Nightkeepers (Final Prophecy Series #1)

Nightkeepers (Final Prophecy Series #1)

by Jessica Andersen

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ISBN-13: 9780451224378
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Series: Final Prophecy Series , #1
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jessica Andersen is a doctor of molecular genetics, a patent agent, and a professional horse trainer and riding coach. She resides on small farm in eastern Connecticut with her husband and beloved corgis, two-cats and a handful of young horses.

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Nightkeepers (Final Prophecy Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the story was slow, too many characters and too long. I actually skipped to the back just to read the end and see if Leah and Strike did end up together. I read Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray, Gena Showalter, Jacquelyn Frank and Sherrilyn Kenyon. And have loved all of those authors books. This was the first time for a Jessica Anderson book, not sure I will give her another try.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Almost a quarter of a century ago Nightkeeper King Scarred-Jaguar and his warrior priests fought a suicide mission to seal the barrier from the demon Banol Kax. Most of the brave people died, but they accomplished the objective. A few children and their Winikin servants survived the terror.---------------- Twenty four years later the Striking Jaguar, son of the courageous late king, who died in the last war with Banal Kax, knows the time for the deadly solace is approaching. He begins to get his force prepared for the upcoming war.-------------- Meanwhile Miami narcotics detective Leah Daniels is tied to a Mayan altar as the priests prepare her for sacrifice. Strike knows who she is, what she means to him and is determined to keep her safe from the upcoming war to re-seal the barrier. However, Leah ends up at his side, both ready to die to keep Banol Kax interred on the other side.------------------ This terrific romantic fantasy builds the Andersonian world around the Mayan doomsday prophecy that on December 21, 2012 global cataclysm will occur. The story line is fast-paced action but centers on Striking Jaguar who must choose between love and the sacrifice. The fascination in this excellent thriller is that the warrior priests including the hero are unsure what to do to save the world they fear being active might cause the beginning of the end and being passive likewise. Jessica Anderson provides a strong story that sub-genre fans will cherish.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Cormeia More than 1 year ago
This is an okay book I love the way she can make everything tragic and emotional but sometimes it feels like she lingers on certain parts to much. Another I didn't like that I hope I get to see in the next book is that I did like the way she introduced the nightkeepers, but I would have preferred that she make those characters be more present in the first book. But instead of that I really like the book.
rocalisa on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Nightkeepers - Jessica AndersenThe Final Prophecy, Book 1; Paranormal Romance; 9/10I thought this looked really interesting when I first heard about it. Sure, it was the start of another series about warrior brothers fighting evil, but it was based of Mayan mythology for a change and the end of the world had a fixed date, four years from now. I read Andersen's excerpt on her website and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did and I enjoyed the book a lot. Again, it's a "go along for a fun ride" book more than anything else, but there's nothing wrong with that. While it is marketed as a romance and does indeed feature a main couple, this book is really more about the overall story and setting up the book's universe than a close study of a couple's relationship. Strike and Leah's romance is well-written and I enjoyed it, but it is part of the book's story, not all of it. It's very well integrated, but you need to want to read about the Nightkeepers as a whole rather than just a single couple or you'll probably be disappointed. I'm planning on reading the next in the series when it comes out.
Kilina on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I had some trouble really getting into this book in the first part. The book jumps from one scene where you don¿t really know what is going on to another of the same. Thankfully things get a whole lot better by the second part of this four part book. The action never lets up but you are finally able to really see some personality in the characters and you get to see just what is at stake for them to follow their duty. I liked Andersen¿s style of action-packed writing. The end of the world is four years away and the urgency to learn more and do more for the Nightkeepers never drags. Andersen does a wonderful job of fusing the history and culture into the story without making it feel like a lecture. A lot of information about the Mayan gods and the end time prophecy were woven into the story without breaking up the pace and making me loose interest.My big problem with this book is that I really liked the characters that were meant to be secondary in this story. When the other Nightkeepers are found and they all come with their own history and storylines that¿s when this book really drew me in. The main couple just didn¿t do it for me at all. Leah lost her brother and is trying to get some answers. She gets touched by a Mayan God but then has her mind wiped. Jox and Red-Boar, Strike¿s mentors, keep telling him what an awful idea it is to get involved with her. The Nightkeepers have so much hanging over their heads that by the time Leah finally comes to join the group the book is halfway through and I just didn¿t care about her. Strike I really wanted to like. He¿s a sort of laid back alpha male who has lots of potential, a few shinning moments but ultimately is a let down. It takes him forever to step up and do the things he should be doing. He¿s all about not making mistakes like his father and doing what should be done in preparation for the end time, but at every turn he¿s more interested in Leah, a woman he knows nothing about and stays away from the majority of the book. It was like all of a sudden they were in love with each other after very little interaction and then he was willing to risk everything. I know that¿s what the romance is all about but it just seemed careless on his part. I wish there could have been a better end to the book. In a book about trying to save the world when the hero is selfish and stubborn it¿s a big turn off.So even though I usually hate books that I don¿t like either main character, this one worked for me. All the Myan history and prophecy really gave this book a great foundation to stand out. The blood magic and all it¿s different forms and uses give it a really great fantasy element. The other characters all have intriguing relationships and talents that really make you want to follow along with the series.