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Burn the Night by Jocelynn Drake

Burn The Night marks the final book in the Dark Days series – which means it’s time for the final battle between all supernatural creatures versus the Naturi – fairies who seek to return to earth with an everlasting vengeance.

Burn The NightTitle:  Burn The Night
Author:  Jocelynn Drake
SeriesDark Days Book 06
Publish Date:  June 28, 2011 Harper Voyager
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe Great Awakening approaches . . .

After eons in exile, the naturi have broken their chains and now roam the Earth bent on revenge. It is the sworn duty of Mira, the Fire Starter, to protect the nightwalker race—though even she may be powerless to withstand the horrific onslaught. As Mira and her brave lover, the vampire slayer Danaus, stand ready to do battle, thousands of winged shapeshifters darken the skies. The war of ultimate extermination has begun, and the battleground is Mira’s home turf.

The humans don’t yet recognize the doom descending upon them. And the nightwalkers will surely perish unless they unite with outcast naturi who claim to want peace. But these unexpected “allies” are the same demons who have long worked for Mira’s destruction—and in these darkest of days, the lines between friend and foe will blur treacherously before the bloody end of all things.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

** spoiler alert ** I was not expecting the happy ending. This is the first book in the series I haven’t read more than once, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I actually wish I could rate this a 4.5 because I’ve rated all the others five, but there were just…very many things I was still left wondering about.

I loved the different perspectives. For the first time, we get to hear from a Naturi lead and Mira both. Nyx was an interesting character to choose, but she also made the most sense (besides choosing Rowe). Nyx and Mira are kind of mirror characters. Both distinctly feared among their kind, Nyx for being the “Dark One” and Mira for being the Fire-Starter. Both were destined to fight Aurora. I was honestly thinking that Mira would get her shot at the Queen herself, but she gets comeuppance when it comes to finally ridding herself of Nick, her “creator.”

Oh and yes, Naturi sex. I love the romance scenes. They’re so elegant and wonderful to read. Nyx and Rowe had their romantic little scene in the woods and of course, Mira and Danaus wipe the floor with their rough post-battle moment. It’s hard for me to picture Rowe being so romantic after everything I’ve read about him, but hey, even the bad guys get the girl.

Maybe I was hoping that Rowe would still screw everybody over near the end. He’s the lion in the sheep’s pasture and I was waiting for him to snap. I even had my doubts about Nyx. But they were really there to help and help they did, as the evil Naturi reign was forced to a halt and the queen’s reign of terror prevented forever.

Lots of interesting new developments for the last book too, though some of my questions went unanswered and other new plot lines made me wonder if she had other plans for the series. 1) Ryan, a two-sided warlock you meet in the series, becoming a vampire, as an example. 2) I also figured Mira would go to Budapest after the destruction of Savannah to bring things full circle in the investigation of Michael’s death. I was hoping to hear what had really happened to Micheal’s body since it was such a key point in a few of the books. But nothing there. 3) And poor Barrett is left to defend his small pack.

At least some people survived. Jabrari didn’t. Imagine that. Knew she’d kill the Ancient eventually. Mira tends to get her revenge in all meanings of the word, even if it took the whole series for her to do it.

Overall, this is a fantastic series for urban fantasy readers. I loved her writing style, although I noticed the silky descriptions kind of faded after the first few books. I recommend this to fans of sexy vampires, great plotlines, and beautiful writing.

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Wait for Dusk by Jocelynn Drake

In the fifth book of The Dark Days series, the Naturi are rallying for the final battle; Mira is gathering together her allies for the confrontation—and at the worst time, she’s betrayed by her most trusted friend.

wait for duskTitle:  Wait for Dusk
Author:  Jocelynn Drake
SeriesDark Days Book 05
Publish Date:  July 9, 2010 Harper Voyager
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThere 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 ally, her enemy, her lover…the vampire slayer, Danaus.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Well, a lot of questions get answered for this one and a lot of problems get solved. Minor spoilers without the names here next.

Somebody gets his place on the coven as promised, somebody FINALLY gets to have some sexy times, lots of people get murdered (including my favorite character, sadly) and it’s all blood and violence. VIOLENCE. I mean, I think this is probably one of the more gruesome tales in the series.

