Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Nightwalker (The World of Nightwalkers #5) by Jacquelyn Frank

Book coverNightwalker (The World of Nightwalkers #5) by Jacquelyn Frank
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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 picked up this book to read, I didn't realise it was the end of the series. If you haven't read the first 4 books of the World of Nightwalkers series yet, you need to before reading this. This is the culmination of everything that has been building in the last 4 books. You don't need to read the preceding series Nightwalkers first as the world building is complete of itself, though characters from the Nightwalkers series show up later in the series, I think starting in either book 3 or 4 of this series. I didn't read the Nightwalkers series prior to starting World of Nightwalkers. I did not feel I missed anything but I will eventually go back and read that series since everyone from that series makes an appearance in this final book. I would like to know their stories.

The main focus of this story is defeating the Imp god, Apep, to that end, the Nightwalkers work to unite all the races in order to be strong enough to confront a god. In the middle of all this is Kamen and Vieve.

Kamen was the bad guy in quite a few of the previous books and then he defects to the side of the good guys and tries to right the wrongs he's committed throughout his long lived life. There were many, many wrongs, many heinous crimes. He is burdened by his guilt and wrongdoing and has a very dim view of himself.

I felt very sorry for Kamen and Ms Frank did an amazing job of making someone who was very evil in the earlier books extremely likable and redeemable. I was on Kamen's side right from the get go and wanted him to find the forgiveness he didn't think he deserved.

Right through this story, the theme of redemption and forgiveness is strong and the one who encourages it the most is Vieve. I was not certain if I would like Vieve when I first met her since she was so timid and had such low self esteem, but I very quickly grew to like her. She was stronger and braver than she thought she was. She was loving and forgiving, and she saw the good in people, especially Kamen. She urged people to see beyond the hurts and pain of the past and look to the actions of the present, and hope for the future. Through the story, Vieve grew into a magnificent example of a woman worth being, worth loving, worth cheering for.

I'm so glad Kamen got his happy ending in this story. I don't think I have ever come across a more redeemable and more deserving bad guy turned good. He had my heart. Even his selfishness was kind and selfless. He was clearly a much better man than he gave himself credit for and I'm so glad Vieve saw that in him.

What a great conclusion to the series. I'm sad to see it end, but I'm glad it ended the way it did. Can't wait to see what Ms Frank writes next. I do enjoy her work.

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About the author

authorHi there. It's me! Again. Time to update some more. Trying to keep up with this and realizing I haven't updated this since 2012. (It's 2015 right now) I've expanded my online presence to include Facebook and Twitter, a website a blog and every other bleeping thing there is out there in the cyber world. Was finding it hard to manage all that exposure and get work done at the same time. I am writing under two names (JAX is for my steamier stuff...and yes, it does get steamier!) And I am in over half a dozen languages now! INCUDING a full line of NIGHTWALKERS audio books with the glorious narration of the superb Xe Sands. I'm thrilled with the job she did!

NIGHTWALKER, the final book in the NIGHTWALKER series has just debuted and my fingers are crossed that it will do well.

I'm still living in Asheville, NC. My kitty family has dwindled to a mere eight cats. I was fostering and...I found it so hard to trust anyone would give them a better home than me! Is that ego or arrogance or just trust issues?

Email will always be welcomed. I am a tech queen and my laptop has grown roots into my thighs. (And my bottom has grown them into my recliner). I am so thrilled about all of my books and I want to know what everyone thinks of them! I think it would be fascinating to hear what my readers would like to see happen in the Nightwalker world as the series ends. I receive emails at these days. Feel free to say hi!

If you haven't tried me, please do. I always recommend starting with JACOB. Or if you don't want to invest in a series, go for DRINK OF ME. It's a stand alone.

Hugs and Kitties,
Jacquelyn Frank

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