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A new day dawns blood red A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally--the human vampire hunter, Danaus--have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . A new day dawns blood red A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally--the human vampire hunter, Danaus--have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows. Banished for eons beyond the world's boundaries, the malevolent "naturi" prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth--and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira's destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be . . .


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A new day dawns blood red A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally--the human vampire hunter, Danaus--have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . A new day dawns blood red A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally--the human vampire hunter, Danaus--have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows. Banished for eons beyond the world's boundaries, the malevolent "naturi" prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth--and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira's destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be . . .

30 review for Dayhunter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    Hmmm, same rating as the last one, this book was a bit more polished plotting-wise. I like this really dark, Anne Rice-ish world the author has created. It gets a BIT tiresome reading TOO MUCH at once, so I don't wanna read all 5 books in a rush, but that's ok, I'll piecemeal it out and enjoy a trip to the dark side occasionally until I get through the whole series. Enjoyed how the Vampire lore progressed, confused about the motivations of the Faerie people, but I was along for the ride enough t Hmmm, same rating as the last one, this book was a bit more polished plotting-wise. I like this really dark, Anne Rice-ish world the author has created. It gets a BIT tiresome reading TOO MUCH at once, so I don't wanna read all 5 books in a rush, but that's ok, I'll piecemeal it out and enjoy a trip to the dark side occasionally until I get through the whole series. Enjoyed how the Vampire lore progressed, confused about the motivations of the Faerie people, but I was along for the ride enough to recommend as a good followup to #2!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    This book is the second installment in the Dark days series. Dayhunter is an fast paced action packed Urban Fantasy read. I'm a huge fan of this series and cannot wait for Dawnbreaker. She also has a anthology for this series in Unbound called The dead, The damned and the forgotten. Also a great edition to this series. Dawnbreaker has lots of twists and brings a lot more to the table for Mira and Danaus to handle. I love the characters in this series. Mira(Master of fire) is a vampire who can co This book is the second installment in the Dark days series. Dayhunter is an fast paced action packed Urban Fantasy read. I'm a huge fan of this series and cannot wait for Dawnbreaker. She also has a anthology for this series in Unbound called The dead, The damned and the forgotten. Also a great edition to this series. Dawnbreaker has lots of twists and brings a lot more to the table for Mira and Danaus to handle. I love the characters in this series. Mira(Master of fire) is a vampire who can control fire is somewhat of an outcast within her own race. And Danaus is an unknown vampire hunter that can help her fight against the Naturi. I love their relationship and the way the interact. My favorite thing about their relationship is that they are constantly building it even if they are fighting. And that they have to trust each other even though they are unusual allies. I know they are going to be even stronger and closer in the next installment Dawnbreaker, I just hope we get to see what we all hope with them. Synopsis: A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally—the human vampire hunter, Danaus—have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows. Banished for eons beyond the world's boundaries, the malevolent naturi prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth—and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira's destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be . . . Great book, great series. I recommend this for those who haven't read it, that it's a great new twist on the Urban Fantasy genre.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Schnaucl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mira is summoned by the Coven following the events of the preceding book. Danaus, Tristan, and her maker all accompany her to the seat of the Coven's power. Once there she claims Tristan as her own, creating a family, something she swore she'd never do. The only reason she does it now is because she knows their maker will never protect him from the court's games, and as chum, Tristan will never survive. Even more troubling, once she gets there she realizes there's already a Naturi on the island. M Mira is summoned by the Coven following the events of the preceding book. Danaus, Tristan, and her maker all accompany her to the seat of the Coven's power. Once there she claims Tristan as her own, creating a family, something she swore she'd never do. The only reason she does it now is because she knows their maker will never protect him from the court's games, and as chum, Tristan will never survive. Even more troubling, once she gets there she realizes there's already a Naturi on the island. My problem with this book is that it felt like the story didn't advance all that much. We already knew the Coven was split on what to do with Mira and the naturi, we already knew about the horrible things that went on at Court. That there's a split in the supernatural world is important but doesn't feel particularly surprising. It's more surprising that there's a split among the naturi. We learned a little more about Danaus' background but for some reason it didn't impact me the way it was supposed to. I did think the plan for revealing the presence of supernatural beings was interesting, particularly the background work of making supernatural creatures popular in fiction and film. It's not fair to say that nothing happened in this book, but it definitely felt like it was mostly set up for the next book in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    If you sit down with the first two books in the Dark Days series, they read just like one long story. Dayhunter picks up just moments after where Nightwalker left off. This book is not a standalone. Each installment of the series (including those that follow this one) is just a piece in a larger story. Personally, I love serialized books, but it can be frustrating to wait between each installment. Fortunately in this case, you can sit down with a stack of these and read them from beginning t If you sit down with the first two books in the Dark Days series, they read just like one long story. Dayhunter picks up just moments after where Nightwalker left off. This book is not a standalone. Each installment of the series (including those that follow this one) is just a piece in a larger story. Personally, I love serialized books, but it can be frustrating to wait between each installment. Fortunately in this case, you can sit down with a stack of these and read them from beginning to end, if you're so inclined. Mira is a vampire, who is now working with vampire hunter Danaus to stop a race of fae, called the naturi, from destroying humanity and nightwalkers alike. Not that Danaus is all that interested in protecting vamps, but he does realize that he needs their help to deal with the naturi threat. At the end of the last book, we learned that Mira is really a weapon, whose fire-starting abilities can be manipulated by her old mentor Jabari --and now Danaus. (The whys are complicated, but let's accept it and move on.) She hates the idea of being at anyone's mercy, but she really has no choice in the matter. The story follows her journey with Danaus across different parts of Europe and the Mediterrean as they try to figure out how to stop the threat. Things get more complicated as they realize that members of the vampire coven are in league with some of the naturi. It's not clear where anyone's loyalties lie. And more and more, it seems like the only person Mira can count on is Danaus. That makes it so much worse, every time we are reminded that the two are really enemies. It's clear they feel something for each other, but only when Danaus can make himself forget what Mira really is. We're also learning more about what Danaus is and why the ideas of good and evil are so important to him. Mira is stepping outside of her comfort zone in so many ways. But the most fulfilling way, to me, is seeing her willingness to extend herself to protect others. She brings Tristan and Nico into her fold, building a family that will continue to grow as the series progresses. She is the rock to them that she always thought Jebari was to her. Now she is dealing with his betrayal on top of the staggering responsibilities she has to face. Mira's character development and her relationships with Danaus and Tristan are (to me) the best parts of the book. This series is not a casual read. Each book intertwines with the next; It's layered and it's complicated. There are a lot of characters and a lot going on. It's all topped off with a healthy dose of violence and a dollop of sex. 4 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tynga

