Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nightwalker (Stormwalker, #4) Review

Nightwalker (Stormwalker, #4)
By: Allyson James

Stormwalker Janet Begay, proprietor of the Crossroads Hotel, a place where the paranormal stop for a safe night’s rest, discovers the hard way that a slayer is targeting Ansel, a Nightwalker who’s become the hotel's more-or-less permanent resident.

When Janet and her lover Mick intervene to save Ansel’s un-life, they find that the attack is the beginning of an oncoming storm. Janet has her hands full already with the upcoming marriage of her father, the return of a woman who claims to be Coyote’s wife, her crazy half-sister, a couple dragons on her back, and her worry about Mick, who’s behaving strangely again.

But it seems that everyone is after Ansel, who fears he killed the woman he loves in a Nightwalker frenzy. Janet must choose between protecting Ansel, or facing the most powerful magical beings in the world, who are willing to destroy Janet, Mick, her hotel, and everyone she cares about to get to Ansel and his secrets.

This book was available for free download on Kobo and the cover looked like it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately neither the cover, nor the name of the book uncovered the fact that was book is the fourth book in a series that probably makes a lot more sense when read in conjunction with the others. It was annoying and distracting to have to read small flashbacks of the story sprinkled throughout the first half of the book. Although, admittedly, without those I would have been completely lost. Had I have known that it was the fourth book in a series I'd never heard of I would not have bothered reading it.

Most of my drawbacks with this book come from the fact that I did not read the preceding novels and as such did not get to experience the relationships between the characters as deeply as I may have had I read the earlier volumes of their stories. Writing this review is made a little difficult and my view a little skewed because of that, but take this review in with a grain of salt and remember I only got to read a small part of the characters stories.

The different factions that the author created were pretty impressive, and the powers they possess even more so. It never fails to amaze me the sort of original ideas that authors can come up with that I haven't yet heard of. And the characters in this story are no exception. I loved the idea of dragons being able to shift into human form, and the idea of stormwalkers that can command the power of the elements, and Gods moving about on the earth in human forms. It all seemed so much larger than life and it was the main pull of the book for me. 

There were a number of things I did not enjoy about this book, the least of which was the scene at the end of the book when the Goddess, Dragons, Stormwalker, and mages all came together in what I had anticipated to be a massive battle and showing of power. I felt that there was too much going on between all the different characters and the scene was hard to follow as the descriptions spanned across all characters and tried to encompass all of their powers and doings. Another, was the bizarre sexual relationship between Mick and Janet. Maybe in one of the earlier books it addresses why it is so strange, but it was hard to figure out in this book. Does having Mick having sex with Janet heal her? Even still does that exempt him from having to have her express permission before he forces himself on her? There was one particular scene where Janet returns home too exhausted to walk or speak and Mick cleans her up, puts her to bed and without her even being able to move her own limbs, has sex with her. It just read like a rape scene to me, and made me think a lot less of their relationship.

Ultimately regardless of the fascinating characters and descriptive narrative I had a hard time getting through this book and came up bored quite a few times with it. Again, had I had read the first books maybe my opinion of it would be different. 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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