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really loved this book and the whole 2012 Prophecy. Nice mix of fantasy vs real life stuff like 'boy meets girl'. The only thing that made it hard to read was that I wanted to know more of each character. When I read this book, however, it had been out for awhile, so I knew it was a series and having read some of those previews knew what I wanted ...I was gonna get. Can't wait to get to those. Nicely done. Keep 'em coming!!
lindsaydiffee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Just not interesting. Probably a character thing, but I honestly don't remember. Which I guess confirms it: character thing.
OBoyledBooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Nightkeepers is the first book in the Final Prophecy Series by Jessica Andersen. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book despite the fact that there were some very big complaints from me as the reader.Things I Liked:There were a few things that I really liked about Nightkeepers. Andersen has a background in science and you can read more about her bio here. I always love it when you can see a bit of the author's personality and the way they think come out in their writing. This was very evident in her scientific logic to some of the scenes. (If A is true, then B is true, B is true , therefore A is true.) Another thing I liked was the fact that she mingled in a sports reference here and there, especially a Rangers reference being a Texan and all now. She even got in a Extreme Home Makeover reference, with the use of Ty Pennington and who doesn't like a handy man? What I liked the most was her use of Mayan history and the 2012 Prophecy. Having never had an interest in Mayan culture it was great to get a glimpse at what they believe and how their society worked. If a book makes me have to google to find out more about something, then I am obviously staying interested.My Complaints:First, I do not like books that cannot clearly explain all the characters and how they connect to each other. It took me quite a while to get past the beginning, but when I did I actually started to enjoy the book. Then, my momentum was put on halt around the sixth or seventh chapter with the addition of approximately ten new characters. This would not have been such a stopping point except for the fact that the only notice given that you will be getting new characters was the change in point of view. One paragraph ended in one person POV, then another paragraph started another POV within the same chapter no less. It was very annoying to me to try to keep up. To the point that I had to pull out a piece of paper and start making a chart of who belonged to who. For many people this would have been a stopping point, but I charged ahead. This is also the main reason it received a three out of five rating. My second complaint is a little petty, but I really really hate the word "Ergo." For whatever reason that word is like nails on a chalk board to me and Andersen used it seven times in the book. Yes, once I see that word I start counting how many times it shows up. She also used the phrase, "if he was an inch" too much. She is the author if the character is six feet tall we do not need to hear that they are emphatically six foot tall. My final complaint is that many scenes were overly descriptive. I do not need to know the pattern of the bed spread in excruciating detail.Nightkeepers saving grace was that the story was interesting. Andersen kept a good pace, there were not many lulls in action. Now that all the characters are laid out and know I how they connect I believe it will make the second book in this series easier to read. A book should be able to stand alone though and shine in its own right and for this reason it did not ranking very high for me.
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During the first couple chapters I had the sneaking suspension I wasn't going to like this book. I even found myself wondering if I was done with the romance genre all together, no matter how paranormally bent the storyline. When the author began introducing additional characters my attitude changed and I thought things were beginning to get interesting. And yet I found myself, not really bored, but impatient for the story to be over. At one point, I glanced at the percentage and sighed to discover I was only 56% through the book. It's not that the book lacked romance, or adventure, or life threatening, then life affirming, events. I think it came down to too many climaxes (not of the romantic persuasion, though there were plenty of those). The story kept building up, then resolving itself and continuing on. By the time the end battle came, I was just exhausted and ready for it to be over. Unfortunately, I think the book just had too many things crammed in and the story was conclusive enough, and the side characters undistinguished enough, that I don't care enough to finish the series. *Originally posted on goodreads
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Anyone into the paranormal romance will absolutely love love love this series!! Its a wonderful break from the vampire-werewolf-fairy business and it will captivate you from the beginning! The series only gets better from here!! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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