that is why everyone calls her the Fire Starter.

After the last battle with the Naturi, Mira and her human vampire hunter Danaus must appears before the Coven in Venice, the home of the Nightwalkers. Mira knows it could be a trap and starting a fight with one of the ancient vampires could be a dangerous task, but she hates their corru
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 27, 2012 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was ok
Now that it is absolutely clear that the naturi intend to break the seal and release their queen, Mira is placed into a situation in which she must choose who to be loyal to. If that were not enough, the threat of an inter species war looms over head. Mira is being manipulated from all sides. The fact that she was made a first blood by three different vampires means that at any time, the ancients may use her for their own purposes. Each of the ancients has a different plan of attack, which makes ...more
Amy A
May 14, 2013 Amy A rated it really liked it
I was really surprised I liked Nightwalker as much as I did, but when I finished I couldn't wait to continue reading the series. Dayhunter picks up right where Nightwalker left off. Mira, Danaus, Tristan, etc. have just finished fighting the Naturi in London and now they are being summond to Venice to the Coven. Mira knows that nothing good will come of this trip. Besides the threat of the Naturi opening the seal, Mira is pretty sure multiple Coven members want her dead. When she gets to Venice, ...more
Sheyla ✎
Oct 23, 2011 Sheyla ✎ rated it liked it
This is the second book in this series.
It starts where the first book ends. Mira, Tristan and Danaus have to appear in front of the Coven. They arrive to Venice and from that moment the actions begins and never stops.
By the end of book one Mira learns that she can be manipulated by Jabari and by Danaus. This makes her feel unsafe. The peace she has had for years is gone.
She finds herself wanting to protect Tristan and takes him under her care against her selfish nature. Her "new family" keeps o
Jan 23, 2012 Rafaela rated it liked it
I think I nearly stopped reading this book about 5 times, every time when I didn't find something better to read I'd come back to it.

I had a real hard time understanding the time of person Mira is. Is she a killer? Is she cruel? How deep are her morals? I found everything very double standard. She kills vampire weaklings but she's a protector of humans? Is that just to make thing she's tough and at the same time sympathise with her?

If she hates the naturi why would she make an spectacle of hers
Dec 21, 2015 Lilibeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
Reread: May 19, 2015
This time reading Dayhunter I was able to detach myself from the characters and comprehensively experience the book. I think one of the major problems I had with the series the first time was that I was too invested in Mira and her tragedy of a life. Now I can appreciate a more well-rounded view of the world without getting hung up on the little details that affect Mira's life.
Saying that I don't think I would give this installment 5 stars now. I didn't enjoy it enough for it
Jocelynn Drake writes a great tension filled story. I have moved from "like" to "love" Mira. The world of vampires expands in greater detail in this book by revealing the dynamics of the Coven. It is the ruling body for the vamps. The concepts are expanded and we learn what type of being Danaus is. I was not shocked by that revelation, it was clearly the only way to go since Ms. Drake had already defined the creatures of her world. Mira's character grows significantly in scope and we see her ope ...more
Feb 05, 2010 ♦Jennifer♦ rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I absolutely loved the first book of the dark days series, and this is no different.

Throughout the book Mira is trying to find a balance between the nightwalker world and her own morality. She is constantly being judged by those around her, and on more than one occasion those around her are manipulating Mira into positions that she never asked to be in.

I think one of the main reasons that I love this book is because Mira is neither completely good nor completely evil. She just does what she thi
Jun 08, 2012 Anita rated it it was amazing
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A former Cincinnati native, Jocelynn briefly lived in the wintery wonderland of Wisconsin before mounds of snow had her running for the sun-kissed beaches of South Florida. She started writing when she was 12, spending one summer re-writing the story of Robin Hood because it really needed a kick butt female character. Since those early days, she’s written fantasy, romance, horror, science-fiction, ...more
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Dark Days (6 books)
  • Nightwalker (Dark Days, #1)
  • Dawnbreaker (Dark Days, #3)
  • Pray for Dawn (Dark Days, #4)
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  • Burn the Night (Dark Days, #6)

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