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Dayhunter (Dark Days, Book 2) by Jocelynn Drake
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Beth Slater
Eos Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061542831
Date: 01 May 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Mira is back. Mira: the bane of the vampires, the Firestarter, head vampire of the Savannah area. She has now discovered that her maker is not her only maker – she is only one of three. The Triad – the three most powerful vampires of the council, worked together for many, many years to create Mira. Feeling much betrayed by them, especially after using her fire, working for centuries to enforce their edicts upon other vampires worldwide, Mira has turned on them, deciding that she alone can change the destiny of her people. She and Danaus, that is. Danaus, the vampire hunter, who is human – to the best of her knowledge. He is more – but she knows not what, and he isn't telling.

Seemingly natural enemies, (vampire killer vs. vampire) they swear to kill each other – but only once they have finished with the naturi. The malicious naturi have returned from their banishment to open the seal that kept them from returning to earth and re-enslaving all of the weres of the world. The Triad used Mira to seal them away, and now the naturi need Mira to open it for them so that their Queen may once again pass through to feed upon Earth's exposed energies. It is believed that since one of the Triad is dead that the ceremony cannot be performed, but as attempts at the ceremony continue, doubts climb. The death toll of both vampires and naturi around the world climb as the pagan calendar continues, and both sides hurry to find the site of the seal before it is too late to prevent disaster.

Destiny seems to be taking over. Mira is making decisions about things in areas where she had sworn never to enter. She realizes and knows she's being maneuvered but is unable to change or do anything about it. Trust is a precious commodity to her right now, and very few people have any of it – those who do seem to be the ones she should least turn her back on - literally. And the minute she does – the world goes black....

Great second installment. Definitely the middle of a story, or part of a storyline. You feel Mira's frustrations, but you have to wonder how she was ever happy just wandering around Savannah after reading all the other places she’s been. I would think she would travel the States more, like they are intimating with the Counsel. But the tension! I love the new characters. I hope they aren't too quickly dismissed – they seem like they could have some interesting development. Great new addition to the somewhat new genre of urban fantasy. Bad guys are bad, but not all bad...but not good...grrr!

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