by Jessica Andersen

June 2008
ISBN: 978-0-451-22437-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Miami detective Leah Daniels has been having vivid dreams recently about a strong and handsome man. The dreams are incredibly powerful and seem almost real, and then, they are all too real. When Leah is captured and tied to an altar in an ancient Mayan sacrifice, she knows the world has gone crazy. Then out of nowhere, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome appears to rescue her.

Striking Jaguar, the last of the Nightkeepers, an ancient and powerful race that protects humans from the time when the world will end in 2012, knows there is something important about his connection to Leah. Demons are back and determined to bring an end to the world and it will be up to Strike, Leah, and the previously unknown Nightkeepers, to stop the demons from bringing forth the end of the world.

At its best, Nightkeepers is mildly entertaining. However, new author Jessica Andersen does not seem to understand the difference between a novel and a textbook because she has thrown every darn bit of Mayan culture and lore into this story that it is like slogging through a mythological history lesson. Every page is jam-packed with information. I quickly became lost in this story, and not in a good way. New characters seem to pop up on every page and the hero and heroine, Strike and Leah, barely get their story told. It is impossible for me to believe that they are destined for each other when they barely have the chance to fall in love.

Nightkeepers needed the work of a good editor. So much of this mythology, while important, surely could have found its way throughout the entire series, rather than plopping it all down into the first story. I had a very difficult time following the action because it was interrupted time and time again by the lore of the Nightkeepers, the demons, and the multitude of secondary characters.

While Ms. Andersen knows how to world build, I think she needs to work on doing it more subtly. I cannot say I will be reading the next book in this series unless I get it from the library. While some of the secondary characters she introduced sound interesting enough, I would much rather have been able to focus on Strike and Leah’s love story, and the struggles Strike faced as the new Nightkeeper king.

Nightkeepers is over the top rich with details, to the point where I struggled to finish this story.

Reviewed in July 2008 by Sarah.

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