Kamen is a Bodywalker, an ancient soul reborn in one human host after another. He’s also a prisoner of his own kind: for it was Kamen who released Apep, the deadly god who threatens the existence of their world. To atone for this grievous error, Kamen accepts an urgent mission: to convince the other nations of the Nightwalkers to set aside their centuries-old conflicts and band together. If he fails, all will be lost. And no tribe presents a greater challenge than the Wraiths, the spectral beings who are feared and despised for their lethal deathtouch.
Kamen makes first contact with a stunning, ghostly pale beauty named Geneviève. Part Wraith and part human, scorned as a half-breed, Viève shares the hunger for redemption—and for connection. Her scintillating touch holds the kiss of death, and yet it makes Kamen feel more alive than ever. Soon his lips are pressed against hers, sending Viève into fits of desire and forging a bond that breaches the divide between them. Now they must unite all the Nightwalkers, from Vampire and Shadowdweller to Djynns, and fast—for Apep is ready for war.
Kamen blames himself for Apep's reappearance and is determined to use all the magic he has learned to rid the world of the God, once and for all. He just needs to convince the final three Nightwalker nations to join him but his first foray to meet the Wraith's does not prove a resounding success. Nevertheless, he has convinced Vieve to come with him but the half Wraith has never known kindness and is utterly bewildered by the scholarly Kamen. As Vieve becomes more involved with the battling Nightwalker's, she finally begins to realise her own worth, but more importantly she awakens to life and passion. Kamen cannot resist the enchanting Vieve but time is not on their side!
I loved the world Ms Frank has created and have devoured all her books. I did feel less enamoured initially by her Bodywalkers as the idea of literally jumping into another's body didn't sit well with me. