"Talk about an ending!"
Once again, we're back with Team Limpett. This time around,
the team is really broken and shattered. Kiko is still
fighting his addiction to pain pills. Breisi was murdered
and is now a Friend and Dawn is still trying to cope with
what happened when her mother kidnapped her. Right now, she
doesn't know who to trust, Jonah—aka The Voice—or Matt
Lonigan—her love interest—also a vampire hunter. The
Friends are disappearing one by one and the worst thing,
Dawn knows her mother has changed Frank into a vampire, for
Eva took Frank after Breisi was killed. When Kiko starts
his withdrawal shakes, the Friends put him to sleep. Now
totally at loose ends and unable to sleep, Dawn decides
she's had enough and is going to learn everything she can.
To begin, she summons Breisi. When she ends up in the "fire
woman's" portrait, Dawn does indeed learn something new.
She learns that all of the Friends were once vampire
hunters working with Jonah. The most important thing Dawn
learns is that she can command the Friends. She also
becomes jealous when she realizes all the Friends are
female, because she realizes he has "had" all these women.
Now she's more determined than ever to find out exactly
what Jonah is and so off she goes to find him. And so she
learns both Jonah's and Costin's stories. Jonah is nothing
more than a wealthy man whose body Costin inhabits. For,
you see, Costin was once a seer who became a vampire. The
Dragon—as their leader is called—turned him and his best
friend, Benedikte. However, Costin is incensed with Dawn
for invading his privacy and tells her to leave. The only
place Dawn can think of to go is to Matt's. On the way
there, she sees Eva in the middle of the road and ends up
running her car into a tree.
During all this Benedikte is not simply sitting on his
laurels. Oh no, he and his second-in-command, Sorrin, are
preparing the Underground for an attack. Sorrin has created
ever more vicious guards and everyone is training for a
major fight. In the middle of this, Eva overfeeds Frank and
he escapes. Due to the Master's infatuation with her, Eva
has managed to talk her way out of all the problems she
created with Frank and Dawn and Breisi. Now that he knows
he will never have a chance with Eva because of Frank,
Benedikte has transferred his obsession to her daughter—
Dawn—and will do whatever it takes to bring her to the
Underground and make her his.
Will Benedikte manage to get Dawn to the Underground? Is
Costin simply using Dawn again? Who can Dawn trust? What
will Costin do when he discovers the Master of this
Underground is none other than his good friend Benedikte?
Will there be a showdown between the two? And who will get
caught in the middle of it? Will Dawn really be the "key"
to defeating Benedikte as Kiko predicted?
BREAK OF DAWN: VAMPIRE BABYLON BOOK 3 is a fantastic end to
this trilogy. Once again, Chris Marie Green takes us on an
emotion-filled roller coaster of a ride, jam-packed with
discoveries, betrayals and madness. At every new
development in this story, I felt for Dawn as she was
either frustrated with not finding out the truth, or
betrayed yet again by someone who should never betray her—
from her mother, to Jonas/Costin, Matt Lonigan and even
Breisi. We learn Costin's entire story in this book, along
with how he came to have the Friends and what they are. And
the ending—well, what can I say other than totally not what
I expected. This is a story that will leave you guessing
right up until the very end. This is one of the best series
I have read in quite some time. And even though this is the
last of the trilogy, I was very excited to find out there
will be another one starting in March of 2009. Very highly
recommended series, very highly.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted August 19, 2008
The vampires of Hollywood are back for the conclusion of this “gritty [and] dark”(Best Reviews) trilogy.Hollywood can really suck…After facing off against the lethal Vampire Killer, Hollywood stuntwoman Dawn Madison and her friends are reeling. But for Dawn, the pain is much more personal. She’s learned more about her missing father and long-dead mother than she ever wanted to, and her conflicted feelings about both her enigmatic, never-seen boss, Jonah, and P.I. Matt Lonigan are only making things worse.To save her father Dawn must enter the Vampire Underground, where she will encounter an unthinkable betrayal, and where the question of who is truly good and who is truly evil will become a matter of life, death—and undeath…