The climactic tenth novel in Lara Adrian’s New York Times best-selling Midnight Breed series Darker After Midnight invites readers to enter a thrillingly sensual world where danger meets desire.
After existing in secret for many centuries maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware one single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. And it falls to the Order – a select society of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike – to stop Dragos the power-hungry vampire at the centre of the conflict before his lust for domination can explode into catastrophe. At the centre of the Order’s quest is Stirling Chase a troubled Breed warrior whose biggest conflict is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him towards eternal darkness Chase’s path to redemption lies in the hands of a mysterious and beautiful young woman who may be something much more than she seems…””
Publication Date: March 01, 2012
Darker after Midnight will engross you with a wonderful group of characters, make your heart bleed for their torments and sweep you into a world of intrigue and paranormal drama.
I’ve loved every book in the Midnight Breed series, but Darker After Midnight just may be my favourite. There’s an ominous darkness to this book with Stirling Chase battling bloodlust and almost lost to every code of honour he once upheld. His alienation from the Breeds and seemingly unstoppable descent into addiction, just at a time when Dragos has launched his campaign to destroy his people, provides for a tense and thrilling tale.
Chase has been an increasingly broken character for the past few books and it was about time he got to tell his own story. Luckily Tavia has almost as many problems as he does! And of course there are the bombings, attacks, murders, etc to keep things rolling along.
One of the aspects that both interested, and also annoyed, me was that being number ten in the series, this book had a lot of characters to cover and plot threads to try and weave together. There is a very strong sense that this was to be the last book in the series, and so trying to pull everything together was important.
Close to the end there was quite a change….and I can’t help wondering if this was when Lara Adrian was contracted for further books in the series. The denouement was far too quick and so much was resolved too neatly. I presume this because the author was thinking of how some elements could be held over to future books but it did weaken the ending of what had been an engrossing and thrilling ride.
This is absolutely a book where you needed to be familiar with existing plots and characters. If you’ve been following the series then this is a book you have to read. That said, so much was wrapped up that I can’t see where future books will go.
For me, this would have been a good place to end the series.