Dayhunter (Dark Days Series #2)

Dayhunter - Jocelynn Drake Now that it is absolutely clear that the naturi intend to break the seal and release their queen, Mira is placed into a situation in which she must choose who to be loyal to. If that were not enough, the threat of an inter species war looms over head. Mira is being manipulated from all sides. The fact that she was made a first blood by three different vampires means that at any time, the ancients may use her for their own purposes. Each of the ancients has a different plan of attack, which makes Mira the ultimate pawn.As in Nightwalker, Mira continues to suffer from PTSD. Since this book was far more action packed however, there was less time for Mira to have any kind of self reflection. It would seem to me that because she kept having to deal with the group that originally threatened her life and caused the PTSD that should have resulted in an increase of her PTSD response, rather than a reduction. In many ways, it felt like Mira was too busy to be triggered.The Dark Days series continues to travel swiftly from location to location, and Drake takes care to give us a strong sense of each location with extremely will written descriptive language. From the smell of the air in Crete, to the food in Venice, Drake gives the reader a rich sense of culture, while reminding us that we are dealing with creatures who have experienced these locations and watched them change over centuries. Despite all who have the ability to control her, Mira continues to retain a strong sense of self. Quitting, or even compromising her morals, for the chance to save her life, is not an option she is willing to consider. Along the way, she becomes responsible for the life and well being of several characters, though she had previously sworn that she did not want a family. Mira becomes responsible for a vampire and a werewolf who are both male. Tristan is almost childlike which turns Mira into a maternal figure for him. This maternal construction is further emboldened by the continued reminder that Tristan is incapable of defending himself. In terms of gender, Tristan's role is the one often fulfilled by women and so to some degree the reversal of gender roles is appealing it does however fall short because of the fact that Mira's power is then turned maternal. It reifies the notion that despite thoughts to the contrary, that all women want to mother.Read More