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3.0 out of 5 starsInteresting but too many fight scenes
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2017
Boy the reviews of this r kind of all over the place. I didn't find it that bad and actually found the analogy from drinking blood to eating meat an interesting concept. SPOILERS: Here is the thing that got this 3 stars instead of higher for me...If she is that powerful then let her be powerful. So many times the author will give the protagonist all this power and then boom! nothing. When she first comes upon Danaus it is made clear that she has total power over him and believes completely that she can destroy him but then she comes close to death so many times it gets redundant. I kind of liked her place as protector and her belief that she could protect 'her people' from this knew threat. But the author made her just a vulnerable as everyone else. I was surprised by what she turned out to be in the end, didn't see that coming and I really started to hate the ancients bc of the power they exerted over her. So, in the end I skimmed over a lot of the fight scenes bc they became so repetitive but for the most part it was interesting how she interjected her beliefs upon others. I've not seen that done in a book of this genre before. Hmmmm not sure if I am going forward with this series though, the fight scenes were exhausting.
The writing is quite stylish but very very faulty, envision a bad vampire-noir flick of sorts or perhaps Underworld #3 in words. The charachters are flat, one-dimensional. The scenery is black and blue in shades of gray, you have black pants made of leather and a heroine who is 600 years old and "stalks" between places on high heels and "orders" and "commands" and everyone always does as she says, without question or seeming thought.
Our heroine has a sidekick, a man who is central to the story, who is 1800 years old and who hardly says two words and who is so immensely powerful that no words can describe it and who follows our heroine from scene to scene seemingly like a lost puppy, without quite knowing why (possibly he follows her simply because he is central to the story).
Vampires in this book have such immense powers that they can sense each other in a city the size of London. The scan the entire city "with their power" pretty much like a pulsing radar would (I imagine), and (due to a street map implant perhaps?) they know the geopgraphic location of anyone they sense, down to which floor they are on and which room they are in.
But this book raises interesting questions about what is evil. The puppy is a vampire hunter who hunts vampires "because they kill". That is his reason and those are his words. And our heroine, the "first blood" vampire and former human being, only shrugs and replies: "So do humans". And we are left with questions such as: Does drinking the blood of your victim (as vampire) make you more evil than eating the meat of your victim (as human)?
But, unless you are doing a thesis on the different vampire worlds and the different species in them, this book is not recommended.
4.0 out of 5 starsRefeshing take on a vampire protagonist
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2012
There are some books that you fall in love with instantly, and others it takes you a while to fall for. It's like love at first sight vs. love that grows slowly over time. Nightwalker is the latter sort of love. I knew I'd enjoy the book after reading the first three chapters. But I thought it would be a shallower sort of read - with bad ass characters raising. I didn't expect to be emotionally entangled by the story. I didn't expect to love it. But love it I did. By the end of Nightwalker, I was enthralled, and reading further into the series only drew me in more.
What makes Nightwalker unique is the main character. Have you ever read a vampire book where a secondary character in the novel was an ancient vampire and you thought to yourself FINALLY! an ancient vampire that actually acts his or her age! So many times we see 100-1000 year old immortals acting like 20 year olds, and that just doesn't sit well with me. An ancient vampire should feel alien. It would be impossible to live that many years, loose that many friends, and retain your humanity. Mira is 600 years old, and she acts her age. She's powerful, sometimes cold, often brutal, and mostly disconnected from her humanity. In short, she's very different from the normal vampire protagonist. Most authors choose to write fledgling vampire protagonists because they know we'll identify with them more. Mira is likeable from page one, but it's hard to connect with her initially.
I think it was easy for me to make assumptions about Mira's character in the beginning. Much like her nemesis-turned-ally Danaus, I assumed she was somewhat morally destitute, or at least morally grey. She seems to view humans as nothing but cattle, and appears to enjoy playing games with the lives of others. This isn't to say she's unlikeable, but what I appreciated about her was her strength. It took me a while to finally start to see her intrinsic goodness. As the story progressed, I realized Mira is incredibly honorable. She avoids killing while feeding, strives to make peace with other supernaturals, and refuses to take part in the cruel games of the immortals. She protects the weak, keeps her word, and does her duty, no matter what the cost. She always tries to do the right thing. In short, she's an amazing character.
Danaus also walks a fine line between being likeable and vexing in the beginning. He is a complete mystery. He's a powerful vampire hunter, and seems human, but isn't. In fact, he's ancient, centuries older than Mira. But we don't know how he's stayed alive so long, or what he is. He starts the story as a close minded zealot. In his mind, vampires are evil. Period. A vampire could have the kindness of Mother Teresa and he'd still condemn them. He is frequently critical of Mira, making snap judgments of her based on pre-conceived notions instead of facts. There were times I wanted to jump through the pages of the book and smack him upside the head. Close mindedness is not an attractive trait in anyone. But what makes Danaus work with Mira is the connection they have with one another. They hate each other, and are forced to work with one another early on in the story, but what keeps them working side by side is more than just obligation, it's a deep understanding and similarity of spirit. They grow together through the novel. Since the story is told from Mira's perspective, and we're never in Danaus' head, this growth is seen mostly in the way he slowly softens towards her. He starts off distrustful and hateful, but slowly becomes increasingly more kind and even protective of Mira.