    Dayhunter starts right after the failed attempt, by the Naturi, to break the seal and even though Mira win this battle, the war is far from being over. Not only does Mira have to fight the Naturi, she also have to watch her back because Jabari, her former mentor, also wants a piece of her, namely her head, preferably on a plate or a spike. At the beginning, Mira is summoned by the Nightwalkers Council to Italy and brings Danaus, Vampire Hunter and Tristan, her new protégé, along for the ride. At Dayhunter starts right after the failed attempt, by the Naturi, to break the seal and even though Mira win this battle, the war is far from being over. Not only does Mira have to fight the Naturi, she also have to watch her back because Jabari, her former mentor, also wants a piece of her, namely her head, preferably on a plate or a spike. At the beginning, Mira is summoned by the Nightwalkers Council to Italy and brings Danaus, Vampire Hunter and Tristan, her new protégé, along for the ride. At destination, quite a few unpleasant surprises awaits our heroes and one in particular Mira wouldn’t have believed if she hadn’t see it with her own eyes. This book is mostly about secret agendas, treason, unknown threats and power struggles. Our red-haired girl does her best to untangle this mess and protect everyone in the process, but nothing is as it seems and like in every war, there are casualties. In this round, we got to meet some great new characters, including two werewolves and an handful of interesting vampires. I can’t wait to know more about Nicolai and Valerio a bit more. Danaus is still my favorite though, and I really want him to end up with Mira! The end was indeed one epic battle with surprises, injuries and death. I won’t tell you if Mira succeeded in stopping the seal from being broken, but I will tell you that I didn’t expect what happened. The war isn’t over and some enemies still need to be dealt with, but overall, this chapter wrapped-up nicely, with promises of more adventures.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    Not as good as the first book in the series. Had to force myself to continue reading as it was very very slow going. It was difficult to get into the characters as Mira was irritating and Danaus was very quiet so couldn't get a real sense of him. The conflict was so abstract as to be nearly impossible to figure out what was going on. Too much treachery by all characters which made it difficult to follow the action as the direction kept changing. All in all, not a good installment. There were a s Not as good as the first book in the series. Had to force myself to continue reading as it was very very slow going. It was difficult to get into the characters as Mira was irritating and Danaus was very quiet so couldn't get a real sense of him. The conflict was so abstract as to be nearly impossible to figure out what was going on. Too much treachery by all characters which made it difficult to follow the action as the direction kept changing. All in all, not a good installment. There were a surprising number of typos which forced me to slow down even further in order to figure out what was meant instead of what was typed. Very disappointing in a printed book which wasn't an advanced readers copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jai

    http://janicu.livejournal.com/69053.html This is the second book in the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake. The Premise: 600 year old nightwalker (aka vampire) Mira is the narrator in this series who is the only nightwalker to ever exist with the ability to control fire. She and other supernatural creatures (who humans are unaware of), have been fighting an epic battle against the return of the naturi, a race of powerful beings who believe humans, nightwalkers and everyone else should be extermin http://janicu.livejournal.com/69053.html This is the second book in the Dark Days series by Jocelynn Drake. The Premise: 600 year old nightwalker (aka vampire) Mira is the narrator in this series who is the only nightwalker to ever exist with the ability to control fire. She and other supernatural creatures (who humans are unaware of), have been fighting an epic battle against the return of the naturi, a race of powerful beings who believe humans, nightwalkers and everyone else should be exterminated from the planet. 500 years ago Mira was used to create a seal to keep the naturi out, but there are some naturi still around trying to bring their comrades back. *** Minor spoilers for book 1 from this point on *** My thoughts: One of the people Mira is fighting alongside is a vampire hunter named Danaus who isn't quite human. I find myself following the series to find out how their relationship plays out. From enemies in the first book to an unusual friendship in this one, I feel that there are hints of possibly more. The two keep referring to their promise to kill each other once the situation with the naturi is over but bah, I don't believe it! They work well together and an odd symbiosis means they are both in tune with the other's thoughts and powers. The reason for that is revealed when we get some of Danaus' back story along with some more of Mira's, and their compatibility makes me believe they won't be going back to hunter and prey later on. Dayhunter is set mostly in Venice, which is the location of the Coven, the most powerful vampires that rule over the rest. From what the reader sees of them, these creatures are mostly involved with power games where the strong cruelly manipulate the weak in order to make points and further their own agendas. Sadira, Mira's maker, and the three on the Council, Jaburi, Elizabeth, and Macaire are all equally uncaring of who they have to use for their own purposes. There's a lot of unlikeable other characters in this book who Mira deals with, but I found that Mira herself uses her powers to make her own points. So there is some moral ambiguity, although Mira's reasons are more heroic than villainous, and she has Danaus to stop her from going too far down a path she may regret. Mira and Danaus are quite similar in wanting to do the right thing and I found their conversations about their fundamental conflict as vampire and vampire-hunter revealing. Danaus in particular is conflicted now that he's met Mira, and it is telling how little he actually knows. In this book we get a little bit more about Danaus' motivations, and he's on the page a lot, but his character still feels mysterious. The book has some dark, dramatic overtones. I just saw a bit of Francis Ford Coppola's version of "Dracula" (the one with Gary Oldman in it) on TV the other day. The atmosphere of that movie could work with this book, but add to that plenty of non-stop action. At least Mira and Danaus get to sleep, but one day seems to follow another with more problems and very little time to stop things from unravelling. Overall: Fast-paced, steeped in vampire politics and intrigue, everyone with their own agenda, and Mira in the thick of it trying to stay alive and protect her friends. If you like a book with courtly intricacies and manipulations, this one has quite a bit of that going on. The writing style has a dark, Gothic feel to it, every so often an elaborate turn of phrase would sneak in. The voice may not be for everyone, but I associated it with Mira, a 600 year old vampire being the main character, and it seemed to fit her well. The next book, Dawnbreaker comes out this September.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jocelin

