Dawnbreaker (Dark Days Series #3)

Dawnbreaker (Dark Days Series #3)

by Jocelynn Drake

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ISBN-13: 9780061542886
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Dark Days Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 421,678
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Jocelynn Drake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Days series and lives in Florida. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found playing video games, watching movies, or hanging with her family.

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The Third Dark Days Novel

Chapter One

The tires squealed.

We took the corner going close to fifty miles per hour, skidding into the turn. I braced myself against the driver's seat and clenched my teeth, swallowing yet another curse as Knox narrowly missed a parked car as he whipped us down another residential street. A second set of squealing tires followed close behind as the Ford Mustang barreled toward us with increasing velocity.

"Get us out of the city, damn it!" I shouted at Knox. At this speed, we were going to hit someone, and with the naturi gaining ground, we couldn't afford to slow down. We had to get out of the city before we killed someone or the Savannah cops finally noticed a pair of cars rushing around the city at breakneck speeds.

"It's not that easy!" Knox shouted back. Both of his hands gripped the wheel tight enough to make his knuckles white. "We're coming from downtown and you said lose them, not get out of the city."

"Well, I'm saying it now. Get the hell out of the city. You're going to kill someone," I snapped.

"Namely us," Amanda added from the backseat. The blond nightwalker sat next to Tristan, who seemed to be taking it all in stride. Of course, Tristan had been in far worse situations with me and survived. "I'm not going to kill us," Knox snarled as he took another turn going far faster than would be deemed sane. "This is a BMW M3. It's a race car for the rich and bored. The car can handle it."

"No, Knox, tell me what you really think," I growled. The BMW was my car. I had decided to let him drive when I noticed the naturi following us along River Walk...I knew I might need my hands free if we didn't succeed in losing them. I pulled my gun out of the glove compartment and checked the magazine.

"You know what I mean." The nightwalker glanced at me briefly, one corner of his mouth cocked in a weak smile.

"Rich and bored," I repeated drily.

"Are we really having this discussion now?" Amanda demanded as Knox skidded into another turn and clipped the bumper of a parked car.


"Mira!" he shouted back. "Let me drive or you do it!"

But it was too late for that. The naturi were gaining with every turn. They didn't care who they hit along the way, which was why we had to get them out of the city.

I relaxed a little when we turned onto Montgomery Street. The on ramp to Highway 16 was close by. We would finally get out of the city and into more open ground.

"Mira," Tristan said in a calm voice, grabbing my attention as I looked at him in the rearview mirror. "Is leaving the city the wisest choice?"

Some of the tension might have drained from my shoulders, but a knot of worry still tightened in my stomach. I knew what he was asking. We were leaving the relative safety of the city and potentially taking the fight into naturi territory by heading into the open countryside. Controlling nature was their strength.

Tristan had already fought the naturi with me in the woods, and the fight didn't go well. He had nearly been shredded by a naturi from the animal clan, and I was impaled by members of the wind and earth clans. And this time we didn't have Danaus or Sadira around to help save our respective butts.

"We have no other choice," I admitted, frowning at him because I could understand his fear. "I'm not willing to fight this war in front of the humans like the naturi want."

"Can't you set them on fire or something?" Amanda demanded, fidgeting in the backseat. The nightwalker was anxious to get to the fighting because running wasn't her style. She was all claws and fangs in any situation, leaving behind shredded flesh and a spray of blood. It was what made her a good enforcer among the fledglings, but not the most reliable nightwalker, as she didn't always think things through.

"I have to be able to see or sense what I'm setting on fire, and I can't sense the naturi," I said, turning my frown into a frustrated glare.

"How about the car?"

"Only the parts I can see."

"Then the tires. Set the tires on fire. That'll slow them down."

"That might work," I agreed, rolling down my window with a nearly silent electric hum. "Who taught the naturi how to drive like this anyway? Or hotwire a car?" I muttered under my breath, but in a car full of nightwalkers, everyone heard me.

"The Internet is full of amazing information," Knox said sarcastically.

"The Internet?" I added it to my list of gripes. "These are Old World creatures. They don't drive, hotwire cars, or surf the Web."

