Wait for Dusk (Dark Days, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Aug 2010
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“The action is riveting, the violence intense and the plot gripping. Score another win for Drake!” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
“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)
“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 on Nightwalker)
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There is no sanctuary in the night . . .
Feared even by her own kind for her mastery of fire, the nightwalker Mira is summoned by the coven to take her rightful place as Elder. But with this honor comes grave responsibility—a commitment to the annihilation of the unleashed naturi. For now the foul creatures walk the earth—and neither vampire nor human will survive their horrific onslaught.
A tide of blood is sweeping relentlessly across the European continent, as Mira is dispatched to Budapest for the most devastating test yet of her astonishing powers—and falls into a well-laid trap. With the dark secrets that haunt her growing darker by the hour, she must confront the terrible truth of her past and protect her fragile sanity in the face of unanticipated treachery—a betrayal by her trusted ally, her beloved enemy, the vampire slayer Danaus.See all Product Description
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Before worrying about this though, Mira has to travel to Venice and officially claim her seat as an Elder. Later she's send to Budapest accompanied by Danaus, Valerio and Stefan to apparently help the city get rid of the Naturi. But nothing is as it should be in this old city. Everyone seems to be in alliance with another, directed by one powerful player.
Let me just say that I truely loved that book. Where the previous books were all somewhat the same and slow pacing at times, you hardly manage to catch your breath in this one and for once the Naturi only play a minor role in the whole story. Even though Rowe and his followers make an appearance, the main danger lies with the supernatural community of Budapest. Also this book is FINALLY making some progress with the Mira/Danaus relationship. I also loved the fact that there was so much of Valerio and Stefan in the story this time around. They're both interesting characters with Valerio always managing to lighten a situation.
Overall I have nothing to complain about in WAIT FOR DUSK. It's a clearly structered but twisted story, with lots of action, blood and gore and an awesome final as usual. Everyone gets the chance to vamp out a bit (hence the gore). There is suspense, betrayal and an unfortunate death. It's got everything I could wish for. Can't wait for the next one.
So, even if you weren't exactly overwhelmed by the last books you should definitively give this one a try.
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Page 1 opens with Mira taking a horrible beating from a supernatural being claiming to be her real biological father. Mira is defenseless and can do nothing to protect herself. We learn that he is the devil and that he has multiple children, with Mira showing the most promise for his personal use. He wants her to learn to use Danaus' and Jabari's powers to increase her own. If she doesn't, he will return her to her mortal state and impregnate her (eeee-yewww!) in order to get a better result from his grandchild (oh, yuck yuck, yuck!!!).
In the meantime, the Coven calls Mira back to Europe to take her rightful seat. Danaus accompanies Mira as her "Consort" which gives him the status to attend meetings of the Coven with Mira. This is a good thing.
The Coven court intrigue ultimately sends Mira and Danaus to Budapest where the vampires have no leader. Mira is sent under the auspices of killing the naturi who are gathering there and consolidating the vampire heirarchy and power base. A feat she is expected to fail at.
While she is in Budapest bringing order of chaos (and it is bloody and heartless), Mira begins to consolidate her power base with the vampires Stefan (an almost-Ancient) and Valerio (already an Ancient)--both of whom have accompanied her and have been double-crossed by members of the Coven. They are met with murder, betrayal, mayhem, and lies of all sorts.
All throughout, her demon father makes appearances and threatens her. While Mira tells Danaus some of this, she doesn't tell Danaus everything--something I fear will come back to haunt her when Danaus finds out the full truth. Worse, Mira is forced to act on her evil father's will, tapping into Danaus' powers, and finally Jabari's, to vanquish an Ancient member of the Coven. Both Danaus and Jabari can feel her accessing their powers. Even though Danaus is not happy about it, he ultimately trusts her enough to give her permission when she needs it. Jabari, though, now has no reason to keep Mira alive and he is deadly furious with her.
