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Pray for Dawn: The Fourth Dark Days Novel by Jocelynn Drake
Review by Steve Sawicki
Eos Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061851803
Date: 01 July 2010 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

This is the fourth Dark Days novel and author Jocelynn Drake has throw us a curve by making this first person viewpoint character vampire hunter Danaus rather than firestarter Mira, who drove the first three novels. It's a bit of a jarring move and it took me a while to get into the flow of the book and it also kept jarring me out of the narrative from time to time.

Danaus has a run in with the bori who created him and who has returned to seek his soul. He survives the encounter and is contacted by Themis, the monster hunting institute situated in London, and asked to head to Savannah and to make contact and watch over Mira, the vampire firestarter. He is not given much detail and when he arrives in Savannah he is immediately accosted by the local werewolf pack and accused of being involved in Mira's disappearance. Eventually he comes to learn that Mira was in London at Themis and has just returned with Ryan, the warlock who runs Themis. The two seem to be up to something.

On top of all this the naturi are still out there and working to destroy humanity. They may be working by being involved in the death of a senator's daughter and Mira and Danaus need to investigate to figure out exactly who is involved in what and why. This is made much more difficult by the number of secrets they keep from each other and the distrust based on their history. How all these pieces fit together will produce the clues that are needed for Mira and Danaus to prevent the annihilation of both of their species.

This is a fairly complicated plot with a lot going on and an added factor--the bori--thrown into what has been building through the first three novels. The shift in viewpoint character gives the book a very different feel from the first three even though the characters are the same and the storyline has not changed significantly. Drake continues to keep the action flowing and the plotting tight regardless of who is telling the story. This is character driven action and the characters are interesting if a bit too tortured at times.

I still like the series and will be interested to see what direction Drake moves for the fifth book. I have a few concerns that the series might be wobbling a bit as Drake keeps adding more and more to the plate. Of course it's hard to know exactly what she has plotted out so we'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime the series is enjoyable and fun to read and I look forward to seeing what happens next which is probably the highest praise you can give any series.

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