Book two in the Vampire Babylon series proved to be a wild ride from start to finish! If you enjoy your para's/urban fantasies with a darker edge, you won't be disappointed with the second installment of the series This reader would suggest reading Night Rising (book 1) first in order to get the "full effect", but there is enough recap that it is not necessary.
Dawn is still searching for her father. Meanwhile, she's become fully entrenched with the "The Voice" (aka Jonah) and his team of investigators, known as Limpet and Associates, searching out the inner sanctum of the underground vampire nest in LA. With this new installment, Dawn becomes even more torn and confused with her simultaneous attractions to "The Voice" and Matt, a private investigator who's also supposedly looking for Dawn's father. The reader is treated to a deeper look into the past events that helped create the present situations. We learn more about "The Master" and his "son" Sorin and their rolls within the nest. We hear more about Eva, Dawns movie star mother who was tragically murdered, when Dawn was but a child. Chris Marie Green also further introduces/explains to the audience, supporting characters such as Kiko, Breisi and the "Friends".
At the conclusion of this page-turning installment, the reader is left wanting more of the yet to be fully unexplained characters Jac, a lovely young starlet who bears a striking resemblance to Dawns decease mother, and Jonah Limpet, the "founder" of Limpet and Associates.
MIDNIGHT REIGN picks up right where NIGHT RISING left off!
Dawn Madison still wants to find her missing father, Frank. The leads have dried up and she is questioning everyone around her. Just who is the mysterious Jonah Limpet? Her two closest allies, Breisi Montoya and Kiko Daniels, are trying to find Frank as well, but Dawn isn't used to having friends or relying on anyone for help. And can Dawn get past the creepy similarities in appearance between her new friend, Jacqueline Ashley, and Dawn's deceased mom, Eva Claremont? A new death occurs... but will it lead to Frank's return and the mysteries of the vampire Underground?
Chris Marie Green takes readers deep into the background and lore of her vampires in the second book of this fascinating trilogy. While the first book focused on Dawn's introduction into the world of the vampires, MIDNIGHT REIGN begins to give us glimpses into the history of how the Underground evolved. Where did the Master come from? What is the tie between the Master and Sorin? Chris Marie Green begins answering all these questions... while revealing some startling secrets in the process!
Character development is crucial to the success of MIDNIGHT REIGN, and Chris Marie Green does a phenomenal job at creating characters who seem real. Dawn struggles with relationships, stemming back to the issues over her parents. Who can't help but feel her anguish as her safe, comfortable world becomes so unsettled? And as for secondary characters... I just can't get enough of Kiko and Breisi!
MIDNIGHT REIGN is by no means your stereotypical vampire story. I have to admit the change of pace caught me off guard at first, but once I settled in, I couldn't stop reading! Chris Marie Green's smooth writing style makes MIDNIGHT REIGN a joy to read.
Dawn Madison is back. With her she brings her new friends - or family, as she is coming to think of them, to search for her missing father Frank. But Los Angeles has a secret - vampires. Lots and lots of vampires. Dawn has become a vampire hunter, preparing to use her skills as a stunt-woman to delve into the Underground to find her lost father. Kiko, the psychic midget actor, is still recovering from his back-breaking encounter with the last vampire they found, and his psychic powers don't seem to work well with the pain meds - especially, Dawn suspects, if he's become addicted to them. Breisi, Frank's girlfriend, seems to be accepting Dawn little by little, but the three of them have to trust one another in order to survive the search. But what about The Voice?
The Voice, or Jonah, runs the show. But Dawn has difficulty simply trusting everyone because they tell her to, so her relationship with Jonah is extremely complicated. Jonah has taken her in (by using Frank to bring her to LA) and given her work and even manages to help her contain her addiction to sex as an outlet for her anger and frustration. Breisi is learning to see her as a co-worker and possible step-daughter, and the two of them seem to be more comfortable around one another, and their mutual concern for their partner Kiko has helped with that a lot. Kiko and Dawn have become like brother and sister, which means a lot to Dawn, but she's still not used to having so many people to answer to. So when a new vampire killing is announced and the perpetrator that was caught after the first one is still locked up, Dawn and the team are back to a lot of footwork after a quiet month.
The mysterious Matt appears on the scene again once news of the murder leaks out, and while Dawn finds him persuasive and attractive, she tries to trust her instincts. When it appears that Matt really wants Eva, Dawn's dead actress mother, she skips. Hurt by that incident, she nevertheless can't help but listen to Matt's request - question Jonah and his motives.
The Underground is seething with activity, but is trying to stay low-key so as not to reveal themselves to anyone set on destroying their Eden-like existence. This new murder was not sanctioned and is drawing unwanted attention, so they must investigate the circumstances without drawing the attention of the vampire hunters.
It's difficult for me to describe my interest in this series. Yes, I like the paranormal, which originally drew me to it. But it is supposed to take place in this world, in this time, which throws me off track a little, I think. But Dawn is a compelling character who has insecurities and faults like everyone else. We watch her struggle with her loyalties and desires as she tries to find the father she loves, but doesn't like very much. But the storyline is deepening, with twists, so I think that I will be on the lookout for Break of Dawn when it comes out next year. The vampire followers will enjoy the books, with a little romance thrown in to confuse things.