Published in: 2008
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 1 in the Nightkeepers series
The end of time looms, and Mayan demons have surfaced from the underworld to trigger an apocalypse. But as the final day approaches, the descendants of ancient warrior-priests prepare to fight back….
As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly doesn’t expect to be strapped to a stone altar as the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax a demon from the underworld – or to be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king, who claims to recognize her from his visions.
Striking Jaguar thinks he is the last of the Nightkeeper warrior-priests, but as the end-time approaches, his mentor reveals there are twelve others. In reuniting them, Strike – king by birthright – gains the power to summon a Mayan god to combat the demons. But the woman of his visions is the gods’ chosen sacrifice. Now he must decide between love and duty…or find another way to invoke otherworldly magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.
This book was different to what I expected- I thought it’d really only be the story of two people, the main characters and their love story- normally these kinds of series focus on one couple per book and their ‘love story’, with guest appearances from other characters. However, this book included a wide range of characters and the beginnings of their own love stories, so that was…. different.
This story is long, and very involved. It was really interesting to read about and the Mayan mythology is fascinating, and the characters aren’t that bad to read about, although I didn’t really gel with any of them yet (however character development always improves in the second/third books).
Overall, it was a decent start to a series with an interesting premise and I look forward to seeing how the rest of the series plays out.
Nightkeepers rating: 7/10
Would I re-read it? Maybe
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of paranormal romance, mythology, Mayan mythology, fantasy books, romance books.
Author’s website: http://www.jessicaandersen.com/