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  • Series: The Gatherers
  • Mass Market Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420109847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420109849
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Frank is a master of lush prose, combining beautiful fantasy with dark gothic horror and absolutely breathtaking imagery. It's Beauty and the Beast meets Phantom of the Opera---layered with dark sexual tension." ---Romantic Times --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers series, the Shadowdwellers novels, the Gatherers novels, and the Three Worlds series. She lives in North Carolina.

Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo and Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Hi there. It's me! Again. Time to update some more. I am rounding the bend into the double 4's (44 on 2/22/2012) and things are changing so fast in the writing world. 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, so I now have a full-time assistant, named Natalie. Feel free to contact her for any of your authoring, blogging, promotional requests at She's a good egg and will answer all of your questions, big or small and see to it that I get back to you in a timely manner. I am writing for three different lines (Zebra, Aphrodisia and Ballentine) and 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!

ADAM has just debuted and my fingers are crossed that it will do well. The first hints are that you all LOVE IT and HATE IT and LOVE IT and...well, that's kind of the reaction I was hoping for. ;) Hehehe. What good am I if I can't torment my readers?

I'm still living in Asheville, NC. My kitty family has swelled to *wince* TEN 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 advances. I receive emails at these days. Feel free to say hi! Natalie will see to it I get back to you in one way or another. :)

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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Stone on April 29, 2010
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I think J Frank was going for a beauty and the beast theme. Adrian is a horrible, large misshapen beast that controls nightmares in order to gather energy and send to his people. If you read Hunting Julian you will understand this, if not, you will probably be a bit lost in the beginning as Frank does not do as well a job describing what the deal is with the peopple Beneath.Kathryn is the woman whose nightmares that Adrian has become obsessed with. Poor Kathryn is basically a slave in her home taking care of her family home in Australia, caring for her sister and her recently ill father. She is so worn that her dreams are susceptible to Adrian giving her nightmares. Horrible, deformed Adrian has been consumed by the nightmares he is constantly absorbing and thus his physical and mental deteriation. One day he gets the bright idea to kidnap Kathryn and add her to his museum of beautiful things that he collects.

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Sooo, maybe I didnt fully enjoy this because of the fairy tale aspect. Frank relied heavily on this as part of the plot line for most of the book leaving me wandering whats up with the Beneath, the energy starved villagers and the blind Amplii/council people. We are in Adrian's castle so none of that is shown and I was thrown since I expected a story with more detail and interest featuring a Gatherer. This story also has some weak spots such as every time Kathryn touches Adrian, her innate goodness causes him pain. The pain we later realize is Adrian being healed from the nightmares. Every day he returns more and more to his own handsome appeal and normal physique. Of course, Adrians very own Igor sidekick does not like this and tries several times to harm her. At this point, I want to throw the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Wynde on May 13, 2010
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I will gripe on Stealing Kathryn and state that if you have not read Hunting Julian, you really need to before reading the second book in the series. There are a lot of concepts that are just plain out there/weird to deal with and are not explained very well at all in the second book.

Also, this is a series about not just a completely different culture, but a completely different reality from Earth even thought its world and Earth are connected dimensions. Completely different Ethics and Morality from an Earth standpoint. This society essentially survives by "harvesting" emotions from other cultures -- Earth's in particular. They are Psychic Vampires. They even "feed" from mated pairs in their own society -- their legendary Kindra/soul mate relationship -- which I take it by book two of the series is going to be the theme for each book, that of each character finding his/her soul mate. I am seeing that the potential HEA for the series could be positive in that if enough harvester/gatherer characters -- which Julian and Adrian are -- find their soul mates, the resultant energy surplus would make their current predatory gatherer roles obsolete. A "win-win" from the point of view of us hapless Earthlings having our emotions siphoned off and transferred to this other dimension!

I loved Jacquelyn Frank's first series and the related Shadowdweller series. This new Gatherers series is a completely different direction. I enjoyed reading the two books, I get where Adrian had more than a personality change but also a complete physical change because of his particular Gatherer task to harvest nightmares. I found the heroine not so enjoyable as the heroine in the first book in this series, let alone her heroines in her first two series.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2010
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I've enjoyed all of Jacquelyn Frank's books so far, but I just can't get into this book. The writing in this book seems forced and overly complicated. Sometimes it's simply not enjoyable to read because it seemed like the author was watching a period piece and trying to inject that language in random parts of the book. The story seems somewhat forced as well. I really enjoyed the author's previous books and I hope that the next book flows more naturally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2010
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I cannot pick my favorite part of the book because I loved it all. There was not a moment throughout the whole book that I wanted to put it down. I loved this book better than some of the other ones. Asia in Hunting Julian was getting on my nerves halfway through the book. I read this book in two days. And that is amazing because I was moving. I had a hard time reading the prolo but then after the first chapter I was hooked. I had a feeling what was going to happen so I had to keep reading until it happened. I love the new spin on the old beauty and the beast story. I have read other books were the protagonist is mean and cranky and then he meets a woman who changes his outlook and therefore his personality. This stuff does not happen in real life but neither do vampires and werewolves exist in real life so we shouldn't be looking for real life in a fantasy book. I cannot wait for the next book in the series so I can check up on those two. I also want to know what happens to some of the secondary charaters.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 30, 2010
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Adrian serves as a middle man who steals dark energy from the nightmares people suffer and delivers if to his masters. However he has paid a high price for his servitude as the once handsome hunk has been converted into a beast due to the dark forces he absorbs.

Known through history as Sandman, Morpheus and other aliases, Adrian visits Kathryn intent on doing his job, but finds he needs much more from her. Obsessed with owning her, he abducts her to add to his bounty inside his castle. Shocking him, Kathryn is repulsed by the creature that kidnapped her. Shocking her, she is actually attracted to the fiend although she abhors being his prisoner. Still with his sister explaining who he is, she begins to see the diminishing flicker of light that still glimmers inside his heart and plans to make it shine with love.

Stealing Kathryn is a terrific dark romantic fantasy starring a fascinating villain and the female who redeems his soul. Although Adrian is an intriguing energy collector, Kathryn's seeming flightiness makes the tale as she falls in love, but her doubts about her beloved's redemption lead her bouncing back and forth between flight (from him) and fight (for him). Jacquelyn Frank's second Gatherers' novel (see Hunting Julian) is a wonderful character driven tale.

Harriet Klausner
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