Lara Adrian's vampire series is of course very similar to J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood books. This is not a bad thing as Ward's books are very good, but it does mean that each new book from Lara Adrian doesn't feel as fresh as it could. The same is true of the newest release, 'Veil of Midnight', which follows the love life of vampire Nikolai. Nikolai was always rather a sketchy character in the previous books, one we didn't read all that much about and who wasn't generally the centre of the action.
In this story Nikolai is sent to Montreal to check up on one of the few remaining Gen One vampires, the rather unpleasant Sergei Yakut. The events of this story follow on from the previous ones and so a newcomer to the series might not always entirely follow what's going on. The Gen One vampires are being killed and the Order (warrior group of vampires) are trying to protect these earliest vampires, the result of a mating between alien beings and humans.
Nikolai doesn't get much of a welcome from Sergei Yakut, unfortunately, but he does bump into one of Sergei's women, Renata. Renata is very unusual in that she has a certain psychic power that can temporarily disable vampires; she is also looking after a young girl, Mira, who can predict the future. When Sergei Yakut is attacked, Nikolai is kidnapped. His rescue comes, unexpectedly, from Renata who needs him to help her rescue Mira. But Renata doesn't trust the vampires and it's possible that her mission to rescue Mira might work against the plans of the Order to get to the bottom of the attacks on the Gen One vampires.
I enjoyed reading this book, finding the pacing good as always. I did feel, though, that the characterisation was a bit sparse. I didn't know Niko before the story began, I didn't feel I knew him a great deal more afterwards. Renata, too, was sometimes something of a mystery, although she was an appealing heroine. Other parts of the plot were moved on, such as the occasional focus on Andreas Reichen in Berlin, but the overall story in this book felt at times a little thin. It was enjoyable but perhaps a little more run-of-the-mill than some of the others.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008