Thursday, September 2, 2010

Review: The Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay (Blog Tour)

Title: The Darkest Edge of Dawn
Series: Charlie Madigan #2
Author: Kelly Gay
Publisher: Pocket
Available: Now
Number of Pages:
Reading Level: Adult

4.5 out of 5 Stars

**Spoilers for earlier books in this series below**

Description from Goodreads:

It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night. . . .

Deep beneath Underground, a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun—one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night. And under the cover of darkness, a serial killer targets the most powerful Elysians in the city, the angelic Adonai. For Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank, tracking deadly predators is all in a day’s work . . . but this case will test the limits of their strength and friendship as it draws them into a deadly world of power plays, ancient myths, explosive secrets, and a race against time that risks all that Charlie holds dear.

My thoughts:

The Darkest Edge of Dawn takes us back to Atlanta where ITF agent Charlie Madigan and her siren partner, Hank, are attempting to rid the city of the darkness that descended at the end of The Better Part of Darkness. Charlie is struggling to balance her chaotic work and home life. Then there are the powers she possesses, but can barely control. Her daughter continues to act out, her ex is still MIA while Rex the revenant resides in his body, and her sister is dependent on Ash, the drug that caused most of the drama in the first book. As if her day to day life isn’t crazy enough she also has a serial killer to hunt down.

I really enjoyed reading the newest installment in this fantastic series. I loved book one, but thought this one was even better. In The Darkest Edge of Dawn we were able to skip quite a bit of the world building details explained in book one, and delve into the action. I love Charlie’s spunk and consistently sarcastic tongue. Then there is Hank. I’m absolutely enamored by the blue eyed Elysian. We see more of him in this book which is great news for all the siren groupies (like me!). As for things between him and Charlie you don’t want to miss the turn of events in The Darkest Edge of Dawn. The author also touches on Hank’s past, and the secrets he isn’t sharing.

We do catch random glimpses of Charlie’s soft side in this book. While most of the time she is in badass ITF agent mode, when it comes to her family and friends her heart is on her sleeve. Her relationship with her daughter, Emma, is strained which leaves Charlie sad and frustrated. She can take down some of the most viscous off worlders, but when it comes to getting her tween to open up it seems hopeless. She’s really a fantastic protagonist, and a character whose head I enjoy getting inside.

I felt this book answered some of the questions left hanging after The Better Part of Darkness, but also left us with a few more. This is a great series, and one I recommend to all Urban Fantasy fans.

*Received from publisher in exchange for my review.


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