Thursday, June 17, 2010

Spotlight on a Series

Maybe you´re like me who is constantly searching for a new book fix and when it´s a series, all the better. There are so many out the that it is in my opinion hard to keep track.
That´s why I´d like to present you series that I have read, an reading at the moment or have just begun reading.

Today, I´d like to start with the Dark Days Series by Jocelynn Drake.

Nightwalker (Book 1)
For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt . . . or be hunted.

Dayhunter (Book 2)
A new day dawns blood red
A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally—the human vampire hunter, Danaus—have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows.

Banished for eons beyond the world's boundaries, the malevolent naturi prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth—and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira's destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be . . .

Dawnbreaker (Book 3)
The dawn brings new terror for the creatures of the night . . .

Those of her race fear Mira for the lethal fire she bends to her will—a power unique among nightwalkers, both a gift . . . and a curse.

The naturi despise Mira for what she is—as they prepare the final sacrifice that will destroy the barriers between the worlds. And once the naturi are unchained, blood, chaos, and horror will reign supreme on Earth.

Mira can trust only Danaus, the more-than-mortal vampire slayer, though he is sworn to destroy her kind. And now, as the day approaches when titanic forces will duel under cover of darkness, destiny draws them toward an apocalyptic confrontation at Machu Picchu. But all is not lost, for a wild card has been dealt to them: a rogue enemy princess who can change the balance of power and turn the dread tide.

Pray for Dawn (Book 4)
Pray for salvation . . .

Pray for daylight . . .

Murder has pulled Mira out of the shadows and back into the living world . . .

As the fire-wielding enforcer of the nightwalker coven wrestles with the mind-destroying ghosts of her dark past, the slaying of a senator's daughter in Savannah threatens to expose her kind to the brilliant light of day. The dawn of chaos has come. The naturi have broken free of their eternal prison to feed on the defenseless and unbelieving of an unprepared Earth.

Mira and Danaus—vampire and vampire slayer—must unite to prevent the annihilation of their separate races. But for Danaus the challenge is intensified, for he must also fight the bori who covets his soul. And Mira, the nightwalker he must protect—whose power is the Earth's last hope—is rapidly going insane.

Wait for Dusk (Book 5)
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 ally, her enemy, her lover…the vampire slayer, Danaus.

*Spoilers ahead!!!*
I´ve just read the first book in the series, but this one had me so hooked that I´ve bought all the other available ones already.
I like how Jocelynn Drake chooses a female vampire as main character. For me, that was a refreshing change, because I´ve only read books featuring the usual (but still appreciated) sexy male alpha vamp. Mira is just as strong as her male counterparts, very powerful, gifted and feared. She is pictured as a bit of a loner who commands respect and holds a lot of authority in her territory. Sometimes, she seems a little cold and distant, in other moments though you see that she genuinely cares about those close to her.
Danaus, the second main character is a man with many secrets. As a vampire hunter, his job is to kill Mira´s kind, yet in the first book, he still seeks to work with her.
Even though the two find it hard to trust each other, they must work together, as an old enemy rises to destroy them both.
Their wild and dangerous journey brings them across Europe to England, where the final showdown takes place.

The bad guys in the Dark Days Series are not your comman humans who seek to destroy vampires, who live in peace side by side with other unsuspecting humans. Jocelynn Drake chooses new, unknown enemys with sometimes creepy powers that are an excellent addition to the worldbuilding.

All in all, Mira´s story is darker than most vampire books where romance seems to be the main focus. There is a certain tesion between Mira and Danaus, but if you´re expecting a PNR you might be disappointed. The back blurb hints that their is a relationship growing between Mira and Danaus, but it will take more than just one book for that. I however really loved the first book!

Pray for Dawn is to be released on June, 29th and Wait for Dusk comes out on July 27th. I can hardly wait for the release!

If you would like to learn more about Jocelynn Drake, visit her homepage where you can not only read an excerpt from her books but also the history of the character and essays about worldbuilding and other interesting stuff.