Thursday, February 5, 2009

Review: Damien by Jacquelyn Frank

Title: Damien
Series: Nightwalkers
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: June 1, 2008
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 0821780689
ISBN-13: 9780821780688


As reigning Vampire Prince, Damien has tasted every pleasure the world has to offer—consorting with kings and queens and delighting in sensual adventure. Now, tired of such pursuits, he devotes his energies to protecting his people. The war between human necromancers and Nightwalkers has escalated, and when the enemy makes a daring move, kidnapping Syreena, a Lycanthrope Princess, Damien boldly follows. He succeeds in rescuing her, but is unprepared for the erotic longing her lush sensuality awakens in him.

Gifted with rare abilities, Syreena grew up in a cloistered setting and was forbidden to form attachments to others, yet the connection Damien feels with her is immediate, intoxicating, and impossible for either to resist. But claiming Syreena as his mate could have shattering repercussions for every Nightwalker--and leave their enemies more dangerous than ever before...

Temptation tastes sweetest at night.

My rating:

When the Vampire ruler, Damien, saves Syreena, Princess and heir-apparent to the throne of the Lycanthropes, from the clutches of the insane, vengeful Mind Demon, he's completely unprepared for the staggering attraction between them.

The possible relationship between them is a total taboo in his society, not to mention the possible ramifications if they would decide to give in to the sudden passion flaring between them...Unfortunately, neither Syreena or Damien have much of a choice in the matter. It all comes down to the stunning compatibility in their chemistry...And in true Vampire fashion, taboos and rules are meant to be broken.

I loved this one! I'm rather partial to vampires, so this was just up my alley. This book was yet another lesson in differences attracting each other and repercussions such unions might have. Damien and Syreena were perfectly delineated and absolutely perfect for one another. She needed someone to teach her to live and make her own choices, while he needed a (rather rude) shake from his Vampiric stupor, ennui, and "old" routine for just looking out for himself (as it was beautifully put in the last chapter). While this book was a rather drastic removal from the template of the previous ones—the characters from the first two books don't appear at all (except for Gideon's tiny cameo)—I found I didn't miss them at all, despite the author's obvious knack for making them appear without taking center stage. The story and the two leads made well for the "void"...And the new (supporting) character was enough to keep my mind occupied with being annoyed. I'd be more than happy if Jasmine didn't make another appearance. Ever!

The progressing main theme of the series is getting more complex with every single page (and every single book). The big bad is already so out of it, I cannot imagine how Ms. Frank can outdo it, yet she does every single time, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. Unfortunately, the next book is also the last, so the demented ploy will soon come to its untimely and well-deserved end, but I'm sure Ruth, the crazy bitch will go down with a bang...And who better to see to it than my favorite character in the entire series, Noah, the Demon King. Can't wait! *giddy little grin*
Yes, I didn't think anything could top Elijah, but Damien certainly rose to the challenge and won straight on. Unlike so many other series, when the first few books are wonderful, but then all goes downhill from there, the Nightwalkers just get better and better.

So if you are a fan of paranormals, you cannot miss this book. Yet, as I've previously noted, it would be better to start at the beginning, although this one is an "easier" stand-alone than the previous ones, since there is not overly much detail from the previous stories, except, of course, the main story-arc.

A highly recommended read!


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