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Dayhunter: The Second Dark Days Novel (Dark Days Series) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Apr 2009
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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)
“An intoxicating mix of jet-setting action and sparkling turns of phrase that let me taste the Nile and feel the British fog. NIGHTWALKER is a must-read addition to the urban fantasy genre, filled both with action and satisfying characters.” (Kim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of For a Few Demons More)
“NIGHTWALKER is an action-packed, stellar debut. Jocelynn Drake will have you coming back for more.” (Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of Halfway to the Grave)
About the Author
Jocelynn Drake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Days series and lives in Florida. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found playing video games, watching movies, or hanging with her family.
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I liked Nightwalker, I found it hard to get on with in places. Mira and Danaus both really annoying me at times. But I liked this a lot more. Everyone seems to be hiding big secrets and have many different motives and desires. You think they want one thing, and then you realise it's the opposite. No one is really showing their true colors. There are members from each side of the fight ready and willing to do their best to destroy their own race it seems. But Mira and Danaus are doing their best to stop it all. And then they'll kill each other. Or so they keep reminding themselves.
Mira seems to regain some of her fire throwing, kick ass self that she lost towards the end of the last book, and by the end of this one, she's back to being on top. She's had enough of the games and wants to do it her way, as much as she can when others can control her actions if they don't like it. Danaus, the hunter, is finding that not everything is black and white. It will be interesting to see how he gets on in the next book.
Overall, still not one of my favourites, but I still really enjoyed this book. I'm really looking forward to the next one, Dawnbreaker, I think it could be the best yet. The ending of Dayhunter certainly left real promise for it.
I really enjoyed this book; it was as entertaining and nicely written as 'Nightwalker' but also built on the characters and effectively expanded the world. I liked meeting one or two lycans and the Coven were an interesting bunch. There were a lot of side plots in 'Dayhunter' which seemed to be setting up things for future stories. This didn't bother me in the least, as it looks as if the side excursions will likely bear fruit at some point in the future of the story. The talk of the Great Awakening pointed to some tough times ahead.
We see most of the characters from the previous book reappear here: Danaus, Tristan, Jabari, Sadira etc. I liked learning more about Tristan and hope we can see him develop into a stronger nightwalker. His weakness as a vampire was emphasised a great deal, and he needed Mira's protection to function under the watch of the Coven.Read more ›
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I felt like Dayhunter focused on Mira's personal problems a lot more than the larger war with the naturi. Seriously, everyone is out to get her, and it's like the war was put on the back burner so we could see how Mira manages to evade death numerous times. There's also more insight into her past as a human and as a new vampire. I'm normally okay with action subsiding for awhile so the characters can deal with internal and personal struggles, but I don't know Mira enough yet to care. We do get to know her better as the book moves forward, but for the most part I didn't have that connection to her and wanted to get back to the larger picture.
Dayhunter does give us the first sex scene! There's no romance yet, but I'm yearning for Mira and Danaus to get together! They don't in this one, but Mira does hook up with someone. I wasn't feeling it though. There was no passion, just two people (well, a vampire and a werewolf) looking for a release. It was like reading about the characters having lunch or something. This series does continue to remain action focused rather than becoming romance heavy, which is fine, but I'd rather there be no sex than boring sex.
Basically, a lot of Dayhunter felt like filler material. I'm glad to have gotten to know Mira better, since it'll be easier to connect with her in the later books. It was also nice to learn what Danaus really is, although that took away a bit of his mystery far too soon. The plot does really pick up in the last several chapters, and seems to be a solid set up for a huge conflict in Dawnbreaker.
So far, with just the first two books, this series has been a lesson in deception. It's very difficult for Mira, and the readers, to know who to trust. Probably done on purpose by Jocelynn Drake, this tactic forces both the readers and Mira to depend / trust Danaus. These two started out as enemies, but you can see through their interactions they are starting to soften towards one another more. The misconceptions they each had about the other are being proven not quite as true as they thought and I enjoy reading this realization come to light.
