Forged (World of the Nightwalkers)
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date of Publication: April 29, 2014
When Katrina Haynes discovers a large man lying wounded in the snow, she fears he is at death’s door. But as Kat tends to his injuries, she quickly realizes that they’re the least of her worries. With an irresistible Scottish brogue and a strange ability to harden his chiseled body like a statue, the stranger awakens a desire she is unable to resist—and a fascination about the intriguing world he exists in.
As a proud Gargoyle, Ahnvil must safeguard the Nightwalker to whom he’s sworn fealty. But as this bewitching woman nurses him back to health, arousing an almost uncontrollable hunger within him, he is possessed with the fierce impulse to protect her as well. And he will have to shield her—for by coming to his rescue, Kat has placed herself in the middle of a supernatural war . . . and exposed herself to dark, powerful magic. As human and Gargoyle forge an unbreakable bond, Kat will discover that despite his intimidating strength and size, one thing Ahnvil does not possess is a heart of stone.
For obvious reasons (see “Hearts of Stone” page), I’m very fond of reading stories that feature gargoyles as the heroes (or far more rarely, the heroines). So after being so entranced by the World of the Nightwalkers series by Ms. Frank, I was ecstatic to see one of the gargoyles that fought so fiercely in earlier books to protect the Nightwalkers get his own book. And I wasn’t disappointed. Ahnvil was a fabulous hero.
Poor Ahnvil – he had a really horrid early portion of his life as a gargoyle. He really did what he absolutely had to and broke free of the Bodywalker who had created him in tehe first place, having done some dreadful things. Since then, he’s lived a life of heroism protecting the good Bodywalkers. So of course when he’s captured, no one can doubt how terrifying that must have been for him. And yet, despite the impending threat of madness and ultimately permanent stone-shape if he doesn’t get back to his touchstone in time, he never entirely loses the goodness that’s deep in his core.
Katrina – I can’t say I was entirely surprised when the truth about her was revealed. There wasn’t anything too obvious about it, but it just made sense in the end that she was what she was. And when she discovered the truth, she used her new skill set to escape what could have been a very nasty end for her after she’s captured by the power-hungry Bodywalker.
The Nightwalker world keeps expanding and I’m fascinated to see where Ms. Frank takes the reader. It’s always an adventure and I love the fact that there are two distinctly different sides to the Nightwalker world that quite literally have been oblivious to the existence of the other, and it’s Kat who ultimately helps them discover each other.
This made for a great read (5 stars all the way!) and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I may have come late to the series (after the original Nightwalker series, rather than the World of the Nightwalkers), but I am completely wrapped up in and look forward to seeing where Ms. Frank takes us in the future.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.