Night Demon

Night Demon

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by Lisa Kessler
     
 

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Gretchen Finch's job would be much easier if she weren't alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature—the Night Demon—that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it's

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Gretchen Finch's job would be much easier if she weren't alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature—the Night Demon—that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it's impossible, she's beginning to believe the ancient Mayan tales as the sinister jungle comes alive around her.

Lukas Smith has spent hundreds of years searching for answers to his immortal Night Walker nature. As a series of ancient glyphs become clear, he's about to find out more than he'd ever hoped, but the more he learns, the more his fate intertwines with the Night Demon, and the harder it becomes to hide his immortal secret from the beautiful, intelligent Gretchen.

Together, they must find a way to stop the inexplicable violence and mass destruction surging across the earth before the Night Demon destroys more than just mankind.

Each book in the Night series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Night Walker
Book #1.5 Night Thief
Book #2 Night Demon
Book #3 Night Child

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622660742
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
03/18/2013
Series:
Night , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
9,314
File size:
2 MB

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Night Demon


By Lisa Kessler, Danielle Poiesz, Theresa Cole

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Lisa Kessler
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-074-2


CHAPTER 1

Lukas rested his forehead in his hands in utter frustration. The sun would rise soon, and he still hadn't deciphered the Mayan glyph.

Something had changed over the past week in the heart of the Yucatan. He felt watched, hunted by some unseen force. Malice permeated the humid heat of the jungle, and the animals could feel it too, sharing his wariness.

Whatever haunted the jungle creatures seemed tied to the ancient carvings of the Mayan priests. He wasn't sure if his expedition, his own unearthing of such dark secrets, had caused the shift, but he needed to find answers. He'd searched too long to leave without solving the mystery, without discovering what made him a Night Walker. In fact, he'd hoped he would never leave the jungle again.

With every tremor that shook the jungle floor, the sinister presence grew stronger. He'd watched the creatures of the rainforest tremble in fear, their instincts warning them of the danger, of the evil lurking all around them.

Lukas let out a heavy sigh and turned his concentration back to his research. He needed to focus on the puzzle before him. The secrets he'd been searching for were nearly his. How many times had he yearned for that moment, for the chance to finally understand what he had become and defeat it?

Ever since he fled the California coast nearly three hundred years before, he'd been tortured by his immortality, unable to accept his new existence. He was a Night Walker, and it was not his choice. His body had been infected, and he became a killer. Only the shift into his spirit animal offered him solace and escape from the new reality of his immortality.

His thirst for blood had consumed him in the early years. He'd killed often, too often, and it wasn't long before the madness set in. Lukas lost count of the attempts he made to either cure or kill himself. He'd tried every spell, every remedy he could find, and still he lived in darkness. Even the morning sun failed to ruin his immortal body. He'd been burned, but his body's instinct to survive took over, and the next evening he'd found himself buried deep within the earth.

Over the years he'd met and studied vampires, who survived on blood, and other rare species capable of shape-shifting. Although he shared many similarities with these other immortal creatures, he wasn't any of them. None of the vampires he'd found could shape-shift into owls like he could, and the few shape-shifters he'd met didn't drink blood. He'd even impaled himself on a wooden stake through his heart, just to be safe.

It hurt like hell, but it didn't end his existence.

Night Walkers seemed to be a forgotten anomaly.

Other than his maker, he'd never met or even heard of another Night Walker.

Out of frustration, Lukas channeled all of his bitterness and guilt into finding a reason to rise each night. Research gave him a purpose, and he devoted years of endless nights to searching out the origins of the race he had unwillingly joined.

Now he found himself precariously close to another major breakthrough.

"Any luck with the glyph, Lukas?"

He turned when he heard Gretchen's voice. "Not much."

"Are you hungry?" His assistant held up a plastic pouch. "I have some jerky here."

"No," he replied, almost too quickly. Human food would never sate him again. "No, thank you, I'm fine."

He forced a smile, but he was far from fine. Gretchen's rich mortal blood tempted him. His thirst smoldered inside of him. He teased the tip of his fang with his tongue, loathing the hunger.

She shrugged and munched on the jerky while jotting down some notes in her journal. Without electricity, her laptop became an expensive paperweight. He tried not to notice the way she gnawed at her lower lip, fluttering her pen back and forth in her fingers while she pondered her next line.

He noticed far too much about her these days.

"I'm going out for some air." Lukas rose from his chair, pushing his hair back from his forehead, and walked toward the door. "I'll be back soon."

She glanced up, holding him in her green-eyed gaze. "Wait a sec." Bending to pull an envelope from her bag, she straightened and raised a questioning brow. "It looks like I got a raise I didn't ask for."

"You're one of the most sought after Mayan linguists in the States. I couldn't ask you to extend your contract without being sure you were rewarded for your work." Technically it wasn't a lie, but he would be paying this contract, not the university she worked for. He didn't need the money, anyway. And he had one very long lifetime to earn it back if he ever did.

