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"an amazing novel that you can really sink your teeth into"

The Final Prophesy, Book 1

Detective Leah Ann Daniels of the Miami-Dade Police Department has had enough of cult killings and doomsday fanatics. Dismembered bodies have started piling up in a ritualistic pattern and her brother Matty was one of the victims. When a local informant calls to arrange a meeting, Leah prays it's the break she's been waiting for, but by the time she realizes it's a setup it's too late. Another life is lost and hers may be next.

Striking-Jaguar is the last male of the Nightkeepers' royal house. Twenty four years ago, a supernatural massacre all but wiped out the last of his people. The Nightkeepers -- an ancient civilization of warrior priests existed to ensure the demons of the underworld remain sealed behind a barrier of psi energy where they cannot harm mankind. "Strike" would have been their king, had they survived and now they are no longer needed...or so he had hoped. The spells he's been practicing haven't worked in twenty four years, but on the day of the summer solstice he suddenly feels the power coursing through him. The barrier is back online and a powerful demon walks the earth. The countdown to the apocalypse has begun, ending on December 21, 2012.

When Strike meets Leah it's like a dream come true -- literally. Instant recognition occurs as they have dreamed about each other for weeks, but what does it mean? Leah cannot remain in his world and duty demands that he honors the gods before all others, but Strike refuses to believe that she is not destined to be in his life...even as he tries to ignore it.

Faced with the dubious task of saving the world, Strike learns that there are twelve other Nightkeepers with unique abilities that survived the massacre. Raised in secret, they have been protected by their guardians until the time came for them to assume their roles as Nightkeepers. The time is now and as king, Strike must call his people home to prepare for the battle to come.

Strike wants to protect Leah and feels that the battle isn't hers, but she disagrees. The demon wants to offer Leah up to the rulers of the underworld as a blood sacrifice and she has lost her brother to the evil that threatens them all. Leah is a cop on a mission and she is hell-bent on nailing the person responsible - human or otherwise, thus igniting a battle of wills. There are some Nightkeepers that don't appreciate Leah's "outsider" presence and view her as a distraction to Strike, however she quickly proves herself to be a valuable asset to the group. Undeniable attraction consumes Leah and Strike as they struggle to come to terms with their impossible future. Strike must let her go; The gods have spoken and the prophesy is clear, but in the end will Strike have the courage to make the greatest sacrifice...or will he repeat the same mistakes as his father, bringing about catastrophic consequences?

NIGHTKEEPERS is an amazing novel that you can really sink your teeth into. Jessica Andersen did her research and it shows with rich world-building and extensive cultural history laid down as the foundation for this series. Readers should note that although this book is marketed as "paranormal romance," this first installment reads more like urban fantasy with strong romantic elements. Strike is sexy, but refreshingly realistic as he wrestles with self doubt and the responsibility his legacy has saddled him with; And Leah holds her own as the resourceful detective who refuses to be intimidated. Together they complement each other well, but as a couple they spend a lot of time off screen as several key events unfold.

That said, NIGHTKEEPERS is not a series for readers with a short attention span or those looking for a light "drive- by" read. This book contains a lot of information and there are many characters and subplots to keep track of -- some to be mentally filed away for future books in the series. Andersen's first Final Prophesy installment is jam packed with mythology, religion, and mystery as well as betrayal, violence, loss and romance. If you enjoy books with a little more depth than your average romance, I highly recommend picking up a copy of NIGHTKEEPERS.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
Posted January 4, 2009

SUMMARY

A Novel of the Final Prophecy

**2008 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST FANTASY OR MAGICAL ROMANCE**

**A PNR Staff Top Pick**

As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she’d be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions...

Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn’t made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.

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Nightkeepers
(Final Prophecy: Book 1)
by Jessica Andersen

Signet
June 1, 2008
Available: June 3, 2008
ISBN #045122437X
EAN #9780451224378
464 pages
Paperback
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