Dawnkeepers: A Novel of the Final Prophecy Mass Market Paperback – Jan 6 2009
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The romantic leads in Dawnkeepers are Alexis, who was raised on Nightkeeper lore and who embraces her destiny and all the promises of prestige and power that come with it, and Nate, who grew up with no family, not belonging anywhere or to anyone and who has no intention of giving up his freedom and submitting to the notion of destiny. Alexis and Nate hooked up last book during the heightened sensual needs that resulted from their Nightkeeper initiation ceremony, but despite a mystic connection between them - Nate is in Alexis' dreams and Alexis is the spitting image of a video game character Nate created years before meeting her - Nate has rejected Alexis because he won't accept that the gods have chosen her as his mate.
Though there is a romance here, it is not as much the focus of the story as the one between Nightkeeper King Strike and his former Police detective mate Leah in the first book. Nate and Alexis' thread is but one of several, we also follow: the half-blood eighteen year old Rabbit as he begins to discover more facets of his power, Strike's seeress sister Anna as she is pulled from the normal life she desperately wants back into the Nightkeeper fray, and Anna's graduate assistant Lucius who is tainted by the evil magic born of his unquenchable curiosity and need to prove that Nightkeepers are not just legends.
I have to admit that I was actually glad the story wasn't just about Nate and Alexis, they are both pretty annoying for the first third of the book. At the start, Nate is a real jerk and Alexis is very needy and focused on the superficial trappings. Thankfully both of the pair actually do some real growing up in the course of the story - Alexis learns to stand on her own and gains her own power, and Nate learns how to be part of something bigger than himself - so despite some poignant moments when all seems lost, everything works out the way it should for the pair.
There was plenty going on in this book beyond Nate and Alexis quest for a happily ever after. More pieces of the end of time prophecy come into play in the form of magic artifacts that the Nightkeepers are desperately trying to obtain, though they are foiled at every step by a new enemy, powerful magi belonging to a legendary evil offshoot of the Nightkeepers. So overall I still enjoyed the story even with a few little side nits that bothered me: Strike's whole bug up his you-know-where about humans knowing about the Nightkeeper home base Skywatch when - hello- the enemies know the location, and Anna's keeping secrets and lying to her husband - a betrayal not on the same order as his affair - both irked me a bit for some reason. But nothing major enough to keep this from being an interesting read. And as in the previous book, Andersen uses her ponderous amounts of research - you have to check out the references on her website to believe how much - to bring elaborate detail to every aspect of the story, from settings to history to rituals to the creatures that the Nighkeepers must battle to keep doomsday from coming even sooner than prophesized.
I am so looking forward to more of Rabbit and I'm hoping that poor Lucius - both possessed and enslaved - catches a break when the series continues with Skykeepers (Final Prophecy, Book 3) in June.
Alexis Gray has grown up learning about the Mayan prophecy and the role she is to play in the end of times. Believing in the Nightkeepers, Alexis desires to be one of the best fighters they have. She was born to this destiny and nothing is going to stand in her way of fulfilling the prophecy handed to her. Not even Nate Blackhawk, no matter how much she desires him.
Loving every single word of this highly intelligent and action filled world, I settled in for a nice long read. At 455 pages, Dawnkeepers is not a quick read, but it is an amazing one. When Alexis and Nate first got together in Nightkeepers, I knew these two enigmatic characters were meant for each other. Nate fights his attraction every step of the way - just like a man - and Alexis is leery but unable to deny what her heart feels. Add in the new status given to her by the gods and Nate was putty in her hands. Their primitive passion and lust filled escapades were hot yet tender.
A strong follow-up to Nightkeepers, Dawnkeepers kept me glued to the pages of this magnificent book. Terrific world building skills aside, Jessica Andersen is just a fabulous story teller. She makes me feel as if I am right there. I joyfully recommend Dawnkeepers! Lovers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy will adore this book! I know I did!
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Her characters are unforgettable. A bad mouthed king who doesn't want the title, his mate a half Godkeeper full blooded human who he was supposed to sacrifice, a Nightkeeper who is in-love with his own pixel perfect video game goddess (though when the real version steps into his life he turns tail and runs) and a lost girl who is only looking to prove she does belong as well as fill her mothers shoes.