She placed the envelope on the table. "I don't know how you managed it. Funding is tight at the university right now. I'm surprised they let me stay on this project, let alone gave me more money."

"I promised them results." Lukas cleared his throat and turned toward the door. "Get some rest."

"Whatever you promised, thank you." She stood up. "Don't forget your lantern."

She held out the light, but all he saw was her pulse beckoning him with its tempting rhythm under her luscious skin. His eyes burned, threatening to glow red with hunger, and inside his mouth his tongue slid over the tip of his fang again, willing it to retract.

"Lukas?" Gretchen raised her hand to touch his face. "Are you sure you're all right? You look pale."

He caught her wrist before her warm fingers could caress his cool skin and kept his expression purposefully cold and distant. "I said I was fine. I'll be back."

Lukas took the lantern although he had no need for it anymore — immortality gave him night vision that he both hated and appreciated — and disappeared into the darkness of the jungle.


* * *

Gretchen watched him go with an inward sigh. She'd worked alongside many brilliant colleagues, scientists and researchers, but she'd never met a man like Lukas Smith.

Although she'd doubted that was his real last name. After spending time with him these past few months, she'd noticed a hint of an accent creep into his voice when he got frustrated, and once she'd swear she overheard him mumbling to himself in Russian.

Smith didn't sound like a Russian name.

Not that it really mattered. She'd done her homework before accepting this project. Lukas had a reputation for being reclusive, but genius. His discoveries over the years changed the way the archeological community viewed the Maya, and after working with him, she could vouch for his drive for knowledge. He worked tirelessly all night, every night, deciphering the ancient Mayan glyphs with a tenacity that bordered on fanatical.

Ever since the Mayan calendar had been deciphered, more glyphs were translated every year. It wasn't an exact science, but Gretchen loved digging into the pictures and symbols, blending them with the already confirmed characters until she found a new translation.

They'd been on this site for nearly ten months in the Yucatan, and while she had traveled back to the United States twice during that time, Lukas never left the jungle.

She sat down in his chair and stared at the rubbing of the ancient stone tile. Glancing over at his jumbled notes, she stared at the glyph again with a more critical eye.

What did Lukas hope to find? And why did he only seem to work on it at night?

When she'd first arrived, she chalked his work schedule up to being eccentric — exploring the jungle during the day, decoding the glyphs at night. But as she got to know him, she found him reserved, driven, and committed — not what she'd classify as eccentric. Outright questioning her boss about his work hours seemed like a bad career move, though, so she focused on her research and eventually stopped noticing how little he slept.

Even though they'd been working closely together for a few months now, he still remained a mystery. Maybe that explained part of her attraction to him. She was a sucker for piecing together a puzzle. It's what led her to a career in archeology in the first place, and more than likely, that was what kept her here with Lukas. The fact that his looks were every bit as tempting as his brilliant mind didn't hurt, either.

Her six-month contract with his research team had expired four months ago, but she'd renewed it without a second thought. And Lukas apparently negotiated a pay increase for her. She hadn't even thought about it. She'd had no intention of leaving him or the site.

They found something here — something no other archeologists had seen. Just ten miles from the ruins of Chichen Itza, deep in the heart of the Yucatan rainforest, they found an altar. Unlike the elaborately carved and painted Mayan sacrificial monuments, this one appeared simple and plain. She labeled it an altar because, for now, they had no other word to classify it.

When they first stumbled upon it, she mistook it for some sort of well or aqueduct. Mayan "cenotes" were common in the area, exposing the underground rivers that flow beneath the rainforest, but once she and Lukas started deciphering the Mayan writings it became apparent that the deep, seemingly unending hole by the altar had been built for a far darker purpose.

It was never intended to be used for obtaining water.

The Mayan priests sacrificed a woman here, the glyphs explained, but her identity and the purpose of her death was unclear. From all they had deciphered, the Mayans believed she was a Goddess. Goddess of what still remained a mystery.

The carvings also described the hole in the ground as a passage to the center of the earth. The woman's heart had been torn from her chest while she was still alive — the typical ritual for the Mayan ceremonies — but this one differed from the other ceremonial sacrifices. According to the glyphs, after removing her heart, for some reason the priests burned it and dropped the rest of her body down into the core of the earth.

Burning the heart and separating it from the body detoured from tradition. The Mayans believed in reincarnation. In fact, they had a God solely for that purpose. Their culture considered it an honor to be sacrificed, and the people carried the belief they would be born again to have another chance at life. They drained the heart of blood and disposed of it with the body.

She couldn't figure out why they would have destroyed the heart of this woman. Why vary from the tradition? Were they trying to stop her from being reincarnated?

Gretchen's brow furrowed as she stared at the tiles again. There was another strange piece to this puzzle. These glyphs named the Mayan priests, calling them Night Walkers. No other ruins had given the priests such a title, and yet this small, simple altar was very specific about the priests being a different race from the rest of the Mayan population.

According to her translations, the Mayan people believed the Night Walkers were blood-drinkers, immortals who lived only after the sun set.