While things are not over between the Nightwalkers and the Naturi, there is definitely more closure at the end of this book than the first. I am very interested to see where our characters are taken in the next book Dawnbreaker. I'm really happy I started this book with the entire series complete. I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before picking this one up. There's just to much that blurs over from that first book into this book.
The Naturi are supposed to be these unstoppable people and the only real threat seems to be from their numbers. This book has no character growth. Danaus whines about his beliefs not matching up with what he's seen recently. He's the most sheltered two thousand year old man I've read about. Mira keeps compromising her beliefs making her less than the strong rebellious vampire that she was in book 1. What's really getting old is Mira failing at everything and throwing a fit and going berserk when she stresses too much. For all the talk of her being the only chance she never actually does anything worth the praise. I keep waiting for Mira to break the mold and become something more but after this book I'm still waiting.
I found this book to be just as engrossing as the first entry, "Nightwalker," but it was all action with very little character development this time around. I was really hoping to see Mari and Danaus move beyond the `I'm going to kill you when this is over' posturing, because nobody believes they're enemies at this point. I was hoping (dare I say it) for some tender feelings to start poking through their prickly shields, but it didn't happen. I'm more than willing to hang tough for book three, but if I don't see SOMETHING develop between these two I'm going to be bitterly disappointed. The faint glimmers of affection I did see were far too brief, and I almost wonder now if I was imaging things out of sheer desperation.
What saves this book is the edge-of-my-seat, nonstop thrills and chills action that never lets up. Somebody is always in danger, or some evil vampire is plotting against Mira, and she in turn is throwing fireballs left and right. I loved it, and the danger was palpable throughout. The tone of the book always stays dark, and there's not much good news to lighten the mood. I like the intensity, and I have a feeling that it's only going to get worse from here on out.
Mira saddles herself with two `pets,' and as unwilling as she is to become a `mistress,' it shows how much she's changed from independent loner to protector of the weak. I enjoyed all of her displays of power, and whenever she lost her temper I was silently egging her on. Some might say that Mira has too much power to ever be considered an underdog heroine, but it's so much fun to watch her flambe her foes. The third book in the Dark Days series, "Dawnbreaker" has a release date set for October 09.
It is amazing to see one who is so strong struggle at almost every turn. Truly, it is her against the world. She seems to have no true allies; many can control her completely and hold her fate in their hands. The only thing saving Mira from eternal rest is that she is the ultimate weapon against the supernatural's greatest enemy; the Naturi. How she is to go about ending their existence is yet to be discovered, but I very much anticipate seeing Mira prevail against the Naturi, as well as those who would try to control her destiny when it is her path alone to chose.
I so hope that Mira may find the internal power to overcome those who use her and to find a balance within herself to fully except her potential and greatness as an eternal being. I know Mira can kick major butt and I am eager to see when all else come to realize it as well. She can do anything she sets her mind to, she simply needs to find the courage and confidence in herself to do so.
I am also mildly surprised to find that I rather enjoy that these past two books of the 'Dark Days' novels have had no obvious (or even subtly mentioned) love interests. There is no love triangle, square, or even pair. Heck, there was only one sex scene and it wasn't even with the man who has grudgingly stood by her side for two whole books. It was also no-strings-attached. I have to say, it was quite refreshing, and it helped to keep focus on the action rather than on Mira's love life. It is such a disappointment when a book gets completely sucked into, and revolves around, the main character's freaking love life. It also often leads to a half-assed ending that is all about a main character's HEA with the man that they are 'Oh so in LOVE with!' What a waste that is. Then again, there is still plenty of time for Mira to find her completely sappy and clichéd HEA with four more books to go. Here's to hoping the ending and the rest of Mira's journey to the end doesn't suck and is just as fantastic as have been the first two books in Ms. Drake's 'Dark Days' series!
Go forth and conquer, Mira!! <3