Ashes of Midnight is the sixth in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series and as is expected continues on from the devastating events in the previous book. Therefore any newcomers to the series should not start here else you’ll be floundering.
Andreas Reichen has been a constant character ever since Tegan and Elise’s book and has been of a great help to the Order. However, his own world came to an abrupt end at the close of the last book and has been on a mission of vengeance at the opening of this book.
His personal vendetta means that his path crosses with Claire Roth, his old flame if you’ll pardon the expression. Claire hasn’t seen Andreas in thirty years ever since he left rather abruptly and she is now the estranged but still very much blood bonded mate of Wilhelm Roth, Andreas’ enemy.
This is the first time in the series where the two protagonists not only knew each other but also had a relationship so this story is more a re-kindling of their relationship with the added complexity that she is now mated and his inherited ability looks set to burn them both.
Given that we’ve witnessed what was done to him, Andreas is easy to understand because his motives are plain. Claire is also easy to like because her mate is clearly a bad guy in every sense of the word and despite not having seen Andreas in three decades, it’s clear she still cares for him deeply.
The other advantage Claire has is that by already being a breed mate, she’s obviously no stranger to the world of the breed and so the whole fraught introduction to the vampire world is instantly avoided.
Even though Andreas is not strictly part of the Order, they are not left out due to Wilhelm and his sire’s nefarious activities. In fact everyone has page time to a lesser or greater extent, even Mira, the young girl from Niko and Renata’s book.
This is another blistering entry in the series and if I only had one thing slight annoyance it’s the fact that the ultimate top bad guy always seems to have a way out. Although, given events towards the end of this book, his plans may come to a crashing end fairly soon.
To those that have already read this book, I would apologies for the puns but they were completely intentional.