Discovering the beliefs and religions of ancient civilizations made working in the dirt and heat worthwhile. Seeing it through their eyes offered her a glimpse into their world where magic and superstitions ruled over science. She'd never come across the Night Walker reference in any of her research before, but the Mayans were known for combining magic with science, and that seemed to be the information Lukas kept investigating.

Gretchen wanted to publish their findings but he refused. He didn't want to share anything with the rest of the world until they had a clearer picture of what they'd actually discovered. He wanted more answers first.

Her university had sent multiple requests for the status of her research project, too. She could have leaked the information they found to the university, who partially funded the expedition, but so far, she hadn't. The thought had crossed her mind, but in the end, she couldn't bring herself to betray Lukas's trust.

Ten months ago, she would have. Ten months ago, her career meant everything to her. But now that she knew the man behind the research, she admired him. Okay, maybe more than admired. She could acknowledge her attraction to him, how tempting he was, but she still managed to keep their relationship professional.

During the months they'd spent together in the rainforest, Lukas had many chances to make a romantic advance, but he'd never so much as touched her. He'd commented on her red hair in the moonlight once, but sadly, that was the closest he had ever come to breaching their professional relationship.

It was for the best, of course. The last thing she needed was an even stronger emotional tie to get in the way of her research.

But being trapped in the jungle with a handsome, intelligent man made it impossible for her to ignore the sight of his chiseled torso when he changed his shirt, or the way he tangled his fingers in the back of his unruly hair when he was deep in thought. She was still human. She'd had more than one late-night dream about his fingers tangling in her hair, his passion directed at her instead of his notes.

Gretchen forced the thoughts from her mind, turning back to her work. Work was something she could control.

Lukas most certainly was not.

She sipped her tea, carefully turning the rubbing of the tile glyph on the worktable. The stone bore the image of a wolf. It was odd, really. In all of her research into the ancient Mayan culture, she'd never seen a depiction of a wolf.

Eagles, jaguars, and snakes, yes. But never a wolf.

Gretchen frowned and squinted her eyes, as if the figure might morph into a more common design. But it remained a lone wolf, its head tipped back in an eternal howl at the moon carved above it on the tile.

Lost in thought, she tapped her pen against her spiral notebook, its light rhythm a stark contrast to the noise of the jungle animals outside. Their calls surrounded her in a nighttime symphony of sound. Many nocturnal creatures roamed the darkness outside their tent; it was difficult for her to discern one animal's call from another.

The noises had bothered her at first, waking her from fitful bouts of slumber. Ambien had been her savior, but even that didn't promise her a full night of sleep. Especially lately, as the animals seemed to have become agitated. She'd been exhausted during her first month in the Yucatan, more dead than alive, and twice Lukas had carried her back to camp because she'd been too exhausted to walk from the altar in the heat. But now the night sounds comforted her, embraced her in the arms of the rainforest, taking Gretchen in as another part of its life. She yawned, stretching her arms up over her head. She'd been struggling with this translation long enough.

The wolf could wait for one more night.

Leaving the lantern on for Lukas whenever he returned, she moved over to her cot and pulled the clip free from her hair, sending it cascading down her back. She started to unbutton her shirt when the ground trembled violently under her feet.

Gretchen turned and caught the lantern before it tumbled off the edge of the worktable. The earthquake rumbled again, getting stronger. The large canvas tent rattled, and the support posts squeaked in protest. Diving under the table, she covered her head and waited for the ground to stop shaking. She wasn't sure if the loud rumbling and cracking noises were the huge trees creaking overhead or thunder, but she had her answer soon enough. The sky opened up, deafening her ears with the sound of rain pouring onto the roof of the tent.

And Lukas was outside somewhere.

When the tremors finally ceased and the earth settled, Gretchen scooted out from under the table, bringing the lantern with her. She could hear the tiny rivers of rainwater already gurgling outside. Strong and sudden storms often visited the jungle here. Without warning the forest could go from hot and humid to a torrential downpour, flooding the land below. Grabbing a flare gun and a hooded poncho, she opened the tent and peered out into the darkness.

"Lukas!" She held her breath, waiting for a reply. "Lukas! Can you hear me?"

She listened, but the steady fall of rain and silence were the only answers she received. In fact, it was too silent outside. The hair on her arms prickled. Definitely too quiet.

What happened to all of the animals?

Aiming the flare gun out into the darkness, she fought to control the trembling in her hands. A branch snapped, and Gretchen spun around.

"Lukas?" She gnawed at her lower lip, praying he would answer. "Who's there?"


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Night Demon by Lisa Kessler, Danielle Poiesz, Theresa Cole. Copyright © 2013 Lisa Kessler. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Lisa Kessler is an award-winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror, and many other awards. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. Lisa lives in southern California with her husband and two amazing kids.

