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Dawn of Darkness by Daniel A. Kaine

12353556Title: Dawn of Darkness (Daeva, Book 1)
Author: Daniel A. Kaine
Published: October 20, 2011
Pages: 290
Publisher: Daniel A. Kaine
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Mikhail lives in a world on the brink. Humanity is slowly being eradicated by vampires and their only hope are the Daevas–humans with special psychic abilities. Mikhail, upon discovering he is a Daeva, is sent to a military academy to train with others of his kind. The Daeva armies hope to bring down the vampires and the threat the pose to continued existence on the planet. But neither Mikhail or anyone else on his team have ever seen a vampire; they have only the information they’ve been given as a source. And when Mikhail is on a mission and encounters one for the first time, he finds that he suddenly has more questions than answers.

Anyone who has followed my reviews will know that I am a huge fan of the post-apocalyptic dystopian theme–sometimes I can’t get enough of it. And that’s precisely why I picked up this title. It’s engaging and certainly has me wondering what’s going to happen in the rest of the series. The reason it didn’t pull a higher rating from me was that I felt it was incomplete. I know it’s part of a series and the rest of the story is yet to come, but on its own there just wasn’t enough here. The characters and relationships don’t get enough time to really pull someone in to be truly invested in it. Some more background might have helped with that, but it is what it is. The action of the story that comes later is active enough to make up for it in some ways.