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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm done with this series and its repetitive nature, February 26, 2008
This review is from: Elijah (The Nightwalkers, Book 3) (Mass Market Paperback)
The third book in Jacquelyn Frank's Nightwalker series picks up shortly after Gideon (The Nightwalkers, Book 2), the second book in the series, ends. Jacob and Isabella's daughter has been born and Warrior Captain Elijah and empath Magdelegna have been names her Siddah (the demons who will foster her and help her hone her powers), though a naming ceremony hasn't yet taken place. Isabella is recovering from the vicious attack on her and her baby, led by former councilwoman turned traitor Ruth and the female necromancers with whom she's joined forces. The demons and other Nightwalkers have just scored a victory against this group though--at the beginning of Elijah--we learn how short lived this coup may be.

When Elijah starts, the traitorous females in question have captured the demon king's warrior captain and are using their magic to torture him. Elijah is near death when the women are frightened away by the piercing scream of a cougar in the distance, and the Lycanthrope Queen Siena comes to his aid. Siena retreats into a nearby cave with Elijah and nurses him back to health. Of course the attraction is there, but they both fight it--for very different reasons. For Elijah, it's that the rules of his race prohibit him from Imprinting (the demon version of mating) with a mate who isn't of his same species. For Siena, it's that she is the queen of a matriarchal society and has no wish to share her rule with a man who could bring ruin to her people. Elijah is the story of how these two try to overcome these obstacles and prove that love really does conquer all.

I have to say that I was indifferent to Jacob (The Nightwalkers, Book 1). I liked the fact that it was a paranormal story that wasn't just about vampires and werewolves. Also, despite the fact that I didn't like the hero and heroine of that book, I did enjoy the secondary characters, Gideon and Magdelegna and for that reason I was willing to read the next book in the series. But then I didn't really care for Gideon. It was like Jacob all over again, with so much plot rehashing I wondered why Frank even bothered to call this second book by another name. And once again the only reason I even bothered to read Elijah is that I really liked these characters (Elijah and Siena) when they were introduced in Gideon. So I've learned my lesson. I'm done with the Nightwalkers series. Half of each book is just a rehashing of what happened in the previous story. And the only good thing about each book is the attention given to the secondary characters who will be at the forefront of the next book.

If you want something a series of paranormal romances that are worthwhile and don't spend so much time focusing on what happened in previous books, check out Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series beginning with A Hunger Like No Other (The Immortals After Dark Series, Book 1). And if you're into paranormal that is a little off the beaten path like the Nightwalker series tries to be, check out Richelle Mead's urban fantasy series starting with Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1).
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 2, 2008 8:42:04 AM PDT
D. Donaldson says:
You mean there is suppose to be a story??!!! I loved all three books for much better reasons and I am sure most people do. If I want a story I read high epic fantasy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2008 2:07:44 PM PDT
K. Hinton says:
I'm interested to know what those "much better reasons" are...

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 8:29:58 AM PDT
D. Donaldson says:
great fantastic sex

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2009 7:06:25 PM PDT
pammur says:
If I were "indifferent" to the first book in a series, I certainly wouldn't purchase others in the series!
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