Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen
Date Read: June 3rd 2008
Genre: PNR, Romance
The exciting debut of a new paranormal romance series
As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she'd be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions...
Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn't made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time
Series: Nightkeepers #1
UPDATED ON 3/3/13 (ReRead)
Read for fun (paperback/kindle)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
UPDATED thoughts: I mostly agree with my original assessment of the story but felt the first half was an easier read the 2nd time through. The initial sex still happened way too soon and the romance wasn’t as prevalent as I would have liked. I do think it did a good job of setting up the series though. I am excited to see where the series goes. The series is complete now and I have all of them. I expect that I will be burning through them pretty quickly!
Original Review May 10, 2010
My review of this book is going to be 2-fold.
What I loved: The story was unique. The characters were well thought out and executed. The action was intense. The amount of research and thought put into creating a history for this book and tying it to real history was amazing. The fact that at the end I couldn’t wait for the second book, tells you just how much I enjoyed it. The author is a very good writer and storyteller.
What took a bit to warm up too: The main couple but mainly because at first it felt a little rushed.
What was confusing (and almost made me rate the book a 3): In the beginning, I had to read the first chapters 3 times. Now I have had this problem with Fantasy novels–Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time being a good example–trying to keep who is who straight. Is that the author’s fault, no, so I don’t hold it against them. There is a 2nd time in the book where a whole bunch of characters are thrown at you and it takes a bit to get them all straight. She does an excellent job of detailing them out just enough but this is one of those books where a companion would be great for a reader like me.
Overall: I am glad that this is a series! I really enjoyed the first book and already have the other 3 that have come out to follow up. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a little bit of supernatural fantasy with their history.
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