Veil of Midnight Mass Market Paperback – Dec 30 2008
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“Evocative, enticing, erotic…enter Lara Adrian’s world and be enchanted!” —J. R. Ward, author of Lover Unbound
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Lara Adrian is the New York Times bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series, including the novels Kiss of Midnight, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening, Midnight Rising, Veil of Midnight, Ashes of Midnight, Shades of Midnight, Taken by Midnight, Deeper than Midnight, Darker After Midnight, Edge of Dawn, Crave the Night, and the eBook novella A Taste of Midnight.See all Product Description
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For those of you that are not familiar with the stories, Ms. Adrian's vampires are a group of warriors formed by their leader 'Lucan', millennium prior to the story told in "Kiss of Crimson", the series opener. The "Gen One", vampires are direct progeny of eight extraterrestrials called the 'Ancients', who were lethal, powerful, bloodthirsty creatures. After arriving on earth the Ancients carved a path of bloody destruction, wiping out entire villages in their quest to feed. Lucan suffered great loss at the hands of his father, an Ancient, therefore he formed "The Order", a group of Gen One warriors, and engaged in a bloody war to wipe out the Ancients. The Order prevailed against the Ancients, and they thought they were all killed. The books all take place in present day and The Order's role has evolved to one of keeping their people safe from their enemies.
Breed males are powerful, not only with respect to strength and speed, but they also each have a unique gift passed down by their mother, a "Breedmate". The Breed can only conceive under certain special circumstances following the exchange of blood with one of these very remarkable human females. These women have an identical tiny birthmark somewhere on their bodies that identifies them. Breedmates all have a special gift such as the ability to heal wounds or psychic ability etc. Once a Breedmate and a Breed male exchange a blood bond, they are mated forever or until death. They have a special link, one knowing where the other is or when he or she is approaching.Read more ›
Nikolai, a member of the military faction `The Order' has been sent to Montreal to find a Generation One Vampire targeted for assassination. Sergei Yakut at first proves difficult to locate, however once Nicolai identifies the beautiful but deadly Renata as his personal bodyguard, the game changes. She turns the tables, tricking and immobilizing the blonde warrior with her physic powers then delivering him personally to her boss's lodge. Initially Yakut plays the gracious host but after Nicolai snoops around the grounds and discovers the atrocities that have been taking place within, all bets are off. In a rage he confronts the Vampire and is expelled from his property.
Renata has been a prisoner of Yakut's for 2 years now, unable to escape because of the blood bond between the two; she is living a life of fear and random beatings if she refuses to follow his orders. While enslaved Reneta has taken into her charge a young girl named Mira. The also imprisoned child is an oracle, able to show the future in her mirrored eyes. Nicolai, having gazed into them saw a very sexual future between himself and the mysterious Renata. He's doubtful but just the same won't be leaving the lodge without learning more about Renata.Read more ›
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Paranormal Vampire Romance Mass Market Paperback- December 30th, 2008
4 ½ stars
Veil of Midnight is the 5th in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed Series and another hit in her continuing vampire series. Unlike many authors whose continued series have run out of steam and seem flat, Lara Adrian's books build upon each other, enthralling her readers. Mesmerizing characters and fascinating plot lines are introduced, which are sure to keep readers wanting more!
Nikolai is a vampire of the Order, an elite vampire group whose purpose is to protect the vampire society as well as humankind. But, Nikolai has never been good at playing by the rules and when he is sent to track down a vampire Elder he meets more than his share of trouble.
When Renata first meets Nikolai she is puzzled by his decency. He is unlike any of the repulsive and cruel vampires she has been forced to serve. She has been humiliated and used by a vampire Elder for her psychic powers as well as her blood. Renata spends her days plotting to escape and stay alive. Renata's sole comfort is a young psychic girl for whom she cares. When a powerful group of renegade vampires threaten Renata and her charge, Renata realizes she needs Nikolai's protection.
