Pray for Dawn by J. Drake

Oh yeah, the Dark Days series is back, and Pray for Dawn by Jocelynn Drake continues in the streak of awesomeness.

Murder has pulled Mira out of the shadows and back into the living world…

As the fire-wielding enforcer of the Nightwalker Coven wrestles with the mind-destroying ghosts of her dark past, the slaying of a senator’s daughter in Savannah threatens to expose her kind to the brilliant light of day. The dawn of chaos has come. The naturi have broken free of their eternal prison to feed on the defenseless and unbelieving of an unprepared Earth.

Mira and Danaus—vampire and vampire slayer—must unite to prevent the annihilation of their separate races. But for Danaus the challenge is intensified, for he must also fight the bori who covets his soul. And Mira, the Nightwalker he must protect—whose power is the Earth’s last hope—is rapidly going insane.

Now, by reading the blurb I figured that this would continue to be from Mira’s point of view. All of the previous books are. In fact, her attitude and style have marked her as one of my favorite heroines in any series.  That’s why I was completely surprised when I realized that this entire book is told from Danaus point of view. For those who don’t know, Danaus is a vampire hunter that has reluctantly joined with Mira to fight against the naturi. Since Nightwalker, he’s made it perfectly clear that when all of this is over he plans on killing Mira. Mira, in turn, has flirted and teased Daunus.  For the most part he comes off as unaffected. Actually, Daunus comes off as being pretty much unaffected by a lot of things. He’s not outwardly emotional and he’s been kind of hard to read.

That is, until you read Pray for Dawn. His emotions towards Mira, his heritage, and nightwalkers in general become clear. I have to say that while I missed Mira’s way of thinking, getting inside of Danaus’ head was great. It definitely provided some answers to questions that I’ve had in regards to him.

As for the plot, lets just say that it was as amazing as ever.  The pacing was nice, and plenty of action was involved. Danaus is a more physical fighter than Mira, so it goes into a lot of detail. Not to mention the ending. The ending had me saying “Whoa! What the heck just happened?!” It was so unexpected on my part that I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.

Pray for Dawn is not even out yet and I want to read the next one. I would say that any and all Urban fantasy fans should give this series a go. Even though it was from Danus point of view, Mira was still present, and it made for a intriguing story. I never realized how secretive Mira can be until I looked at it through his eyes. And the cliff hanger was one of the best that I’ve read all year.

Read Order:
Pray for Dawn
Wait for Dusk (August 15, 2010)


  1. Awesome review! Im dying for this book and I knew it was from Danaus POV and I cant wait!

    Thanks G-d bk 5 comes out only about month after this one LOL

  2. I’ve been waiting for this book forever!! So glad it’s almost here. I knew it was going to be Danaus’ POV, he’s so powerful and yet seems vulnerable…. can’t wait!

    Great review!

    Dottie :)

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