To my surprise, Tristan chuckled, stopping me as I grabbed the exterior frame of the door. "There are moments when you sound really old, Mira. Is it any stranger than a nightwalker your age doing all those things and more?"

"Shut up, Tristan." I was barely over six centuries. I wasn't that old.

Turning my attention back to Knox, I said, "Slow down just a little bit and hold the car steady." Gripping the exterior- of the car door, I slid out of the window and sat on the frame. It was a somewhat awkward balance, but it made it easier for me to see the tires of the red Ford Mustang- following- us. Focusing my thoughts, both the front and back passenger side tires exploded into flames. The car swerved twice before finally flipping over onto its top on the side of the road.

I slid back into the car and grabbed my gun from where I had set it on the floor. "Pull over. We have to finish this."

My feet were on the gravelly side of the road before Knox managed to put the parking brake on. I flipped the safety off the Browning that was now my constant companion and paused, looking down at the gun, which was identical to the one Danaus had given me in Venice. Nightwalkers were not in the habit of carrying guns...most of our enemies couldn't be killed by a bullet, and being shot just tended to piss them off. But the naturi could be killed by a well-placed bullet, so now I carried a gun no matter where I went, along with a blade. The rest of my companions hadn't necessarily gotten into the habit.

The Third Dark Days Novel
. Copyright © by Jocelynn Drake. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Dawnbreaker (Dark Days Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
Blondeness032 More than 1 year ago
A bit more meloncholy than the first two books, but the story is always evolving (and interesting). I will be buying more of this series.
ILgirl82 More than 1 year ago
Ok so i've read 3 of the books in this series and so far this one is better than the first two. BUT the plot is still the same and it's getting pretty boring. Add to the fact that Mira and Danaus have been threatening to kill each other for 3 books now and that too is getting old and predictable. It's like the author is rewriting the same book just differently to make it seem like there new books. Though i think Dawnbreaker was better than the first two it's still predictable and the same heartless characters, none of the characters are likeable and a story is lacking ALOT when you don't even like who your reading about!!! are the publishers blind to this??????
VanyWag More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy this series and especially this 3rd book. It is past paced with lots of action and an unexpected turn of events. Mira has made the top of my all time favorite heroines. I already can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By the third book i found it tiresome and difficult to finish. The writer seems to think the reader xuffers from severe alsheimers and must be reminded of every plot point to the point of nausea. Yes, it is a good story but i stopped caring many pages ago.
MyUrbanFantasies More than 1 year ago
Originally published on my blog, My Urban Fantasies. (myurbanfantasies.blogspot) The seal to the door is finally broken. Jabari orders Mira to return to the coven. Mira tells him no, that she's returning to Savannah, where she is needed, and that she will fight the naturi when the time comes. Mira also invites Danaus to come with her, claiming that it will be easier to kill him if she does not have to hunt him down. *smirk* Yeah, like any of us believe that's the reason Mira want Danaus with her. Dawnbreaker starts roughly two months after Dayhunter. Mira and Danaus had parted ways long before Mira reached Savannah. He flew with her from Crete, but got off the plane in Paris. Mira is now in Savannah and everything is not going as well as she had hoped. Ties with the local pack are becoming more strained due to the constant naturi attacks. The naturi are using the werewolves to attack the nightwalkers. The nightwalkers are forced to defend themselves usually resulting with dead werewolves. This leaves us with a less than happy Barrett. When Danaus arrives in Savannah the naturi attacks become worse. Danaus decides to stay in Savannah. Mira is forced to make him swear he will not hunt another nightwalker while in her domain. Mira no longer trusts Danaus with vampire allies because he killed Penelope with little warning and no hesitation. Mira tells Danaus that she can not worry about protecting her people from him and the naturi. Eventually Mira and Danaus come to an understanding. If one of Mira's nightwalkers attacks Danaus, he can defend himself. If Danaus hunts any of the nightwalkers Mira will gut him and send his charred entrails back to Ryan in a doggie bag. Along their journey the trust slowly begins to build again. Danaus is essentially Mira's only ally in that battle against the naturi. On the way to stop Rowe from opening the door, Danaus has to trust Mira like he never has before. The enemy are attacking and the only way for Danaus to stay alive is to be completely vulnerable and trust Mira to keep him safe, from the small army of naturi and a room full of nightwalkers. Dawnbreaker is action packed, and beautifully