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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Delacorte Press
Released on February 26, 2013
The Midnight Breed Series has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but the last three books in the series left me wanting something I could not define. Some of it was feeling like some of the later characters really didn’t get enough time in their own books. When book 10 came out, there was some hint that the series was coming to an end. In a way I was glad, but also disappointed in where I thought they had left it. Well, my disappointed turned into such delight as the ending of book 10 left open a new world to explore in the series as it picks up 20 years later.
Do you remember Mira? Mira was a young breedmate when she was introduced to us. She has the unique ability to show ones fate by just looking into her eyes. With each glimpse someone takes, Mira loses part of her own sight. When she came to the Order, they made tinted contacts to help protect her site as well as to prevent anyone from unwittingly seeing their future.
We also met Kellan and Nathan in earlier books. Kellan was a young teenager when we met him, just having lost his entire family to the enemy except for his grandfather. He was so emotionally torn up. Mira became his best friend and champion even though she was younger. They added Nathan to their friendship once he was freed from his captivity as an assassin Nathan had grown up knowing nothing different, but his mother finds him and raises him from then on with her mate, Hunter, who was also raised as an assassin.
There are a whole slew of new characters in the book, children to the ones we have already read about. And I was so happy to see the older characters still brought into the book. I kept trying to picture the characters as they were, since in reality their looks have never aged, but I still saw a touch of gray in my mind on Lucas.
So the story is set 20 years in the future after First Dawn, when the breed is revealed to the humans. Things are extremely tense, but the Order has grown in ranks as well. The original Order is members are now spread out across the world. Mira is a leader in the Order with her own team, but when she goes after a rebel she is demoted. She has a hatred for human rebels, believing they had killed the love of her life, Kellan eight years ago.
Mira and Kellan fall in love and after one night of passion, Kellan inadvertently sees his fate in Mira’s eyes. When he runs into a building chasing a rebel, he encounters a bomb. In a split second he makes the decision to set it off, believing he won’t make it. His body is never found and Mira is left heartbroken.
The story weaves us in and won’t let us go. I cried several times while reading it, not believing fate could be so cruel. The love story is bittersweet and you never know until the end what will happen. It won’t help guessing, just hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
Lara Adrian is an outstanding visionary of her own world. I didn’t believe she would pull this series back up, but she has taken it to a whole new level I never expected. Hopefully we will get some answers I have hungered for since the start of this series, but if not, then I will hang on tight and ride the waves of the Midnight Breeds and enjoy every minute of it.
I highly recommend this story to everyone. While it might help to understand a few things, you don’t need to read the entire series to love this one book. The series gets a reboot and makes it a wonderful place to start if you are just coming into the series. If you hung onto every book in the series, this will just be a delightful addition. Enjoyed it from start to finish!