Series: The World of Nightwalkers #5
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the final chapter in the Nightwalkers saga! As the momentous showdown with a powerful demon unfolds, a passionate encounter breaks the ultimate taboo.
Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world. To atone for this grievous error, Kamen accepts an urgent mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. If he fails, all will be lost. And no tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch.
Kamen makes first contact with a stunning, ghostly pale beauty named Geneviève. Part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption—and for connection. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. Soon his lips are pressed against hers, sending Viève into fits of desire and forging a bond that breaches the divide between them. Now they must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast—for Apep is ready for war.
I actually did not realize until I was a few chapters in that this is the final installment of the series and so it took me a bit to figure out who the major players were but even without reading any of the connecting books in the series, NIGHTWALKER nicely wraps up the series and was a very enjoyable read.
Kamen has several lifetimes of wrongdoings against the other Bodywalkers to make amends for, but the most significant is his inadvertent release of a deadly god who is determined to destroy the world. To avoid this, he has to convince all other Nightwalker nations to unify in the fight to defeat the god. His partner in this plan is Geneviève. Part human, part wraith, Viève has been an outcast all her life due to the circumstances of her birth and has zero self-esteem, but this may be her chance to show how valuable she is.
As they spend time together, they find themselves drawn to each other but Kamen is so heavily weighed down by the guilt he carries that he does not believe that he deserves what Viève is offering. Viève is determined to prove that’s he worth it all and she’s very fierce in her defense of him, which is something Kamen is not used to. For Viève, being among this group is eye opening and the respect with which she is treated is very new and a boost to her self-esteem, but Kamen made all the difference. He was so tender with her and treated her like something very precious. Their successful completion of their assignment in its own way is validation of their value to the group and it was very nice seeing both of them form their own unit.
NIGHTWALKER is all about redemption. Kamen is determined to earn his redemption and does that over and over again, putting himself in danger for the good of everyone else. While there is the expected battle with and triumph of good over evil, I had more fun reading what came before that final battle – the politics, negotiations, danger and finally all nations coming together against their common enemy. I really enjoyed the world Ms. Frank created and the glimpses of the various nations and their abilities at the beginning of this book helped fill the blank spaces. However, it can be a bit overwhelming to keep track of and for anyone who has never read any of the connecting/preceding books, I’ll recommend doing that before picking up NIGHTWALKER to avoid getting confused.