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Night Demon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
I am so hooked on these Night Walkers and this book did not disappoint!! With this story we get to meet Lukas and Gretchen but also get to see Calisto and Kate from Night Walker and Kane and Rita from Night Thief again, which for me just makes it so much more satisfying. The story line will grab you and keep you on the edge of your seat right up to the very end of the book, and if you are like me you will not be able to put it down until you have finished! I highly, highly, highly recommend this book!!
DawnDoyle More than 1 year ago
Another Night Walker, another great book by Lisa Kessler. She’s sucked me in again and kept me reading like a fanatic! This is Lisa’s second Night Walker book, 3rd if you include the wonderful novella she wrote to tide us over until this book came out. Made a Night Walker by mistake, Lucas considers himself a mistake, his existence a total abomination. Working with his assistant Gretchen, who doesn’t know that he is a Night Walker, he tries to find a way to end his life, his immortal life. The heat builds between these two characters as they work together tirelessly. The building of the relationship is believable and never rushed. The Yucatan jungle comes alive in this story and the amount of research that has gone into this book is phenomenal. We learn a lot more about the Night Walker history as well, and the world building and characters come to life in a way that will make your head spin. The story is well written and, as per the norm with Lisa, well paced. Twists you never expected will keep you on the edge and the writing flows as smooth as silk. There is never a dull moment! I loved seeing some old characters from Night Walker and Night Thief, as well as the new characters that Lisa gives us in this installment. The Night Walker gods come out to visit in this book, to help cage the monster unleashed, and they are not characters that you will ever forget! A darker story than the first two, the impact of this book will hit you hard. The fight between good and evil has arrived and no one knows who will prevail. A great addition to the series, I’m already asking myself, who’s story is next Lisa and when will it be out?
sin39 More than 1 year ago
Night Demon by Lisa Kessler First if you have not read Night Walker & Night Thief please read first. Lisa has out done herself in this story.  It grips you from the beginning.  This story has: Adventure, romance, trust and betrayal. I could not put it down until I finished it. We learn how the Night Walkers became and how the first fought the Demon Camalotz.  This is the story of Lukas & Gretchen.  Who are in the Yucatan Jungle researching Night Walkers.   Gretchen does not know yet who & what they are.  Luckas is trying to discover more about who he is. When Lukas & Gretchen come across a pyramid with glyph's on it, they get very excited.  When some of these glyph's are translated it talks about Night Walkers.   Along with learning a lot about the Mayans. Later Lukas decides to find his maker Calisto (who we met in Night Walker and his mate Kate)  to ask him about their race and to tell him about his discovery.   It seems Kate has been having some interesting dreams. Gretchen (who decides to return to the jungle to help Lukas), Lukas, Calisto and Kate arrive in the jungle we have learned the four Gods (North Mulac (which we learned was Calisto's maker), South Colin (which we read about from Lisa's Series Shorts), East Kane (who we met in Night Thief with his mate Rita) and west Issa) are already there trying to find  the Demon and how she escaped.   Without giving to much away let's just say the good guys won but at a cost.  The end of Night Demon leads in to the next Night Child. 
Book_Monster_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Simply Amazing!  A Definite Must Read!  *ARC provided by publisher Lukas Smith was made a Night Walker by mistake and considers his existence an abomination.  He started searching for a cure and when that seemed futile, he started searching for a way to end his immortal life.  With the help of his assistant Gretchen Finch, he feels he is getting closer and closer with the Mayan glyphs that they find at an altar deep in the Yucatan jungle.  He keeps his true identity a secret from Gretchen but the countless hours they spend together deciphering the ancient glyphs are making it difficult for him to keep everything professional between them.  Gretchen has been working side by side with Lukas for close to ten months and he is still a huge mystery to her.  He works day and night and never in their ten months together has he ever opened up to her, forcing her to keep her feelings for him a secret and concentrate solely on their work. The glyphs they find at the altar indicate that some sort of ritual had occurred there but they are still missing a piece of the puzzle to figure out just what.  Deciding to go back by herself one day, Gretchen heads out to the altar site, but when she arrives there she feels the presence of something or someone else.  Something or someone dark, and it sets its sights on her.  This is the second book in Lisa Kessler’s Night Series, and I have been looking forward to this book since I flipped to the last page of Night Walker.  The wait and anticipation was 100% worth it!! It was an amazing read! She brings so many elements into this story that you will be on the edge of your seat the whole way.  Characters that we have read in the past play huge roles in it as well: Calisto and Kate, Kane and Rita, Colin who we have had the pleasure of meeting briefly at the end of Night Thief then a few other Night Walkers that we don’t know quite so well (yet).  As well as a new adversary that is so dark you will feel her taint even through the book.  This world that Lisa has created is simply amazing and is a definite must read! I give Night Demon 5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by BMR Reviewer - Holly
kph21 More than 1 year ago
