I'm not sure what I feel about this novel. I had a problem with the progression of Carys and Rune's relationship. Unlike previous books in the series, this book starts with Carys and Rune already a formed couple. Well, sort of.. Rune laid out the cards from the start - whatever happens between them - it will last as long as they are both enjoying it. So I guess it's no wonder they sounded to me more like "fuck-buddies" than a real couple.. and even though both proclaim they DO have deep feeling from one another I didn't see the "base" to these feelings besides their excessive sexual need for one another (I'll admit to skimming through some of those..).
Yet this is a PNR novel, so I put aside my feeling about their relationship and tried to put more emphasize on what the hell is going on! Enemies everywhere! This book is mostly about "Opus Nostrum" (though there is a bit of a talk about the Athlantians). The Order is trying to find the new leader and also all the new weapons they seem to developed. I think a little bit after the mid point the action started and it didn't end almost right till the end! It was IMPOSSIBLE to put down. The final confrontation Carys truly shows her color and how damn BRIGHT they are! I was internally shouting "YOU GO GIRL" all through her fights. She was MAGNIFICENT.
This novel was mostly narrated by Carys and Rune yet we did get quite a lot of Chase (Cary's father) and Lucan (the Order's leader) and also there was a lot of glimpses into the heroes from the first novels which I absolutely LOVED!
All in all, it was a good novel. I wish there was more of a relationship buildup (not just sex..) but all in all, I DID like both MC. Rune was fierce! but so was Carys which was GREAT! I love me a strong heroine! :) and the action was a total kick ass especially with both MC being so strong minded and bodied!
This book has too family reunions - The first is Dylan (Rio's mate) finding her mysterious father so very unexpectedly. There is also a clue to her father finding a mate with Brynne - a very special "lady" - a Breed female like Tavia. The second is a sort of a predictable surprise with our MC Rune finding his lost sibling.
Next one in the series is a short novella of two characters I haven't heard anything off.. not that I remember anyhow.. So can't wait for the next full novel! I just read that Lara has 18 full novels planned (and more short novellas in between) and really, I'm not even sure who I want now! Arik? (Carys' twin), maybe one of the other "kids" of the original Order members? like Darion (Lucan's son) or maybe a totally different take with Brynne and the sexy flirtatious... yeah, I'm not saying more.. and I don't have any more guesses as it is :)
The daughter of Sterling Chase and Octavia "Tavia" Fairchild. Has a twin brother- Aric. She is the first female vampire born from the coupling of two vampire parents (her mother was created as one in the laboratories of the crazed Dragos). Though she is Breed, she isn't a fighter like her brother, she CAN fight but she doesn't work for the Order. At the moment she is covering for her best friend Jordana. Her book starts with her being in a relationship with Rune yet knowing practically nothing about his past.. when he is taken she is livid yet she isn't the one who goes after him.. not at first.. when she is brought into the estate of Rune's father she does her best not only to break him out, but she also manages to kill his father and uncle in a fit I was cheering with joy. She was MAGNIFICENT. Her last fighting scene left me with no words. After that she AND Rune are welcome as members of the order.
Bloodscent: Sweet honey nectar and exotic spice twined together.
Was introduced in the previous installment (Crave the Night) in the night club where he fights. His relationship with Carys was first mentioned there. Rune is hiding a dark secret, not only from Carys but everyone around him.. Rune, or rather Aedan is the son of Fineas Riordan, currently one of the Order's biggest threats being the head of "Opus Nostrum". When his father's thugs finds him he goes to his father mansion willingly, vowing to kill his father for the misery he gave him growing up - using his power against him and making him a fearless warrior as a mere child! The only regret he has is leaving behind his kid sister, worrying what came of her and if she is upset he left her behind. He is bound to a very pleasant surprise, hearing near the end of the book his sister is alive and well and is becoming a very good friend of Carys. Like him Catriona Riordan changed her name when she ran from her father's mansion and she is now known to us as Nova, Mathias Rowan's mate (introduced in book #11.5 - Marked by Midnight). The book end with the ashes of his father mansion and him and his sister finally getting together after years of being apart.
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)