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This whole series, and in particular this final instalment, can be summed up in three words – OH HELL YEAH!!!
Darker After Midnight picked up the action straight away, and with characters and storyline already well established, it was straight into the action. And after 9 books (and one novella), this climactic book had the feel of one, huge long finale. It was excitement from start to finish, with action, secrets uncovered and shocking discoveries happening all the way through (history of the Breedmates… OMG!), and then the big final showdown was FREAKING EPIC!!! It was everything I wanted it to be, and more, as Dragos unleashed his big, evil plan (prompting much shock and swearing from me), and The Order all band together to take him down. My heart was pounding the whole time.
“Night was coming, and the terror it was bringing had already arrived”
“Lock and load, everyone,” Lucan said, casting a grave look at the rest of them. “It’s gonna be a long, bloody night.”
And of course, intertwined with these massive events, we finally get the story of Chase ‘Harvard’ Sterling. Oh Chase, how I love you! We have watched Harvard spiralling out of control over the last few books, and with his devastating and brave actions at the end of the last book, his time had finally come! My heart broke for him as he struggled with all that he was going through, yet still tried to be honourable, and carry out his work for the Order. And even more so as he came to know and trust Tavia, tried to be worthy of her, and then finally opened up to her and revealed the secrets of his past, which explain exactly why he was what he was.
And Tavia was a brilliant heroine! Bringing a sensational twist to the Breedmate group, she is strong and capable, and a brilliant match for Chase. The faith and trust she has in him, even with all he is going through, was really special. I loved the story between these two, from their explosively hot beginning, to their growing love for each other and the support and strength they offered each other. They had some intense chemistry, and the sexy times were HOT!!! I knew Chase had it in him, and he didn’t let me down!!! (“You wanted it. Now take it.”- HOT DAMN!). And then along he comes with the romance to make me ridiculously swoony.
“I love you. You are mine. In my heart, I knew that from the beginning. You are my beloved, Tavia, my only one.”
There is lots of time spent with each of the characters that we have come to know and love throughout the series. And even the late additions to the series like the Archers, Nathan and Rowan Mathias bring something special to the group. Jenna gets an added look in, with the mysteries surrounding her story getting deeper, and I loved seeing Gideon get to be all kickass in his own way. But it is Lucan who gets a special focus, and we get several scenes from his POV as we watch him try to deal with the immense responsibility of protecting what he considers his family in the face of what he knows is coming, and balancing that with leading his warriors in the battle ahead. His struggle is beautifully portrayed, and I really felt for him and all that he was facing.
It’s always more intense when you journey with a group of characters over time. You know them, love them, and feel incredibly protective of them, so going into this book already feeling all of those things, just made everything feel so much more extreme
There is an epilogue set a year after the end of the book which gives us a glimpse into some of the family and character developments, and finishes off the original series beautifully. But it also sets up the ‘new’ Midnight Breed books which pick up the story 20 years into the future with the next generation of Breed – some of who we have already met. And I can’t wait for more!
This will definitely go down as one of my favourite PNR series EVER! And I’m looking forward to the new books with the drastic new direction the series took in the final pages.
I cannot gush enough! Freaking sensational, 5 stars all the way!
For full series information, check out our Midnight Breed Series page.