I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nightwalker by Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The World of Nightwalkers,
Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 25th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, General
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the final chapter in the Nightwalkers saga!
As the momentous showdown with a powerful demon unfolds, a passionate encounter breaks the ultimate taboo. Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world.
To atone for this grievous error, Kamen accepts an urgent mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. If he fails, all will be lost. And no tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch.
Kamen makes first contact with a stunning, ghostly pale beauty named Geneviève. Part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption—and for connection. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. Soon his lips are pressed against hers, sending Viève into fits of desire and forging a bond that breaches the divide between them. Now they must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast—for Apep is ready for war.
When I requested this book from NetGalley, I wasn’t aware that it was the fifth book in a series that was spun-off another series with five books written. Having said that, it took me a while to get into the story. Author Jacquelyn Frank does get the reader up to speed about what creatures exist in this universe, their powers, and the politics at play, but the book was obviously written thinking readers would read the series in order. Once I was caught up on what was going on, and who the players were, the story moved at a pretty decent pace.
Kamen and Viève make a great couple, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. While they are different in many ways, they also have a lot of similarities. In a nutshell, they seem like the perfect couple. This made their relationship and the pace it developed seem reasonable to me. Though it took me a while to figure out what was going on, I kind of appreciated how I hadn’t read the other books, because I was able to form my own opinion about Kamen based on his actions in this book alone. According to the synopsis, Kamen had done something bad that he felt he needed to atone for, and had I read the other books I may have viewed him as many of the characters in the book did.
This is the final book of the series. The time when the heroes gather to battle the big bad that’s been plaguing them. Yet, I felt that the big battle was very short and underwhelming. The entire book built up this final showdown like it was going to be a major event, but I feel there were other events in the novel that were dealt with more seriously. View Spoiler »Not having read the other books, I’m not sure how much this battle with Apep was built up, but if it was built up in the other books like in this one then I would have been disappointed as a fan. It almost seemed like Apep was defeated in only 2 pages. « Hide SpoilerI also found the villain to be a bit silly, and didn’t feel like he/she was a threat.
Do I Recommend?
I’m not sure. I enjoyed reading Nightwalker, but I don’t have any immediate plans to go back and read the series from the beginning. Maybe one day. My ambivalence could be due solely from reading the finale first, but I sort of feel like there was just too much going on in one story. I’ve checked on Frank’s website, and she does recommend reading series in a particular order. So there you go! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While it took me a spell to get into it, once I did I found it hard to put down. The characters were interesting and complex. Except for the villain. Apep was too childlike to feel threatening. Meh!