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Author: Jessica Andersen
Series: Final Prophecy
Publisher: Signet

As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she'd be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions...

Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn't made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.

My review

I really wish I could say that Nightkeepers is another addition of an original paranormal romance, unfortunately I can’t force myself to place it in the same shelf as the other books I truly enjoyed reading.

Nightkeepers just fell short on every aspect I could think of. While the story sounded good on the back of the book, it got lost among pages and pages of history, mythology and descriptions of every single detail of Mayan prophesies. I comprehend, every book, especially the first in the series needs some world building, but enough is enough. It felt more like a long (and boring) history lesson, than a romance book.

That said, it is only fair to mention that in order to find romance in this book, you’d have to search it with a flashlight (at best). While reading the book I seriously began to doubt if the main heroes would actually come together. Their few short encounters during first few hundreds of pages got me frustrated.

But what more frustrated me, was the fact that the main heroes didn’t stand out among many other characters (too many, if you’d ask me). Leah was supposed to be a strong detective in a search of her brothers murderer and Strike – the heir to the throne of Nightkeepers, protectors of human kind against the hell itself prophesized to begin on 21 of December, 2012. And while Leah was a strong character, Strike resembled a puny kind of a commander, incapable of leading the handful of warriors left after 1984 massacre.

Moreover, the number of secondary characters and their point of views was simply too much. If it was supposed to intrigue, or raise the appetite for the coming books, it achieved its goal, but totally ruined the current story. Maybe even decimated the element of suspense, since it mapped out the events to come and even paired some of the Nightkeepers up for us.

After everything I wrote, I think you already can guess that I would not recommend the book, but if you are interested in a story with a lot of historical details, you could give it a try.

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