Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world. To atone for this grievous error, Kamen accepts an urgent mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. If he fails, all will be lost. And no tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch.
Kamen makes first contact with a stunning, ghostly pale beauty named Geneviève. Part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption—and for connection. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. Soon his lips are pressed against hers, sending Viève into fits of desire and forging a bond that breaches the divide between them. Now they must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast—for Apep is ready for war.
Worldbuilding: The World of Nightwalkers has a rich, delicious world, full of all kinds of fun elements – bodywalkers, djinns, lycans, vampires, witches, shadowdellers, pheonixes aaaand so on, that’s how rich it is! – that now come together to fight with the imp god Apep. It was a delight.
Characters: This is the love story of Kamen, the templar doing his best to undo the harm he has caused (unwittingly or intentionally), and a sweet little half-wraith, Vieve. Both were interesting characters, dealing with big issues of self-worth, and the way they supported each other and helped each other through some of those issues was touching and made them a great pair.
I loved their chemistry and their one on one was passionate, hot and awesome. And we encounter the virgin trope in this romance, though it’s not heavily played upon. That made the whole romance even sweeter; I don’t normally respond well to sweet for some reason, but here it really worked for me.
The appearances of other characters we already know was great, and the villain, Apep, got some page-time too. Enough to make you want him dead, on a couple of tangents, if you didn’t already after reading the rest of the series.
Plot: The romance arc was of the slow-burn kind, virgin trope, alpha male of course, sweet and tender and awesome. The story outside of the romance involved all the couples we’ve met so far, some from other tangents too – in all, representatives of all the 12 Nightwalkers – coming together to fight against the nutjob god Apep. The read had a fast pace, but not the agitated action as much as preparing for a final showdown kind of vibe. I enjoyed that, and enjoyed the getting together of the Nightwalkers for this purpose.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, mostly Kamen and Vieve’s POV, with a few inserts from other characters where they were due. I liked the writing, and both Kamen and Vieve’s voices.
Curb Appeal: Okay-ish cover, hooking blurb – all in all a good presentation, though the fact I’ve read the rest of the series was the actual “selling point”, I’ll admit.
It was a good read, it brought a good sense of closure to the Apep story and I liked the fact that the Nightwalkers had to unite in order to get things done. While I wouldn’t have missed out on reading Nightwalker, I was invested in the read and really enjoyed the romance story, I admit I wasn’t as taken with this novel as I was with others in the series. I loved the first one the most, Forbidden. The World of Nightwalkers presents a very richly-built world, good romance stories and some great fighting too. I recommend the series as a whole, and I’m quite edified that whatever Jacquelyn Frank writes is most definitely worth the read 🙂