Monday, February 13, 2012

Lara Adrian - Darker After Midnight

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order -- a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike -- to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.
At the center of the Order's quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase's path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman -- and convinced she is something much more than she seems.
Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who -- and what -- she truly is.
As the Order's enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all -- or die trying.

Comment: All the fans must have been eagerly awaiting for this book, I'm sure. It's the last story in the present arc, the author has said. The next book features more characters but in a different time, I guess. The main protagonist will be someone who's a child in this arc.
Anyway, this book tell us the story of Sterling Chase, he used to be the perfect enforcer in the breed world, but gave that up to join the Order and started to go down on his actions. Everyone seemed to be worried about him and his behaviour.
The there's Tavia, a young woman who's been alone in life, except for her aunt, and who gets in the middle of the Order fight agaisn their enemy, Dragos. But after meeting Chase and identifying him in a police station, things start changing for her and there's nothing else for her to do but ask for Chase's help.
I liked the book so much, I was worried I might not, because final books are always something that can go wrong and leave a bitter taste in an otherwise perfect series but this book is amazing. Loved it!! The author has done everything to make the reader happy and satisfied. The bad guy dies, all the characters have importance and have a highlight somehow, we get more clues about what's to come and about things we believed were something and after all...there's news about the whole conception of the breed world and new things are shocking but in a good way. I think the author has done a great job in order to start the next arc because she has a lot to deal with.
The romance between the Tavia and Chase is good, I think it has chemestry and sweetness, I loved their interactions and how things ended up for them, very believable.

This was really a great book and there's in me a sense of hopelessness because it's the end of something..I know there's more books to come, but these characters we've followed for years are happy, and are, in a way, done and it always leaves something in us after being with them for so long... I guess it's a rather silly thing to feel, considering it's books we're talking about but...books touch us and it is strange to think of their ending even if not completely.

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