Gretchen Finch's life changed when she became a research assistant for Lukas 'Smith', an unfortunate human turned Night Walker. After spending time in the Yucatan jungles helping him translate Mayan glyphs she realizes that she's more than a little fond of him, but he's not feeling the same way about her. Determined to continue her studies, she goes back to the altar sight and feels the pure evil that's about to be released.  The plot thickens! Poor Lukas wants nothing more than to end his Night Walker nights, He finally realizes that Gretchen is extremely special to him. All he wants to do is protect her, get her away from the danger that's been unleashed.  The Night Walker gods that trapped the evil before have to unite to send it back to hell.  More plot twists, romance, mystery, history, mythology all rolled into one don't put me down book! Excellently written, description and action balanced to perfection. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa brought out ALL the stops in this continuation of her Night Series. It takes on more of a darker and more sinister tone which helps with the underlying main plot that we have seen though Night walker and even a little in Night Thief. The Guardian awakens, knowing his Demon has arising from her eternal resting place and is now free. Knowing that humanity is in danger he sends out his call to the four Night Walker Gods to help him put her back and save humanity from a deadly and bloody fate. Will they answer the call?? Read on to find out. We meet Lukas Smith and Gretchen Finch as they are getting ever closer to uncovering the tale of the Night walkers and their history. As they get closer they realize that something is very amiss in the Yucatan jungle. The creatures are acting strangely and at times its so deadly quiet that Gretchen feels like she is being watched, or worse hunted. Lukas knows not what is roaming around the jungle, but knows that keeping her near is only putting her in danger. In an effort to spare her from finding out anything more about his world he sends her back home stateside. Gretchen is offended he would dismiss her that easily, especially given her unique qualifications which make her all that more important to his work. Meanwhile in the areas near Brownsville,Texas the evil form the jungle hunts for what sustains in...human souls. As normal people suddenly experience feelings of uselessness and suffering a voice tells them that only their blood can set them free. At first a dozen or more are found dead, then the toll rises exponentially until its in the thousands. Gretchen too knows something is wrong when she too begins to feel doubt, and uselessness and feels empty. It unnerves her and knows this isn't how she normally is. She takes measures to fend off the evil voice in her head and succeeds. Lukas arrives to confer with his Maker, who is defensive and wonders why he is here. As Lukas explains what is going on it alerts Calisto (Night Walker) that things are much worse then they thought. Calisto and Kate were visited by Murac, an ancient god and night walker, who tells them things they didn't know about their kind. But the proof is hard to deny. Lukas returns to find Gretchen and his fears are confirmed the Demon is out and its reach is only growing. He is left with no choice but to return to the jungle and continue his search for answers, and of course stubborn Gretchen is coming too. In the Yucatan three of the Four Gods unite at the Mayan Pyramid to meet the Guardian and being their hunt for the reason for it's release, the Goddess of the Moon is resurrected. So many questions are left unanswered as they try to find answers and save the world from a gruesome fate. They soon find one of their own has far more sinister ideas and puts his own plans into action to try and prevent the others from putting the Demon back in her resting place. You meet all the four Gods and see just how they came to put the Demon to rest more than a thousand years ago. There is plenty of conflict as betrayal and past choices come full circle for some. For one in particular the past can be a bitter pill to swallow as old feelings resurface and hurt come bubbling to the surface. The main story take shape and is played out underneath the romance between Lukas and Gretchen. Lukas and Gretchen are a well mached couple, but with Lukas always trying to keep Gretchen at arms length it takes a long time for Lukas to catch up to where Gretchen is in how he feels about her. She managed to break down his barriers and work her way into his heart and when things are finally out in the open they come off the pages. Night Demon is a perfect continuation of the Night trilogy and we get to see our beloved Calisto, Kate, Kane and Rita in a new way as they all fight to save the world from the evil in the jungle!
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
All right everyone, last night I finished Night Demon by Lisa Kessler. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect when I first started the story for a couple of reasons. The first reason is it's a book two in a series. I know jumping into a middle of the series especially with a paranormal book can be trouble. However, I didn't feel that way. Granted it might have been beneficial to get the first book and novella of the story in too, but at the same time, I felt I could navigate the story without the first book and novella. I have say I did pretty good. YAY! I guess I should share with you what book kept me up really late. First off, I started Night Demon Wednesday night. I was having a hard time getting into the story. Nothing that had to do with the story. Really, it just had been a long day and I just didn't feel like reading. Which was probably a good thing, because the next day I dived into Night Demon. Boy, I had a hard time putting it down, which is the reason for the late night. I would get to the point saying I need to go to bed, but the same time I got a point where I needed to know what happen next. Honestly, by the time I really needed go to sleep, I had a few chapters left and figure "oh what the heck, I'm almost done." My first thought was intense. Night Demon was an intense read full a lot of information. I enjoyed the fact that it gave a different twist on vampires. With so many vampire stories out there it's really hard to put your on twist on night creatures, yet Ms. Kessler was able to do that in Night Demon. To be honest, there is a lot that is going on in this story that I don't want to bog you all down with so many details. I love that we travel around the Yucatan trying to understand the ancient Mayan history about the Night Walkers. Then travel to San Diego to get more information and back to Yucatan. As you read this story you really feel like your there watching things as they happen. Gretchen Finch is one smart cookie. I have to say I really do like intelligent  heroine who are not afraid of danger. Boy does she find danger. Then you have Lukas Smith who wishes he could cure himself from being a Night Walker. Plus, he wants to keep Gretchen safe from the evil that lurks and possibly from him. WOW, is all I can say about this book. Seriously, you feel the danger that lurks around you. At times I had to take a break from the book, because it was intense. Yes, it will give you that heart pounding excitement. Plus, Night Demon leaves aching to see what happens next. Now like the rest of you, I have to wait for the next book. So, if you are looking for excitement, danger and intrigue, I would suggest Night Demon. 
