Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Review: Elijah by Jacquelyn Frank

Title: Elijah
Series: Nightwalkers
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: January 1, 2008
Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 0821780670
ISBN-13: 9780821780671

They are called the Demons, one of the elusive Nightwalker races living in shadow and struggling for survival against their human enemies. Their proudest warrior is Elijah, a man who bends for nothing and no one...until one woman brings him to his knees...

Some Feelings You Just Can't Fight

He is known as the Warrior Captain--a master of every weapon, a fierce soldier sworn to protect his kind. Powerful, relentless, merciless, Elijah has always won every battle he's ever taken on--until now. Ambushed by necromancers, he is left for dead only to be discovered by the woman who could very well deliver the final blow...Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.

With three centuries of warring, little more than a decade of uneasy peace has existed between the Lycanthropes and Elijah's people. Now, after a lifetime of suspicion, the warrior in Elijah is consumed with a different battle--winning Siena's heart by giving her pleasure beyond all boundaries. What starts as attraction and arousal soon burns into a passion with consequences that will echo through the ages for both their people. And as would-be enemies become inseparable lovers, another threat approaches, one with the power to destroy them all...

Surrender to the night.

My rating:

To Elijah's consternation, the Captain of the Demon Warriors, falls into a trap like a rookie. Left for dead, he's rescued by the woman who's been plaguing his dreams for the past half a year—Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.

What starts as a nurse-patient situation, quickly escalates into something much stronger, more potent, and inevitable as Fate, when the mutual attraction between them bursts up into a conflagration of passion that cannot be denied.

Against all odds, principles and beliefs of the two races, the two are Imprinted, possibly disintegrating the young, tenuous peace between Demons and Lycanthropes.

But the peace between the two races is the least of their problems, when the evil-stained traitor, followed by human hunter/necromancer forces threatens to destroy not only Elijah and Siena, but their friends and allies as well.

So far into the series, this one has been the best book, since it touches (in its own fictitious ways) on a sometimes pretty touchy modern subject. The improbable and heavily discouraged relationship between two completely different individuals, in this instance a Demon warrior and the queen of the race that was his enemy not twenty years ago is a wonderful example of the scorn and disdain many mixed relationships face in these modern times we call our era. With her fictitious example, the author shows such prejudice and inner and outer fears and demons can be put to rest with determination, force of will, and love.

This subject aside, this was one heck of a book, with just the right amount of action, drama, romance, and insanity. Once again, it was the male lead that remained quite stoic throughout the turmoil that was his love-life, mostly due to his knowledge that such things could not be helped and Destiny could not be outrun.
It was the female lead to provide the required amount of angst, inner turmoil, and indecision every romance novel worth its salt needs...And her eventual development was as gratifying as it was jaw-muscle-relaxing.

Once more I cannot help it, but admire the author's knack of interweaving the past characters and their stories (and future ones) into the current plot, bringing each individual book to yet another full-circle, while still keeping the reader at the edge of his/her seat with creating two new obstacles for each resolved issue and given clue. So, while each book in the series is a small closure to its own story, it is, at the same time, a huge cliffhanger for the next one in line, keeping the reader interested and stubbornly refusing to let it go until the end.

Another highly-recommended read from this astounding author.


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