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Dawnbreaker (Dark Days, Book 3) by Jocelynn Drake
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Beth Slater
Eos Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061542886
Date: 01 October 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Mira, the 600 year old firewalker, returns in Dawnbreaker the 3rd book of the Dark Days series along with her foe/sidekick Danaus to fight the naturi. Mira is a nightwalker, but one with the unusual ability to summon fire, something that can destroy those of her race. And few know what Danaus is - but all fear him. When Mira returns to her home, Savannah, the naturi follows her and begins to attack the locals to weaken her hold on her power and position. When Danaus suddenly arrives on her home turf again, announcing another sacrifice, Mira must make some decisions she had thought she'd settled long ago. How many feuds can one vampire handle?

Having uncovered secrets about her rebirthing (when she became a vampire), Mira now trusts only Danaus, even though he is sworn to destroy all of her kind. Mira, alone, knows his secret, and together they harness their powers to keep the other races from running rogue over the earth and destroying everything. Their main objective is to prevent the rogue princess of the naturi from opening a portal to another plane of existence from Machu Picchu on Earth, where the balance of Power would be lost and the enemy would be able to free their queen.

But Mira has discovered that she has a new power one that she isn't supposed to be able to have magical earth powers and she is learning to harness them slowly and combine them with the fire. But the two magical forces don't work well together and could very well kill her if she isn't careful if her former master Jabari doesn't do it first. As a nightwalker, Mira is unable to sense the naturi like she would a human. But with the earth sense, she can.

There is an excellent mix of action and emotion in the Dark Days novels, with the hint of romance and feelings developing between Danaus and Mira. It is frustrating to see it and not see it, but that is something that keeps the readers coming back to see how the author is going to keep it going at least, how a good author does it! And there is no lack of action in the book, I have to admit but it does seem to be getting a little repetitive with the "go here, attack, recover, redo in different place". I love the writing and characters, just needs a new jolt to the plot.

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