Review: Nightwalker by Jacquelyn Frank (World of the Nightwalkers #6)


Nightwalker by Jacquelyn Frank // VBC ReviewNightwalker (World of the Nightwalkers #6)
Jacquelyn Frank
Published: Aug. 25, 2015 (Loveswept)
Purchase: Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amanda

Rating (out of 5): 3 stars

Kamen knows he’s got huge sin to atone for. He’s the one responsible for bringing the imp god Apep onto this plane of existence. To save the world, Kamen will have to bring together all twelve nations of the Nightwalkers. That’s no small feat, given the curse Apep laid over them—split down the middle, six nations never knew the other six existed, and vice versa.

Certain the Wraiths will be the most difficult to convince, Kamen makes them his first stop, and meets Genevieve. Vieve’s a half-breed, searching for the same thing Kamen is: redemption and acceptance. Together, they manage to convince the twelve groups they must work together to defeat the god, even as Vieve and Kamen fight to show the other they are worthy of love and forgiveness.

Nightwalker was an uneven story. It had its good parts and not so good parts, and at times the not so good parts heavily outweighed the good. The story felt tired. The prose was nowhere near as good as it was in the first books, and the repetitive words were distracting. The compressed timeline didn’t help matters. While it worked for the fight against Apep, it rushed the developing relationship between Vieve and Kamen to the point of unbelievability. I’m willing to admit that may just be a peeve of mine—insta-love is one of my least favorite tropes because so few can pull it off.

Vieve, though, is a great heroine. Get her away from all the scorn and degradation she’s suffered at the hands of her fellow Wraiths, and her confidence just blooms. I loved seeing her grow stronger under the affection and kind words not just from Kamen, but from the Bodywalkers in general. She carried the story’s message of acceptance and forgiveness with ease, and her chemistry with Kamen felt very realistic. Their insta-lust was plenty believable, and Kamen was patient and even eager to help Vieve explore sex.

The final fight was over much too quickly. The moving parts fell into place easily, with only a few hiccups in execution. It ties up the storyline for the series in a nice little bow, but as a series end, it lacked oomph. What kept me turning pages were Vieve and Kamen and how they pushed each other, and in the end even that fell short. Overall, Nightwalker was disappointing with enough bright spots to make me glad I know how the story ends.

Sexual content: graphic sex

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