Saturday, October 9, 2010

Review: Wait For Dusk By Jocelynn Drake

Book Description:  

There is no sanctuary in the night . . .
Feared even by her own kind for her mastery of fire, the nightwalker Mira is summoned by the coven to take her rightful place as Elder. But with this honor comes grave responsibility—a commitment to the annihilation of the unleashed naturi. For now the foul creatures walk the earth—and neither vampire nor human will survive their horrific onslaught. 

A tide of blood is sweeping relentlessly across the European continent, as Mira is dispatched to Budapest for the most devastating test yet of her astonishing powers—and falls into a well-laid trap. With the dark secrets that haunt her growing darker by the hour, she must confront the terrible truth of her past and protect her fragile sanity in the face of unanticipated treachery—a betrayal by her trusted ally, her beloved enemy, the vampire slayer Danaus. 


Because this is the fifth book in the Dark Days series, and I had only read the first before the review request came, I spent the beginning few chapters learning characters and trying to understand the world and vampire mythology. After a quick visit to the author's website to get a little DD history, and some well spent time perusing the extras section, I felt better equipped to keep reading. I would highly recommend that new to the series readers do the same.

This is a pretty straight forward UF title, which for me means that romance isn't the main focal point, with plenty of action driving the story forward. These are not warm and fuzzy vampires.

Her bloodcurdling screams echoed through the room until they vibrated through my brain and rattled my teeth. The tearing of flesh and the breaking of bones was sickening, but in truth I hardly noticed. Those sounds had been background noise from my nightwalker childhood. They couldn't move me now.

Nope, definitely not feeling cuddly.

Wait For Dusk continues Mira's quest to kill and rid the earth of naturi while balancing her role with the coven, but a twisted secret from her childhood makes that task both easier and more difficult. This secret also threatens the tentative relationship she has with Danaus. Their relationship was a highpoint for me because it blended seamlessly with the story and their growing emotional attachment definitely enhanced the action. I tend to enjoy a book more when love and lust might be found so these developments didn't bother me at all. They are a complicated couple, but their feelings seem genuine and I want to see what road they take, not to mention that I want to go back and read the series in order so I can see what led them to this point. 

Drake has created a complex and violent world, a lore that is rich in details, and side characters that provide depth and history to the storyline. Nobody sits in the shadows and I'm hoping that both Stefan and Valerio get even more involved in future books.

Dark Days Reading order:

Pray For Dawn
Wait For Dusk

*Reviewed for VampChix by Anna Dougherty
*Book provided by publisher

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