    When I read the 1st book in the series, it took a long time for the story to get going. This was not the case for this book. I was totally captivated by this one. The action started on pg. 1. We find our main character/heroine (don't say that to her face) going to Venice to find out answers about the Naturi (supernatural beings bend on world domination). Her maker and her mentor want to use her in a dangerous power play. She has a new nemesis to worry about; The Daylight Coalition (humans trying When I read the 1st book in the series, it took a long time for the story to get going. This was not the case for this book. I was totally captivated by this one. The action started on pg. 1. We find our main character/heroine (don't say that to her face) going to Venice to find out answers about the Naturi (supernatural beings bend on world domination). Her maker and her mentor want to use her in a dangerous power play. She has a new nemesis to worry about; The Daylight Coalition (humans trying to extinguish all supernatural creatures)and it appears that lycans and witches are siding with them to terminate vampires and nightwalkers. Her companion in this war is Danaus, the immortal who is not all that he appears to be. I like Mira because she is very complex and a lot of times you really don't have a lot of sympathy for her. She is very tough, independent, a fighter, brawler and a powder keg. This makes her an interesting character. Danaus a vampire hunter- who was going to kill her in the first novel, is now assisting her with her quest. He wants to make sure that no humans are killed. That is his sworn duty to keep them safe. He is a good balance for her because he tries to make her aware of her humanity. She struggles with some of the choices that she makes but, she feels that it is for the benefit of race. They are trying to stop the Great Awakening: were supernatural creatures will be out in the open living among humans. She soon realizes that there are many players in the Coven who want to use her to gain power. There is backstabbing, political in-fighting ongoings, back-alley alliance being made and lots of treachery afoot. Can't wait to find out more, I have already started on the next book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Original rating 2013: 5 stars Rating 2021: 4 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This book is better then the first, but still lacking in some ways. I hate that Mira is constantly manipulated by the men in her life. While she still tries to act like a heroine, she is the consummate victim. Always one step behind, always being abused. I want to see her be much more. I want to see her not be manipulated. She'snot an idiot, but she constantly acts like one. Of course we all know Michael's body going missing will end up biting her in the ass. It's a repeat of Nerien. "well gee, I t This book is better then the first, but still lacking in some ways. I hate that Mira is constantly manipulated by the men in her life. While she still tries to act like a heroine, she is the consummate victim. Always one step behind, always being abused. I want to see her be much more. I want to see her not be manipulated. She'snot an idiot, but she constantly acts like one. Of course we all know Michael's body going missing will end up biting her in the ass. It's a repeat of Nerien. "well gee, I thought he was dead, but I guess I was wrong. -_- Come up with a little something better author, quit using the same old bullshit ad nauseam. Which brings me to the next point of contention.. I have a REAL problem with Danaus. I mean we find out WHAT he is, which is a great thing, but from the explanations of Nightwalkers and Bori, shouldn't they inherently be on the same side? I mean the author's own description says as much when she is describing the difference between Naturi and Bori.. And then of course, there is this bullshit let'skill each other at the appropriate time thing. It's not creating a lover's tension POV, it's more creating, I just can't stand either character and want to put a knife in both of their back's view. Alas I'm going to stick with the series in the hopes the author can right her left turns.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    I was expecting to be bogged down in worldbuilding like in book 1 but I was pleasantly surprised. This book takes place immediately after book 1 concludes. We start in Venice with the Coven. Mira has an uneasy but yet solid alliance with Danaus but when they sense the Naturi within the Coven grounds all bets are off. Mira was counting on the Coven to protect the Nightwalkers. Instead she finds them cavorting with their greatest enemies. But all is not what it seems or not exactly what it seems. I was expecting to be bogged down in worldbuilding like in book 1 but I was pleasantly surprised. This book takes place immediately after book 1 concludes. We start in Venice with the Coven. Mira has an uneasy but yet solid alliance with Danaus but when they sense the Naturi within the Coven grounds all bets are off. Mira was counting on the Coven to protect the Nightwalkers. Instead she finds them cavorting with their greatest enemies. But all is not what it seems or not exactly what it seems. The Nightwalker Elders are masters of the long game and they have plans that involve Mira, plans that she may not be particularly excited about her participation. Hilary Huber definitely elevated this novel which would have been a bit of a slog to read through. There are a lot of bloody battles and one really intense sex scene, though decent sexual tension where required throughout. Mira is not your typical vampire although neither is she atypical from a mythological perspective. Her biggest skill, control of fire, makes her unique among vampires, but she wields it in the cause of saving the Nightwalkers, even from themselves. Huber makes that dichotomy clear. She definitely made me want to listen to book 3.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Tymstone

