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Dawnbreaker (Dark Days #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,815 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
The dawn brings new terror for the creatures of the night . . .

Those of her race fear Mira for the lethal fire she bends to her will—a power unique among nightwalkers, both a gift . . . and a curse.

The naturi despise Mira for what she is—as they prepare the final sacrifice that will destroy the barriers between the worlds. And once the naturi are unchained, blood, chaos, a
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Published September 29th 2009 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2009)
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Rating is closer to 3 1/2 stars, but I rounded up since I'm feeling hopeful about the next book. I have no idea why though ...

This series is extremely frustrating, but I keep reading it. It's like watching a TV show where you want to two main characters to admit their feelings and ... get together already. But, they never do. Yet you keep watching, hoping, season after season getting more and more frustrated.

In the first book, Nightwalker, I didn't like Mira much at all. In the second book, Day
Tiffany Danner
Dec 23, 2009 Tiffany Danner rated it really liked it
My first reaction when I finished this book? “ARGH I FRICKIN HATE THIS SERIES”. But really I love it, i am just impatient and want answers NOW! Its like the TV show LOST – you want to boycott because it constantly makes you question what the hell is going on, but you can’t because its just too good to ignore! Dawnbreaker is another great installment in the Dark Days series.

Mira is nightwalker, but she is a nightwalker with a unique gift. She can control fire and uses it to her advantage whenever
Oct 16, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing
I've loved this series from book one. I bought each one on the day it was out and couldn't wait for each book to be released. Jocelynn Drake had a different take on a vampire story. I don't mean the vampire theory is too much different, but the story also has magic weres and a great plot.n The Protagonist is Mira a female vampire. I love the writing for this character and really took to Mira. It's not very ofter you find a female protagonist that is a vmapire in the first person.
Mira is strong,
Apr 01, 2010 Cindi rated it really liked it
Jocelynn Drake really captured my attention with the first Dark Days novel, Nightwalker, and has held it through this third book. By the end she left me waiting for book 4, even tho I thought a couple of times while reading that this should be a trilogy only. Why is Nora Roberts that only one who writes in trilogies these days? Sometimes I just wanna know the whole thing in three books, not have it go on forever.

Anyway, what struck me most while reading this book is that Ms. Drake intentionally
Oct 13, 2009 Jael rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
I really enjoy this series. The story telling is excellent and so are the characters. I absolutely adore Danaus and I've really warmed up to Mira. However, I'm getting somewhat frustrated with this series. It's eerily reminding me of a Bones episode. Instead of a body being discovered, then, Bones and Booth solve the crime all the while having this great romantic tension/chemistry; you have Danaus and Mira fighting the Naturi thoughout the book. And of course the cliffhanger at the end of the bo ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Gemma rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm not sure why, but I'd really convinced myself Dawnbreaker was going to answer many of the questions I had about this series. Instead, it left me more confused than ever and extremely annoyed.
Dark Days started out as an intriguing and original story, but now I find the bad things outweigh the good, and it seems the author is confused about where to take the story and characters.
My main beef with this series, like so many other's, is the 'will they, won't they' thing with Mira and Danaus. It's
Nov 10, 2009 Roger rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that is up for urban vampire books
Shelves: young-adult-lit
My first Jocelynn Drake book was not a disappointment.

From the start, I was bathed in the new twist put on vampire mythology by Drake. Vampires in these books are referred to as "daywalkers" which strikes a similar parallel to the Blade movies. The name is the same, except the myth behind each is separate, yet interesting. In Drake's book, vampires are your traditional don't-go-outside-or-get-burned-to-a-cripsy-critter kinda monster. It is also duly noted that a spin on the vampire/werewolf cla
Janice (Janicu)
Oct 17, 2009 Janice (Janicu) rated it liked it
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Nov 07, 2009 Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, uf, demons, vampires, magic
I found myself liking this book so much more than the others before it. I like the relationship that is brewing between Mira and Danaus. They definitely have a love / hate thing going. It does seem like the more time they spend around each other the more that they are the only ones that understand each other.

Mira seems to be surrounded by people that want her dead or just use her to their benefit, then kill her, which can't be good for a person's sanity. As she battles people on all fronts it is
Feb 04, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it
(3.5 stars)

“And where does that leave us?” Jabari demanded.

To my surprise, a half smile tweaked one corner of her mouth as she looked from me to Jabari. “On hold.”

This bit of dialogue, taken from one of the final chapters of Dawnbreaker, sums up my experience with the Dark Days series a little too well.

