Book Review: The Darkest Edge of Dawn by: Kelly Gay

The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Charlie Madigan, Book 2)

Publisher: Pocket
Publish Date: 31 August 2010
Origins: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Series: Charlie Madigan Series: The Better Part of Darkness (1), The Darkest Edge of Dawn (2)

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.


Wow. I am still sitting in the aftermath of this book. I just finished it literally like five minutes ago, and I am still trying to wrap my mind around everything that happened and what it all means. There is so much going on in this book, and it's a good thing. There is the action of Charlie's cases, her own personal and physical problems, there is home life and family; just so much going on yet it all fits into the story and it all makes Charlie feel more real as a character.

Hank is hot. Ok, I had to get that out at least. He is of course a siren, so his appeal apparently works on unwitting readers as well and humans and other....things. I was pleasantly surprised when this book had some sensual scenes, they were really really steamy. Left me wanting more, as most UF sensual scenes do. I love to see how little Emma is growing up and coming into her own body and her own mind, much to her mother's dismay. I also love the giant hell hound Brim, he is pretty cool.

As I already said, there is a ton of action in this book. Charlie gets into fights with all sorts of creatures and it's pretty cool to see a strong women have some normal woman vulnerabilities. I think I like that most about this series; Charlie is a kick-ass heroine but she worries about things every other women worries about...her weight, her child, her exes, and her friends. This book is sure to please anyone who loves action and mind-blowing plot! Definitely read this series!

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  1. Not the hugest fan of Urban Fantasy, but glad this one had you speechless :)

  2. loved Hank too. this is one of the better UF books I've read too.

  3. Book 1 & 2 or next on my TBR list. I don't know why I've put this series off as long as I have; I've heard such great things about it. Thanks for the review!


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