JannaShay More than 1 year ago
Night Demon is a well-crafted, fast-paced paranormal romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Lisa Kessler once again demonstrates her talent for words as she weaves her tale of paranormal romance and meshes it with the ancient Mayan realm. She takes her vision of night walkers, vampires with shape shifting capabilities, and mixes in ancient deities and demons, to make this adventure riveting.  The characters are well-developed and draw you into their dark world as they battle the unseen evil that is threatening to destroy the human race. Lukas and Gretchen, who have been working together to decipher the ancient Mayan glyphs that were found deep in the Yucatan rain forests, discover they must battle evil as they fight the smoldering attraction they have for each other. Lukas, a night walker who was accidentally turned, is obsessed with finding a way to end his abhorrent immortal life and is convinced that the answer lies in the ancient glyphs. Gretchen, an archaeologist who is helping Lukas decipher the glyphs, finds herself being drawn into a world she had no knowledge of existence.  The story line is rich in detail with complex characters that will bring out a multitude of emotions in you. The plot is solid and flows unfettered, the chemistry is hot, and the romance steamy.  Lisa does an amazing job of drawing the reader into her world of night walkers. Night Demon is a fascinating descent into the dark realm of the paranormal and will have you reading non-stop from beginning to end. This book is an intriguing and highly recommended must read. I received a copy of the book from Entangled Publishing  in exchange for my honest review. Janna Shay Author of Fair Play
PrissP More than 1 year ago
This book was riveting! From the moment I started it, stopping reading it was an issue. I was captivated with the storyline! It gripped me and would not let go! Ms. Kessler definitely knows what it takes to keep a person coming back for more! I shall be faithfully awaiting the next book to see how it all works out for the Night Walkers.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
An interesting take on vampires and the Mayan Apocalypse.   Gretchen is an archaeologist working in the Yucatan with brilliant and eccentric Lukas Smith.  They’ve discovered glyphs that tell the tales of the night walkers.  Something Lukas is familiar with as he is one.  The altar they’ve found was used for a sacrifice to banish a demon.  And now someone has freed the demon and Gretchen & Lukas need to find a way to stop the Night Deon before she destroys life on earth as we know it. A fascinating tale.  It took me a bit to get into it as the author bounced around  some but as the story unfolded it was well worth it.   
SlappyLyla More than 1 year ago
When I first was introduced to the Night Walker world I was drawn into the history of how they came about. Night Demon gives us more insight into the beginning of the Night Walkers. Its starts in the Yucatan with Lukas and Gretchen. Lukas has been looking for away out his immoral life. Gretchen believes hes is archaeologist studying the Mayan glyphs found in the pyramids. What they find is a awaking of a dark demon. The awaking calls the four Night Walker gods. Can they defeat the demon and safe the moral world? Will Lukas and Gretchen find true love? These and many more questions can only answered if you read this book.(less)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa brought out ALL the stops in this continuation of her Night Series. It takes on more of a darker and more sinister tone which helps with the underlying main plot that we have seen though Night walker and even a little in Night Thief. The Guardian awakens, knowing his Demon has arising from her eternal resting place and is now free. Knowing that humanity is in danger he sends out his call to the four Night Walker Gods to help him put her back and save humanity from a deadly and bloody fate. Will they answer the call?? Read on to find out. We meet Lukas Smith and Gretchen Finch as they are getting ever closer to uncovering the tale of the Night walkers and their history. As they get closer they realize that something is very amiss in the Yucatan jungle. The creatures are acting strangely and at times its so deadly quiet that Gretchen feels like she is being watched, or worse hunted. Lukas knows not what is roaming around the jungle, but knows that keeping her near is only putting her in danger. In an effort to spare her from finding out anything more about his world he sends her back home stateside. Gretchen is offended he would dismiss her that easily, especially given her unique qualifications which make her all that more important to his work. Meanwhile in the areas near Brownsville,Texas the evil form the jungle hunts for what sustains in...human souls. As normal people suddenly experience feelings of uselessness and suffering a voice tells them that only their blood can set them free. At first a dozen or more are found dead, then the toll rises exponentially until its in the thousands. Gretchen too knows something is wrong when she too begins to feel doubt, and uselessness and feels empty. It unnerves her and knows this isn't how she normally is. She takes measures to fend off the evil voice in her head and succeeds. Lukas arrives to confer with his Maker, who is defensive and wonders why he is here. As Lukas explains what is going on it alerts Calisto (Night Walker) that things are much worse then they thought. Calisto and Kate were visited by Murac, an ancient god and night walker, who tells them things