Nightwalker: The First Dark Days Novel by Jocelynn DrakeNightwalker: The First Dark Days Novel by Jocelynn Drake

Nightwalker: The First Dark Days Novel

byJocelynn Drake

Mass Market Paperback | July 29, 2008

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For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt . . . or be hunted.

For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hu...
Title:Nightwalker: The First Dark Days NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.96 inPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061542776

ISBN - 13:9780061542770

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-Paced, Sexy, and Intense Fans of vampire books and super tough heroines will definitely enjoy this book. While there are some cliches (a broody, mysterious tough guy, etc), there's no question that the world-building is stellar and the action brutally wonderful. I love the two central characters and immersing myself in a world of danger and chaos, and never knowing what to expect next. Definitely recommended!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mira Reading these books makes me truly believe I'm travelling the world with our dear, Mira. I will read this series over and over again.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nightwalker Lots of action good story
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting twist to the paranormal/urban fantasy world. Mira is a Nightwalker, a 700 year-old vampire to be precise. But she isn't like any other vampire, for she can manipulate fire. She doesn't kill needlessly, taking only what she needs to survive. As Keeper of her Domain, she resides in Savannah, and "takes care" of her out-of-control brethren who kill for sport and turn humans into vampires at an alarming rate. She refuses to be a "baby-sitter", dealing with them only when absolutely necessary. For the most part, she just wants to be left alone in her domain, and is happy that way. But events don't allow for that wish. A hunter is in her domain, killing off younger vamps that aren't strong enough to defend themselves. And he's looking for Mira. Something is going on in the Nightwalker world, and Danaus is looking for answers; answers that Mira should be able to provide, if only she could remember. The Naturi, men and women of the elements (earth, light, wind, and so on) are looking to break the seal placed on the doorway between two worlds, looking to bring back the rest of their brethren and their queen. The Naturi want to regain the earth that the humans are destroying, and vampires are nothing more than parasites that need to be squashed. But vampires were the Nightwalkers that forced the Naturi behind that doorway, and placed the seal on the door. Mira was part of that, even though she doesn't remember. What she does remember, however, was that she'd been kidnapped by the Naturi five centuries before, tortured by them; they wanted her to betray the Nightwalkers, wanted her to protect the Naturi in a war against the Nightwalkers and break the seal on that door. And now, according to Danaus, it's happening again. Naturi are killing Nightwalkers, and Mira is looking for answers, not just for Danaus. But it seems that even trusting your own brethren can get you killed. **Interesting twist to the paranormal/fantasy world. I liked the main character, Mira, very much. Strong, independent, determined, she sets out to find answers that she needs. The answers, however, are far from what she wanted. She wanted to lay the problem on the Elders and return to her domain. That is far from what happens. Danaus... a guy I'd like to have in my corner, if he didn't see everything in such a black & white fashion. Over two centuries old, Danaus had spent time with monks, which is where his frame of mind was instilled: good was good, evil was evil, and that was that. Mira was a vampire and therefor evil. Vampires kill, they have no souls, that makes then evil. However, spending time with and around Mira, Danaus is learning that vampires aren't what he was meant to believe, and is struggling with it. Other characters in the book make for an interesting mix. Some that Mira can't stand but deals with anyway. One that she adores and respects but comes to learn that he isn't what she believed him to be. And just when things go from bad to worse, and Mira realizes that her life will never be the same, the book ends with the perfect set-up for Book #2. Oh, I so freaking hate that when authors do that. But, que sera, sera, and onto book #2, which is in my TBR pile already. I have a few more I need to read this month before getting to this one. But I thought the entire cast of characters were colorful, personalities completely different from each other. Actions scenes are superb (even if a little overboard on the gore), and the mysteries behind Mira's faulty memory make for wide-eyed surprises. Information is the only thing that bugged me, which diminished my usual 5-star ratings on books I think are superb. First, when the author gives you information on the Nightwalker work (in any part of it), you're overloaded and trying to remember it all - and keep it straight. Then there's the lack of info: what, exactly is Danaus: we know he's over two centuries old has has very strong powers. What, exactly is Mira: constantly being told that she's no ordinary vampire isn't enough, dang it! We know she can wield fire, and while you get a bit of info (we know she is a First Blood. What the heck is a First Blood?!) Despite that, I Definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Got me from the start This book had me from the first few chapters. A tough lead character and new twist on the vampire genre. I found it lacked a bit of romance, but you could tell she was leading up to something. I can't wait to find out WHAT exactly she is, and what Danaus is, and can only hope the next in the series are this good :)