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ☆☆ SPOILER ALERT ☆☆ 1st of all the main character got dummer as the spooled out. >she bitched and moaned >she was gruff >she ordered her allies >she threatened her (so called) friends >she continuously trusted the wrong people. >she's a 600 year old vampire with a emotional range of 16 year old. _ Before reading this I read both Unbound- which is a collection of short stories one by this author about this character that drew me to this series. She was 'much' better, centered and confident. I also rea ☆☆ SPOILER ALERT ☆☆ 1st of all the main character got dummer as the spooled out. >she bitched and moaned >she was gruff >she ordered her allies >she threatened her (so called) friends >she continuously trusted the wrong people. >she's a 600 year old vampire with a emotional range of 16 year old. _ Before reading this I read both Unbound- which is a collection of short stories one by this author about this character that drew me to this series. She was 'much' better, centered and confident. I also read Nightwalker, which started to clue me in on the problems. But I pressed on. (I listened to the audiobook version on these stories. A different reader between book 1 and this book 2. Disappointing) I may or may not continue, however I need a break from Mira the Unthinking. 😒🧛🏻‍♀️

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marcos

    I liked this one more than the first, it's still a little predictable but there was more world building and I empathized more with Mira. As in the first book some questions were answered at the cost of more being created, this one at leas has a resolution, one thing that bothered me in the first was that it just ended, with no clear conclusion to the storyline. Now I really hope the origins of Danaus is better explored in the future books, no one likes a tease Jocelynn. I liked this one more than the first, it's still a little predictable but there was more world building and I empathized more with Mira. As in the first book some questions were answered at the cost of more being created, this one at leas has a resolution, one thing that bothered me in the first was that it just ended, with no clear conclusion to the storyline. Now I really hope the origins of Danaus is better explored in the future books, no one likes a tease Jocelynn.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Not a bad 2nd entry in the series and it read fairly quickly. I don't feel it was as good as the first novel, more political maneuvering then the action which appeals to me, although it did finally provide some answers to questions raised in the first and was a good bridge to get to a third novel. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. Not a bad 2nd entry in the series and it read fairly quickly. I don't feel it was as good as the first novel, more political maneuvering then the action which appeals to me, although it did finally provide some answers to questions raised in the first and was a good bridge to get to a third novel. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lexicon Aficionado

    Better than the first boon but so fast-paced, I worried for Mira’s sanity and physicality. I do wish there is a way for Mira to overcome her shortcomings. It seems so unfair that she is expected to step in but is at the mercy of too many people who wish her ill.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    I'll finish this series since I can get it all at the library. Not sure I'd buy it I'll finish this series since I can get it all at the library. Not sure I'd buy it

  17. 4 out of 5

    Corey smelt

    I really love this series

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian Carrigan

    As good as the first book

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kat Crumb

    Ordered all the rest in the series can't wait til they arrive . Ordered all the rest in the series can't wait til they arrive .

  20. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Friedman

    More interesting world-building and the plot again thickens.....Mira is a lucky lady!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lili

    Reread: May 19, 2015 This time reading Dayhunter I was able to detach myself from the characters and comprehensively experience the book. I think one of the major problems I had with the series the first time was that I was too invested in Mira and her tragedy of a life. Now I can appreciate a more well-rounded view of the world without getting hung up on the little details that affect Mira's life. Saying that I don't think I would give this installment 5 stars now. I didn't enjoy it enough for it Reread: May 19, 2015 This time reading Dayhunter I was able to detach myself from the characters and comprehensively experience the book. I think one of the major problems I had with the series the first time was that I was too invested in Mira and her tragedy of a life. Now I can appreciate a more well-rounded view of the world without getting hung up on the little details that affect Mira's life. Saying that I don't think I would give this installment 5 stars now. I didn't enjoy it enough for it to warrant that extra star. It didn't have that extraordinary factor this time. First read: June 6, 2009 Some authors fast-forward through years, other few months, but Jocelynn Drake only skipped a few recovery hours from the very end of her debut-novel Nightwalker to continue the series in Dayhunter. Just hours after the carnage with the naturi, Mira and Tristan are already hunting and trying to overcome as much of the after-shock of the battle; to confront their next challenge, The Coven. In many ways this sequel canters around Mira's and Danaus's "relationship"; but there are still a bundle of memories that Mira cannot recall from Machu Picchu or from her human times, without a little shove of her past; read Rowe. Now that Rowe has become somewhat of an obstacle in Mira's fight for survival, there is no questioning the connection he bears, with Mira's memories. In Dayhunter you grasp more of a background of the some of the character's that have a place in The Coven's game, mostly though: Mira, Danaus, and Rowe. Like from the synopsis on the back cover, you get to find out what Danaus truly is besides human; and it's nothing Mira initially anticipated. As I mentioned before, there are events in this novel that mainly center around the hunter and the Fire Starter, and that effects their "relationship" in a way that: if one were to become furious about a certain happening or because of one specific person, the other would sometimes unintentionally put out the "fire" to the other's rage. I have to say that in this novel of dark pleasure, blood and violence, that there are many sides to deal with, when it comes to being a nightwalker. For example: "the complete lack of remorse" Mira feels after a bloodbath in Venice, the joy she feels of an act "laughing like a madwoman struck by the moon." How can she compare that to what she thought she knew about what it took to just survive? To having something that would have horrified her to do, now be a constant happening. To not have your conscience there, when you thought it would be there the most, nagging at you. Now it's missing; and it's disappearence is what petrifies you the most, because without having to think about facing the consequences...What exactly is going to tell you when you've crossed the line from sanity to becoming a "madwoman"? The series does have a sort of double-meaning to it, also. In this particular sequel you get a deeper sense of Mira becoming just a weapon and the ability of not just taking care of her own survival, but also of the creatures she has now sworn to protect with her life. I would say it isn't possible for this book to be stand-alone, because you will need to have a sense of history before going any further into the series. My review leaves a lot left to desire of the novel but not nearly enough as to what the book has to offer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill Dunlop

