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Night Keepers: A Novel of the Final Prophecy: Volume 1 Mass Market Paperback – 19 August 2008
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- Publisher : NAL; 1st edition (19 August 2008)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 045122437X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451224378
- Dimensions : 10.67 x 3.81 x 17.78 cm
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Jessica Andersen veut trop, trop vite, trop bien et elle nous tartine des détails lourds dès le prologue, des mots sans saveur qui s'enchaînent dans une vague tentative d'imiter le style de J.R. Ward (totalement ratée). L'histoire est littéralement noyée sous cette écriture fade et pénible.
Les caractères ne sont pas crédibles, les scènes de sexe risibles, tout est sans sel, on patauge dans les détails qui nous empêchent d'apprécier l'intrigue. J'ai tout simplement détesté ce livre.
Dommage, puisque l'histoire avait tout pour me plaire : très globalement, les Nightkeepers, des prêtres-guerrier qui oeuvrent dans l'ombre depuis la nuit des temps, doivent, tous les 28.000 ans, sauver le monde lorsque les planètes s'alignent d'une certaine façon. Strike, le héros et roi des Nightkeepers, sauvera une femme flic pour en tomber amoureux - et découvrir qu'il devra la sacrifier de son coté pour sauver le monde.
So, the question I have asked myself over and over this week while I struggled not to put the book down was why did I feel this way? Part of me thinks that it is my fault—I clearly had gone into this with my expectations set too high. I’ve been known to do this with both books and movies on occasion. It’s the literary equivalent of “It’s not you; it’s me.”
However, I can’t take all of the blame. While the concept was brilliant, there were definite issues I had with the book itself. For example, I never bought into the love story. Strike (horrendous name) is the King of the Night Keepers. Some thirteenth prophesy (the first twelve are completely never mentioned) states that he will need to sacrifice his true love on the autumn solstice in order to free some god and to prevent some crazy demon from crossing over to Earth. (Honestly, the details were too confusing and lacking in explanation to follow.) Then, the chick (Can’t remember her name. Not a good sign for a book I just read.) is a hot blond police officer finds herself on a sacrificial alter before Strike saves her. Thirty seconds after he gets her shackles off, they are going at it like rabbits. Seriously? It was only like page ten! Suddenly, they are the loves of each other’s lives without ever having a getting-to-know-you phase.
The lover’s dialogue, what little of it there was between them, consisted of unconvincing arguing (usually followed by one of them stomping out of the room) or craptastic lines like:
Hot Blond: I love you.
Strike: Goes both ways.
Gag me with a tuning fork. (Oh! Just remembered hot blond is named Leah.)
What kept me reading this book was the stuff about the Mayan prophesies. I know very little about the Mayan beliefs or the 2012 end date, so I was interested in learning about them. Unfortuanately, the ideas were never really fleshed out in a way that I could easily grasp. Things would be mentioned, but not fully explained. I finished the book feeling like I only caught about 65% of what I should have. Was I just not paying close enough attention? Maybe. But I also didn’t expect to have to work that hard to figure out what was going on.
Overall, I give Night Keepers…
Plot – 2 ½ bookmarks
Characters - 2 ½ bookmarks. (Liked Strike slightly better than Leah. Some of the supporting characters were interesting. Unfortunately, the other Night Keepers were only given about five pages a piece toward the beginning and then dropped.)
Magical & Fantasy Elements – 2 bookmarks.
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Joe Manganiello (Strike), Kate Hudson (Leah the hot blond), Joely Richardson (Anna), Billy Miller (Sven), Christopher Walkin (Red-Boar), Suzy Amis (Alexis Gray), Velma from Scooby Doo (Jane), the black silhouette of Vlad on the cover of Heather Brewer’s books (Rabbit)
Unfortunately, I only sort of like it, and I'm not feeling any sizzle. It's never a good sign when the hero and heroine get it on the first time and there's no sizzle.
Some of the big problems for me are: the backstory is only mildly interesting, there is a serious oversight that is bothering the heck out of me, and lastly, as another reviewer astutely pointed out...the Nightkeepers for the following books seem to have already been matched with their mates! Where's the surprise?!
A few more notes on these three things:
Backstory: I can do cheese, really, I can, but something about the whole "doomsday" scenario is just a little too cheeserific for me. Especially with a meanie like Red Boar, a man in denial like Strike, and a whole bunch of Nightkeepers who don't know what the heck they're supposed to be doing to save the world. Then we can throw in a whole crapload of other characters: Anna, Strike's sister, that dweeby graduate student, the evil Zipacna, the drug dealer dude, the friend Vince who is actually Zipacna and...geez already with the characters.
Serious oversight: If you're going to give us a heroine who is a cop in the narcotics division...don't make her share blood with the hero without ever having had the talk about diseases! That seems crazy to me, and it makes the heroine seem really stupid. She later also requests that Strike wear a condom. So...babies, not OK, disease? OK! [As a good example, Doc Jane in JR Ward's "Lover Unbound" discusses this topic with Vishous before they do the horizontal mambo. Of course, she believes what he tells her pretty quickly for a shrewd trauma surgeon...but still...at least there's some explanation about why she doesn't have to worry about having unprotected sex with this random dude who kidnapped her].
The third problem, well, I think I said all I wanted to say about that above so...there you have it! I'll probably finish out this first book, but there aren't any Skykeepers in my future.
I am, however, going to read the next book because I do love the lore and some of the characters are endearing. Hopefully since most of the characters were introduced, there will be more story and less history.
Also, I think this might just be a formatting issue but on the kindle version there's no visual break between different characters POVs. It gave me a headache.