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The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,014 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night...
Deep beneath Underground, a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun--one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night. And under the cover of
Paperback, 374 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Pocket Books (first published August 20th 2010)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It’s a bit hard for me to write this review. I noticed a long time ago that the more thrilled I am with a book (or a movie, for that matter), the less likely it is that someone will listen to my recommendation. I’ll keep it short and simple and try not to sound overly enthusiastic.

The first book about Charlie really blew me away, therefore I expected a lot from the second one. It really was fun, fast-paced and emotional, but what ruined it a bit was the relationship between Charlie and Hank. I
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
[The spoilers hidden below are solely for people who haven't read the first book. If you haven't read it, this book will be very confusing. ]

This is a solid follow up to the first book in the series. There's still lots of action, peril, twists, betrayal, weird characters, complex mythology, loneliness, lust, nudity, loss, realizations, death, shapeshifting, bad guys, darkness, old foes, and, of course, a big battle to save the world. I really like that there are consequences and fallout that doe
Isa Lavinia
Minus 2 stars for Hank's despicable actions and my need for him to die asap.
What kind of mind-rape shit...?

Other than that the book was great.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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What do you do when your first book is one of the most highly praised urban fantasy debuts of the year? If you’re Kelly Gay, you follow up The Better Part of Darkness with THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN and force reviewers everywhere to try and find a better way to describe amazing.

The Better Part of Darkness was one of my favorite reads last year as it introduced me to a very unique paranormal world, or should I say three worlds, with a Greek mytho
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, magic
Dead bodies are piling up, and Charlie and Hank have to stop whoever is doing it. The murders could cause some serious problems amongst the different factions of people. This case ties in closely with the events in The Better Part of Darkness, but saying much more would give too much away.

Charlie is dealing with problems at home. She's still learning how to cope with her own powers, which are physically draining her. Her preteen daughter is acting out as expected for her age. They've adopted a p
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Oh crap, I read this out of order. I NEVER do that, but I started it and just kept reading it. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely go back to read the second, er first, but two things:
1) I love this Linda Hamilton cover art, I mean, nice muscles lady!
2) This book felt STARTLINGLY remeniscent of Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels' series. Set in Atlanta, all the magical beings, etc etc. I have to say I love Ilona's series more, only because it's one of my very favorite UF series, and her sens
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Charlie Madigan is not your typical kick butt heroine. She is divorced, has a daughter, and actually has feelings. The Darkest Edge of Dawn continues the story started with The Better Part of Darkness, so I will assume that you've read that if you are considering book 2. Instead of giving a summary, I will get straight to what I liked and what I didn't like about this book.

The best part of this series may be the world building. No vampires and werewolves here, just an Atlanta covered in darkness
Lady Rogue
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify)

Another great installment in this series! I love Charlie and Hank, as well as the world Kelly Gay has created! Everything in this world of off-worlders and humans is so believable and the plot makes sense.

When The Darkest Edge of Dawn begins, it has been two months since the end of the last book, when the darkness overtook Atlanta. Charlie is continuing to understand the powers she possesses and is working with Aaron to learn to control them and use them when she wants. Charlie and Hank are inve
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's been two months since the events of book one and the city of Atlanta is struggling to adjust to life in the 24 hour twilight that has enveloped it. Meanwhile Charlie is busy adjusting to life as a new "off the books" federal agent as well as dealing with a new awareness of her partner, Hank. On the homefront, she's living with Rex, the Revenant who is currently inhabiting the body of her late ex-husband - all the while trying to find the right time to tell her daughter about what happened t ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
The Darkest Edge of Dawn is everything you would want in an Urban Fantasy. Kelly Gay managed to take the fascinating unique world she debuted for us in The Better Part of Darkness and actually made the story more exciting, darker, edgier, and even heart breaking.

Now that the reader is familiar with the characters from book 1, Gay adds a new depth to them in book 2. You see much more of Emma in this book and she is growing into her own mini-powerhouse like her mom. She even has her own little (o
A complex, multi-layered story with terrific characters. Charlie and her daughter, Emma, feel very real to me. I enjoy the dynamic between Charlie and her partner, handsome siren Hank. Hank is a bit of an ass occasionally in this book, which is actually good because otherwise he'd be too perfect. In addition, there's Rex, the Revenant living inside Charlie's ex-husband's body. And Brimstone the hellhound was great, of course, I'm very predictable when it comes to liking dogs. A lot of layers wer ...more
Alexia Chantel
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Charlie Madigan series proves to be more than just a one hit wonder, book two will sink its claws even deeper. Pick up a copy of The Darkest Edge of Dawn and you will be adding Kelly Gay to your authors-to-watch list!

