Ashes of Midnight is the sixth in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and as is expected continues on from the devastating events in the previous bookAshes of Midnight is the sixth in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and as is expected continues on from the devastating events in the previous book. Therefore any newcomers to the series should not start here else you'll be floundering.
Andreas Reichen has been a constant character ever since Tegan and Elise's book and has been of a great help to the Order. However, his own world came to an abrupt end at the close of the last book and has been on a mission of vengeance at the opening of this book.
His personal vendetta means that his path crosses with Claire Roth, his old flame if you'll pardon the expression. Claire hasn't seen Andreas in thirty years ever since he left rather abruptly and she is now the estranged but still very much blood bonded mate of Wilhelm Roth, Andreas' enemy.
This is the first time in the series where the two protagonists not only knew each other but also had a relationship so this story is more a re-kindling of their relationship with the added complexity that she is now mated and his inherited ability looks set to burn them both.
Given that we've witnessed what was done to him, Andreas is easy to understand because his motives are plain. Claire is also easy to like because her mate is clearly a bad guy in every sense of the word and despite not having seen Andreas in three decades, it's clear she still cares for him deeply.
The other advantage Claire has is that by already being a breed mate, she's obviously no stranger to the world of the breed and so the whole fraught introduction to the vampire world is instantly avoided.
Even though Andreas is not strictly part of the Order, they are not left out due to Wilhelm and his sire's nefarious activities. In fact everyone has page time to a lesser or greater extent, even Mira, the young girl from Niko and Renata's book.
This is another blistering entry in the series and if I only had one thing slight annoyance it's the fact that the ultimate top bad guy always seems to have a way out. Although, given events towards the end of this book, his plans may come to a crashing end fairly soon.
To those that have already read this book, I would apologies for the puns but they were completely intentional....more
Midnight Awakening, the third book in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and I think that the series has now hit its stride. The story itself picks uMidnight Awakening, the third book in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and I think that the series has now hit its stride. The story itself picks up a few months after the events in the preceding Kiss of Crimson. As such it also concerns characters that have already been introduced to us previously; Elise Chase the sister-in-law of Sterling Chase and Tegan, one of the more extreme Breed warriors. Therefore any newcomers to the series should not start here else you'll be floundering.
The first great thing I liked about Elise is that she is no stranger to the world of the Breed so that instantly eliminated any need for Tegan to hide that he's not entirely human. The other benefit that this has is that it delves deeper into the dynamics of the Breed society in what is expected how people view each other.
The journey that Elise takes from being a sheltered breed mate in mourning in Kiss of Crimson to where she ends up by the end of Midnight Awakening is a remarkable. But the sayings "hell hath no fury like a woman..." and "the female is deadlier than the male" do come to mind.
Tegan is also interesting as a warrior who is still in mourning after losing his breed mate to the rogues over five hundred years previously. As such, we learn why he is the way has been in the books to date. His journey is no less interesting given that he has been set in his ways for so long.
His story actually turns out to be very relevant to current events so in addition to learning more about Breed society and the Dark Havens we also learn more about the history of the race and I'm always pleased when there is more back story. It's not just filler either because given the turn of events in Midnight Awakening the history is also used to set up events for Midnight Rising.
That doesn't mean that it ends on a cliff hanger because events definitely come to a...er...head. Ha! Never mind, just read it.
For those interesting in the action side, don't worry on that score because there is just the right amount of both fight scenes and between the sheets whilst weaving the relationship story and solving a mystery.
My reviews tend to get shorter as series go on but without trying to spoil anything for newcomers to the series there's not much that can be said. Midnight Awakening is a great addition to what is turning out to be an excellent series with a worthy couple that you will root for....more