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Pray for Dawn: The Fourth Dark Days Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jocelynn Drake
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"An unflinchingly self-assured first novel, chiseled with subtlety and irony into a darkly suspenseful and blessedly surprising story. In exacting detail, and with prose as silky and enticing as her protagonist, Drake has composed a love letter to the vampire genre. I wish I'd written it."--Vicki Pettersson

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“With prose as silky and enticing as her protagonist, Drake has composed a love letter to the vampire genre.”
—Vicki Pettersson, New York Times bestselling author of the Signs of the Zodiac series

 

“Jocelynn Drake will have you coming back for more.”

New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost

 

Vampire enforcer Mira must stop an ancient coven in Pray for Dawn, bestselling author Jocelynn Drake’s fourth action-packed Dark Days novel. A treat for fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and Kim Harrison—who has praised Drake’s Dark Days series as, “a must-read addition to the urban fantasy genre, filled both with action and satisfying characters”—Prey for Dawn will keep you reading well into the darkest part of the night.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061851809
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (29 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H4VYYC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 23 July 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This fourth book in the Dark Days series is very different for one big reason: it's told from Danaus POV instead of Mira's. This is the first time we get a look in to the mind of the hunter since we met him in book one. He's fought Mira, promised to kill her, fought alongside her and saved her on more than one occasion. But he's always been a bit of a mystery, never showing that much of himself. Now, finally, we can find out what he really thinks and feels. Towards Mira and about the world around him. He's lived a very long life, seen a lot of wars, lost a lot of friends, and is continually fighting to keep the human world safe from the dark one it doesn't know.

Pray For Dawn picks up a couple of months after the events of book 3, Dawnbreaker, and Danaus is being summoned back to Savannah, Mira's domain. Once there he quickly discovers not everything is well. A senator's daughter is dead and the family are making a lot of noise in the press. The killing wasn't by a human and it could put pressure on the vampire community, so it needs to be hushed up and quickly. Danaus is ordered by Themis leader Ryan, to protect Mira and help figure out who the killer is and what their aim is. Not an easy task at the best of times, but it's harder still when the bori who owns part of Danaus' soul, is fighting for full control, and he's determined to have it.

I loved this book from the start. It was oddly easy to switch from seeing the world from Mira's eyes, to Danaus'. He sees things differently to Mira and has his own personal demons to fight as well. Danaus thinks a lot, sees things in a lot of detail and doesn't miss much.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  36 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good not Great 9 July 2010
By Adoration - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this series. The first 3 books were amazing. This one? Eh.

Danaus comes across as whiny and somewhat Emo. Are nightwalkers evil? Are they? What if they're not? What if everything that he knows about them is wrong? But what if it isn't? But what if it is? Let's explore.

Plus the story of this book left a lot to be desired. Nothing MAJOR happened. It was just a little bump in the road and the antagonist felt a little convenient. "There needs to be something to draw the story of this book out...filler bad guy." And the end made no sense what so ever. I half expected dramatic music to start playing.

My one biggest complaint was the way the characters speak. They all speak the same proper English. Be it a 600 year old vampire, a 1800+ year vampire hunter or an old witch. They all use proper English and long, drawn out phrases. It maybe a minor thing but it gets annoying.

I'm sincerely looking forward to book 5 because I do like the characters and the story is intriguing. This book might be the weakest so far, but the series as a whole is awesome.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The cover clues you in! 6 July 2010
By Loving books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the Naturi broke out from imprisonment Danaus goes on a hunting spree when he's called back to Savannah to assist Mira in the investigation of a suspicious murder, but he encounters some disturbing changes in Mira as well as new enemy who can be more dangerous than the Naturi.

In this book we have a change in the POV, the three first books where narrated by Mira, this one is by Danaus, but that's not a surprise since the cover is a good clue, so I was willing to give it a chance since I've always wondered about Danaus' thoughts, well it was refreshing in certain ways, it was still repetitive in the same ways than the previous books, even with the introduction of the new villain that you can easily guess since is Danaus' POV the plot continue to be the same and I don't get the feeling of moving forward, the tension between Mira and Danaus finally progress but not so much as to left you ok with it specially since you have a weird cliffhanger where a new threat is introduced in a bizarre turn of events where both Danaus and Mira were screaming for help to each other, so odd in the leads of a series since I'm accustom to their selfless souls.