Book two is written well enough if you haven't picked up book one you will not feel left in the dust. But why would you want to skip out on the first immersion? Book one introduces Charlie and the other characters wonderfully, you like them or hate them and become attached. Book
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 Stars

The first book in the Charlie Madigan series was entertaining, but could have been better, and I feel the same way about this second installment. At first, I was a little bored with the constant recapping, but soon the story picked up and the plot started getting interesting. I like the uniqueness of the world Kelly Gay has created and the emotional depth of her characters.

However, a few aspects of the story bothered me. The speed at which Charlie and Hank’s relationship is progressing
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been quite a while since I read the first book of the series and I'd forgotten how interesting and complex Charlie's world is: creatures from three different worlds with their own factions, characteristics and agendas, all living in one city that's immersed in constant darkness since the events of the previous book.

Charlie is in over her head, trying to cope with the changes in her life and deal with her latest case at the same time, but she is tough and determined and always does her best.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Despite a few too many hot men, this installation of Kelly Kay's Charlie Madigan series will get a four star rating***, based purely on it having excellent pacing and a good rompy UF plot. If the first novel in the series was promising, this one delivers the action.

Our flawed heroine stomps on with adventures and mis-adventures while her relationship with her possessed (sort of) ex-husband deteriorates, she has problems with her daughter and figures out that despite it all, she might really fanc
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charlie you are awesome and one of my new favorite heroines right now.

I was thinking whether to give this a 4 or 4.5 but the more I read the more I was really liking this and decided this is definitely 5 stars.

I've reading a lot of urban fantasy series lately. Whether its catching up on series I've been currently reading or series I been wanting to read for a while.

The Charlie Madigan series I had started reading but for some reason didn't catch up on it until later.

With this sequel you have a l
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really like the characters in this series and the world that they live in. I enjoy these books more than the Mercy Briggs series and the Anna Strong series, but there’s still something a little too dry about them. I really want to be engrossed in what happens, but there’s still something that is keeping me from wanting to devour every word. I find it very frustrating because there is so much potential in these books. What’s even more frustrating is that I really can’t completely pin point what ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
The thing I really love about this series is that I never know for sure what's going to happen next. Sure there are hunches and the characters and world are familiar in that way you can open this book and feel at home. Sure Charlie can be annoying with her level of denial reaching ridiculous proportions at times, but the author doesn't shy away from exploring different relationships and how it all works together in the MCs life. Definitely a series to check out if you're at all curious. I will d ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
The second book in the Charlie Madigan series was a good read, but not quite as good as the first IMO. The story kept my attention throughout but just didn't seem to flow as smoothly as in the first book - which might have something to do with the fact that certain characters (Hank and Emma *ahem*) annoyed the hell out of me with their erratic and highly irritating behaviour in a few places. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to seeing Charlie's story continue as I really like the worldbuilding i ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
*Notes for potential review: I'm disgruntled. Regardless of the fact that my curiosity is keen to see what happens to the characters, I feel as though the plot points, climax and other sundry totally leaves a pbpbpbpbpbfffttss in place of, "That's awesome!" Grrr. The equation doesn't fit. The bits of this complex algebraic formula that makes up the story do not compute. =P I'm going to go read book three. If the pbpbpbpbpffffffffffffts continue to be at large, I'm going to sack the series and ca ...more
I enjoyed this one the same as book 1, but not enough. This book would have been a 3 or more, had the author developed Charlie and Hank more. Yes, there sexual tension seemed to ratchet up for a second, but then it was gone. I need some romance to balance the darkness of this book.
Good points: Emma knows the truth about her dad. Also, big sister kicks Ash habit.
I may read book 3 but not any time soon
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm just loving this series. Book #2 is just as action packed as the first book. Keep up the water drinking Charlie. You need to stay hydrated when battling evil. A hellhound is sounding more and more like the perfect pet to me. I need to get one of those.
I was really into this one! Even though I had trouble keeping all of the plot straight, ha! But I like the characters a lot. And I'm glad I know what the ship is! I couldn't tell from the first book. I wasn't sure I wanted it to go in this direction, but it turns out that I like it a lot.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this another great roller coaster of a ride!
Kathy Davie
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Second in the Charlie Madigan urban fantasy series revolving around a human evolving into something much more.

My Take
It's a fascinating world that Gay has built---I do wish she would explain better about the Elysians and Charbydons. The way she flings Charbydon around, I can't tell if they're both a species and a planet or what. Gay talks about the Charbydons ruling Elysia then she states that the moon around Charbydon is dying. So...maybe Charbydon is the planet and a species and Elysia is a co
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heidi McDonald
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Charlie's only state of being is anger and I can't stand reading it for another second. I got through 1/4 of the book and I'm done!
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Kelly Gay writes the critically acclaimed 'Charlie Madigan' urban fantasy series. Her work has been nominated for a double RITA, an ARRA, a Goodreads Choice Award, and landed on SIBA's Long List Book Award Finalists. Kelly is also a recipient of North Carolina Arts Council's fellowship grant in Literature. She is published in Young Adult fiction as Kelly Keaton.
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