they didn't know about their kind. But the proof is hard to deny. Lukas returns to find Gretchen and his fears are confirmed the Demon is out and its reach is only growing. He is left with no choice but to return to the jungle and continue his search for answers, and of course stubborn Gretchen is coming too. In the Yucatan three of the Four Gods unite at the Mayan Pyramid to meet the Guardian and being their hunt for the reason for it's release, the Goddess of the Moon is resurrected. So many questions are left unanswered as they try to find answers and save the world from a gruesome fate. They soon find one of their own has far more sinister ideas and puts his own plans into action to try and prevent the others from putting the Demon back in her resting place. You meet all the four Gods and see just how they came to put the Demon to rest more than a thousand years ago. There is plenty of conflict as betrayal and past choices come full circle for some. For one in particular the past can be a bitter pill to swallow as old feelings resurface and hurt come bubbling to the surface. The main story take shape and is played out underneath the romance between Lukas and Gretchen. Lukas and Gretchen are a well mached couple, but with Lukas always trying to keep Gretchen at arms length it takes a long time for Lukas to catch up to where Gretchen is in how he feels about her. She managed to break down his barriers and work her way into his heart and when things are finally out in the open they come off the pages. Night Demon is a perfect continuation of the Night trilogy and we get to see our beloved Calisto, Kate, Kane and Rita in a new way as they all fight to save the world from the evil in the jungle!
Zombieslayer30 More than 1 year ago
I loved the that there is archeology in this and I love that a lot of it is in the jungle! I like how this series is so different from other authors. The Night walkers are a unique twist and sexy as all get out. I am not into romance much but this series makes me forget about that!! I love it!!!! Keep on writing Lisa cause I need more!!!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
OMG! I am soooo hooked on Lisa's Night Walkers. I want, want, want one of my own! LOL! Thrills, Chills, Adventure, Romance, History... this book has it all! Lukas has led a tortured existence as a Night Walker, a "life" he did not choose. He believes he may finally be on the right track to finding a way to commit suicide - something he has unsuccessfully tried many times - as the Mayan glyphs around a sacrificial altar deep in the jungle seem to describe a Mayan rite in which a Night Walker dies. Gretchen is an archaelogist who has been working thru her University helping Lukas interpret ancient Mayan drawings. She believes she is doing this for educational purposes and has no idea that she may be aiding her associate in ending his "life." Their relationship on the surface appears to be strictly professional ... but both are masking feelings that become evident as what had been their routine is threatened by an evil force that neither understands. The story takes place in the Yucatan peninsula and in California with flashbacks to other times and places. I would highly recommend that the 1st two books in this series be read 1st not only to enhance the contiguity of the story, but also because characters in the 1st two books are an integral part of this book: Calisto and Kate from Night Walker AND Kane and Rita from Night Thief. What a treat! I can hardly wait until the next book in this series... WooHoo!
njp42474 More than 1 year ago
Deep in the Yucatan jungle Lukas Smith and Gretchen Finch are working hard at translating a series of ancient Mayan glyphs they have found on an altar. Lukas shouldn't exist, his transition into a Night Walker was an accidental mistake during an encounter with Calisto (whose story we read about in Night Walker) and he has been searching for ways to end his immortal life.  He has kept his true identity from Gretchen, but as the months pass he is finding it hard to admit, especially to himself, his true feelings for her. Gretchen has been working side by side with Lukas for months helping him to decipher the glyphs that they have found.   She has feelings for Lukas but she feels that he is hiding something from him.  She never sees him during the day, he works all night when she is sleeping, and she knows that Smith can’t possibly be his real last name. The glyphs they find indicate a ritual was performed but they haven’t been able to find the missing piece of the puzzle.   She decides one day to go back to the alter to search for clues on her own.  But when she gets there she knows that something is different, something has happened.  Or is it someone.  There is a presence and it’s dark.  Even though it wants her she finds a way to fend off the evil.  She finds a way to fend off the evil voice but others cannot.  Strange deaths start to occur in surrounding areas. People start to feel ‘caged in’ (for lack of a better term) and a voice in their minds tells them that their blood will set them free.   As the story of the glyphs unfolds Gretchen finds herself drawn into a world that she never knew existed. Does that symbol really mean demon? What needs to be done to stop the evil from spreading? New and old characters must unite to stop the events occurring again, failure is not an option especially with the fate of the world in their hands.  This is the second book in Lisa Kessler’s Night Series, and I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Night Walker. The wait (which felt like forever) was worth it.
837372_55693 More than 1 year ago
Ok well I have finished Night Demon and really did not want it to end!! I have read all of the Night Series that Lisa Kessler has written and I love it, however Night Demon is thus far the more exciting. This book was so thrilling, on the edge of your seat story! There was no any part of this book that was not exciting and adventuress. And I am looking forward to this adventure continuing in Night Child!!!! Great job Lisa!!!
Mich_Mc More than 1 year ago
