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Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Series #1)

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Series #1)

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Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what's left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it's up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew

Overview

Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what's left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it's up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it's safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The VampHu Treaty has ended the 30-year-long war between humans and vampires, but it has not brought peace. Still grieving the loss of her family, Dawn Montgomery becomes the youngest delegate to serve the vampires. As liaison to the Great Vampire Lord Valentine, the teen must make sure that the human blood supply quota is met and that human-vampire relations are sound. In exchange for blood, humans are guaranteed safety within the city of Denver walls. But vampire attacks are increasing and humans are quickly losing faith in the system. The world needs change and Dawn's hatred for the elite vampire ways compromises her position. Then she meets Victor, Valentine's son, who rescues her and whose mindset is exactly what Dawn has been waiting for. Though at first the two are suspicious of each other, they eventually come together to fight his father and a "new kind of monster" that threatens the city. This new twist on the vampire genre is action-packed and full of plot turns. The main characters are compelling, and the love triangle that evolves between Dawn; her boyfriend, Michael; and Victor adds to the suspense and intrigue. A satisfying read with a cliff-hanger ending that leaves readers thirsty for more.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
VOYA - Etienne Vallee
Following the violent deaths of her parents, Dawn is appointed Delegate from the human city of Denver to Valentine, the vampire overlord of the area. In a world where humans fought a violent war against vampires for thirty years—and lost—she represents the agency that runs Denver in blood deliveries negotiations with the vampires. During a vampire attack on her and her best friend Tegan, she meets Victor, who later reveals he is Valentine's vampire son and is getting ready to wage a war against his father to save the decimated human population. Can Dawn survive being in the center of a dangerous power play, avoid falling in love with Victor, and at the same time, protect her friends from Valentine's deadly vampires? J.A. London takes the reader into a vampire world different from most settings, one where the vampires rule what is left following a long and devastating war. Dawn is realistically portrayed, with her hatred for vampires slowly being replaced by doubts as she learns to trust Victor, her enemy. A love triangle between Dawn, her boyfriend Michael, and Victor is only matched by a triangle of enemies and allegiances between Dawn, Sin (Valentine's other son), and Dawn's brother. The supporting characters are also fairly described, and are appealing. This story will be appreciated by those who like other vampire or supernatural novels, but it may be a hard sell for boys. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062114327
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Series:
Darkness Before Dawn Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
140,375
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

J. A. London is the mother-son writing team of Rachel Hawthorne and her son, Alex London. Rachel has written many novels for teens, including the popular Dark Guardian series. Alex, a recent graduate with a degree in Historical Studies, enjoys combining history and fiction to create unique worlds. The Darkness Before Dawn series is their first joint project.

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