Regardless, this one was exciting. And again, violent. There are so many battles. I wish I could write action scenes as smoothly as Jocelynn Drake can. The only one I’ve ever had trouble understanding was in her last book, Pray For Dawn and that was the very last scene. This one had like eight different bloodbaths and I could easily see what was happening. I envy that talent.

I think she had some references to Bound To Me as well in this book, referring to her time with Valerio at grand parties (which was the basic set up for the novella). I like that Valerio can still make her blush with his teasings. And Stefan – lots of aggression there, no doubt. The way both men take off their nice jackets before ripping their enemies apart is fun. I think it’s cute that Mira could care less about her clothing getting bloodied compared to them.

And damn, it’s about time that we have come to the part that I’m sure readers like me have been waiting for. SEX. I was like “woo-hoo” you two finally got over yourselves and just had some fun. Multiple times. Wink wink.

But sad face to my favorite character dying. No spoilers here unless you look at my reviews for the other books. I was really stunned by this sudden change in events though I was aware there would be a lot of deaths to spur Mira onto vengeance.

This is a wonderful set up to the final book in the series. Lots of action, some romantic scenes between vampire hunter Danaus and Mira, and new characters that may bring a big change to the tide of battle.

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Pray for Dawn by Jocelynn Drake

One of many things Jocelynn Drake is good at is the ability to leave you craving more. Pray for Dawn is no exception to this and with every page, I find myself rooting for Mira and her ragtag group of supernatural creatures as they face down their worst enemies – and each other.

Pray for Dawn by Jocelynn DrakeTitlePray for Dawn
AuthorJocelynn Drake
Series: Dark Days #4
Publish Date:  June 22, 2010 Harper Voyager
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionPray for salvation . . .

Pray for daylight . . .

Murder has pulled Mira out of the shadows and back into the living world . . .

As the fire-wielding enforcer of the nightwalker coven wrestles with the mind-destroying ghosts of her dark past, the slaying of a senator’s daughter in Savannah threatens to expose her kind to the brilliant light of day. The dawn of chaos has come. The naturi have broken free of their eternal prison to feed on the defenseless and unbelieving of an unprepared Earth.

Mira and Danaus–vampire and vampire slayer–must unite to prevent the annihilation of their separate races. But for Danaus the challenge is intensified, for he must also fight the bori who covets his soul. And Mira, the nightwalker he must protect–whose power is the Earth’s last hope–is rapidly going insane.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

I think Drake loves to torture us as we eagerly await the time when Danaus and Mira finally have sex. She’s hinted at the idea many times, and although she’s given us several romantic scenes with other characters, I’m really begging for these two to shack up at last. There are so many moments that I think, “oh…oh, I bet they’re gonna do it,” and then I just get my hopes up. This is the most complicated relationship I’ve ever rooted for, I swear. But since I know Danaus becomes her consort, it implies some sexy times upcoming. I really enjoy this kind of romance blended in with the fantasy genre.

Also, I love how much Danaus gets beat up. Man, the author really beats the shit out of this guy. I feel like even though Mira gets beat up a lot, she takes more emotional damage than Danaus, so it puts her in this weird category in my head that’s different from Danaus getting stabbed multiple times and shot with poison arrows. Being “slightly” human has its disadvantages.

But being slightly human also delivers you some fun times. We finally get to see more into what’s happening inside Danaus’s head and are introduced to Gaizka. I’m not sure how you would pronounce that – but I love how he appears as an angel. I’ve always thought it was cool that the author has fairies being evil but now you have a bit of a twist as the bori enter the picture and more angels, demons, and gods will enter the picture. It makes me very excited how lush and full this world is.

badge5v5The only thing I’d have to say negatively about this book was my mixed thoughts on the ending. It wasn’t so much that bad things happened (with Lily, Tristan, LaVina, etc.) but I kind of had to reread the action scene a few times to completely understand what was going on. There was a lot to take in and I was losing track of who killed who and what was happening sometimes. But I loved the cliffhanger.