    Dayhunter is the second novel in Jocelynn Drake's Dark Days Series. It starts off right where Nightwalker ends, with Mira and Danaus needing to recover after the battle they just fought. Even though they managed to win round one, the war is far from over. Now Mira will have to travel to Venice, Italy to stand before the Coven and work with them to find away to stop the Naturi. Of course that is easier said than done, when Mira isn't sure exactly who is on who's side. Mira hates court politics, b Dayhunter is the second novel in Jocelynn Drake's Dark Days Series. It starts off right where Nightwalker ends, with Mira and Danaus needing to recover after the battle they just fought. Even though they managed to win round one, the war is far from over. Now Mira will have to travel to Venice, Italy to stand before the Coven and work with them to find away to stop the Naturi. Of course that is easier said than done, when Mira isn't sure exactly who is on who's side. Mira hates court politics, but she will put aside her own reservations and do what is necessary to save her people. So far, I am enjoying this urban fantasy series, Dark Days. Mira makes the book for me. Of course, Danaus isn't to bad himself. Although, since the book is written from Mira's point of view, she steals the show. What I love about Mira is that she is an incredible mix of strength and vulnerability. She is tough when necessary, especially when called upon to make decisions that will impact the lives of so many people. These are not easy decisions for her to make and her sadness and regret are palpable. Mira is very different from most of her kind, especially the leaders. The members of the Coven all seem to have their own agenda and will stop at nothing to obtain it. They are cruel and are not opposed to torture and murder to get what they want. Mira is a natural born leader, even though she has no ambitions to be a leader. People just naturally follow her and look to her for advice and support. It is very interesting how Mira doesn't fit in and the secrets behind her differences. She also had powers that no other Nightwalker has and yet she doesn't ever misuse this power. Even though Mira is essentially good, she never comes across as too goody-goody. It is very easy to relate to her plight and sympathize with her. One thing I would like to point out for romance readers, is that this is not a romance. So far Danaus and Mira are enemies, who for the time being are setting aside their differences in order to fight a common enemy. When the war is over, they each plan to kill the other. But along the way, they are learning that they may have more in common than they previously thought and the lines of good and evil are becoming more and more blurred. I love seeing Danaus struggle with his feelings for Mira. He essentially believes that she is evil and has no soul, yet as he spends time with her he is becoming disabused of his preconceived notions. Having said that, things might be moving to slowly for some fans of romance. Personally, I am still enjoying the series and have plans to continue reading it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica(Spinecracker)

    3.5 stars Poor Mira, tasked with saving the world yet again. Our story starts a day or two after the end of Nightwalker and Mira and Danaus are in Venice to see the Coven who've summoned her. They have a couple days until the naturi will atempt to brake open the seals in place against them. And they hope that the mighty Coven will offer some relief and have some much-needed answers. Drake does an amazing job of relaying Mira's somber state throughout the book. Mira is very low, and at times I wa 3.5 stars Poor Mira, tasked with saving the world yet again. Our story starts a day or two after the end of Nightwalker and Mira and Danaus are in Venice to see the Coven who've summoned her. They have a couple days until the naturi will atempt to brake open the seals in place against them. And they hope that the mighty Coven will offer some relief and have some much-needed answers. Drake does an amazing job of relaying Mira's somber state throughout the book. Mira is very low, and at times I wanted to close the book in frustration because of all the bull-shit she's up against. She has lost one of her gardiaun angels, Michael, and has charged herself responsible for now watching over Tristan as a means of redemption. But the interactions aren't the same. And without either of her friendly guardians present, Mira came off very lonely. Danaus is still her confidant but they're both so stressed out the entire time, that there was no friendly banter much like in the previous book. The majority of the middle was all about the coven's politics and about each elder's end-game. You discover a little bit about their goals for humans, the naturi, and even their master; their Liege. Unforunately, the Liege still has yet to appear but, I fell safe in saying that once the curtain is pulled back and the wizard is revealed we'll wish for the stories when he was only in the background. Each elder was a unique addition to the story and to Mira's character background. The story-line was a bit sluggish, and the whole book felt almost like Act II of the previous book; a second half of the same story if you will. Granted it's a unique approach to story telling, but it did make me wonder through the slow bits thinking "we sure are going back and forth with the same characters and locations a lot". Now, it's all very important to the overall series, and by the end of the story I was very happy with all the incites I've made, I just wanted...I don't even know what I wanted. I'm still thoroughly enjoying Drake's writing style. She really has a way with scenes and the players involved in them. Her crafty ways keep even the repetitive locations mysterious and interesting. Venice is painted in splashes of grey and charcoal instead of it's usual blues and oranges. I thought this new take on a stereotypically serene destination appealing. I'll never think of Venice quite the same again. Bottom Line: Not quite the same magic but, an important part of the Dark Days series