written. The characters are evolving, I finally find myself becoming emotionally invested in them. Mira is quickly becoming my favorite character. It's amazing that she's not completely insane. If something bad can happen to Mira, it usually does. Mira's constantly confronting ghosts from her past, starting when she was human right up to the present. There seems to be a growing list of people who want to control Mira or just want her dead. If you're expecting Mira and Danaus to grow a collective brain and realize they actually like each other and do not want to kill each other, you're going to be disappointed. Mira and Danaus do not hook up in this book. I have high hopes for future books though, mostly because I'm a romantic and refuse to believe they will be oblivious of their feelings forever.
booklover1A1 More than 1 year ago
This one was a litte slow for me. I'm just waiting to see what is going on with Myra and Danaus, they make a great team! We'll see the next book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The naturi are preparing the end game assault with a special sacrifice that will destroy the barrier between them and the human-nightwalkers. Once Rowe completes the portal, his spouse the queen Aurora will lead her race as they cross over to devastate both species. The only hope for humanity and the nightwalkers resides with Mira, who has special skills especially with the use of fire. However, she is realistic as she knows the odds are heavily against her unless an alliance is forged as has occurred between her and the vampire slayer Danaus. However they have new hope when they capture naturi Princess Cynnia who insists she opposes her sister's plan for the apocalypse. The third Dark Days urban fantasy (see DAYHUNTER and NIGHTWALKER) is a terrific action-packed entry that is driven by partners forced into what both believe is an unnatural partnership. The characters make the story line feel genuine as Mira the fire starter vampire and Danaus the vampire hunter need to team up or lose to the naturi. With treason from within their ranks and seemingly within the nature, Jocelyn Drake complicates her overarching theme tenfold in what is turning into a magnificent saga. Harriet Klausner
msuzy More than 1 year ago
This book is a fast-paced, action-filled cliffhanger. This is the first book I have read by this author. Tomorrow I am going to get the first two in the series. I can't wait to see how the story built to this point. Nightwalkers, werewolves, and naturi keep you reading long after you planned.
MonicaLynn on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Action packed adventure of the nightwalkers attempting to stop the naturi from entering thier realm. Mira (nightwalker/firestart) teams up with a hunter Danaus, a naturi Cinna, and a witch Shelly along with Nightwalker and humans to stop the Nature from entering their realm. Good read, enjoyable action and conflict in the story. Excited to start the next in the series to see what happens next.
mthomas1975 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I am so impressed with this series. I read a lot of fantasy type books, a majority of them vampire related and this series is by far the most original. The vampire world that Jocelynn Drake has created just leaves me wanting more. Can't wait to read book 4 and see what becomes of Mira and Danaus.
leahsimone on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I still enjoy the world building in this series, the main character, Mira, is a vampire that can control fire and in this installment she learns to harness the power of the earth while fighting to keep the Naturi Queen out of the earth realm. I think the next in the series will decide if I keep reading or not however. The way Drake left it there are three factions of the Naturi now which could be really interesting and complicated or which could be used as convenient plot devices to get our heroine out of trouble. Hopefully, Drake will develop the political aspects and the main characters relationships more.
mjparme on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is the 3rd book in the series I felt like I was reading the first and second one again. Exact same plot as the first two.It looks like the author tied up this 3 book arc (it only needed one book, books 2 and 3 are exactly the same as book 1) and is heading a different direction in the next one.I will give the next one a shot and decide if I want to carry on with the series. It is an entertaining book and a good read, just very repetitive.
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Just a geat book
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A decent, quick read; a lot of action. I new characters have been introduced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book out of the entire series of 6. Don't know how I finished it. The entire book is a recap of what has already happened. Sometime Drake even recaps the last freaking chapter you read so it gets incredibly redundant. Denaus still has no personality. He nods, grunts, and tries not to smile. And sometimes touches Mira's face. That's about it....
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Another great book to read in the Dark Days Series!
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