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August 20, 2008

Review: Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , , , , , , — jjmachshev @ 8:15 am
Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

WOW! I just have to say WOW. I finished reading “Nightwalker” a few hours ago and I’m still having difficulty extracting myself from Jocelynn Drake’s fantasy world. This dark urban fantasy is an intricate work that’s stunningly complex, mysterious, and compelling. Once I picked it up, I just could NOT put it down. This book is not romance. There are sexual elements and a relationship which could be sexual is brewing, but like everything else in this book, it’s hard to pin down. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll try to describe why I found this book so fascinating.

Mira has been a vampire for over 600 years. They call her Fire Starter but it’s not for her wild red hair. She survived the cruelty of her making and life as a fledgling. Then she was stolen and endured acts of torture so horrific her mind has blanked them out. These ‘memories’ resurface occasionally as nightmares and she awakes screaming. But that experience has marked her and she never returned to her maker and eventually left her rescuer/healer because she refuses to be controlled by anyone. She carved out a home and existence for herself in the New World and she’s content. She doesn’t kill when she feeds. She does, however, kill anyone or anything that threatens to expose or disturb her comfortable life in Savannah. She’s also smart. So when a slayer appears in her territory, she decides to extract all the information she can about why he’s there before she kills him. She doesn’t know that this slayer is more than he seems and that his appearance in her life will herald a quest that will change everything she thought she knew about her life…and her death.

Mira fascinates me. She’s certainly no angel but she’s also not quite a demon. She’s one of the most ‘human’ supernatural creatures I’ve read about in a long time. She really just wants to safeguard the haven she’s created for herself. ‘Live and let live’ would be her motto if she bothered to have one. Her relationship with the slayer who intrudes into her territory is so complex. I still haven’t figured out exactly what he is and neither has Mira. He’s sometimes a friend, almost a love, could kill her with a thought, has saved her life several times, thinks she’s damned, and is apparently willing to go against the organization he works for to protect her! Fabulous! The secondary characters, both human and supernatural, are just as interesting and I’m hoping to read more about them in the next book. I want to know more about the shadowy organizations and groups on both sides of this battle that has been rejoined with Mira at its center. But mostly, I just want to Mira to be happy, not just satisfied and safe.

If you like your urban fantasies a bit dark, with strong sexual elements but no real ‘romance’, at least not yet, then I can’t recommend “Nightwalker” highly enough. It would be only fair for others to be sucked into Jocelynn Drake’s world as deeply as I am. I can hardly wait until May 2009 for the next release in this series titled “Dayhunter.”

Until next time…

 

Julie

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