Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book Review: Elijah, Book 3 of Nightwalker series


Book 3 of the Nightwalker series
By: Jacquelyn Frank
Published By: Zebra (December 18, 2007)
Buy it at Amazon
Source: Mass Market Paperback Owned by Reviewer
Audience: Adult

The Characters:
This series and its characters' development just keeps getting better and better. We also get introduced to a few other elements of the Nightwalker world in the previous book, Gideon (My review is here), including vampires and  lycanthropes. Enter our heroine, Siena, Queen of the Lycanthropes, whose peaceful reign is a stark contrast to her war mongering late father's. Siena is sensual, instinctual and puts her people first. She is a queen in every sense of the word, and her innate good qualities show themselves subtly, as do her not so flattering ones.

Elijah is adorable, sexy and all male. He's the Demon Warrior Captain, and known as the Butcher in Lycanthropic circles. He caught my attention from the word go. He's also very funny. An incomparable warrior, with an ego the size of Texas, his world is rocked when he stumbles into a trap set by the betrayer Ruth and her group of evil, soul sucking necromancers, in which they torture him to near death, only to be frightened off by a fearful scream of a cougar....

The Plot:
Smack dab in the midst of ultimate betrayal, ever growing danger, and tense political ties, these two are drawn together when every logical thought is screaming for them to maintain distance. Their instincts, however, draw them inexplicably together. Also been drawing together in the face of the battle between the Demons and the necromancers are every demon, lycanthrope, vampire and a few other very interesting additions to Miz Frank's world.

My Thoughts:
Oddly enough, I found myself really enjoying the battle scenes! Especially since the women participate and kick just as much ass as their male counterparts. Also oddly appealing' in what would be considered a fluff read, was the ongoing theme of overcoming racism and small minded thinking. The love scenes are hot and tender. You get to visit with the characters you've previously come to care about. I just really enjoyed this read and this seriee. You also get a peek at how truly complex and individual the author's world is. 

He is known as the Warrior Captain - a master of every weapon, a fierce soldier sworn to protect his kind. Powerful, relentless, merciless, Elijah has always won every battle he's ever taken on - until now. Ambushed by necromancers, he is left for dead only to be discovered by the woman who could very well deliver the final blow...Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen. With three centuries of warring, little more than a decade of uneasy peace has existed between the Lycanthropes and Elijah's people. Now, after a lifetime of suspicion, the warrior in Elijah is consumed with a different battle - winning Siena's heart by giving her pleasure beyond all boundaries. What starts as attraction and arousal soon burns into a passion with consequences that will echo through the ages for both their people. And as would-be enemies become inseparable lovers, another threat approaches, one with the power to destroy them all...

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