These characters are far from perfect and absolutely brilliant in their interactions. Nate Blackhawk and Alexis were destined to be mates, the readers see this from the first book, however Nate doesn't believe in fate and destiny while Alexis is fighting tooth and nail to make hers a reality. Somehow Alexis is chosen to be a Godkeeper to the Mayan goddess of rainbows and fertility. Which begs the question of how rainbows will fight the Makols and alter-Nightkeepers (who are very powerful but very evil)
As the Nightkeepers race against time to find artifacts containing the Mayan starscript, Alexis is trying to take her mother's place as an advisor to a king. A king who's subjects' are basically fighting blind, with hole filled knowledge. The characters grow in this book and the ending is elusive yet perfect for the series. I can't wait to read more from her. Definitely not your typical sci-fi paranormal author.
Really, people? I struggled through this book and I am an avid reader of paranormal fiction from what back. Not to pimp my library of red and groaned over past reads but what have Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kate Douglas, Jory Stong, LA Banks, JR Ward, Lillith Saintcrow, just to name of few have in common? They are really good world builders and exception storytellers.
I don't really care about the sex factor...and Dawn Keepers scores low on the totem pole in that regard when the Night Keepers powers are bound by magic and sex...hello?
I had to put this book down one to many times in frustration or in what the...due to something just not coming together. The characters in book two are just as shallow as in book one. Why are they the way they are? When they do really stupid things...why is the reader NOT surprised?
I'm going to read the third book...well because it's paid for. After that I don't see a bright future for the Final Prophecy series on my bookshelf.
I usually depend on Amazon reviews to assist with hard decisions about buying some books as definitely about an author I had not previously read. After these glowing reviews, I will be changing that policy.
Nate Blackhawk will accept his duty as a Nightkeeper, but that's as far as it goes. Growing up an orphan, Nate has learned some harsh lessons in life, but he survived and now owns a successful video game company. Seven months prior, he had been shocked to learn about his bloodline and the parents he never knew, but imagine his surprise when he showed up at Nightkeeper headquarters only to be greeted by a living, breathing version of his video game heroine - Alexis Gray. The attraction was instant and mutual, but Nate hates the idea of fate choosing his mate for him so he rejects Alexis and pushes her away. He may be duty-bound to protect mankind, but his destiny is his own to decide; and not even the gods themselves can take that away from him.
Alexis Gray knows that Nate Blackhawk is the man for her whether or not he chooses to accept it. In the past she has had a history of staying in relationships well past the expiration date, yet somehow she had hoped it would be different this time. But much as she desires Nate, she also wants to distinguish herself as an elite member of the Nightkeeper clan. Her success depends largely on her ability to harness her powers and without Nate to boost her magic she may need to select another Nightkeeper male as her mate. Her heart may protest, but if the man she loves refuses to love her then perhaps it is time to move on. The fate of mankind is at stake and Alexis is determined to do what she can to aid their chances of winning the final battle.
Despite their efforts to avoid one another it appears that the will of the gods will not be denied as Nate and Alexis are forced to work together. As her protector, Nate vows to keep Alexis safe though he continues to deny his feelings for her. In time Alexis learns to call down her powers on her own without Nate's assistance thereby releasing him from fate's interfering hand; But an unexpected feeling of emptiness moves in to occupy the place in Nate's heart where resentment used to reside. Danger closes in on the Nightkeepers and Alexis steps up to the challenge placing herself in harm's way. To have any chance of saving Alexis, Nate must first face the truth about his feelings for her, and in doing so Nate discovers that with Alexis, he is capable of more than he ever imagined - and a life of free will isn't worth much without her.
DAWNKEEPERS picks up from where Book 1 left off with the Nightkeepers' ongoing quest to prepare for the end-time battle. Fans of the first installment will not be disappointed as Andersen continues to build upon the Nightkeeper mythos while weaving intricate subplots into this densely layered world. Keeping with the tone of the first book, DAWNKEEPERS works well as urban fantasy, but once again readers looking for a good dose of romance may find Nate and Alexis a tad frustrating. The hero and heroine score high on the angst scale throughout the majority of the book, however events tied to the overall arc of the series end up overshadowing much of their drama. Nate and Alexis may not have the most satisfying romance, but that does not diminish the exciting story of the Nightkeepers and several new twists will have readers anxiously waiting for the next installment. SKYKEEPERS (The Final Prophesy, Book 3) is due to be released AUGUST 2009.
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