Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Publisher: Random House/Ballantine
Date of Publication: January 7, 2014
As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.
But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.
This is only the third or fourth book by Jacquelyn Frank that I’ve read. I almost gave up on it a couple of times because I was confused (I’d never read any of the skinwalker/nightwalker books and coming in late like this is really hard), but thankfully I didn’t. I had a great time reading this book.
Leo is in a horrible position, truth be told. He wants nothing to do with the supernatural world, and who can blame him after he was tortured nigh unto death many times (I assume the rescue came in a prior book), yet his best friend is now a part of that world, having had an ancient Egyptian pharaoh join him in his body. Leo has a real love/hate relationship (mostly hate at the beginning, gradually morphing to a better grasp/appreciation of the world around him) with Jackson. His friendship is pushed to the limits when Jackson is so badly wounded in the beginning of the book, forcing Leo to delve deeper into the supernatural world to rescue him (which, considering how Leo feels about Jackson’s blended souls, is testament to how much Leo cares).
The Night Angel is an incredible supernatural character and I loved not only how she leaps in during the battle where Jackson falls, but into helping out a man who truly reviles her and all that she stands for in the paranormal world. She doesn’t let that disgust stop her, though it really puts a serious stumbling block into the fact that the two of them (Leo and her) have an incredible attraction to one another. Her gift of being able to read peoples’ scrolls (their true thoughts, no matter what they say aloud, appear to her in a scroll-like manner) is very helpful in getting Leo to move past his hatred of the world.
One of the villains, the one who tortured Leo, was dealt with in a marvelous fashion and I wanted to cry over what had been done to the villain to bring him to the place he was.
There were a great number of secondary characters, which makes sense considering this is an ongoing series. I’m definitely going back to read this series from the beginning though, because I want it all to make more sense and to get a better feel for the world.
Thank you, Ms. Frank for writing such a wonderful book and building such a fabulous paranormal world!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.