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Pray for Dawn: The Fourth Dark Days Novel

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: #286,662 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good not Great 9 July 2010
By Adoration - Published on
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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
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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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF 4 July 2010
By zifnab62 - Published on
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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".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly disappointing 23 July 2010
By Tamara - Published on
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I have enjoyed the first few books by this author- in fact, up until this last one, I had been tracking the release dates in order to read them immediately upon release. Unfortunately, this one is ridiculously sub-par to her previous novels. First off, the change in POV is jarring- we have been rooting for Mira for the first 3 books, now in the fourth we are denied even one chapter out of an entire book of what she is thinking?
Also, listening into Danaus thoughts was interesting at first, however I quickly became frustrated by how repetitive his thoughts were- he spends the entire book denying his feeling and obvious truths, which is a cold slap in the face to anyone who believed he actually had any character developement over the past THREE books! Well, in this one he is back to square one.

Most frustrating was the plot itself. Supposedly, Mira and Danaus are investigating the cause of a murder. However Danaus acknowledges to himself who the killer is in the first quarter of the book, yet purposefully withholds this info from Mira for the bulk of the rest of the book. Really? I am supposed to believe that this 1800 yr old character has survived the centuries fighting creatures by living in denial and refusing to face the facts of reality? Preposterous.
Yet, we are forced to wade through another 100 or so pages of "investigation", even though ourselves and the protagonist already know the answer. This made me unable to sympathize with the characters during the big battle at the end, knowing that my time had been wasted reading about an unnecessary search.
I am also highly suspicious of the timing of these last two releases. This book was released in June, and the next one out within 60 days. It makes me think this was a blatant attempt on either the author or publisher's part to milk readers for the money. I am sure that this book and the next couldve easily been combined, if they had cut out the time wasting in the redundancy of Danaus thoughts and the wasted effort looking for a murderer that the main character figures out in the first 100 pages.
Needless to say, I will not be purchasing the next book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still A Good Read 9 July 2010
By Sharpei - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The cover should have clued me in as to where this installment was going. I was startled to read the opening narrative with Danaus instead of Mira. The book opens in Spain with Danaus fighting off the Naturi once again and coming face to face with his demon "Godfather Gaizka". What a name! Gaizka can possess lesser beings and pretty much rots their bodies out from underneath them. He informs Danaus he needs to continue feeding him through Danaus' and Mira's combined power. Shock to Danaus! Danaus is then called back to Savannah to help protect Mira. He finds her more and more unstable as the story unfolds. She has been secretly feeding from Ryan the head of Themis. His magical blood is doing more harm than good and Danaus feels she is ready for the funny farm. Danaus meets a 13 year old homeless girl with "Gifts', who witnessed a young girl's murder that has brought a lot of heat and press to the more paranormal residents in Savannah. He and Mira take her in, (adopt) for protection against Gaika who wants to possess her. Of course! Gaizka manages to inhabit his fair share of humans as well as Mira's loved ones. Mira takes Danaus to a "First Communion" of a newbie vamp, and so much power has spewed forth that Danaus gets the touchy-feelies all the way up Mira's shirt, and they come close to doing the ugly right there. Mira has been slowly indroducing Danaus into her domain, for what reason, Danaus has no idea why. Danaus no longer trusts Ryan and announces he is leaving Themis! Aha! After much carnage and mayhem, (loss of friends) Danaus is left holding the bag, the clean up, the city and the whole tamale.

Obviously this series is going in a new direction, which is fine by me. Don't get me wrong, I love this series and have always looked forward to the next installment. It's just this book left me a flat, not much mind you, just a little. The story seemed a little rushed without it's usual sub-plots and multiple twists. Is Jocelynn Drake still a good read? Yes, she still delivers.
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