Series: Dark Days #3
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Pages: 386 (Kindle)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
The 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.
Dawnbreaker was certainly an improvement over Dayhunter! Starting about a month later, we’re back in Savannah with Mira and Tristan. It’s not the quiet break she was hoping for, since small groups of naturi have been attacking steadily the entire time. It’s a few days until the equinox, when the naturi will perform their next sacrifice, and Mira is struggling to get her domain in order before taking off to Machu Picchu in order to stop it.
The focus is once again back onto the inevitable war between the nightwalkers and the naturi. The naturi are becoming much more visible and reckless than they have before, but that’s nothing compared to the havoc they’ll unleash if the seal between worlds opens. It is battle after battle as the two species make their way to the sacrificial site. I had a feeling of what was coming, but I was nervous the entire time hoping it wasn’t so. There’s plenty of twists and turns along the way though!
I also liked how Dawnbreaker showed more of the varied relationships between all of the supernaturals. Tensions are SUPER high between Mira and the werewolves, since she’s like a beacon for the naturi who can control them. The local pack leader is understandably not happy that Mira has dragged her personal war into the city. There’s a new witch in town, who is suppose to help Mira with the impossible task of learning to control Earth magic. She didn’t get much page time, but I liked her and hope to see her again. Then, of course, there’s Danaus who is something totally unique (and supposedly impossible). He’s a bit more dangerous than everyone assumed.
Dawnbreaker was super tense and exciting! I’m loving the mythology and world building, and how it’s creating this interesting story arc. Mira is much more than she knows, and I had a theory about what that is. There’s lots of holes in my theory, but I do think it’s possible, but I was wrong. The ending has a slight cliffhanger, and I can’t help but wonder what the witches want with Mira now.