Sunday, December 11, 2022

King of Midnight

King of Midnight (Midnight Breed #18)King of Midnight by Lara Adrian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s sad to think this is the end of this series. While there have been ups and downs along the way, the series as a whole never failed to be interesting and engaging. The ending was satisfying, and what more could you ask for?

I was definitely a little worried about how much carnage would be involved in the last of the series. With no further books, they could kill anyone! We are joining this book already in the midst of a post-apocalyptic fight between the Order and rogues (or the big bad behind the rogues). The odds aren’t looking so good, honestly, and the bad guys appeared to have the upper hand in the latest battles. One miscalculation ends up hurtling the order into chaos that had me screaming at the choices made that led us here.

Darion ends up stepping up to take the lead while his father is out of commission and boy does that change things. He views rules with a little more latitude than the others, willing to take the risk to win the war. Lucky for us all, it starts to pay off almost immediately. Unlucky for him, Selene takes notice of him and Order again. Here’s another shocker to me - Selene, the ominous big bad for many books, was somehow… likable by the end of this. Darion and Selene are the key players in this story (with many cameos from familiar faces, too), and the author managed to convince me that this villain was ok.

The larger storyline, which I thought we would leave hanging, ended up being about the ancient. Remember the big explosion and crystal theft? Well that all comes back to bite them. Had everyone just worked together, none of the end battles would have happened. Sigh. Turns out, though, that we get a solid HEA for the survivors which is all we could wish for. I’m happy everyone ended up mated, happy, or satisfied at least. It’s been a long journey, but I think this is a book that will satisfy the long time readers.

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