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Friday, January 16, 2009

Review - Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Title: Veil of Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Buy Link:Veil of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 5)

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed by: Mickey McCall

Fans of Lara Adrian’s Breed novels will be delighted with this fifth and latest installment in the series, which far exceeds any and all expectations one could have for its author. In Veil of Midnight, Nikolai the youngest Breed known for his daredevil attitude, is given the task of locating a reclusive Gen One Breed named Sergei Yakut who the Brethren believe might be targeted for assassination. At the same time Niko is hunting for Yakut in Montreal, the search continues for Dragos and his ancient ancestor. Added to Nikos duties is the ongoing fight that always follows the Breed, to engage any and all enemies they might encounter on a nightly basis. What Niko does not expect to find in Canada is his destiny in the form of one willowy brunette human, a Breedmate named Renata serving as Sergei Yakut’s bodyguard. Like knights of old, Niko and Renata are given a task, an innocent is at risk, and they are allowed some latitude to accomplish that task and maintain their honor while attaining the “grail.”

Ms. Adrian’s writing is very poetic and lyrical, evoking images of knights and castles as she sets up her scenes, yet at the same time managing to stay very hip and contemporary in terms of dialogue and style. This juxtaposition works very well, creating a lush, stylized world in which her characters are able to interact in a believable context, even though we known that it is fantasy. In Nikolai we are given one of her most sensitive heroes, not afraid to show his “human[HAC1] ” side, and the perfect foil to Renata, perhaps the strongest and most developed of her heroines thus far. While the relationship develops quickly, the interactions between Niko and Renata support that level of intimacy with their sensuality and vividness. It is clear that Ms. Adrian knows how to frame a love scene, and those in Veil of Midnight manage to be both beautiful and erotic at the same time. For anyone who is not familiar with this series, I highly recommend both the series and this book, keeping in mind that Veil of Midnight can stand alone, it’s just that good!

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