This book sets up what will be coming in the rest of the series. There are many fascinating plot lines to be developed. How will she rid the world of her evil father? She is the fire-starter, but has she inherited other powers from the devil locked away from her by Jabari and Sadira? Who is the liege lord anyway? How will the conflict between her and Jabari end? What about the naturi who are gathering all throughout the world for another showdown? Gaizka, the horribly evil bori, has been shut away, and can only be freed by joint soul-obliterating power of Danaus and Mira. But what of Danaus? He has certain powers, but he has hasn't accepted his Bori half and potential powers that may come with that. And what will happen when he discovers that Mira has used his power to appease her wicked father?
Mira has both a soft side and a hard side. Through her hard side, she brought order and peace to her hometown of Savannah--thus keeping down murder and mayhem among the vampires. She is asked to do the same thing in Budapest. Yes, it's harsh. Yes, she has no remorse. But, yes, it's absolutely necessary. It is a superb insight into her history and her own growth.
In one of the final showdowns in the book, Mira is forced to make an unimaginable short-term alliance with a feared enemy to survive a deadly situation. This again speaks to her intelligence and pragmatism.
I hate heroes and heroines who are so conflicted about what needs that they make all the wrong choices and sometimes can't get it done until it's too late and the cost is too high. Mira doesn't do that. She doesn't second guess herself. She may not like it, but she does it. This is what makes her a great heroine and fighter.
I love smart heroines who give no quarter. I also love heroines who are loyal to those whom they love and will do anything to protect them. She is also compassionate, funny, and temperamental. Danaus hurts her time and time again, but she is constant and doesn't hold grudges. Mira is a great heroine.
This book is filled with intrigue, danger, heartbreak, exploration, new relationships, old relationships, and all the things have been made the series an outstanding one. All of these books are bloody and gory and this is no exception. If you don't like violence and blood, then be forewarned, because you won't like it.
If you understand the necessity of blood gore to an intensively driven plot and character development, don't miss it!
I have to say that this series was getting tedious; all the books in the Dark Days are basically the same, just with slight differences. Danaus is tortured by his way of thinking about vampires, he's a hunter and can't possibly accept there are some good vampires, he wants to protect humans not vampires; Mira is a danger for every race out there; the Naturi wants to get rid of everyone to save the earth and Rowe wants to kidnap Mira; the coven is more trouble than help for the greater good; there's the tension between Mira and Danaus about their attraction and sometimes her or him keeping things from each other. Well this is no exception, it is still the same thing over again, but I don't know what is it that it draw me once again maybe it's that finally Danaus and Mira move forward (It's not spoiler since you can easily guess by the cover), or perhaps is that she was a bad-a s s at the end (she always wins her fights but the last one was great), or it might be that the main menace wasn't the Naturi (finally!) or could possible be that the end was not a cliffhanger (yes, there is a danger for the next book, but it didn't end with the risk at their heels) or all of the above.
The point is that even when it's repetitive is a good read and a page turner, this is my favorite in the series, I don't know why I thought it was the last but obviously not, so yes I'll read the next one, maybe now with the relationship it will change dynamics.
Having read the first four DARK DAYS novels, I was expecting _Wait for Dusk_ to follow the pattern of books two, three, and four: namely, a slow-build start with lots of politics and posturing, leading up to an action-filled finish. To my surprise (and pleasure), there's not a slow moment in _Wait for Dusk_. There are a few scenes of politicking, but they're short and have immediate, tangible consequences.
_Wait for Dusk_ begins just a few minutes after the cliffhanger ending of Pray for Dawn (Dark Days, Book 4). We're back in Mira's head, and she has just been whisked away from the scene of the battle by a powerful entity. We learn that this entity is actually Mira's real father, a really nasty fellow, who gives her a task she doesn't think she can refuse, then returns her to her home. Later, Mira is summoned to Venice to officially take her seat on the vampire coven. Her enemy Macaire assigns her to clean up a mess in Budapest, so she travels there with Danaus and with vampires Stefan and Valerio, who each have agendas of their own. Mira is pretty sure that this is a trap, but she's determined to make it an opportunity instead.
Mira opens up a big can of Machiavelli as she cuts a swath through Budapest's supernatural community, showing us just how she's managed to survive 600 years as a nightwalker. Her actions don't necessarily make her more sympathetic per se, but they're realistic and they're terrific character development. We keep rooting for her because the alternatives are worse. Mira may be a "B", but she's *our* "B".
