Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

In this first novel in a kick-ass vampire series, we meet Mira, a centuries-old vampire who is suddenly coming face to face with several of her worst fears – and quite possibly the end of the vampire reign forever.

Nightwalker by Jocelynn DrakeTitle: Nightwalker
AuthorJocelynn Drake
Series: Dark Days #1
Publish Date:  July 29, 2008, Harper Voyager
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionFor centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt . . . or be hunted.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Mira may live in the modern world but she’s got an old spirit. She grew up in Crete and was turned by a vampire named Sadira, someone she has now grown to hate because of all the abuse Sadira put her through. Now she lives in Savannah, living indulgently and clubbing it with the rest of the city’s vampires. She’s earned a violent reputation for not only being the Fire Starter (the rare vampire that can start control fire) but also because she’s got a knack for trouble.

And then she meets Danaus. The first chapter is their very first encounter and it leaves you breathless as they go from flirting to fighting to back to flirting again. And even though it ends in a standstill, you know that both characters are destined to meet again. Trust me, they do. Danaus introduces Mira back into her world of pain by delivering bad news – that the vampires’ worst enemies – the Naturi – are threatening once more.

The Naturi are not what you expect. In fact, they’re fairies. I love that fairies and elves are portrayed as evil in this one. In some stories, they are always seen as good, yet mischievous creatures that assisted in healing the earth. It is interesting to see a book where humans are not the only threat to immortal creatures like the nightwalkers. I also like that pagans and magic-users are seen as vicious as well, posing a threat to them. Witches and warlocks prove to be an interesting challenge for Mira, though she’s always up for a good fight.

What I love most about this series is the decadent writing that fills every page. It’s the writing style I adore the most and the author just really hits a good spot with me. Even the action scenes are vivid and clear and full of clever dialogue.

badge5v5The characters are awesome too! Jabrari, Sadira, Tristan, Valerio, Rowe, Danaus – all well-rounded characters with their own agendas. I’m fascinated by each of their role within the plot and get excited when more light is shed on their backstories. Not to mention Mira’s a badass, so her role as narrator is amazing to read.

Our reviews in this series…

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Other recommendations…

If you like Jocelynn Drake, you might like Jeaniene Frost, Kim Harrison, and Vicki Pettersson (and vice versa).


About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

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