Deep in the Yucatan jungle Lukas Smith and Gretchen Finch are hard at work translating a series of ancient mayan glyphs they have found on an altar. Lukas is desperate to discover the origins of the Night Walkers in order to explain and inevitably end his own existense. Lukas shouldn't exist, his transition into a Night Walker occured accidentally during an encounter with an inexperienced Calisto and Lukas has been struggling to come to terms with it ever since. Gretchen has spent 10 months in the jungle by Lukas's side, she is harboring a crush on him despite his little quirks. He disappears every day, never opens up to her and has she ever saw him eat? As the story of the glyph's unfolds Gretchen finds herself drawn into a world that she never knew existed. Does that symbol really mean demon? New and old characters must unite to stop the events occuring again, failure is not an option especially with the fate of the world in their hands. This is the 2nd book in Lisa's Night Walker series and dare I say it's better than the last! Lisa far surpassed my expectations with this one, the plot was a little darker, the twists where unexpected and the ending... what an ending! Lisa has developed an amazing world, the new characters were a great addition and I can't wait to get to their part of the story an get to know them a little more intimately. I loved Calisto, then came Kane & he stole my heart but with this one - I was firmly in Lukas's corner, I wonder who'll steal my heart next. Lisa has a gift for making you fall in love with her hero's, her heroine's are equally as likeable. You can relate to them easily and find yurself invested in ther journey. The mythology used is what captured my interest in the first place and with this installment and how it was tweaked to develop the plot, that's what will have me returning for more. The rest is just icing on the cake! I can't wait to see the cover for the next one, and see if her "ab-tastic" reign continues.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Deep in the hot and humid Yucatan rain forest, archeologists Lukas Smith and Gretchen Finch have been attempting to decipher the glyphs on an ancient Mayan altar. For Lukas, this is personal. Hundreds of years ago he was accidentally made into an immortal Night Walker and he can no longer live with the regrets of his past, hoping to uncover a way to end the lonely existence he abhors. Yet, after living and working in such close quarters, both Lukas and Gretchen shield a growing attraction to each other. Could these feelings be what saves Lukas? Meanwhile, far below the Mayan altar, the entombed Night Demon, Camelotz, has awakened, and she is hungry for blood, death, and destruction. Only by the banding together of all four of the Night Walker gods who originally entrapped her, can the world be saved. What has caused her to awaken? Has she grown too strong to be defeated? With so many gods in one place, so many Night Walkers, so much power, what will happen? It’s a showdown between good and evil and no one knows what to expect! Will love tip the scales? The world that Lisa Kessler has crafted is simply amazing, filled with rich detail, an intense pace, and brilliantly diverse characters! The ancient Mayan history is both frightening and fascinating at the same time, making Night Demon an intriguing and highly recommended must read! This copy of Night Demon was given to me by Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled Select in exchange for a honest review.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Crystal Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I learned more about the Mayans in this book than I ever did in school. There were times in this book that I was just a little lost. There is so much information and so many characters that at times I seemed to get it all mixed up. At times I even got the characters mixed up. I loved all the info that was in this book and at times I could really believe it. I asked myself could this really be true. Made more sense then a lot of other things I have ever learned. I really enjoyed Gretchen’s spunkiness. She has a thirst for knowledge and is very loyal. She is also very smart and I enjoyed reading about her. She even outsmarted the demon. That is something that not even the gods could do. The song that she uses to keep others out of her mind is one I never would have thought anyone would use against such strong men. I was afraid that Lukas was going to not let anything get in his way of finding a way to end his life. How could he let the woman of his life get away because he just didn’t want to share his secret. Sometimes men can be so dense. Behind every man is an even stronger woman. I knew Gretchen would do what she thought was right and not listen to Lukas. Even though at times I was a little lost I worked my way through this book and I was glad that I did when I just took everything in. The author did a wonderful job with her story and I loved the knowledge that she had about Mayans and the gods. I was left thinking that maybe if I had read the first book I wouldn’t have been so lost. So while I go back and read the first book before the third one comes out, you need to read the first one too. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the third book. I hope that no one else gets hurt and that everything works out. I know there has to be mystery and suspense to make a great read but not too much please. I don’t know if I can handle it. This book did more than keep my attention and now I want to see what else I will find out about these night walkers. So come along and join this great adventure with me.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
The Night Walkers have to work together in this book. They have an enemy in common called Camelotz and she isn't really all that bothered who she kills. Totally indiscriminate, whether Night Walker or human she doesn't give two monkeys and is quite happy to just destroy anyone in her vicinity. This book gives us a little extra insight into the origins of the Night Walkers. The Mayan connection and earlier fate of the Night Demon was an interesting element, perhaps one that will be delved into at later date. For me it lacked the a certain character depth. I didn't feel any kind of connection to any of them. It was also missing that certain flair that often goes hand in hand with books of this genre.It is as if the author had all the ingredients and just hadn't added the extra spice to the story yet. Despite that I think readers who are looking for a light and entertaining excursion into the world of ancient gods and Night Walkers will enjoy it. I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley