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Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed) (edition 2009)

by adrian-lara (Author)

Series: Midnight Breed (3)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston's streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man: the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan. No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise's pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged-a bond that will link them by blood and vow-and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart.… (more)
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Geschöpf der Finsternis (Midnight Breed, #3) ♦ Lara Adrian | Rezension

Mit Geschöpf der Finsternis traf ich im dritten Band der Midnight Breed – Reihe auf Elise und Tegan. Natürlich waren mir beide Charaktere aus den vorangegangenen Büchern bereits bekannt. Aber wie es bei dieser Reihe so Brauch ist, sollte ich beide Figuren auf diesen Seiten noch besser kennenlernen. Ich war auch ehrlich gesagt überrascht, dass Lara Adrian den eher kalten und rohen Krieger Tegan bereits so früh in der Reihe vorgestellt hat. Doch dies sollte keine Enttäuschung werden. Aber auch Elise konnte verblüffen.



Geschöpf der Finsternis ♦ Lara Adrian

Gleich zu Beginn muss ich sagen, dass ich Elise wirklich mag. Selbst, wenn ich anfangs meine Zweifel hatte. Nach dem Vorgängerband der Reihe, Gefangene des Blutes, hätte ich Elise nie als Heldin betrachtet. Doch ich lernte sie zu mögen und auch zu respektieren. Denn nach allem, was sie verloren hatte, ist sie wie ein Phönix aus der Asche auferstanden und sich entschlossen, ihr Leben und ihre Rache, selbst in die Hand zu nehmen.

Und sie hat sich dafür entschieden untern den Menschen zu leben. Doch aufgrund ihrer angeborenen Gabe leidet Elise Höllenqualen, denn sie kann die hässlichsten und dunkelsten Gedanken der Menschen hören. Trotzdem geht sie los, um Lakaien, deren Gedanken abgrundtief sind, zu jagen und (!) zu töten. Dabei musste ich mit dem Kopf schütteln, aber auch staunen, denn der Schmerz ihres Verlustes gibt ihr die nötige Stärke, um ihre Rachepläne voranzubringen.

Tegan, knallhart und emotional in Mitleidenschaft gezogen, kommt als beeindruckender Krieger des Ordens und Stammesvampir der ersten Generation um die Ecke. Von Anbeginn der Reihe war mir Tegan ein wenig suspekt, er war kalt und mürrisch. Doch sobald die LeserInnen von seiner Vergangenheit erfahren und dann lesen, zu welcher Zärtlichkeit und Sanftmut er gegenüber Elise fähig ist, schließt man ihn letztendlich ins Herz. Auch die Art, wie er den Schmerz von Elise ernst nahm und ihr Respekt entgegenbrachte. Natürlich war er alles andere als begeistert, als er von ihrer kleinen Privatmission erfahren hat, doch er erkannte auch die Notwendigkeit für Elise.

Bevor ich dieses Buch in die Hand genommen habe, konnte ich mir keinen Reim daraus machen, warum die Autorin gerade diese beiden füreinander auserkoren hat. Denn auf den ersten Blick können sie nicht unterschiedlicher sein: Elise, eine verwöhnte, zarte Stammesgefährtin, aufgewachsen in der gehobenen Gesellschaft der Dunklen Häfen; und Tegan, ein wilder, rauer Krieger, der als gewissenlos betrachtet wird. Dennoch haben sie eine Verbindung und können einander verstehen, die Verluste, die beide erfahren haben, ihre Leben und ihre Persönlichkeiten veränderten. Natürlich gibt es auch in Geschöpf der Finsternis eine starke emotionale und sexuelle Bindung zwischen den beiden Hauptprotagonisten, auf welche Lara Adrian großartig aufbaut.

Bisher bauen die Bände der Reihe sehr gut aufeinander auf. Lara Adrian hat eine interessante Welt in der Urban Fantasy erschaffen. Die Idee, dass Vampire die Nachkommen der außerirdischen Rasse sind, welche vor Jahrtausenden auf die Erde kamen, in einen blutrünstigen Amoklauf ausbrachen und sich mit besonderen Menschenfrauen fortpflanzen konnten, begeistert mich. Es macht wirklich Spaß, mit jedem neuen Band tiefer in die Handlung abzutauchen.

Neben den Emotionen und der Erotik kommt aber auch die Action nicht zu kurz. Die Kämpfe der Krieger sind intensiv und gewalttätig. Es besteht immer die Möglichkeit, dass einer von ihnen schwer verwundet oder sogar sterben könnte. Für alle Beteiligten steht sehr viel auf dem Spiel und man hält beim Lesen regelrecht den Atem an und hofft inständig, dass sich alles zum Guten wendet. Der Bösewicht Marek ist ein völlig verabscheuungswürdiger, moralisch abgebrannter Scheißkerl, bei dem man sich als LeserIn wünscht, dass er bald sein Schicksal durch den Orden erfährt.

Wie auch in den vorangegangenen Bänden, schließt dieses Buch mit einem Handlungsstrang ab, lässt aber weitere geheimnisvolle böse Machenschaften offen mit denen sich die Ordenskrieger zukünftig befassen müssen. Ich bin schon gespannt, wie es mit den anderen Charakteren (Rio, Sterling Chase, und Niko) weitergeht und welche Stammesgefärtinnen die Autorin für sie in petto hat.

Mit den neu rekrutierten Waffenbrüdern Kade und Brock schafft es Lara Adrian ethnische Vielfalt in die Reihe einfließen zu lassen, was ich bei anderen Reihen dieser Art oft schmerzlich vermisse.

Fazit

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Geschöpf der Finsternis konnte mich mit jeder Seite mitnehmen. Über den Schreibstil muss hier nicht mehr viel gesagt werden, denn der war wie immer tadellos und lies mich nur so durch die Seiten fliegen. Tegan und Elise sind ein schönes Paar, die gegenseitig ihre Mauern einreißen konnten und ich bin gespannt, wie beiden in den Folgebänden als Nebencharaktere noch auftreten werden.

Geschöpf der Finsternis ♦ Lara Adrian auf The Art of Reading. ( )
  RoXXieSiXX | May 20, 2024 |
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Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
5 solid stars

Can't think of anything to change from my previous review.
Although I think I enjoyed reading it even more this time around.

Review from March 2016
6 No 7 STARS!!
Exquisitely well written. Be prepared, because you will not be able to stop reading. I find it amazing that each book in this series gets better than the one before it. You will feel completely connected to Tegan and Elise. The world building of The Midnight Breed advances in its complexity, all the characters development increase in growth. The 'Order' takes on new recruits improving their numbers to fight the Rogues, the suspense and danger accelerates and intensifies. The Non-stop action will keep you reading till your eyes go bleary and roll up into your head. I am tingling with anticipation for what Book #4 has in store. ( )
  bodebeabay | Sep 25, 2022 |
I’ve been reading these a bit out of order as the library doesn’t always have them when I’m ready to read them, but now I’m to book three, Elise and Tegan! This was a fun one. Both Elise and Tegan are scarred by the past and the loss of people they loved—mates, and also in Elise’s case, the fresh loss of her son. She’s out for revenge and is hunting rogue vampires and minions on the streets. (Elise was awesome!) Both of them also have psychic abilities, which was an interesting twist. Each of the characters in the series have some sort of special ability, so it’s always fun to see how that impacts them. In this case, it’s rather torturing Elise as she can’t shut out the thoughts of those around her. This got rather steamy when in order to hunt rogues, Elise was forced to drink from Tegan. We can all guess where things went next. I really enjoyed the world building in this one, particularly seeing the Darkhaven in Berlin and the further development on vampires who have gone rogue.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
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  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
Midnight Awakening is the third book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. This is Tegan and Elise’s story, a romance that was teased in the previous book of the series, Kiss of Crimson. This book begins four months after their initial meeting, and Elise, who recently lost her son after he got hooked on Crimson and went Rogue, has vowed to stop the drug trade and take out those responsible for her son’s death. Unknown to everyone else, she’s left her Darkhaven and is living in a low rent apartment among the humans, hunting down Rogues and Minions, but being so close to that many people, as well as using her gift to track Minions is taking a major toll on her psyche. One night, while on patrol, Tegan rescues her from a group of Rogues, and when he discovers what she’s been up to, he tries unsuccessfully to talk some sense into her, while she tries equally unsuccessfully to persuade him that she could be valuable to the Order. It’s not until she retrieves an ancient journal that Marek, the leader of the Rogues, desperately wants and they’re attacked by Rogues again that Tegan realizes how valuable she could be and takes her under the protection of the Order. The journal proves to be a mystery that leads them to Berlin, where they face new dangers as they get closer to the truth that it contains, something that will change everything in the war between the Order and the Rogues. Along the way, passion flares between Tegan and Elise, and although Tegan believes he’s meant to be alone, it isn’t long before he realizes he cannot live without Elise. But Marek and the ancient secrets held in the tome may lead to the demise of them all.

Tegan is the lone wolf of the Order and one of only three Gen One Breeds known to still exist. Centuries ago, he lost his beloved Breedmate after she was kidnapped, tortured, and returned to him a Minion. Ever since, Tegan has blamed himself for not doing a better job of protecting her and has consigned himself to being alone. Four months earlier, after the death of Elise’s son, he shared a moment of connection with her over their common grief, and although he’s tried to push her out of his mind, he hasn’t really been able to stop thinking of her since. When he finds her in an alley being attacked by Rogues, he doesn’t hesitate to jump into action to save her, but he tries to tell himself that what she’s doing is none of his business. When she brings him the journal and the Rogues attack again, he has no choice but to take her to the Order’s compound for her protection. However, he has no intention of getting any closer to her until she insists upon using her Darkhaven connections to help the Order gain access to the person they need to speak with in Berlin. When Elise comes to him, asking for a no-strings blood exchange to strengthen her for the trip, she proves to be too much of a temptation to resist. But Tegan still fights his feelings until he realizes that it’s too late and he’s already fallen in love with her. In the beginning, Tegan can be a bit of jerk, which is something I don’t really like in my romance heroes, although in this case, a part of me understood it was his own method of self-preservation. He also mostly gets a pass, because even though the words that come out of his mouth can be cruel, he always treats Elise gently. Even still, he blows hot and cold so many times, that he was starting to irritate me a bit, but once he gave in to his feelings, he became a much more relatable and admirable hero.

Elise is a Breedmate, one of the human women who make compatible mates for Breed males. She has lived a rather sheltered existence, being raised in a Darkhaven since infancy. She was mated to a high-ranking Darkhaven official who died five years earlier. Then four months ago, her only son succumbed to the scourge of Crimson and turned Rogue, also dying. After losing him, she vowed to make sure his death wasn’t in vain, so she’s been hunting down Rogues and Minions one at a time ever since. However, living in the human world so close to the dregs of humanity has made it difficult to keep her psychic gift for reading minds under control and the warped malevolence of Minions causes her extreme pain. It’s when one of her migraines is coming on that Tegan finds her, and not only saves her life, but also uses his own psychic powers to ease her suffering. He isn’t convinced, though, that she can be any use to the Order until she brings him the journal. Once they’re at the Order’s compound, she insists upon using her late husband’s connections to help them gain access to a Rogue who’s being held in an Enforcement containment facility. However, weak from five years without Breed blood to nourish her, she knows she’ll need sustenance to avoid being a liability on their trip. She reluctantly asks Tegan to supply what she needs, thinking that he won’t want any strings attached, but ultimately she couldn’t have been more wrong. Their chemistry proves to be off the charts, and although he’s not easy to win over, eventually Tegan admits he’s come to love her as much as she loves him. Elise is a strong heroine to survive all the loss she’s been through and I admired her grit and determination to take out Marek and the Rogues. Her stubbornness also serves her well in helping the Order and in winning over Tegan.

With the Midnight Breeds being a long-running series, there are lots of significant supporting characters in Midnight Awakening. Lucan (Kiss of Midnight), the Order’s leader, and his Breedmate, Gabrielle, appear with Lucan saving the day at the end. Gideon (A Touch of Midnight) puts his tech skills to good use, while his mate, Savannah, uses her psychic gift to read the history of an important object, helping to unravel a mystery. Dante and Tess (Kiss of Crimson) appear, with Dante leading a dangerous mission and Tess putting her healing skills to use. Rio who was badly injured in the first book is slowly healing with Tess’s help and is well enough by the end to accompany Dante’s on his mission. He also becomes the hero of the next book of the series, Midnight Rising. Nikolai (Veil of Midnight), Brock (Taken by Midnight), and Kade (Shades of Midnight), the remaining members of the Order, also go on the mission with Dante. We’re introduced to Andreas Reichen, the leader of the Berlin Darkhaven cell, a charmer who proves invaluable to Tegan and Elise while they’re there. I was drawn to him and hoped he might become a future hero, so I was pleased to see that he does indeed get his story told in Ashes of Midnight. I was also happy to see that Elise’s brother-in-law, Sterling Chase, has befriended Dante and also joined the Order, and although he still obviously has feelings for Elise, he doesn’t stand in the way of her getting together with Tegan. He becomes the hero of the book, Darker After Midnight.

Overall, Midnight Awakening was another excellent read in this series. I admired Elise’s strength and determination. In spite of her genteel upbringing, she doesn’t shy away from the messier side of life, and although members of the Darkhavens generally view the Order as savages, she manages to see the humanity in Tegan. Initially Tegan is a somewhat uneven character as he fights his feelings for Elise, but once he gives in, I started to like him a lot more and thought that he was a really good hero. The two balance each other out well and make a great couple. The mystery surrounding the journal was extremely well done, revealing some important things that are not to be missed for fans of the series. I was actually a bit surprised by the ending and very much look forward to seeing where things go from here. Besides Tegan irritating me a bit with his sometimes cruel words and with his back-and-forth, hot-and-cold streak, the only other thing that made me drop the half star is that two characters end up dosed with Crimson and yet inexplicably come out totally fine. Maybe I’m misremembering how Crimson works, but I do know that it’s an extremely dangerous drug that has turned many Breeds into Rogues. So I felt like a better explanation of this would have been helpful. Otherwise, this was a near-perfect read that, along with the first two books of the series, has earned Lara Adrian a spot on my favorite authors list and leaves me quite eager to pick up the next book soon. ( )
  mom2lnb | Nov 14, 2021 |
4.5 stars!
An interesting mystery and plot, two well developed heroes and a tormented romance.
Bravo, Lara! ( )
  Sara_Lucario | Oct 19, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Literature. With a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase prowls Boston's streets in search of retribution against the Rogue vampires who took from her everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. She must learn to harness this gift, and for that she can turn to only one man: the deadliest of the Breed warriors, Tegan. No stranger to loss, Tegan knows Elise's pain. He knows fury, but when he slays his enemies it is with ice in his veins. He is perfect in his self-control, until Elise seeks his aid in her personal war. An unholy alliance is forged-a bond that will link them by blood and vow-and plunge them into a tempest of danger, desire, and the darkest passions of the heart.

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In book three of the Midnight Breed series, Darkhaven beauty Elise Chase roams the streets of Boston with a dagger in her hand and vengeance on her mind, determined to retaliate against the rogue vampires who robbed her of everything she cherished. Using an extraordinary psychic gift, she tracks her prey, even though she's well aware that the power she possesses is destroying her. Desperate to gain better control of her abilities, she seeks the help of stone-cold Tegan, the deadliest of the Breed warriors. He’s no stranger to pain and rage, and agrees to help her. But an unholy alliance is about to be formed—one that could plunge them into a tempest of danger and desire, and may even melt Tegan’s icy soul. Explicit sex.
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