If you’re a fan of Jessica Andersen’s series, Novels of the Final Prophecy, you’ll know what I mean when I say, the world is coming to an end, one book at a time. You can also rejoice because this week book 4, Demonkeepers, has finally arrived! For those of you who have not yet begun to read this series, I say, oh happy day, because you have a choice. You can begin reading Demonkeepers (it definitely stands alone), or you can start at the beginning with the first book Nightkeepers (Final Prophecy Series #1), and have 4 terrific books in a row to read. Either way it’s a win/win for any reader who loves a fast paced, one of a kind paranormal with a mythology that is unique, imaginative and audaciously good.
For you newbies, Demonkeepers is a continuation of the rich and complex world Ms. Andersen started writing about in her first book. It is an incredible paranormal series about the world coming to an end in the year 2012. And if you’re counting, there are only two more years before a group of modern day warriors called Nightkeepers can wield their magic and find a way to save the world from complete annihilation. The series is filled with a unique blend of Mayan mythology, 21st century technology; dreamscapes; well developed believable characters; quick, intelligent dialogue; fast paced action sequences; and great story telling.
In the 4th book we find the Nightkeepers at a serious disadvantage. Their library is missing; a library that may hold many of the answers which will help them defeat their enemies and save the world. Time is running out and as each of the Nightkeepers is just beginning to learn about their rich history, the enemies that surround them, their magical abilities, and how they can stop the worst from happening, they almost seem to be scrambling for the answers. Enter Lucius and Jade.
Lucius and Jade, move the overall story arc (saving the world) in a compelling and thought provoking way. Jade, a Nightkeeper, has been unable to access her warrior’s magic. This is a serious disadvantage not only to her, but to the group, and ultimately to the end goal of saving the world. Lucius, who was not born a Nightkeeper, has had a dubious introduction into their world. Prior to his introduction he was a young graduate student in Mayan studies, an intellectual geek and your basic ‘wouldn’t remember him if I bumped into him a second time’ kind of guy. He’s not that guy anymore. However, both Lucius and Jade yearn to be more than they have been. They long to be a part of the Nightkeepers in a way that will ultimately help the group fight the good fight. They want to be in the thick of things and not on the peripheral. They want a chance to be all they can be and it’s only when they join forces, when they come together, not only as lovers, but as intellectual and magical equals, that they reach their true potential.
Jessica Andersen’s 4th book has really moved the series along. She has an incredible talent for writing action; it leaps off the page creating tension with a dynamic that is in-your-face exciting. The action paced fight scenes are always scripted and choreographed in such a way that you can feel the adrenaline. The mythology grows ever more complex yet even more interesting and there were many ‘aha’ moments. The romance is always tugging at your heart, and as always with a Jessica Andersen novel, the resolution is satisfying. Of course there is more to ponder and many favorite characters are still waiting in the wings to be in the center of this fight and become part of the solution to the puzzle. As a reader, I can’t wait.
So dear reader, if you’re looking for an exciting paranormal romance that has a unique and intelligent mythology, a series that just keeps getting better, might I suggest Demonkeepers. For those of you who have been waiting for this one, the wait is over.
Until next Monday, remember, there’s always a book waiting to be read. Happy Reading,
If the world was going to end in two years, what’s the first crazy thing you’d do?
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and a television producer.