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Nightkeepers (Final Prophecy, Book 1)

by Jessica Andersen

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The apocalypse is coming on December 21, 2012 and the Nightkeepers, a race of warriors with special powers originating in the barrier between this world and the next, are the only ones who can prevent it. Detective Leah Daniels is investigating a cult dedicated to human sacrifice and cashing in on the end of the world. She is on the verge of becoming their latest victim when Strike Jaguar, the Nightkeeper prince, rescues her and the two discover that their destinies are intertwined and they must work together to save humanity.

An intense plot, strong characterization and a well-developed mythology based on the Mayan culture. Nevertheless, the story is a bit drawn out, could have had better focus and been reduced by at least 100 pages. Numerous characters, places and magical abilities are introduced which may be confusing and makes it easy to lose track of the narrative if one is not paying attention. I, for one, enjoy this type of detail and made good use of pen and paper to keep everything organized.

While the romantic leads were interesting as individuals, Leah and Strike’s relationship was lacking chemistry and had absolutely no emotional foundation or impact. They barely know each other but suddenly feel that they are soul mates. The secondary characters were more engaging. Rabbit’s teenage angst was endearing and I truly commiserated with his parental issues. In fact, his father, Red-Boar is one of the very few apparently good characters that I found myself despising. It is a sign of Ms. Andersen’s writing skill that she could evoke such emotion in this reader.

Speaking of writing, the book is obviously well-researched and the prose flows. However, I did find the language and dialogue grating at times with an overabundant use of slang and cliché, and some repetitive wording here and there.

All in all, this is a pretty good read and the series has potential. I will read the next book to see if it improves on its shortcomings. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |

I started reading this book for my local Paranormal Romance Book Club. I went into it expecting the same type of paranormal romance as all the others. I am nothing if not a fan of paranormal romance books but this one was a little different. I have not done any adult paranormal romance series reviews because normally they are kind the same thing with different characters. The hero and heroine meet during some random paranormal emergency, fall in love instantly and spend the rest of the book trying to resist those feelings for one reason or another. Most paranormal books focus more on the romance aspect and less on the paranormal parts, which makes them little more than the historical romance books most little old ladies fan themselves and swoon over. “Mercy that bodice ripper was amazing, wasn’t it Ethel?” Okay, so maybe not ONLY little old ladies read historical romances… but that is neither here nor there…

This book opens on a police detective attempting to track down the leader of a 2012 doomsday cult that her brother got roped into before he was mysteriously murdered. Leah sets out to put an end to this nasty cult before the kool-aid gets passed out and more deaths ensue. I am not 100% sure why a NARCOTICS detective is investigating HOMICIDES… but her actual job is of no relevance really…

She dreams of a mystery man (hot and steamy dreams, of course) and suddenly he appears. TAA-DAH! They have that insta-connection thing that most romance books have, but the difference is, they get down to business relatively fast THEN do the oh-no-we-can’ts as per usual. I was only in a few chapters, the characters didn’t even know each other’s names yet and already they were getting horizontal… I exclaimed a few “mercies” and fanned myself as well, Ethel, you’re not alone.

The thing that interested me the most was how much research must have gone into this book. The storyline was absolutely astounding as far as the Mayan history and the elaborate rituals and traditions of the Nightkeepers. Although I did have a few “omigawd stop with the history lesson and cure this insufferable sexual frustration!” (The characters… not me…)

I liked the fact that the book didn’t just focus on one single couple the entire time. It introduced a whole SLEW of characters who had their own little love affairs going on behind the scenes that I hope (fingers crossed!) get discussed in greater detail in the following books of the series.

Jessica Andersen you did an amazing job. I find myself writing this review in astonishment. I haven’t even written any reviews for my favorite author J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and yet here I am stand gushing over Nightkeepers. Brava, Jessica, Brava!