There’s nothing wrong with Dawnbreaker. It’s a perfectly fine book. Jocelynn Drake's prose is competent and vivid, and there are several interesting surprises tucked into the storyline. Mira uncov
Feb 11, 2010 Starling rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
Actually 3.5 stars. This is the last book in the first trilogy in this series. It ends with enough plot threads hanging that there is room for more books in the series but without a cliff hanger. That is why it is getting the extra half star.

I really don't like series with save the universe plots. Generally I get disappointed with the ending of series like that. They never live up to the tension built up during the series. I rather like the way this one was handled. Enough of an ending so you kn
Jill Dunlop
Jun 11, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it liked it
Dawnbreaker is the third book in Jocelynn Drake's Dark Days series. Dawnbreaker is told in the first person point of view from the main character Mira, a centuries old vampire also known as the fire starter. She has a major battle coming up between herself and her unlikely partner Danaus against the Naturi, unearthly creatures that have been locked in captivity for years. If these Naturi were to escape, then vampires and humans alike would be in serious trouble, as the Naturi want to kill them a ...more
Bethany C
Jun 14, 2010 Bethany C rated it liked it
I want to start by saying I loved Nightwalker and Dawnbreaker. Unfortunately, while this was good, I found it a little lacking compared to the first two novels in the series. As the story picked up and really got going, it (the story/plot itself) was really good. It got me flipping pages faster the closer to the conclusion it got. However, a couple things bothered me. First, the hourglass thing. I thought that was pretty cheesy. If you read this, you'll know what I mean. And I wasn't quite sure ...more
Okay, I know I said that if Mira and Danaus did not hook up in this book it would be the last one I read. Well...I have changed my mind about that. Mira's character is evolving and I am finding that I am cheering for her to remain independent. Everyone seems to want a piece of her except Tristan. Although they are not romanticly involved, it is the only relationship in her life that is good for her. Knox also seems to be a legit friend. Don't get me wrong, I love the character of Danaus but he h ...more
I like this series, but I do find it frustrating at times. Mira is a vampire or nightwalker as they are called in this book, but one with a special talent that no other vampire has - she has the ability to create and manipulate fire. She's back in Savannah to try and protect her people now that the naturi are determined to break open the door to their world and kill all humans and nightwalkers in the process.

Mira seemed to be constantly fighting for her life and loses many friends and allies in
May 10, 2011 Rosa rated it really liked it
I have to say, this book is very refreshing...
The storyline is great and characters are all different... all i can say is that Dawnbreaker is an interesting break from all your typical love/ action stories.
There are interesting twists in the plot every now and then that keep you reading on. Some of the twists are completely unpredictable, causing your head to spin!
Dawnbreaker is one of those books that you can casually read without having to rush to get through, an advantage because you can tak
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Apr 16, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
The third installment of the Dark Days saga picks up a couple of months after the conclusion of Dayhunter . Mira has returned home to Savannah with Tristan in tow and she is ready to expand her vampire family to her favorite minions Knox and Amanda. But the naturi have no plans to let her live in peace. They’ve followed her back to the States and they’re trying to kill her before she stops their queen from returning to Earth. Vampire hunter Danaus comes back into her life, just in time to join ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
I have a confession to make: I like urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. Okay - I've said it. I'm almost embarrassed to say it, but it's true.

I've recently gotten into some of the wildly popular adult and young adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels (even of the mass market paperback type) because they are full of fun and are great means of escape. That doesn't mean that I think all these novels are good. In fact, since I've started to read so many, I have become even more critica
Sep 10, 2011 Gardavson rated it really liked it
Really well put together. It was really easy to jump into this series. The author writes really well, the flow is really nice, nothing awkward or stilted.

Ok. In this one Mia must prep and stop the naturi from opening the door, having failed to stop the breaking of the seal. Mia annoyed me mildly in this one. Well, she just lacked some of her compassion that she has been marked for, what has made her unique among the older nightwalkers. Up to now she's balanced being compassionate with still doi
Sarah Barnard
I like paranormal and I love urban fantasy, so this book with it's vampires, lycanthropes, other monsters and magic should have been a great read.

The plot has promise, the characters angsty enough to irritate while hoping they work themselves out in the end and the interplay between them is good too.

So, why just the 2 stars?

