The Longest Night is a short novella that is set about 6 years on from events in Blood Prophecy and it was absolutely fantastic to catch up with a 23 year old Lucy now she's out of school and doing her own thing.
Never one to settle for an easy life Lucy and Nicholas have opened up their home to take in troubled teenagers, both Helios-Ra and vampires alike. They have spent the last few years building cooperation between the vampires and the Helios-Ra but there will always be some who don't want to abide by the truce and those are the teenagers that Lucy is determined to help no matter how difficult they make her job. One particular teenager is really giving her grief - Aggie is a young girl who lost the sister who raised her in the Blood Moon massacre. She finds it impossible to trust any vampire and is convinced that they are all evil monsters who are just waiting for any chance to attack and she's more than willing to hurt them before they get a chance. Can Lucy persuade her that some vampires are good and sometimes it's the humans who are the monsters?
I loved getting the chance to catch up with older versions of Lucy and Nicholas along with some of the other characters like Solange, Kieran, Hunter and Quinn. I have to admit I wasn't so sure about the newer characters to start with though, Aggie in particular irritated me to start with but she really grows up throughout the story and I liked her by the end. I do think that the events in Blood Prophecy would have a long term effect on all the people who were caught on the sidelines so I enjoyed seeing that side of things explored. It made me sad that there was still so much bad blood between the Helios-Ra and the Drakes though, I had hoped the hunters would have learned their lesson and moved forward a little more.
The Longest Night was a nice addition to the series though, it's not a good place to start if you haven't read the books but if, like me, you're missing the Drakes and looking for another fix then I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
I got this just because I've read the rest of the Drake Chronicles series and loved it. When I read the blurb and found out that it was set a few years after the Drake Chronicles ended, I was even more excited, because at the end of a series you really enjoy you always find yourself wondering what's happened to the characters since. I have to say at this point that I was a little disappointed with the novella. First of all, as it is a novella, the events happen very quickly which didn't allow for much descriptive expansion of Alyxandra Harvey's part. I found that at some points the story was moving along so quickly it did seem slightly rushed. Secondly, most of the novella wasn't in the viewpoint/didn't follow the original characters closely from the Drake Chronicles. As previously mentioned one of my reasons for buying this was to find out what had happened to my favorite characters, and although there was an element of them there I don't feel like there was enough of their views. I didn't really care about the history of the new characters - I wanted to read about Lucy and Solange! However, I did really enjoy this novella. Although I wish there were more there are chapters in the viewpoint of the old characters. Also, it was great to revisit events that had happened years in the past (to the characters) in a nostalgic way and discover how all of the characters were getting on with their lives. Furthermore, the new characters were really interesting and added a new take on the world that Harvey has created, much like what happens in the books in the rest of the series: each book introduced a new character to explore and discover. And I must say, it was great to be back to fighting vampires and swooning over the Drake brothers. Definitely read this!
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love love love this series of books & is always left wanting more which is good with all the little novella`s alyxandra harvey keeps writing but would like a new book instead but hey novella always leave me wanting more