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Author: Jessica Andersen
Series: Final Prophecy

Publisher: Signet

In this sexy series based around the Mayan doomsday prophecy, a group of magic- wielding warrior heroes called the Nightkeepers are ready to fight the demon creatures of the underworld to prevent annihilation.

When prominent Mayanist Ambrose Ledbetter goes missing, his daughter Sasha tracks his remains down to an ancient temple. Before she can recover from the shock, she is kidnapped. Slick and charming recruit Michael Stone rescues Sasha from her imprisonment and feels an instant attraction. But he doesn't dare get involved, with the threat of his dark side growing stronger and the powers of sorcery on the rise. Both Michael and Sasha will discover a new passion together and one they have to admit to in order to change their worlds.

My review

Skykeepers was a considerable improvement compared to the previous stories. I wasn't throwing the book straight into the wall out of frustration or boredom. Still, it was too complicated at times, illogical at others. And sometimes simply felt as a piece of homework on Mayan or Aztec civilization rather than an engaging story to pull you in.

I did like the leads better than the ones from previous books, though the reasoning of their fighting and making up didn't ring true in my heart.

The book itself was the following of the events from Nightkeepers and Dawnkeepers centering on the continuing fight between good and evil. The Nightkeepers and the Xibalbans with Iago as the main antagonist. And the good were not doing so great I might add.

It seemed Iago was always one step further, which is common in romance books up till the end, but here, it seemed it reached the next level.

It was not only frustrating to read, it was simply illogical the way Iago's magic always worked and the magic of Nightkeepers always seemed to fail. It was either the wrong location, the inability to reach the gods, the wrong day, or mark, or simply not mastered ability - plenty of reasons - and too complicated to follow.

The other part of Skykeepers - the romance - was not as developed as I would have liked to. There was an instant attraction between Sasha and Michael, but not much development. The romance itself falls into the 'get together, get separated (usually during a fight) and get back together' pattern. It is a common one. This time however, it was not entirely believable or fluid, since the separation scene felt forced. And the get together part - illogical. There is no other way to put it, since the heroine simply changed her mind with no substantial reasoning other than it had to be done for the story. Instead, what it managed to do - convert the heroine into an annoying character I really didn't care about.

I am not sure why I even bother to read Final Prophecy series. It has not proven itself yet, though the idea was a nice and fresh one. I guess Jessica Andersen's writing has to improve a lot to engage this reader. Hopefully, one day it will.

Rating 2.5

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