The editing. The edition I got from my local library reads like a first draft - rough and unpolished. It's riddled with spelling errors, typos and dreadful basic mistakes.
Jun 10, 2012 Anita rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is the 3rd book in an excellent urban fantasy series. I'm really temped to give in a 5 star rating, but I don't know that it has that wide of an appeal. If you are a UF fan, this series is EXCELLENT. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series, but not addicted enough to rush out and buy it today.

The herione is Myra, a vampire firestarter (the only one in existence), and she has a vampire hunter as a sort of uncomfortable partner (Danaus). They have gone through a lot togethe
My Urban Fantasies
Dec 17, 2012 My Urban Fantasies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-days
Originally published on my blog, My Urban Fantasies

The seal to the door is finally broken. Jabari orders Mira to return to the coven. Mira tells him no, that she's returning to Savannah, where she is needed, and that she will fight the naturi when the time comes. Mira also invites Danaus to come with her, claiming that it will be easier to kill him if she does not have to hunt him down. *smirk* Yeah, like any of us believe that's the reason Mira want Danaus with her.

Dawnbreaker starts roughly t
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2014
Dawnbreaker was certainly an improvement over Dayhunter! Starting about a month later, we're back in Savannah with Mira and Tristan. It's not the quiet break she was hoping for, since small groups of naturi have been attacking steadily the entire time. It's a few days until the equinox, when the naturi will perform their next sacrifice, and Mira is struggling to get her domain in order before taking off to Machu Picchu in order to stop it.

The focus is once again back onto the inevitable war betw
Tara Day
Jan 15, 2014 Tara Day rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Such an exciting read. And it's my favorite cover. This third one runs much more smoothly than the second; there's still a lot going on but it's less to take in. I love the references to magic, earth and blood and it's very cool that Mira has a new role to play in the next couple novels.

Poor Tristan. He was in the first part of the book but didn't get to play much after Mira left for Machu Picchu. He's always been one of my favorite characters, being both young and restless. I think it's cute h
Amy A
Jun 12, 2013 Amy A rated it really liked it
I continue to reallyl like this series. Dawnbreaker continues what was started in Nightwalker. Mira and Co. are still trying to prevent the doors from being opened and more Naturi, specifically their queen Aurora, from being let free. This time they are taken back to where it all started Machu Picchu where a half century ago Mira was held captive. Mira goes with the complete expectation of being killed in this fight. Plus, she's tired of being used as a pawn for the Triad and other members of th ...more
I could probably quote my review for the last book verbatim. Again, it felt like no real ending but just the end of another chapter.
Though I have to say that it's starting to get on my nerves how many people Drake keeps introducing that the reader is just supposed to simply accept as part of Mira's group of acquaintances or whatever. Yes, she's over 600 years old but it's still a bit weird to have to get to know character after character that are sometimes barely present for more than a few page
Dec 03, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, 3-stars
Dawnbreaker is another entertaining addition to the Dark Days series.

If you are really into these types of vampire novels, i.e. beautiful vampires finding their way through confusing politics and prophecies, fighting other supernatural creatures, occasionally getting hot and heavy, then you will enjoy Dawnbreaker and the Dark Days series, at least the first three books. 1. There is no guarantee you will enjoy the rest of the books in the series, just look at my review for the last in the Sookie
After the gate was opened, Mira has finally returned to Savannah, her haven. However, the war is not yet over with the naturi and they are threatening Mira's only home. Naturi are all over the city hunting her down, killing the people in Savannah, as well. The naturi are driving her away from her home.

Mira needs to prevent Aurora from entering earth. They need to stop the ritual in Machu Pichu, again. With the help of Jabari, Danaus, Shelly, an earth witch, & Cynnia, the naturi princess, Mi
Grace Touch
Nov 14, 2014 Grace Touch rated it it was amazing
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Apr 17, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it

The dawn brings new terror for the creatures of the night . . .

Those of her race fear Mira for the lethal fire she bends to her will—a power unique among nightwalkers, both a gift . . . and a curse.

The naturi despise Mira for what she is—as they prepare the final sacrifice that will destroy the barriers between the worlds. And once the naturi are unchained, blood, chaos, and horror will reign supreme on Earth.

Mira can trust only Danaus, the more-than-mortal vampire slayer, though he is swor

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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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Other Books in the Series

Dark Days (6 books)
  • Nightwalker (Dark Days, #1)
  • Dayhunter (Dark Days, #2)
  • Pray for Dawn (Dark Days, #4)
  • Wait for Dusk (Dark Days, #5)
  • Burn the Night (Dark Days, #6)

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