Including such an old and powerful vampire heroine also ups the stakes on the whole story. The villains she's pitted against must be equally as powerful, which makes the battles in this book epic. When Mia and Danaus fight together, they are taken on dozens of foes. I've never seen battles written quite on this scale before, and it makes for a very exciting read.
While there is romantic tension between Danaus and Mira, there is almost no romance in this novel. In fact, you won't get any actual romance until book five of the series. The thrill you'll get from the Dark Days series comes from the world building, character development, political intrigue, and most importantly, the action of the story. There is hardly a dull moment in any of the novels. You'll see each of the characters grow and learn, becoming more than what they were in the beginning. You'll see them change their pre-conceived notions. You'll see enemies becomes friends, and friends become enemies. Alliances will be made and broken. More than any other series I've read lately, the characters in Nightwalker and the books that follow felt like friends. They started off flawed, and even unlikeable in many ways, but seeing them grow allowed me to connect with them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the rest of the series, and recommend it to anyone that enjoys good action packed urban fantasy series.
'Nightwalker' is the first of the 'Dark Days' novels, five of which have so far been published, all within in the last two years. (So definitely hats off to Jocelynn Drake for proficiency.) The narrator of this urban fantasy novel is Mira, a six hundred year old vampire with special powers. She lives in a world in which the vampires stay in the shadows and so do other mysterious beasties (like werewolves) and general mankind is blissfully unaware of their existance. However, Mira's world is turned upside down when she not only has to confront a mysterious hunter but also a foe that she had thought had been banished forever from this world.
Generally speaking, I enjoyed the novel very much. The characterisation is well-done, and it is quite refreshing to encounter vampires who are not particularly squeamish about killing. Heck, they're vampires! Though, that said, on occasion the reactions of Mira seemed a tad over the top, he mood swings a little wildly from one extreme to another. The plot is gripping and fast-paced, in fact the pace of the story is so fast that it almost gives you whiplash and I found myself hoping that Ms Drake would allow Mira a breather instead of throwing her from one dangerous experience into the next action packed scene.
Altogether, 'Nightwalker' is a fast-paced, suspenseful, entertaining and definitely recomendable to fans of the urban fantasy genre.
P.S. Would somebody please tell Ms Drake that if she doesn't know where Stonehenge is in relation to London she should look it up. While in the big scheme of things it may not be 'far' from north-west London, it takes longer than a few minutes to drive the distance. (From the Spaniards Inn, Hampstead, to Stonehenge it apparently takes 1 hours 47 minutes according to google maps.)
Was von anderen bemämgelt wurde - zu viele Kampfszenen, zu langsame Entwicklung der Beziehung zwischen den Hauptptotagonisten, zu wenig Humor - war genau das, was mein Interesse weckte und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Wer auf mehr Romantik und weniger Action Wert legt und eigentlich Mary Janice Davidson bevorzugt (nichts gegen Betsy Taylor), sollte auf die Lektüre verzichten, wer jedoch im Genre breiter aufgestellt ist, sollte ruhig zugreifen.
5.0 out of 5 starsbienvenue dans le monde des Nightwalkers
Reviewed in France on June 19, 2009
Premier roman pour ce nouvel auteur, et c'est un vrai carton. Jocelynn Drake nous presente une face cachée de notre monde, où cohabitent werewolves, witches et vampires!
Les vampires sont appelés Nightwalkers et ils ont leur propre mythologie et histoire. Notre heroine Mira est une jeune femme comme une autre si ce n'est qu'elle ne vit que la nuit , ne se nourrit que de sang et a quelque chose comme 500 ans derriere elle! Dans ce monde les vampires sont des vrais vampires, en general il ne vaut mieux pas en croiser un dans une petite rue deserte. Mira a un don elle maitrise le feu,The FireStarter.Elle est une sorte de mini-celebrité parmis les vampires qui la redoute pour son etrange pouvoir sur le feu (eh oui les vampires sont inflammables).
Mira, vit sa "petite" vie tranquille à Savahnna jusqu'au jour où elle remarque Danaus un chasseur de vampire qui l'observe depuis une semaine. Le destin (ou le plaisir cruel du sort) va mene Mira et Danaus à devoir enterrer la hache de guerre et ne pas s'entretuer (pour le moment) pour sauver le monde tel qu'on le connait. On fait le tour du monde avec notre heroine, et on apprend petit à petit le passé douloureux de Mira et son lien avec la destinée de la planete.
Ce livre est complexe et les personnages sont plus compliqués qu'il n'y parait. Je recommande ce livre aux fans de Kim Harrison ou Jeaniene Frost, et à tous les fans d'urban fantasy en general!
Le tome 2 Dayhunter est sorti au printemps 2009 et le tome 3 Dawnbreaker sort à l'automne 2009