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fangs for the Fantasy

    Now that it is absolutely clear that the naturi intend to break the seal and release their queen, Mira is placed into a situation in which she must choose who to be loyal to. If that were not enough, the threat of an inter species war looms over head. Mira is being manipulated from all sides. The fact that she was made a first blood by three different vampires means that at any time, the ancients may use her for their own purposes. Each of the ancients has a different plan of attack, which makes Now that it is absolutely clear that the naturi intend to break the seal and release their queen, Mira is placed into a situation in which she must choose who to be loyal to. If that were not enough, the threat of an inter species war looms over head. Mira is being manipulated from all sides. The fact that she was made a first blood by three different vampires means that at any time, the ancients may use her for their own purposes. Each of the ancients has a different plan of attack, which makes Mira the ultimate pawn. As in Nightwalker, Mira continues to suffer from PTSD. Since this book was far more action packed however, there was less time for Mira to have any kind of self reflection. It would seem to me that because she kept having to deal with the group that originally threatened her life and caused the PTSD that should have resulted in an increase of her PTSD response, rather than a reduction. In many ways, it felt like Mira was too busy to be triggered. The Dark Days series continues to travel swiftly from location to location, and Drake takes care to give us a strong sense of each location with extremely will written descriptive language. From the smell of the air in Crete, to the food in Venice, Drake gives the reader a rich sense of culture, while reminding us that we are dealing with creatures who have experienced these locations and watched them change over centuries. Despite all who have the ability to control her, Mira continues to retain a strong sense of self. Quitting, or even compromising her morals, for the chance to save her life, is not an option she is willing to consider. Along the way, she becomes responsible for the life and well being of several characters, though she had previously sworn that she did not want a family. Mira becomes responsible for a vampire and a werewolf who are both male. Tristan is almost childlike which turns Mira into a maternal figure for him. This maternal construction is further emboldened by the continued reminder that Tristan is incapable of defending himself. In terms of gender, Tristan's role is the one often fulfilled by women and so to some degree the reversal of gender roles is appealing it does however fall short because of the fact that Mira's power is then turned maternal. It reifies the notion that despite thoughts to the contrary, that all women want to mother. Read More

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ethel N. Lucee

    This book begins with Mira and Danaus who have gone to Venice to tell the vampire ruling court about the coming naturi nightmare and convince them to join in the battle. Instead, the two find a naturi guest enjoying open freedom in the court and they become embroiled in vampire politics and intrigue. What was briefly introduced in the first book is more fully explored in the second book--the combining of Mira's and Danaus' powers that rockets to supernova proportions. They team up to magnify each This book begins with Mira and Danaus who have gone to Venice to tell the vampire ruling court about the coming naturi nightmare and convince them to join in the battle. Instead, the two find a naturi guest enjoying open freedom in the court and they become embroiled in vampire politics and intrigue. What was briefly introduced in the first book is more fully explored in the second book--the combining of Mira's and Danaus' powers that rockets to supernova proportions. They team up to magnify each other's powers and inadvertently vaporize the souls of the surrounding naturi instead of just killing the nasty buggers. Both are appalled and blame each other, destroying the tenuous trust they have begun to build. Mira also discovers that Danaus can enter her mind and use her as a weapon the same as Jabari, her mentor, can. On the one hand this makes them more mistrustful of each other; on the other, it teaches them more about each other. The members of vampire court ("Coven") try to manipulate Mira for their own political purposes; and all are uneasy with Danaus' presence. Even the naturi leader, Rowe, tries to convince Mira to join forces with him. In the first book, Mira has rescued Tristan, a young vamp, from Sadira, their maker. She takes Tristan to Venice with her in the hopes of protecting him, but the Coven kidnaps him for their sadistic entertainment and nearly kills him before Mira can rescue him. There is also an open seat on the four-member Coven due to the murder of Tabor, one of Mira's makers. Each member wishes to have their own choice installed, and Jabari's choice is Mira, whom he believes he can manipulate. Mira wants nothing to do with the open seat or vampire politics. Mira, who is willing to sacrifice her life to save nightwalkers and humans, is hunted by everyone and doesn't know who she can trust. She also finds her powers beginning to expand. She can perform earth magic but has no control over its effect. The mind link between her and Danaus gets stronger. When Mira returns to Savannah, she decides to build a family (a seethe,), something she has resisted for centuries. She has no choice but to build a family for the protection of all in the community. Tristan is her first member. Yes, this book is much more slow moving than the first and deals with intrigue, politics, and posturing, but many, many things still happen; and it fully sets the stage for Book 3. There is a reason Jocelyn Drake is a best-selling author--and these books are it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    It is quite interesting to see the vast changes that have come upon Mira. Her entire goal, her purpose in her everlasting life, is constantly being altered. She is not her own person and is constantly being manipulated by all around her; Both of her knowledge and without her awareness. She appears to be the ultimate pawn, but yet she still retains an immense amount of control over her life and protects those who seek her protection. It is amazing to see one who is so strong struggle at almost e It is quite interesting to see the vast changes that have come upon Mira. Her entire goal, her purpose in her everlasting life, is constantly being altered. She is not her own person and is constantly being manipulated by all around her; Both of her knowledge and without her awareness. She appears to be the ultimate pawn, but yet she still retains an immense amount of control over her life and protects those who seek her protection. It is amazing to see one who is so strong struggle at almost every turn. Truly, it is her against the world. She seems to have no true allies; many can control her completely and hold her fate in their hands. The only thing saving Mira from eternal rest is that she is the ultimate weapon against the supernatural's greatest enemy; the Naturi. How she is to go about ending their existence is yet to be discovered, but I very much anticipate seeing Mira prevail against the Naturi, as well as those who would try to control her destiny when it is her path alone to chose. I so hope that Mira may find the internal power to overcome those who use her and to find a balance within herself to fully except her potential and greatness as an eternal being. I know Mira can kick major butt and I am eager to see when all else come to realize it as well. She can do anything she sets her mind to, she simply needs to find the courage and confidence in herself to do so. I am also mildly surprised to find that I rather enjoy that these past two books of the 'Dark Days' novels have had no obvious (or even subtly mentioned) love interests. There is no love triangle, square, or even pair. Heck, there was only one sex scene and it wasn't even with the man who has grudgingly stood by her side for two whole books. It was also no-strings-attached. I have to say, it was quite refreshing, and it helped to keep focus on the action rather than on Mira's love life. It is such a disappointment when a book gets completely sucked into, and revolves around, the main character's freaking love life. It also often leads to a half-assed ending that is all about a main character's HEA with the man that they are 'Oh so in LOVE with!' What a waste that is. Then again, there is still plenty of time for Mira to find her completely sappy and clichéd HEA with four more books to go. Here's to hoping the ending and the rest of Mira's journey to the end doesn't suck and is just as fantastic as have been the first two books in Ms. Drake's 'Dark Days' series! Go forth and conquer, Mira!! <3