Veil of Midnight is sure to be yet another best seller and is guaranteed to delight and captivate fans of the paranormal and those jaded by the 'typical' romance. It has suspense, fascinating world building, and enthralling characters. I particularly enjoyed the characters interactions. Although both characters began as enemies, they grew to earn each another's respect and love. Renata was a resourceful and ruthless woman who was more than a match for Nikolai. I was also intrigued by the mysterious characters Lara Adrian introduces in Veil of Midnight. (I am especially eager to discover the origins of the elusive Hunter.) The story ends well for the two main characters, but be warned, it does leave many questions unanswered for her next installment.
Reviewed by Steph from Bookaholics Romance Book Club
I won't give you a book description since there are a few already. What I didn't like was the love story part of the book. I felt that the couple lacked something, not quite sure what but there was something missing. The relationship felt a little flat to me. The continuation of the saga from previous books was better. I liked that this book moved the big picture foward and held some interesting plot twists and surprises. It seems to me the first few breed books had a delightful and exciting romance involved, the last two seemed a little lacking in that dept. I am still planning to continue following this series and did enjoy the book, just not as much as the first few.
Renata has been a prisoner of Yakut's, a Gen One vampire for two years. First brought to his home as a woman to hunt, Renata impressed the forceful vampire with her psychic ability and made her one of his bodyguards. When Renata overhears the huge blond warrior asking about her boss in a club, she sets him up for capture. The tables are turned, however, when he is invited to Yakut's home. No matter how much the warrior makes her tingle, Renata will not forget the seriousness of her life nor will she forget her promise to keep the child Mira safe. When Mira is sold out from under Renata, she vows vengeance.
Nikolai and Renata set out to find the sinister Rogue that has suddenly become more powerful than any of his Order thought. With vampires being murdered and allies turning against each other, the only two people Nikolai and Renata can trust are themselves and in turn that trust leads to a bonding - breed style.
Yearning for Nikolai's story since Kiss of Midnight, I knew that his mate would have to be a warrior worthy of him. Renata could not have been more perfect for him. She is fiercely loyal and a female warrior determinedly defiant in protecting her own. Her psychic ability helps out immensely in the battles she and Niko fight. They love just as intensely as they battle. Her trust in Niko and the power of his blood to heal won me over and made me her biggest fan.
Nikolai... honed warrior breed, blond, faint Russian accent. There was NOTHING about this fine man that I did not like. His combativeness and skills as a warrior surprised me with the ferocity in which he fought but I knew without a doubt that when he loved, he would love forever and without hesitation - which he did. Quite sensually I have to say. Add in the special talent Nikolai possessed concerning vines and this remarkable vampire made me shiver.
Lara Adrian utilizes previous characters throughout Veil of Midnight. As a reader I am dying to see what happens next in this paranormal, yet contemporary and believable world. Veil of Midnight will enthrall you and leave you breathless for more. That's just the first time you read it. Reading it a second time will just seal your addiction to these heady warriors and their breedmates.
Veil of Midnight is the fifth installment of Lara Adrian's highly successful Midnight Breed series. As such, I highly recommend going back and reading the series in order, starting with the book that started it all, Kiss of Midnight. You will be glad you did!
The Midnight Breed Series reading order is as follows:
Kiss of Midnight, Book 1
Kiss of Crimson, Book 2
Midnight Awakening, Book 3
Midnight Rising, Book 4
Veil of Midnight, Book 5
***Natalie S. for Wild on Books***
Lucan, leader of The Order, has charged one of his combatants, Nikolai, with the task of making contact with a Montreal Gen One named Sergei Yakut. This elusive Gen One is to be offered their protection because an unknown assassin is systematically killing the Gen One Breeds and thereby exterminating the most powerful members of their species.
During Nikolai's search for Yakut he encounters the very mysterious Renata who welcomes him with a very sharp blow to his ego. Renata is a Breedmate - a special human female who can mate with the Breed. Each Breedmate can be identified by the same crescent moon and teardrop birthmark. In addition to their ability to provide offspring, Breedmates also have psychic abilities that are unique to each individual. Renata has the ability to create a high pitched sound heard only by the Breed that creates debilitating pain. Suspecting that Nikolai is the hit man that nearly murdered her boss, Sergei Yakut, Renata brings the big Breed down with every intention of capture and questioning.
