I enjoyed this book immensely! I knew I'm going to love Andre's book (I'm allowing myself to nickname him - deal with it!) since I loved him from the second we encountered his character. I knew this guy is going to stay somehow with the Order. He might be a "suit" but he is dying for action :)
As reviled in the previous book Andre's power is pyrokinesis. I'll admit that's enough for me to fall head over feet and not just because it reminds me of Vlad [my love] from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress (he has his own series called the Dark Prince - READ IT! can't recommend this two books enough! I still shocked I'm quite functional while waiting for the 3rd book t be released..). There is something damn sexy about this power. even though with Andre it's not as easy going as flicking on the light. you'll see :)
Reading the past of the previous Breed member's they all have a live changing event behind them. something sad that keeps them at arms length from finding solace, from finding a mate. with Andre I felt that his story is sadder and also the fact that it is fresh and not something he drags on for years while doing nothing about it adds to feeling the book is more, mmm shall I dare say realistic? (in a frying vamps alive kind of a sense, ya know.. truly realistic shit :P)
Well, he has a buried, or maybe not that buried issues from his past.. the main one is Claire. his one true love. I won't write here why their relationship broke and how she found herself mated to his now darkest enemy (read it and find out! :P) but it is a sort of a closure - 30 years later - understanding what happened all these years back, what he lost, why, and the fact that neither Claire nor him ever stopped loving each other even though she is mated and he never ever considered settling down (with one woman..).
I loved Claire and Andre's romance. even as they love each other so dearly the main thing they both are worried with is each other's well being, and only after that - being together. they would risk each other's life for each other even knowing they might loose each other. The last few chapters where amazing in that sense. how strong is their bond. prepare quite a heart squeeze there!
Another thing I loved about this book is that even though it was mostly about the two of them the Order weren't neglected (well, I think Dante almost didn't have "screen" time which is always a shame but he had a lot of Tegan which is always a blessing), I think that's important, because basically the series is about all of them.. so neglecting them would have been a boomer.. (which wasn't :))and also I liked that we had a little more of the "new guys" preparing us to the next couple of books. because right before this book I was thinking that after this book we have Kade. who the f is Kade? (well, I still don't know but give me another two days to gulp the next one down and we'll see :))
Last but not least, somewhere in the previous books I complained that the breedmates are too passive for me, they sit around "doing nothing" ever since they came into the Order's compound as mates while leaving their lives behind.. well, allow me to officially apologize! They kick ass!!! :) (though I'm a bit bummed not having seen my beloved Elise in action) Oh! and we had a "surprise mini visit" of someone from the past which was nice :)
so basically all this rumble jumble is saying - LOVED IT! READ IT! ENJOY IT! :)
The Order mainly protect the general population (vampire AND humans) from rouge vampires. Vampires whose crave for blood have reached a point of no return meaning they can no longer control themselves and since there is nothing to be done about this situation these rouges vampires have to be put down. Besides obvious risk to the human population, rouges / rabid vampires also are a treat in the sense that vampires live in secret groups (called Darkhavens) there they can live their separate lives without probing human eyes. Naturally they are a part of the general population but the way they live, in a sort of community, helps them maintain their traditions and way of living.
In the recent years, the Order became infamous. There is no respect for the members of the Order and moreover they are treated like "barbarians", the vampire population doesn't believe that they are even needed but boy oh boy they are wrong.. dark days are ahead..
In the beginning, years and years ago, a group of highly strong vampires crushed on Earth. They are the base of the vampire population nowadays. As is seems there are no female vampires, only males. The females that can reproduce with vampires are called "breedmates" and they can be distinguished by a certain mark (crescent moon with a drop) that each breedmate has somewhere on her body. Each breedmate also has a special (inhuman) ability which she transfers to her vampire son. Thus every vampire has a special ability passed to him from his human mother. Breedmates need to drink blood in order to enhance their special ability and sometimes so they can control it and it won't take over her life. It takes time until the ancestry of the breedmates is explained, it adds another layer to the story and brings the Order with another adversary they weren't expecting.