At the same time, Mira's actions help drive a wedge between her and Danaus, throwing a heartbreaking conflict into Mira's life just when she least has time for it. As you might have guessed from the clinch cover, Wait for Dusk is the make-or-break book for the Mira/Danaus relationship. Jocelynn Drake has built up this relationship from the very first scene of Nightwalker (Dark Days, Book 1), with some books advancing it and others retreating from it, and here we learn whether they "will" or "won't."
The book is filled with action and violence, and every fight is consequential to the main plot in addition to being exciting. Jocelynn Drake builds to a big ending and then delivers it. No cliffhangers here. There's plenty of trouble ahead for Mira and friends, but _Wait for Dusk_ ends on a satisfying note. This is the first DARK DAYS book that's really recaptured the explosive energy that defined _Nightwalker_, and to my mind it's even better than that first installment. Ignore the cover and snap this one up.
Only one small caveat: There have always been a few copy editing mistakes in these books, but this is the first time it's really been distracting. There's a sentence that talks about the death of Character A, who is actually still alive at that point in the book. I thought maybe I'd missed something, but no, Character A appears, still kicking, a few scenes later. It's Character B who's dead and who I think was supposed to be mentioned in that sentence.
All in all, a major disappointment. The first four books were hard to put down and I think demonstrate that the author can write compelling dark urban fantasy. In this book the wheels simply fell off the car (M3, M5, Z4 - the author likes BMWs...). I know that this is the only negative review to date, so if the people that gave this book 4 or 5 stars tell me the story turns around after the love scene and that I should finish the book I'll do it, and if they're right I'll update my review. For now I'll move along to two other UF books waiting in the queue...
Wait for Dusk picks up right after Pray for Dawn. At the very end of Pray for Dawn, Mira was taken by some unknown entity. Well at the opening of Wait for Dusk we discover that it was Mira's father that took her. More appropriately would be to call him her sire as he wasn't the actual person to raise Mira just impregnate her mother. He calls himself "Nick" which basically points us directly to Satan as being Mira's biological father. He wants her to start living up to her full potential otherwise he will deem her a waste and use her in order to conceive a more willing progeny. When he says live up to her potential he means the fact that Mira (who to this point is able to be used by both Jabari and Danaus) can turn that power around and use the other two instead. Nick wants Mira to hone this skill. He leaves at that with the threat that he's keeping an eye on her.
Mira in turn is summoned to Venice to appear before the coven and be acknowledged in her new role as Elder. First she needs to take care of the backlash of the bori attack. Mainly, Tristan. Surprisingly Tristan has survived so Mira secures his continued existence and leaves for Italy.
Upon arrival in Italy it is decided (in what Mira obviously recognizes as a trap) that Mira will head to Budapest in order to dispatch some naturi that have taken residence there. So here begins the major plot of Wait for Dusk.
Obviously there was a lot to tie up before we could start the main plot of this book, but nothing is ever forgotten in this world and previous actions can always come back into play. I really liked the mystery behind Wait for Dusk. Mira knew from the beginning that she was being set up, and I liked how Jocelynn Drake weaves us around Budapest from one twist to another until Mira has it all pieced together.
I liked the fluidity with how Mira and Danaus decided on their relationship. It was basically just a next step in something that had been building throughout the series thus far, but I liked that they still had reservations being that they come from two different sides. I liked the moments where we got to see Mira's vulnerability with this new relationship and learned more about her past in consequence. We learn that Mira has the ability to form strong attachments in romantic relationships which almost contrasts with her tough, uncaring exterior that she likes to exude to everyone else.
However, Jocelynn Drake started something when she switched to Danaus's point of view for Pray for Dawn, and here we've switched back to being only Mira's point of view. I would have liked the book to switch back between the two just in certain moments. I did like have Mira as the narrator again and between the two I like Mira's voice better, but I figure that since Drake already started this she could have kept up with a few scenes of Danaus's POV just to really get in his mind to figure out what he's thinking.
There is only one book left in the series Burn the Night. Mira is put through so much again and again and this last book leaves a lot up in the air. There's the naturi threat looming on the horizon, there's Nick, and from the beginning there have always been other vampires (namely Jabari) that want Mira dead. I just want her to finally find some peace and quiet. I guess we'll see what's in store.