The Night World is all around us - a secret society of creatures of darkness. There are only two rules to the Night World - 1) Don't let a human find out about the Night World, 2) Never fall in love with one of them.
MAGGIE NEELY - a young girl trying to find her brother Miles when she is kidnapped by his girlfriend and made a slave in a Night World kingdom cut off from the rest of the world. Escaping with three other slaves into the wilderness, she is chased by two bloodthirsty shapeshifters, mets a Night World Prince, is identified as the Deliverer - liberator of the slaves, and uncovers a conspiracy in the castle Black Dawn.
DELOS REDFERN - the second discovered Wild Power, with a powerful blue magic in his blood which will one day be needed to safe the world. He struggles to find out who he can trust and which side to be on - his great, great grandfather Hunter who is speaking his language (the survival of the fittest, kill or be killed) or the human Maggie who tries to teach him that ALL human beings are worth something, and all have the right to live.
SYLVIA WEALD - a spellcaster excluded from the witch circles because she does not bear the 'Hearth-Woman' name. She has grown bitter and joined forces with Hunter Redfern, against her former sisters, and uses her magic as she pleases. When she decided to bring her boyfriend Miles into the Night World she unintentially got Maggie involved, and is the reason Maggie is in the Dark Kingdom in the first place.
JEANNE McCARTNEY - a slave who escaped but was re-captured and tortured. When she makes her next bid for freedom she comes across Maggie, whom she has never seen the likes of before. She desparatly wants to escape, and knows her best chance is to abandon the others, but something compels her to help out...and keep helping out until she finds herself about to be hunted down by a mob of Night People.
HUNTER REDFERN - the powerful vampire lord who has only recently discovered the kingdom of his great, great grandson and is eager for himself to exercise his dominance over the young prince, close down the kingdom, kill the slaves, and prepare for the coming apocalypse.
ARADIA - the Maiden of all the Witches who was travelling to the Dark Kingdom as a diplomat, attempting to sway Delos to join Circle Daybreak. But when she is found and kidnapped by Sylvia, she is quickly transported to the kingdom in the back of a slave cart instead. Destined to face Hunter, she escapes with the help of Maggie who thinks she is merely a human girl called 'Cady'. However, she becomes very ill, and the human healer-slaves aren't that keen on helping a witch.
MILES NEELY - Maggie's brother and the object of her search. Sylvia claims he was killed while mountain climbing, but Maggie isn't convinced. But then where is he? No one in the Dark Kingdom seem to have seen him.
P.J. PENOBSCOT - a nine year old girl who was captured by slave traders on Halloween when trick-or-treating with her friend Aaron, and thrown together with Maggie, Jeanne and Cady.
GAVIN and BERN - Sylvia's lackeys, slave-traders and shapeshifters, they hunt the escaped girls through the Dark Kingdom. But one of them may just have a clue as to what's happened to Miles.
THE SLAVES: LAUNDRESS, SOAKER, FOLDER, FALCONER, CURRIER, OLD MENDER, SWEEPER, CHAMBER-POT EMPTIER - live their barren lives with as much dignity as they can muster, till the day 'The Deliverer' comes - one who is clothed in flowers, shod in blue and scarlet and speaks of freedom. But is Maggie in her pyjama top and mismatched socks really their saviour?
Black Dawn: Good Points
-a strong, well-developed heroine in Maggie
-multiple, detailed plot lines on varying scales
-an array of interesting, unique characters
Black Dawn: Bad Points
-the time-travelling dream doesn't quite make sense
-the whole concept of a castle in the mountains is a bit unbelievable
-the first few chapters are quite rushed, and the sequence of chapters on Sylvia's apartment, Maggie's dream and her waking up in the slave cart leave us as confused and disorientated as Maggie was.