Review Posted on: http://www.ladybugliterature.blogspot.com ( )
  Ladybug_Literature | Aug 7, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Nightkeepers is the first book in the Final Prophecy Series by Jessica Andersen. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book despite the fact that there were some very big complaints from me as the reader.

Things I Liked:
There were a few things that I really liked about Nightkeepers. Andersen has a background in science and you can read more about her bio here. I always love it when you can see a bit of the author's personality and the way they think come out in their writing. This was very evident in her scientific logic to some of the scenes. (If A is true, then B is true, B is true , therefore A is true.) Another thing I liked was the fact that she mingled in a sports reference here and there, especially a Rangers reference being a Texan and all now. She even got in a Extreme Home Makeover reference, with the use of Ty Pennington and who doesn't like a handy man? What I liked the most was her use of Mayan history and the 2012 Prophecy. Having never had an interest in Mayan culture it was great to get a glimpse at what they believe and how their society worked. If a book makes me have to google to find out more about something, then I am obviously staying interested.

My Complaints:
First, I do not like books that cannot clearly explain all the characters and how they connect to each other. It took me quite a while to get past the beginning, but when I did I actually started to enjoy the book. Then, my momentum was put on halt around the sixth or seventh chapter with the addition of approximately ten new characters. This would not have been such a stopping point except for the fact that the only notice given that you will be getting new characters was the change in point of view. One paragraph ended in one person POV, then another paragraph started another POV within the same chapter no less. It was very annoying to me to try to keep up. To the point that I had to pull out a piece of paper and start making a chart of who belonged to who. For many people this would have been a stopping point, but I charged ahead. This is also the main reason it received a three out of five rating. My second complaint is a little petty, but I really really hate the word "Ergo." For whatever reason that word is like nails on a chalk board to me and Andersen used it seven times in the book. Yes, once I see that word I start counting how many times it shows up. She also used the phrase, "if he was an inch" too much. She is the author if the character is six feet tall we do not need to hear that they are emphatically six foot tall. My final complaint is that many scenes were overly descriptive. I do not need to know the pattern of the bed spread in excruciating detail.

Nightkeepers saving grace was that the story was interesting. Andersen kept a good pace, there were not many lulls in action. Now that all the characters are laid out and know I how they connect I believe it will make the second book in this series easier to read. A book should be able to stand alone though and shine in its own right and for this reason it did not ranking very high for me. ( )
  OBoyledBooks | Aug 16, 2011 |
Just not interesting. Probably a character thing, but I honestly don't remember. Which I guess confirms it: character thing. ( )
  lindsaydiffee | Sep 15, 2010 |
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Read Jessica Andersen's posts on the Penguin Blog.

In the first century A.D., Mayan astronomers predicted the world would end on December 21, 2012. Modern scientists say dire solar flames and magnetic fluctuations will all occur on that exact day. In these final years before the End Times, demon creatures of the Mayan underworld—The Makols—have come to earth to trigger the apocalypse. But the Chajinal, descendants of the Mayan warrior-priests, have decided to fight back.

In Nightkeepers, a Makol uses a lost rite known as The Godkeeper to call a demon to earth. During the ritual, a sky god attempts to possess the demon’s human sacrifice, a narcotics detective named Leah Ann Daniels. The rite is unsuccessful, but gives Leah magical powers, and strands the god between planes. Warned by a cryptic message from an ally, King Jaguar Striker arrives just in time to save Leah…but is exiled when he breaks Chajinal law. Leah and Striker must bond together to defeat the embodied demon and gain support of the Chajinal army—all before the next solstice, when another demon will try to pass through.

Nightkeepers combines Mayan astronomy and lore with modern, sexy characters for a gripping read. Fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy will not want to miss Jessica Andersen’s The Final Prophecy series!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:06 -0400)

Miami narcotics detective Leah Daniel never expected to become the sacrificial victim in an ancient Mayan blood ritual intended to bring a demon from the underworld, or to be rescued by Jaguar Strike, a handsome warrior-priest king, who claims that he has recognized her from his visions.… (more)

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