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ren Puspita

    Mira's war with naturi (a fey-like creature) continue in the second installment of Dark Days, Dayhunter. I admit, I'm a little bit confused when read this, because I read the first book, Nightwalker almost a year ago. Dayhunter is a book that better to not read standalone, therefore you must read Nightwalker first to understand : - Who Mira is - Who Danaus is - What are nightwalker and naturi - What are The Elders and Coven Assuming people who read this review already read Nightwalker, but not read Mira's war with naturi (a fey-like creature) continue in the second installment of Dark Days, Dayhunter. I admit, I'm a little bit confused when read this, because I read the first book, Nightwalker almost a year ago. Dayhunter is a book that better to not read standalone, therefore you must read Nightwalker first to understand : - Who Mira is - Who Danaus is - What are nightwalker and naturi - What are The Elders and Coven Assuming people who read this review already read Nightwalker, but not read Dayhunter yet, Mira go to Venice to met the Coven for explanation. Just for her to know that they somehow struck a bargain with naturi, nightwalker's archenemy. Mira also found herself forge an uneasy alliance with Danaus, a vampire hunter. We will know what he exactly is, a part human and part something that stronger than naturi and nightwalker. Mira's hand already full with naturi, her obedience to the Coven (kinda like vampire's ruler), and she also take care "her new family". And once again she got her teeth kicked, for Mira doesn't have control over herself, everyone have their own agenda about her. I almost sorry for Mira. The way Ms Drake write her insight, her emotion, all feel raw for me. We will understand Mira's rage, her loyalty to those she consider family, her forced loyalty to her maker, Jabari and Sadira, her stubbornes to defend earth from naturi. Mira look strong, yet she full of flaws, sometimes we see her at her weakest condition. Sometimes I just hope she will be happy, but so much question about Mira left unanswered. I think I will know it from the next book There's scene that maybe some readers will see it as infidelity, when Mira have sex with Nicolai, a lycan that she save from Jabari. While maybe readers want her to be with Danaus, but from the first Mira doesn't hide a fact that she's promiscuous, she doesn't shy away from her sexuality. So, her sex scene with Nicolai is the way she take comfort from another being, to escape from blood and horror she must face. Beside, she and Danaus still enemy, and in the end of the book, they are still plan to kill each other. Dayhunter, and Dark Days series in particular is perfect if you want your urban fantasy dark and gritty. You want your vampire sensual but so lethal, they don't hesitate to be killing machine. Again, Ms Drake prove that she once of author that make vampire world will proudly admit, she make them like what they are.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    After discovering that the naturi is planning to break the seal, the fight has began once again between the naturi and nightwalkers. Mira is the key to opening the seal and destroying the naturi. In her quest to save her people, Mira discovers that not everything she believed in is true and the people she trusts are not who they seem to be. She is the ultimate weapon to defeat the naturi and Mira doesn't know how to prevent them from using her. Still following the order of the Coven, Mira and Da After discovering that the naturi is planning to break the seal, the fight has began once again between the naturi and nightwalkers. Mira is the key to opening the seal and destroying the naturi. In her quest to save her people, Mira discovers that not everything she believed in is true and the people she trusts are not who they seem to be. She is the ultimate weapon to defeat the naturi and Mira doesn't know how to prevent them from using her. Still following the order of the Coven, Mira and Danaus went to Venice, the domain of the nightwalkers. However, it seems that nightwalkers are not the only beings in their "haven". Naturi and werewolves are lurking in the shadows. Someone is up to something and they are using Mira and Danaus as baits. Mira needs to find out what the members of the Coven are planning to do before she falls into their plan again. Could she really save her race from the naturi? I wasn't really thrilled that much in this book. The book lacks some great climaxes. Don't get me wrong there are climaxes but they are not heart-pumping. I mean who faints at the last second of a seriously big fight. Hayzz. Disappointing. Though, the plot was quite nice. Most of the book covers vampire politics which the author never got the chance to explain in the first book. Even if it lacks the thrill, the book is still interesting enough on its own. I'm don't know why but sometimes the author frustrates me with what she is doing to Mira. Every book she gets more problems. If I'm Mira, I would seriously drop everything and just don't care anymore. I mean how much more could she take. I really pity her. She doesn't really have anyone to open up to. Everybody around her is just lying. By the way, I was wrong about her relationship with Danaus. It is progressing much much slower which I think is quite awesome because it's more realistic. Also, more revelations on Mira's past in this book. Friends appear. Families are formed. Old enemies are hunting her. More people dying. I think the upside in this book are the new characters. I love most of them. They are just freaking cute and awesome. Down side not much progress with her powers. I wish Mira would get cooler powers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Natasja

