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midnight breeds 20 years on? lara whats happened?
on 2 September 2013
this is the 11th book in lara adrian's midnight breeds series, and i have been quite a fan and read them all.to be honest after book 10 myself and many thought there would be no more in this series.however, i was pleased when i heard there would be.this author is usually consistent with her books and even though the series appeared to be ending i thought she would pull something good out of the bag. sadly i was quite wrong.
the story starts 20 years on from the previous book,and the hero and heroine are mira and kellan, featured characters from the previous books.to me lara's use of these characters was one of the problems with this book.these were characters known to readers,characters we would have liked to have seen 'grow-up' as it were.instead we go straight to their adulthood.perhaps if the author had started the book with a prologue or at least given snippets of previous times showing the development of their relationship overtime,this would have been better.in addition it might have made me identify with the characters more, as i found it hard to reconcile the grown-up mira and kellan with the youths in the previous books.
a further problem for me was the 20 year gap.its obvious a lot happened in this time, and although the author tries to cram in details of this,the whole thing just didn't work.in fact in places it was somewhat confusing and i dare say long-winded.the overall pace of the book was therefore off and if i'm honest i struggled to continue reading rather than put it down and start something else.
the book did get better towards the end and gave a glimpse at what will be happening in the future.but for me this was a case of too-little-too-late.further, i would not recommend this to readers new to this author.in fact i can't say i would recommend it to midnight breed fans.however fans like me will surely still want to read it.i would say though that if you are new to this author you should try the other books in this series as there are good.
i will probably give the next book a go, just to see if lara returns to her prior form and gives us something to sink our teeth into.2.5 stars.
1. A Kiss of Midnight (2007)
2. Kiss of Crimson (2007)
3. Midnight Awakening (2007)
4. Midnight Rising (2008)
5. Veil of Midnight (2008)
6. Ashes of Midnight (2009)
7. Shades of Midnight (2009)
8. Taken by Midnight (2010)
9. Deeper Than Midnight (2011)
10. Darker After Midnight (2012)
11. Edge of Dawn (2013)