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Friday, February 5, 2010

Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

Series: Dark Days, book 1

Genre: Urban fantasy

Copyright: 2008

Pages: 384

Rating: 3.5/5

For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker -- an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed...and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt or be hunted.

But in a dimension just beyond the worlds boundaries, a banished race stirs dangerously, hungry for power, for domination, for vengeance. Already a protective seal has been breached: already blood flows like a river through the world's great cities.
And only the collaboration of two sworn enemies can save humankind...and its ferel brethern.

This is urban fantasy that had me pleasantly surprised. It is not just the eternal struggle between the vampires and the hunters. There are darker beings in this book, and my attention was caught.

Mira is a vampire, living in the US, away from the Coven and the vampire Elders. She holds the peace in her territory, and the thing about her is that she can create fire. A strange thing since that can kill vampires, and no other nightwalker has ever held this power. She is different. Then there is Danaus, the strange hunter that has been stalking her, and who would love to kill her. The chemistry between them is there, but it's being held back. Since he think all vampires are bloodthirsty monsters, and since she knows he would love to stake her. I can only imagine that the tension will continue to build, and it did make me want to read more.

There is also some werewolves in this book, and warlocks, so magic and strange things are out there, but humans do not know. And then we come to my favorite part of this book, the strange Naturi, those we call elves and pixies, of course they are nothing like that and they want to kill all humans and nightwalkers. There is also a even darker force, but those are not mentioned more than by word. But it is this rich history and mythology that makes this book great, ad which holds my attention. Drake has done well with creating a world that echo of long lost myths, and darkness hidden in shadows.

It is an easy book, not that much romance, but enough to tempt me that there might be more. Some fights, but in a way not too much action. It is hard to explain, there is action, of course, but at the same time there is this other tone in the book. About understanding, magic, and even older forces that keep us in place.

This was great Urban fantasy, and I want to read more about Mira, and the troubles she is facing as the Naturi wants to come back into the world. And who said it was easy to co-exist with your fellow nightwalkers either. It will keep you on your edge, and I do recommend this book to fellow UF fans out there. Mira is worth the chance, and I liked her at once.

Lady in Waiting

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Teddyree said...

Sounds like a bit of everything in this one. Nice review, I'll keep my eye out for it :-)

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Teddyree,
Oh yes it was sure a lovely mix, and I am so glad I have book 2 at hand

Cecile said...

Hey Blodeuedd!!
I will have to keep my eyes open for this one. This sounds very interesting. I love your reviews! You did a great job!
Hope all is well!

Nina said...

I like the sound of this book and what an awesome power she has. Even though there's not much romance, it's the first book. I will wait for your review for the second book and then I will decide if i am going to read it. Thanks for the great review.

Chris said...

*adds to length TBR list*

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Cecile
Thanks for stopping by :D
Oh Dottie loves these books and she got to me, lol. And for that I am glad.
Have a great weekend!

I do think there will be some romance later on cos those two have something going on.
Oh yes, she has such a cool power, I do like her.

Chris ;)
Hehe, I am so evil

Sassy Brit said...

Hi there!

I enjoyed your review. Sounds like just the ticket for me! :)

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend, Blodeuedd

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

A thoughtful review for what sounds to be an intense novel. Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards,

Anonymous said...

I got this for the Book Blogger Holiday Swap and still haven't gotten to it... I think I need to move it up in my TBR list :)

Chèli said...

I left you an award on my blog.

Cheli's Shelves

Sharon said...

Sounds good! I'll have to go check it out!

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

This does sound like my kind of UF read. I have it in my TBR -- must read soon. Very nice review. :)

Blodeuedd said...

Thanks Sassy
I do think you could enjoy the book.
Happy weekend to you too!

Thank you for stopping by Simone, I appreciate it.

Hm, ok I am certain I wrote this post yesterday, blogger must have eaten it.

That would be a good thing to do ;)

Oh do, this was fun UF

I do think you could enjoy, I really enjoyed certain aspects

Lea said...

Nice review B!

As one of the other commenters indicated, a little something for everyone. :)

Thanks for sharing.


K said...

Great review..another one added to the growing TBR pile..

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Lea,
Yes that is sure was. Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you'll like it if you get to it

ibeeeg said...

I read the first 2 books in this series and really loved the reads. Mira is a great character! Danaus adds some great qualities to the story. However, I could not get into the third book. Maybe it was the timing for me? I am going to try the read again soon.

Blodeuedd said...

Mira is sure great :)
Not get into the 3rd, oh that sounds bad, then again all series have a bump in the middle. But it's good to know

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

I really like the sound of this book. Thanks for a great review!

Blodeuedd said...

Thanks for having me over :)