Burn the Night: The Final Dark Days Novel
by Jocelynn Drake
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061851827
Date: 28 June 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Naturi have been massing for their final assault on the world of humans. The dark days approach and Mira, the firestarter, is on the front lines. Danaus, the vampire slayer, stands beside her. The war of extermination has begun and the battleground has shifted to Mira's home.
There is no way the nightwalkers can win. Unless they join with rebel Naturi who claim to want peace. Together they may be able to hold off the attacks and keep the world in balance. It won't be easy and the alliance includes many who were all to recently enemies. Thousands will battle for the fate of the world and the end is unclear. As the line between friend and foe blurs survival takes on different meanings for the varied beings involved.
The is the last Dark Days novel. There have been five previous books in the series that follows Mira, one of the few nightwalkers who can control fire--an element that most avoid because of the ease with which they can be destroyed by it.
Drake is driving everything to the end with this book. All of the characters are coming together for the climatic battle that will decide not only who lives and who dies but what the world will look like afterward. Drake brings it all together before the final pages in a fast paced series of twists and turns as sides change, rivals join together, and nothing is as sure as it once seemed to be.
This book returns to the kind of storytelling that Drake started off with. The writing is crisp and the plot focused. This is fairly typical of first and last books and it is no different here. If you are concerned that you may never see Mira again, Drake has left herself plenty of room for continuation while also remaining true to the culmination of the series. I liked the book, more so than I liked the previous few, but, again, that is often the case with series, which, maybe should be shorter than publisher's want them to be.
Recommended. If you've been following the series then of course you're going to read this. If you have not then you will need to go back to the first book.