Mira, the Fire Starter, is a vampire or a nightwalker. She's also the daughter of a god as well as the protector of Savannah, GA. She's got a lot on her plate but she's also got Danaus, a vampire hunter, at her back helping as much as he can. Their natural enemies are the naturi so they are shocked when they are approached about creating an alliance with some of them.
Cynnia is the youngest sister of the current queen of the naturi, Aurora. She is in the mist of planning a revolt to take over the thrown as Aurora seems to have gone mad. To help her, she has enlisted the help of two of the strongest fighters that the naturi have, her sister, Nyx and Rowe. Both have been declared outcasts by Aurora and each have commented horrible acts towards the naturi in Aurora's name. They agree with Cynnia that Aurora must be taken down and quickly as well as quietly.
The belief is that with Mira and her nightwalkers, Cynnia will win. No one counts on a human organization, the Daylight Coalition, to still be causing waves. The Daylight Coalition wants to kill anything that isn't human and they are targeting the werewolves of Savannah which Mira isn't having.
It seems as if the world is going to learn about those creatures that aren't human a lot sooner than anyone expected unless something drastically changes. The naturi are in a fight for their very existence. The werewolves are fighting to just live. Mira seems to be stuck in the middle and she's got personal problems that are becoming as large as the rest of them. Can things work out for anyone?
This is the final book in the Dark Days novels by Jocelynn Drake. While it would probably be better to have read the previous book, you don't really have to. Most of the references to past events are done so you get an idea of what happened and the repercussions. However, by reading the past books, you will get a better understanding of the dynamics of each group of characters and a better understanding of the world in which they are operating.
The main characters in this story are varied. There are several who play a very large role. Rowe has been the consort of Aurora and his loyalties are pulled. Though he's been exiled by Aurora, she is still his queen. This changes as his relationship with Nyx changes. Nyx is the naturi that shouldn't have lived. She also has a lot more powers than most realize. She has no desire to fight either of her sisters but also recognizes that there is something wrong with Aurora. She's also drawn to Rowe. Mira must stand strong. She has a lot of people looking up to her for leadership. However, she also has a father who wants her to go against what she believes in. But she has a plan, if it works! Danaus loves Mira and will do anything he can for her but he's no push over. He'll guard her back even when she doesn't want him to yet he still isn't sure Mira totally trusts him.
There are two separate stories that start off this book. One is the story with Nyx as the lead. She has to convince Rowe to hear Cynnia's plan and has to get the animal clan of the naturi to join her cause. The other revolves around Mira. She is helping the local pack of werewolves and their fight against the Daylight Coalition. She's also dealing with her father who wants her to kill an ancient nightwalker to further his plans. The book has some chapters dealing with one story and then switching to the other. While each story is complex in its own right, both are easily followed which is good because they don't totally merge until almost the end of the book!
The world that is described is rich and very well developed. It has rules and depth. There are very few humans that are a part of this world and most of those are witches. The earlier books give details and development to the world while this last book assumes that you have most of that knowledge. Yet, within a few chapters that basic knowledge needed to understand the basics has been given.
This book was a great finish for this wonderful series. There is a dramatic ending as well as a happy one. Things are going to change, a lot, for many of the characters due to the events of this book. Some of these changes will be good and others, not so good. Still, it ended on a positive note and with hope.
I not only enjoyed this book, I enjoyed this series. The characters were strong and believable. The world was complex and functional. The story lines were building up to this fantastic finish. Now, I'm going to be sad to see this end.
If you enjoy urban fantasy, shifters, complex story lines all with a touch of ancient gods and strange creatures, I can't tell you to read this book fast enough. It's unique and with all the books out you won't have to wait to lean the ending.
The Great Awakening approaches . . .
After eons in exile, the naturi have broken their chains and now roam the Earth bent on revenge. It is the sworn duty of Mira, the Fire Starter, to protect the nightwalker race—though even she may be powerless to withstand the horrific onslaught. As Mira and her brave lover, the vampire slayer Danaus, stand ready to do battle, thousands of winged shapeshifters darken the skies. The war of ultimate extermination has begun, and the battleground is Mira's home turf.
The humans don't yet recognize the doom descending upon them. And the nightwalkers will surely perish unless they unite with outcast naturi who claim to want peace. But these unexpected "allies" are the same demons who have long worked for Mira's destruction—and in these darkest of days the lines between friend and foe will blur treacherously before the bloody end of all things.