Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Daysider review


Human/vampire relations are in turmoil in a stunning new series by New York Timesand USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Krinard. 

Tensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. And like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined to collide. She's a seductive human operative on a mission to infiltrate an illegal vampire colony. He's a vampire and represents everything she loathes—and all that she desires. Their attraction is scorching, immediate…and could explode like the fragile truce they've both been fighting independently to preserve. Now the world's last hope hinges on their ability to work together. As enemies they are doomed, but as allies they just might save the world.


Daysider opens with a detailed explanation of the world Susan Krinard has created and believe me, you will need it. This is a new series so we have a lot to absorb about the vampires and humans, and since the plot includes a calculated, high stakes game of cat and mouse between the ruling council in Erebus (Citadel) and the leaders of the Enclave,  readers need to understand how this all came to pass. Each side wants a bigger piece of the Zone, which is this no man's land between the strictly controlled areas inhabited by vampires and humans, but neither side wants to be charged with breaking the tentative peace treaty that's been in place since the end of the war. 

Damon is a Darketan working for the Council and Alexia is a Daysider agent working for the humans. They are both considered different in their respective communities because of their mixed heritage. Each has been tasked with investigating a secret settlement that might be staging a rebellion of sorts, and when they encounter each other in the Zone an uneasy truce is declared so they can work together in obtaining intel. Neither anticipated the almost instant attraction that burns between them like a fuse on dynamite just waiting to explode. 

As mentioned before, there is a lot of information to absorb but that's usually the case with a new series, so just go into it knowing that some of the details might feel repetitious. The action and suspense is balanced nicely with a passionate involvement between Damon and Alexia. The progression from enemies to lovers wasn't necessarily a gradual thing considering the timeline of events, but it was instinctual and full of heat, starting more like an outlet, then developing into a fierce need. Those feelings also change as they began to trust each other more and share their individual stories. Daysiders is what I would classify as a cross between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, and it's something readers of both genres would enjoy. 


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