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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood will tell, 4 Nov 2010
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This review is from: The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan, Book 2) (Mass Market Paperback)
Christian McGrath's portrayal of Charlie Madigan is gritty and strong complementing the writing of Kelly Gay. Gay's writing continues to engage me as a reader. She maintains the balance between too much and too little keeping her novel tight and well-written.

"The Darkest Edge of Dawn" begins where "The Better Part of Darkness" left off. Atlanta became more in tune with the Charbydons living there. Charlie feels responsible for the "accidental darkening" and in a sense that is true. So, being the kind of person she is, Charlie sets a goal of saving Atlanta.

As we all know, the world is full of nutters. Being from Charbydon or Elysia makes no difference. Crazy people are found among all races. Sadly, some of the crazies go serial. In The Darkest Edge of Dawn Charlie and Hank investigate a warehouse where a dead body was found. Both find the place creepy and for good reason. In this lovely warehouse a pile of dead bodies and a pregnant hellhound is discovered. Something is off about the mound of bodies.

That was the second problem Charlie feels the need to save the world from. On a more personal level, the changes in her DNA are worrisome. What is she turning into and how is she supposed to control the powers she seems to have gained?

Trying to deceive your own daughter works like a charm unless she is psychic. And guess what, Emma is psychic. When Will died and his body was taken over by Rex, Charlie decided that they had to wait until Emma was ready before she could be told. Talk about messed up life. But Charlie also has the pleasure of having a hellhound living at her home, a hellhound that Emma has a mysterious link to.

That's not all that is going on in Charlie's life. Her sister Bryn was affected by the drug Ash while trying to help Charlie. Now she has to take regular doses of the drug in order to stay alive.

Charlie's partner, Hank, still has his voice modifier fused to his neck - joy of joy - hindering his ability to be a proper Elysian.

One of the things Charlie has trouble with is accepting help from others. She is going to need help in "The Darkest Edge of Dawn" just as she did in "The Better Part of Darkness". I get that. Asking for help is difficult even when it is obvious assistance is needed. Just because you are adult age, does not necessarily mean that you are able to act maturely. I guess that is part of the reason why I like Charlie so much. She is vulnerable and strong, prejudiced and willing to look beyond those prejudices.

I think Charlie Madigan could a be a good role model for young women out there.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first., 20 Jan 2011
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Like the first book in the series, this is a winner - I'm not going to go over what the synopsis and another reviewer have written, but would like to highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good strong plot line, believable characters (within the genre, obviously!) and no distractions from the plot via steamy sex scenes - this and the first in the series just don't need that to be excellent reads.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endorsement.., 1 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan, Book 2) (Mass Market Paperback)
I kept this book to read on my journey to and from work. I've nearly finished this book and am looking forward to the the next instalment. Very enjoyable series, I'm disappointed that I'm coming to the end of the book.

Kelly has an easy writing style and its pure escapism.

As an avid romance reader, there has not really been that much in the first or second books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 4 Mar 2013
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2nd in the series and as good as the first. I loved the slowly developing relationship between Charlie and Hank. I also like that this series puts the mystery before the romance. I went through the whole series one book straight after the other and have re-read them. There are very few book I reread and this shares that place with Night Huntress, Greywalker, Guild Hunter and Fallen Angels series. This is a series which hasn't lost its way unlike some other UF series. I would love to see another book in this series, it would be a must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought and read all 4 in 2 days, 28 Oct 2012
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I read good reviews of this series, but just didn't see how a single mother and cop could be the basis for an inspired fantasy, even in an urban setting. How wrong was I? The world constructed is an immaculate blend of legend, myth and modern times, so convincingly blended that I challenge any author to top it! The main character 'Charlie' is a wiseass with a sore spot, her much loved daughter Emma. The world and plot are imaginatve from the start, but only increase in invention as the plot unfolds with an, if I may say, VERY Whedonesque finesse. While unquestionably an original series, I can say Buffy fans will adore this. Whatever, if you like Urban Fantasy, you'll love this series! Just buy it and get reading!

To Ms. Gay, please don't stop at 4! This series still has sooooo much mileage left in it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Sep 2014
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