I jumped into Night Child without really knowing anything about it. I was in the mood for a PNR, and lo and behold, this blog tour came up. I’ve been trying to challenge myself by reading outside of my normal range (cowboys and zombies!), and while I was a little worried because this is the final book in the series, I had no trouble keeping up with the action. And let me tell you, there is some great action here! We have the Egyptian god of chaos, toting around a massive chip on his shoulder, and the Mayan god of sacrifice struggling to save his people, the Night Walkers, from destruction at the hands of that very angry Egyptian god.
I guess if there was one point I was confused on, it was what the Night Walkers really are. They fall into a death-like sleep during the day, and they have to consume blood to keep up their strength. They are kind of like vampires, but Issa is so much more than that. The Mayan god of sacrifice, he is ancient and all but forgotten. He has watched as kingdoms rose and fell, and has seen the world change around him. Now all he wants is to be left alone in his jungle, free from the troubles of men.
Unfortunately, Apep, the Egyptian god of chaos, is causing all kinds of headaches for him. Apep is nursing a grudge the size of a pyramid, because he was spat from the heavens and confined to earth in a mortal form, for all eternity. He’s not happy about that, and he wants back into the heavens. He believes that if he steals the child that heroine Muriah’s friend, Gretchen, is carrying, that the immortal baby will be his ticket back to power. The only problem? Nobody knows if the child is immortal at conception, or at birth, so Apep can’t just go and rip the babe from Gretchen’s body, though he would like nothing more. When he discovers that Muriah might have the ancient codex that details the prophecy of the immortal birth, Muriah suddenly needs a very powerful protector. Thankfully, Issa is up to the challenge.
There is a legend about confining Apep in a vase, so Issa and Muriah journey to Egypt for two reasons. First, to get Apep as far away from Gretchen as possible, and second, to see if they can figure out how to get rid of him. While Issa is old and powerful, Apep is even older, and even more powerful. I liked that! Issa knew that he wasn’t a match for Apep in a one on one fight, so he’s racing to help Muriah figure out how to contain him and render him harmless. If Apep has his way and gets his hands on the baby, the Night Walkers are toast. Muriah knows that there’s a time limit on finding what they seek; Gretchen is suffering physically from the pregnancy and can’t hold out much longer.
Did I mention that the Night Walkers are shape-shifters, too? I didn’t, did I? That is one advantage that Issa has over Apep. Apep can’t change shape. He has these really cool tattoos, though, that slither off his body and use shadows to move around, gathering information for their master. Muriah, though, just a mortal, has a couple tricks up her sleeve that allow her to hold her own when she’s confronted by danger from Apep.
Night Child is a action-packed, romantic read, and I’m glad I picked it up, despite not having read the other books in the series. It holds its own well, and I enjoyed the paranormal elements. I loved Apep – he’s an angry god of chaos, and he’s constantly lashing out at everyone. More than anything, he doesn’t want to go back to the desert, and his fury is palpable as he is forced to do what he wants to avoid most. Talk about a candidate for an anger management class! Yeow!
Rating = Lots of fun!
Review copy was provided by publisher
Tagline: Love is the ultimate sacrifice…
Book Synopsis: A psychic gift…
Muriah La Deaux’s latest job requires her to locate an ancient codex detailing a prophecy of an immortal birth. But before she can deliver it, her client is brutally murdered. Now a man with chaos in his eyes wants the codex she’s hiding.
An immortal child…
Issa is one of the original Night Walkers, a proud protector of the mortal world. Now, when the survival of his entire race rests on protecting an unborn child, Issa is the only immortal strong enough to protect Muriah on a risky mission—locate the lost scrolls that will trap their foe—but his tenuous grasp on his sanity is slipping.
The ultimate sacrifice…
Muriah’s headstrong spirit awakens feelings in Issa that are best left buried. But as the battle between love and chaos ensues, sacrifices must be made.
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Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
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.
When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com