Date published: 2009-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't get into it. I read a few of the reviews of this book stating that it was really good so I thought that I'd give it a shot. I only got half-way into the book and "gave up". I really cannot pin-point the exact reason as there was a few things that bothered me about the story. For starters, I found the story to be really slow. I understand that characters need to be introduced and defined (which is another issue) but I found that it made the pace of the storyline to lack. Then the characters.... ugh, Mira to me wasn't as tough as the author tried to make her. Mira was supposed to be this no-nonsense tough vampire. It was hard for me to actually believe that she actually was as feared as the author tried to make her. I actually didn't mind Danaus, but I feel that because of not finishing the book I really didn't get to "know" him like the reader is supposed to. I guess I couldn't get past Mira. Anyhow, I may return to this book to give it another shot in the distant future but I'm not entirely sure.
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drew me in right away! I have to admit, the title of this book gave me pause. Butthanks to my fellow Chapters readers, and my store manager, I took the plunge and jumped right in. It was a blast from the get-go. The book opens fairly quickly with a fight between the two main characters, and keeps on going right until the end. Drake's action is descriptive and candid. It is very unusual you get this much description of the main protagonist in a bookt hat is told from the first person. But Drake really works hard to give the reader a view of all the people and places in the book. Each character is described in great detail. And each location, from Savannah to the Egyptian Nile to the streets of London are painted out crystal clear by the author. It was a treat to read. I just wish I had read it sooner!
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Under-the-radar Great Find! I have seen this book so many times as I was passing the shelf and always skipped it. I just happened to come across a review of it elsewhere and gave it a try. I have to say, I was quite surprised at how great it was to read! I instantly fell in love with Mira and Danaus' characters as I find them struggling through many questions we all ask ourselves. Reading it in first person perspective is also a really great choice by the author as you don't get to read other character's intentions, so you are asking yourself the same questions that Mira struggles with. These vampires are not the kiss and hug type either, though I do not find them nearly as vicious as you can find in other vampire series. And Danaus, well he's just a plain mystery in this book. It also treats faeries as the malicious, evil beings of history, which is a nice treat for anyone who loves a little fae touch. Overall, it has some great action scenes, lots of fantasy, and just a little romantic tension to satisfy all your needs and wants.
Date published: 2009-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Sparkly Vampires Here! Nightwalker is the first book of the Dark Days series and it is an edgy and refreshing take on vamps and the paranormal genre. Mira is a 600 year old nightwalker, a.k.a. vampire. Living in Savannah, she is content to be the keeper of her little domain, policing her fellow nightwalkers to make sure they maintain the secrecy of their race. When a vampire hunter arrives, killing several fledgling nightwalkers, she learns that the hunter is the least of her worries. The Naturi, a race of beings tied to guarding the earth, and who want the total anihilation of the human race and enslavement of the nightwalkers, are gaining force after 500 years. Now Mira must team up with Danaus, the vampire hunter, in order to stop the Naturi before they break the seal that holds them captive in the otherworld. This story is told in first person and Mira makes good narrator. Her character is strong and independent, ruthless when necessary and yet after 600 years still quite human. This comes as a surprise to Danaus who has a rather black and white view of the world and in his world, all vamps are evil killers that must be exterminated. When he begins to learn that not everything he thought he knew about vampires is true, he begins to re-think his views. This change in his attitude throughout the course of the book is well told even as the sexual tension between the two main characters grows. Forced to work together, Mira and Danaus grudginly help each other because they figure they can always kill the other later. Nightwalker is a great start to a new series. As I said, it's a bit darker and the two main characters don't automatically fall into bed as is often the case with the paranormal romance genre. This helps to make their whole relationship, as it slowly develops, seem that much more believable. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Dayhunter, which I plan to start right away! Oh, and just a small complaint about the paperback version I contains several typos and word misplacements. I think their proofreader must have been having a bad day.
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eagerly anticipating the release of a sequel A stunning debut from a new voice in paranormal literature. A flawless fusion of psychologically dark suspense, requisite gore, and romance (alluded to but not yet consummated), this was a “don’t-put-down-until-it’s-all-gone” straight-through-the-night read. A must have for all fans of this genre. Duchess in Richmond Hill, Ontario
Date published: 2008-09-06

Editorial Reviews

“NIGHTWALKER is an action-packed, stellar debut. Jocelynn Drake will have you coming back for more.”