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

August 22, 2015 Review 0

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

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.

Title: Nightwalker
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Drink of Me, Bound in Darkness
Series: The World of Nightwalkers #5
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Publisher
Published: August 25th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 327
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-flames

I’m jumping into this World of Nightwalkers series at the very end instead of starting from the beginning so I’m going to try very hard to not let my lack of knowledge influence my review. However, it’s kind of difficult because for the most part I felt lost trying to follow along. Taking in the story as a whole was too confusing There are so many characters and trying to keep them straight in my mind was difficult. I ended up just shutting down and trying to forget they had a past history, absorbing Kamen and Viève’s story and the battle they had with Apep.

All the other characters aside, I enjoyed this book. At first I found it to be a bit dry. I’m not sure if the intent of all the world building in the beginning was intended to bring everybody up to speed of what’s happen so far. For someone new to the series, I found it came across as someone has told a story so many times, they have lost their enthusiasm and now was just spewing out history just to get it out of the way. I almost gave up 20% in but pushed through it until finally coming to the meat of the story, Kamen and Viève. I liked and yet was annoyed by them both at the same time. I liked them because these two deserved some happiness in their lives. Viève had been, for her entire life been crapped on by other Wraith’s because she was a half-breed Wraith. Kamen screwed the pooch playing on the bad side for so long and is trying to atone for his misdeeds. Two miserable folks finally finding love and acceptance, and coming together, even though it was pretty darn quick! And yet, these very reasons are why I found myself equally irritated. Kamen! Enough with the self-loathing. You screwed up, get over it! And Viève, you girl finally are being treated with respect. Stop acting like a kicked puppy.

Now for the story, the battle and the ending. I enjoyed the whole bringing of all the races together to battle the evil and to triumph over all. It took me a while to get Apep. He’s pregnant?! How…? What…? How…?! I did eventually get my AHA! together but until I found out the details, that made absolutely no sense. I do have to say, I did love to hate Apep. He made a great evil being with the whole ‘take over the world and kill everybody who gets in the way’ mentality. The epic battle did seem a bit deflated, however the journey all the Nightwalkers took to get there was very entertaining. I bet I would have enjoyed it even more if I had previous experiences with all the well established characters. Individually, confusion. However, I do like a variety of paranormal breeds and there was no shortage of them here.

As my first book by Jacquelyn Frank, it wasn’t half bad. I’m really looking forward to reading more of her works. I did learn the hard way this is not a series you want to jump into the middle of. The World of Nightwalkers series definitely needs to be read from the beginning because without know everything, a reader will just flounder around trying to puzzle it all together. So if you are picking up Nightwalker as your first book to read, put it down and start from the beginning. I’m positive it will be worth it.

 

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