This gets another five stars from me.

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Dawnbreaker by Jocelynn Drake

In Dawnbreaker, Mira is forced to look at the war between humans, vampires, and evil fairies in a new light when a rebel princess from the other side comes to her for help.

Dawnbreaker by Jocelynn DrakeTitleDawnbreaker
AuthorJocelynn Drake
Series: Dark Days #3
Publish Date:  September 29, 2009 Harper Voyager
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe 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 sworn to destroy her kind. And now, as the day approaches when titanic forces will duel under cover of darkness, destiny draws them toward an apocalyptic confrontation at Machu Picchu. But all is not lost, for a wild card has been dealt to them: a rogue enemy princess who can change the balance of power and turn the dread tide.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

This is such an exciting read and my favorite in the series. It’s also my favorite cover. Can you blame me? That plot with that cover? Gorgeous and meant to be.

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. Not that it’ll help get her out of the sticky situations she always tends to find herself in, but it might help a little.

One character, Tristan, has always been one of my favorite characters, being both young and restless and not quite sure what his place is in the world. I think it’s cute he has an affinity for Amanda and I want to see how that plays out since their slightly broken relationship was never really fixed at the end of the book.

And now we have Stefan coming into play. That’ll get interesting for the next couple books as Mira starts to realize her position on the Coven will play an even more important role for the upcoming battle. Cynnia and Nyx, too, adding a little chaos to the mix, being from the enemy side.

Beautiful writing as always and Danaus is just as brooding as we expect him to be. I like that he was a bit vulnerable in this one, needing to be put under the sleep spell and then later needing Mira’s help to heal himself during the final battle. I love that their relationship is going to be taken to the next level. Or at least I can hope.

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Dayhunter by Jocelynn Drake

Dayhunter is the wonderful sequel to Nightwalker, starting right where we left off at the end of Mira’s first encounter. Now the stakes are higher, the enemies are gaining force, and it’s time to rally some allies.

Dayhunter by Jocelyn DrakeTitleDayhunter
AuthorJocelynn Drake
Series: Dark Days #2
Publish Date:  April 28, 2009 Harper Voyager
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionA new day dawns blood red.

A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally–the human vampire hunter, Danaus–have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows.

Banished for eons beyond the world’s boundaries, the malevolent “naturi” prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth–and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira’s destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be . . .

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Although Dayhunter has never been one of my favorites out of the six, I still love it. The only negative thing I really have to say about it anyway is – there’s sooooo much going on that sometimes with everything happens, I feel like I’m reading an entirely different book at some points in the story as the main plot tends to get buried. I mean, there’s the idea that Jabrari still wants her dead, now she has Nicolai (a lycan) and Tristan (a vampire she stole from Sadira) to contend with, she fried Sadira with her powers, Elizabeth and Macaire (vampire council members) want to kill her too – all this on top of the Naturi problem and the Danaus plotline…there’s just a lot to absorb in one sitting that makes me think….”oh, yeah, that did happen.”

Besides that, hey, I love it. Poetic writing (although not as much compared to the first one) and wonderful, flawed characters. Mira’s such a badass but she only knows it half of the time, which is a character trait I like. She knows she can handle certain people (like Nicolai and Gwen) with ease but when it comes to other facets of her life, like facing the Triad and the Naturi, she knows it’ll be a tough battle and she can’t take it as lightly as some of her other scuttles.

I love that we find out what Danaus is (no spoilers here) because it makes it very exciting for him to have such a role in the upcoming war versus the Naturi. I adore Tristan and liked the sex scene with Mira and Nicolai. I love the introduction to Alex and how they have a friendship despite what the Triad thinks. Jabrari of course, is his usual god-like, manipulative self. And now we have Rowe, the one naturi who will soon be just as lost as Mira as he’s turned his back on what the Naturi queen wants, so he quite possibly provides a maybe-ally for Mira.

badge5v5It all makes for a really good story as the upcoming war looms ahead and Mira’s gotta find her place in it after she decides what side she’s on.

Again, five stars, but prepare to be a bit overwhelmed by all the new information.

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