If you had read the previous Dark Days novels, you know exactly what you'll be buying with the twist of the POV if you're new to this series, it's ok, a fun fast read to pass the time. Let's see what the end will bring for Mira the vampire fire starter and Danaus the half-human, half-bori in the next month.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF 4 July 2010
By zifnab62 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
First off I pre-ordered this book. I usually read books from the library and only buy books from authors I really like. After reading the first two of this series I decided that Drake was one of these and bought Dawnbreaker. I love the character Mira but found Danaus annoying. Every time He seemed to actually have character growth he backslide. After Dawnbreaker I figured he would still play a role it the stories but would not be as central as in previous books. Imagine my shock when I open up "Pray for Dawn" and Danaus is the narrator. I don't think I have been more wrong about where a series was going before in my life. I guess the cover should have clued me in. The fact that Danaus is now the narrator and if the cover art of the next book is any indication will be for the foreseeable future has moved Drake from my "Must Have" list of authors to my "If I cant find anything else".
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too much denial - spoiler free 11 July 2010
By T. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Danaus is the POV for this book in the series.
The author makes Danaus backtrack his character development and explains it away with "self-denial" by the character.
The enemy is tied to Danaus and ID'ed early in the book by him, but again he denies the real threat and does not inform others.
Even when a major confrontation is imminent, Danaus denies the tactical situation and does nothing to prepare to counter the enemies capabilities. ie Tasers and Stun Vests (a vest you can't remove that has a remote activated stun gun built in used for controlling violent people via radio) Danaus has been fighting for over 1800 years, and uses guns and explosives but ignores the non lethal solution to counter his enemies special ability. So good people end up dying needlessly.

DENIAL sums it up for me
So yes I am giving up on this series. Shame because it started out so well and had a decent plausible back story, whereas so many vampire novels don't.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from My Urban Fantasies 27 Dec 2012
By Ginny A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally published on my blog, My Urban Fantasies.
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Aurora is now free. Mira managed to close the doors before all the naturi escaped. After the battle Jabari leaves the broken and beaten Mira to burn in the sun. Mira has no desire to save herself, even if she were able. Mira is tired of fighting and risking death. Danaus has no desire to leave Mira to her death. He picks Mira up and carries her to a cave to protect her from the sun. Danaus tell Mira that he is not up to killing her right now and needs a rain check. Mira then passes out holding Danaus' hand. Two months later Mira is at the Dark Room, depressed and missing Danaus, when James Parker shows up with a proposition from Ryan.

Pray For Dawn is a little different. The entire novel is told from Danaus' point of view. We finally get a look inside of our brooding boy's head. Mira sees Danaus as this strong, unstoppable force of honor. Turns out that Danaus has this hard shell that he shows the world and a somewhat gooey center. Danaus is plagued with insecurities. We already know about the ones concerning the deal his mother made and of Danaus' fear of going to hell, but now we know why. We finally get to learn all the complicated reasons behind this and the reason of his hatred toward nightwalkers. While submerged in Danaus' pyche, we get to ride along as he deals with the feelings he has towards Mira. It's an interesting ride and well worth the wait.

It's been three months since Dawnbreaker. Danaus has a rough time in Pray For Dawn. After Machu Picchu Danaus traveled, mostly in Europe, hunting the naturi and nightwalkers. While hunting Danaus tries to forget about Mira, but that plan quickly shatters when he's asked to go to Savannah to investigate a murder.

I can not go into to much detail about this book. It's almost impossible to discuss a small plot point without giving a huge hint towards the major plot. The blurb on the back of the book (written above) is about as specific as one can get without giving to much away. One thing I can tell you is the end of Pray For Dawn has left me begging for the next book. I love the fact that Danaus is no longer portrayed as the cold hearted vampire killer. His words may still be cold, but now we know the reason behind them.
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