Review: Burn the Night by Jocelyn Drake ★★★

Burn the Night by Jocelyn Drake
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Series: Book six in the Dark Days series
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
ISBN: 978-0061851827
Page Count: 432
My Rating: ★★★
 
The Great Awakening approaches…

After eons in exile, the naturi have broken their chains and now roam the Earth bent on revenge. It is the sworn duty of Mira, the Fire Starter, to protect the Nightwalker race—though even she may be powerless to withstand the horrific onslaught. As Mira and her brave lover, the vampire slayer Danaus, stand ready to do battle, thousands of winged shapeshifters darken the skies. The war of ultimate extermination has begun, and the battleground is Mira’s home turf.

The humans don’t yet recognize the doom descending upon them. And the Nightwalkers will surely perish unless they unite with outcast naturi who claim to want peace. But these unexpected “allies” are the same demons who have long worked for Mira’s destruction—and in these darkest of days the lines between friend and foe will blur treacherously before the bloody end of all things.

REVIEW


For those of you who haven't read any of the other books from this series I should warn you that this is the final book in the series and therefore is wrapping up a lot of loose ends and story lines. You really should start from the beginning for full enjoyment.

This is a really dark and gritty Urban Fantasy series. There's very little in the way of light relief - either in the plot or in the personalities of the characters themselves - and this is the biggest negative for me. The series features various supernaturals. Your lead character, Mira, is a vampire (or a Nightwalker), Danaus, her companion is...something else (I'm loathe to write even though it was revealed in the previous book - I don't even want to chance spoiling it for anyone reading reviews ahead of where they're at). There are also werewolves, witches and the Naturi (the Fae, basically). The Naturi fall into different classes depending on their elemental magic. The Naturi and the Nightwalkers have been enemies for centuries past, and this final book is the culmination of that war.

There is a romantic sub-plot that has been ongoing throughout the series. It was quite slow to develop, but is here in full force in this BURN THE NIGHT.

I have to say, I wasn't keen on the constant point of view changes in this one. We've never had that before, but I sort of understood the need for it. It's a sad fact to say that I much preferred being in Nyx's head than Mira's. I've tried to connect to Mira as a main character, I really have, but I just can't say that I've ever liked her all that much. In fact, I have never been overly enamoured with any of the characters, it's only ever been the plotting and world I've enjoyed.

Overall, I would recommend this series only if you like quite dark, violent and serious urban fantasies. Myself, I much prefer there to be some humour in my UF to balance it all out. I'm glad that I read it, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but I wouldn't ever read it again as I would some of my other series.

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