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Nightwalker (Dark Days, Book 1)
Jocelynn Drake
384 pages
July 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Nightwalker is the first of the 'Dark Days' series, a really enjoyable beginning with a slightly different take on the common vampire/vampire hunter theme.

Mira is 600-year-old vampire who has been living quietly in the New World for over a century. She's unusual in that she possesses elemental mastery over fire, earning her the nickname 'the Fire Starter.' When she discovers that a mysterious human vampire hunter, Danaus, has been picking off vampires in her area, she decides to sort him out. She quickly discovers that Danaus isn't your average human, and also that he's not actually trying to kill her at least not at the moment. Danaus shows her evidence that an evil race, the naturi, are re-gathering, planning to destroy both vampires and humans. But what role does Mira have to play? Do events five hundred years ago in her past mean that she may be more important to the naturi than she realizes?

I really enjoyed reading this book with its different layers. The relationship between Mira and Danaus is excellently written as they both begin to see through their prejudices and look at each other differently. The author keeps us guessing about how things will work out in the book, although perhaps not quite enough threads are complete by the end of this first episode. The vampires' fear of the naturi seems over the top since the naturi appear relatively easy to dispatch, at least for Mira and Danaus. Nonetheless, Nightwalker is a good book with an interesting world of vampire behavior and a mysterious hero.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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