Each book has it's separate story in which each warrior finds himself a breedmate / compatible mate. As you can guess, the Order isn't notorious for no reason.. most of the warriors are somehow "damaged", preferring to live a life in the Order rather than build a life of their own. Finding their mate makes them deal with their past and free themselves from its bindings. Beside the personal plot line there is also a bigger plot line about the main villain progressing from the first book until the 10th. From the 11th book (till the final 18th installment) there is a very significant change following a progression in 20 years changing the whole setting of the series with different villains as well as introducing new characters to the series - some the sons and daughters from the first 10 installments and of course we get to meet the older version of the parents as well.
The main issue I had with the series in the beginning was the similarities between it and the general setting of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. It only feels this way at the first, it takes a TOTALLY different direction plot-wise and character-wise which after reading enough of the two series I gotta say I MUCH prefer this one (I actually abandoned that one a while back..).
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
When the whiffs of the end of this beloved series started to get suffocating Lara announced a Spin-Off called "Hunter Legacy". The series will consist of stand-alone novels of the "Last Boys" - the Gen One Hunters who were bred as weapons of war by Dragos and were freed by The Order round the middle of the series.
0.5 A Touch of Midnight [Gideon & Savannah] (published 15 July 2013) ★★★★★
1. Kiss of Midnight [Lucan & Gabrielle] (published 1 May 2007) ★★★★
2. Kiss of Crimson [Dante & Tess] (published 29 May 2007) ★★★★★
3. Midnight Awakening [Tegan & Elise] (published 27 November 2007) ★★★★★
4. Midnight Rising [Rio & Dylan] (published 25 March 2008) ★★★★★
5. Veil of Midnight [Niko & Renata] (published 30 December 2008) ★★★★
7. Shades of Midnight [Cade & Alex] (published 29 December 2009) ★★★★
8. Taken By Midnight [Brock & Jenna] (published 28 September 2010) ★★★★★
9. Deeper than Midnight [Hunter & Corrine] (published 28 June 2011) ★★★★★
9.5 A Taste of Midnight [Danika & Malcolm] (published 5 December 2011) ★★★★★
10. Darker after Midnight [Chase & Tavia] (published 24 January 2012) ★★★½
--- The Midnight Breed Series Companion (Volume #1) (published 26 June 2013) ★★★★★
11.5. Marked By Midnight [Mathias Rowan & Nova] (published 30 June 2014) ★★★★
12. Crave the Night [Nathan & Jordana] (published 5 August 2014) ★★★★★
12.5. Tempted by Midnight [Lazaro & Melena] (1001 Dark Nights #10) (published 14 October 2014) ★★★★★
13. Bound to Darkness [Carys & Rune] (published 30 July 2015) ★★★★
13.5 Stroke of Midnight [Jehan & Seraphina] (1001 Dark Nights #26) (published 13 October 2015) ★★★★★
14. Defy the Dawn [Zael & Brynne] (published 1 June 2016) ★★★★★
14.5 Midnight Untamed [Ettore & Bella] (1001 Dark Nights #47) (published 11 October 2016) ★★★★
14.6 Midnight Unbound [Scythe & Chiara] (published 14 March 2017) ★★★★½
14.7 Midnight Unleashed [Trygg & Tamisia] (1001 Dark Nights #69) (published 10 October 2017) ★★★½
15. Claimed in Shadows [Aric Chase & Kaya Laurent] (published 23 January 2018) ★★★
16. Break the Day [Xander Raphael "Rafe" Malebranche & Devony Winters] (published 30 July 2019) ★★★★½
17. Fall of Night [Micah & Phaedra] (published 31 January 2021)) ★★★★½
18. King of Midnight [Darion Thorne & Selene the Atlantean Queen] (to be Published 31 March 2022)