Renata and her crew are surprised to discover that Nikolai is a warrior member of the Order and that the hit on Yakut was planned with the combined intention of wiping out all Gen One Breeds. Renata at this point appears to be a verdant follower and protector of Sergei Yakut but this appearance couldn't be more contrary to the truth. Having been abandoned as a new born and survived her formative years on the streets, Renata has learned time and again that she can absolutely trust no one. Her entrance into Yakut's circle was nothing short of abrupt and terrifying. She now lives in a realm of fear with the knowledge that she can never, ever escape.
Nikolai is granted permission to investigate the scene of the failed hit at Yakut's hunting lodge located outside Montreal. The hundred year old lodge is bereft of any human comforts and it's soon apparent that Yakut has been organizing and participating in the outlawed practices of a Blood Club whereby humans are captured then hunted for sport. Nikolai is also introduced to Mira, a young Breedmate with the incredible ability to show the future to anyone who looks into her eyes and is fiercely protected by Renata. Nikolai confronts Yakut on his illegal extra-curricular activities with abysmal results. After which events soon unravel with Mira being sold to an evil vampire, another hit on Sergei's life being successful, and the horrible added result of Nikolai being charged with the murder due coincidental circumstances.
Renata, determined to rescue Mira but realizing that she can't do it without help, breaks into the holding facility that's interrogating Niko. As the two escape, it becomes a race for their lives and with the death toll increasing every hour, Renata and Niko can only pray that Mira herself is not dead.
I really liked Renata. The fact that she's a warrior was fun and exciting, plus I felt a measure of female satisfaction every time she brought the Breeds down with her mind. Her strengths nearly put her on equal footing with Niko and their struggle for domination was interesting. Renata was above and beyond the most admirable of the female characters of Adrian's series so far. She repeatedly made hard sacrifices not only during her time with Yakut but also as a child living on the streets. She always put those weaker beings first in her priorities.
On the other hand, Nikolai was boring. We know that he's the adrenaline junkie of the Order but that's about all. We aren't privy to Nikolai's upbringing until nearly the end of the novel. While his past was indeed tragic, I thought that Adrian could have brought it out earlier in the story and saved me and my distracted search for understanding. I wanted to know who Niko was and if he had any substance to his character. Needless to say I was disappointed.
I was also disappointed with the romance. It just felt forced and based purely on Niko and Renata's life or death circumstances. One minute Renata believes Niko to be the killer of Yakut and then she's in love with him all because he agrees to help her rescue Mira? Plus there was some definite innuendo regarding Renata and sexual abuse. Although it is never verbally or mentally confirmed by her, there seemed plenty of evidence to indicate that there was. Yet Renata has no trouble having sex with Niko and the fact that she was raised by nuns leaves little in the way of modesty and Renata is soon butt nekkid and turned on!
Honestly I feel that if Adrian had been allowed an additional two hundred pages of wrting space, this story could have been great. The plot and action were intense and exciting and I think maybe a bit too complicated thus forcing the romance into the background. Adrian was also spending numerous pages in other characters' POVs when she could have devoted that time to Niko's and Renata's romance.
So far, I've personally found Adrian's novels to be either a hit or miss on my "like it" or "love it" scale. Combined with the fact that I loved the action packed plot but was disappointed in the romance, I have give this novel three stars.
HOWEVER, Renata just plain annoyed me. She was too guarded and too volatile. I couldn't understand (aside from destiny and that she was apparently gorgeous) why Niko would fall in love with her so quickly. I have a daughter who I would give my life for, but I wouldn't be so recklessly blind as Renata is when it comes to her either (thus causing the final conflict between her and Niko). That she makes such snap judgements about Niko really annoyed me about her.
I agree with the other reviewers who said the characters and love story just weren't developed enough in this book. Their back stories seemed rushed and like I said, I just couldn't connect with their love. The story concerning the furthering of the overall arc of the series was good, with an interesting twist that I'm excited to see played out.
While I'm glad I read it so that I can keep up with the overall story, it's not one in the series that I feel compelled to read again.