Book Review: Nightwalker (The World of Nightwalkers Series) by Jacquelyn Frank

Posted August 25, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

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.

Book Review: Nightwalker (The World of Nightwalkers Series) by Jacquelyn FrankNightwalker by Jacquelyn Frank
Series: The World of Nightwalkers,
Published by Random House Publishing Group on August 25th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, General
Pages: 327
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 9780804181419
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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three-half-stars
four-flames

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.  

The Good…:

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.

The Bad…:

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 »I 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!

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Overall: 3.6

About Jacquelyn Frank

I am a native New Yorker, was born there and have lived a major portion of my life there. I love animals, specifically cats, to a point of insanity (I actually bought a ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ action figure from a fan with a humor shop!) I love my boys like I would honest to goodness children. I am still writing, the muse taking me all over creation. But not to fear, I feel things coming full circle and we will be in the Nightwalker world again! I’m still living in Western North Carolina, a happy Asheville resident. My foster daughter, Bianca, still visits with me at least twice a year and is very much a part of my life.

I am a former ASL interpreter, I have a degree and everything. Had to quit due to health issues conflicting with the work. If anyone tells you interpreting for the deaf is easy, tell them to hold their arms in the air and wave them around for an hour and a half straight without stopping. I’ve also done a few other things like substitute teaching, health aide, things like that, but I have wanted to be an author since I was barely into puberty. It was those sexy teen romances where the first kiss was as far as they went. Heh. I thought that was the be all and end all…then I got my hands on an introductory copy for a new series launching called Loveswept and got my first taste of sizzle. I’ve been writing it and gobbling it up ever since!

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