Saturday, January 14, 2012

Daybreak by Ellen Connor

Title:  Daybreak
Author: Ellen Connor
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: - Dark Age Dawning #3
Main Characters: Pen & Tru
Release Date: December 2011
Publisher: Berkley
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Third in a stunning post-apocalyptic paranormal romance trilogy.
It's been twelve years since the Change, and Penelope Sheehan is one of the few still practicing magic for the good of humanity in this dark, dangerous world. But she needs the help of a shapeshifter named Tru, whom she knew when he was a troubled boy. But Tru is a creature of instinct and impulse, living only to satisfy his senses- ignoring the scarred heart nobody has ever reached. Fighting alongside the last holdouts of humanity, they will unleash a passion that tempts them to risk everything for love. But if they succeed, Tru and Pen hold the power to brighten the Dark Age for all time.

My Review:

This is the final book in the post-apocalyptic series by the writing team of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. This has been a wonderful series of books (here are the link to my reviews for Nightfall and Midnight) and I was NOT disappointed by this final book. In this book, we revisit Tru and Penny (now Pen) twelve years after they first appeared in Nightfall at the ages of 15 and 9 respectively (if I am remembering correctly.) They haven't seen each other in years. It is just a matter of fate that throws them in one another's path and unfortunately the years apart have been harsh for both of these people.

There is a certain fatalistic approach to how both of them live their lives. This new world is such a harsh one and as it stands at the beginning of the book, neither one of them honestly has a reason to live. They are simply surviving. It's such a harsh reality for the sweet kids that we got to know in book #1. Tru has been devastated by caring before and when Pen's mother died right after the change she forgot how to care in self-defense. It is easier and safer not to care for each of them. That is why this is such a beautiful love story. As they learn to open themselves up to each other, you can't help but cheer and hope for them.

Even the name of the novel, Daybreak, shows a new hope as they help this new world transition into one worth living in. And that is what this book is about. It's about establishing a new society about the whole rather than the individual as they emerge from the horror of the last twelve years. Pen and Tru are instrumental in that change.

Overall, this is a very serious novel, but there are wonderful moments of brevity provided by Tru's inner-lion who honestly feels that Tru would be better off with a pride of six women to serve him. LOL! I really loved those little internal talks between the two of them! It was fun to see that little bit of humor added into the story.

Like I said, this was the perfect ending to this series. I know that this is supposed to be the end, but I am really hoping that someday we will see a short novella about the people that the three books focused on finding each other again. Each book is completely a stand-alone novel, but all the characters started out in this crazy journey together. It would be nice to see some sort of reunion among them.


Ally said...

Great review!
I really loved the first book but I'm really not sure about reading the second book! Think I could just skip it? Or will I miss important stuff?

Aurian said...

Nice review!

Christi Snow said...

Ally, you absolutely can skip book 2. The two stories don't interact at all. Although I have to mention that I was never a big fan of Chris' and was surprised at how much I enjoyed his book. But definitely read this one, regardless. smiles...

MichelleK Canada said...

I had on my TBR list but perhaps I need to move it up to sooner. Great review.

MichelleKCanada @AnotherLookBook

Julie said...

Le sigh... I wanted to love book one but I just didn't. The world was too dark for me. I know...weird, right. lol But this couple I wanted to know more about since book one. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Nice review :)