    Mira is a strong vampire with her own domain and she has an unusual talent, a talent many of her kind fears. She is able to control fire without burning herself and that is why everyone calls her the Fire Starter. After the last battle with the Naturi, Mira and her human vampire hunter Danaus must appears before the Coven in Venice, the home of the Nightwalkers. Mira knows it could be a trap and starting a fight with one of the ancient vampires could be a dangerous task, but she hates their corru Mira is a strong vampire with her own domain and she has an unusual talent, a talent many of her kind fears. She is able to control fire without burning herself and that is why everyone calls her the Fire Starter. After the last battle with the Naturi, Mira and her human vampire hunter Danaus must appears before the Coven in Venice, the home of the Nightwalkers. Mira knows it could be a trap and starting a fight with one of the ancient vampires could be a dangerous task, but she hates their corruption. So she will prepare herself like she does before going into a fight. When arriving in Europe she has Rowe, the Earth-side leader of the Naturi after her, it appears Mira is the key to either the freedom or the defeat of the Naturi. Rowe will do anything to get his hands on Mira again and it doesn’t matter who or what comes in his way. Dayhunter by Jocelynn Drake is the second novel in her Dark Days Series and again a fabulous novel. The more I read about Mira, Danaus and the world they are living and fighting in, the more excited I get. Mira is a strong vampire with a powerful talent and apparently she’s also the key to defeat of free the Naturi Queen and her people. She and Danaus are forced to work together again and fight these Naturi before they will get free and destroy mankind. Because of this battle and her facing the Coven, she ends up unwilling with two new addiction to her family and she never wanted a vampire family of her own, but in order to save them against two powerful coven members, she needed to claim them for her own. But that is not all, the sensual attraction between Mira and Danaus is growing and neither of them wants to act on it. Mira is afraid that if she convinces him to give her a change, he will hate her more afterwards and that he will fulfil his promise to hunt her and kill her. I love the mystery around Danaus and his past, you know he is hiding something and slowly we learning what kind of human being he truly is. Oh yeah, he is not quite as human himself and hopefully he can make peace with himself about other creatures and maybe accept Mira as she is, before it’s too late. It’s final, another addiction is born and I have to add this series and author on my favourite list. I really hope she will write about those two for a very long time.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa

    I liked this book, but there's just something about it that didn't quite click for me. I love the idea of the plot - Mira was turned into a First Blood vampire by three very powerful vampires who thought they would be able to control and manipulate her, using her as a puppet to get what they wanted and for a while that worked. But Mira has become stronger and more independent and tries to break the hold they have on her, but it's not that easy. And now Mira is the weapon everyone needs in the wa I liked this book, but there's just something about it that didn't quite click for me. I love the idea of the plot - Mira was turned into a First Blood vampire by three very powerful vampires who thought they would be able to control and manipulate her, using her as a puppet to get what they wanted and for a while that worked. But Mira has become stronger and more independent and tries to break the hold they have on her, but it's not that easy. And now Mira is the weapon everyone needs in the war between the races and therefore, everyone is back to trying to control and manipulate her once more! The naturi have returned with a vengeance after the battle at the Themis compound only a few days ago and this time they are determined to break the seal between their world and Mira's which will allow all the naturi to ravage Earth as Mira knows it! Of course she has to stop them, but first she is summoned by the vampire Coven in Venice, where she is manipulated again into revealing the Coven's plans and once again has to stop them. In the first book I liked Mira and to an extent I still do. She's strong, feisty, willing to fight to the death and vows to protect those weaker than herself, but boy is she stupid at times. I did feel sorry for her at times as she never seems to get a break from running and fighting. She just needed a couple of days to recuperate before the next big fight, but doesn't ever get the chance. She also has a short temper which will get her killed one of these days! The pace of this book was very fast moving and everything happened so quickly including the huge fight at the end. I did expect more from it, but Mira passed out and it was all over! Shame as the build up was good. Danaus' true nature was revealed in this one and whilst he and Mira have come to an understanding he still has every intention on killing her the first opportunity he can, yet she still trusts him. Trusts him more than the vampire Coven members who created her, but he is just as bad as those three in manipulating her, although he does help her out at times and comes in handy when locating the naturi. I want to read the rest of this series as I want to see Rowe and his queen being defeated and I want Mira to kill Jabari - he needs a good slapping, but I don't think Mira will be able to do that for a while yet!

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