Monday, September 22, 2008

“Break of Dawn” by Chris Marie Green

FROM THE BOOKCOVER:
Hollywood: It can suck the life out of you...

After facing off against the lethal Vampire Killer, Hollywood stuntwoman Dawn Madison and her friends are reeling. But for Dawn, the pain is much more personal. She's learned more about her missing father and long-dead mother than she ever wanted to, and her conflicted feelings about both her enigmatic, never-seen boss, Jonah, and P.I. Matt Lonigan are only making things worse.

To save her father Dawn must enter the Vampire Underground, where she will encounter an unthinkable betrayal, and where the question of who is truly good and who is truly evil will become a matter of life, death—and undeath...
Break of Dawn is the concluding volume in the Vampire Babylon trilogy following Night Rising [2007] and Midnight Reign [2008]. The story resumes the morning after Breisi’s death with the team demoralized and in turmoil. Plotting next steps is furthest from their minds. But the Voice also makes it clear that events are escalating towards the final confrontation with the Underground.

Green does an admirable job of resolving many of the bigger mysteries surrounding the characters and the story arc. The true nature of the Friends and Jonah are revealed as well as the full back story of the vampire Masters. There are also many surprises including the ultimate fate of Dawns mother Eva, father Frank and especially Jonah himself, with numerous unpredictable plot twists.

Previous novels were about the mission and the team, but this third novel places the focus squarely on Dawn, on her relationships with Eva, Frank, Jonah and Matt and on Kiko’s prediction that she is the “key”. Consequently there is a lot more discussion and dialogue this time out and fewer action scenes.

Break of Dawn is not the strongest of the three books but I still found it to be an intriguing and satisfying wrap up for the trilogy and it nicely establishes lots of fresh opportunities for a new story arc. Aside from the main plotline, Green’s portrayal of the vampire Underground as the narcissistic, cult of beauty obsessed Hollywood is worth the price of admission alone.

Chris Marie Green reminds us in her newsletter that Break of Dawn isn’t the final book in the series. The action with Dawn and friends will start up again in March with A Drop of Red the beginning of another trilogy.

And while you wait, the brand new anthology First Blood contains a Vampire Babylon novella “Double the Bite”, It tells the story of Sorin’s missing vampire daughters and apparently has a tie in to Break of Dawn.

Read an excerpt.

View the creepy (in a good way) book trailer.



1 comment:

  1. After the ending of this trilogy I'm really looking forward to the start of the next. I'm glad to hear that we won't have to wait a year!

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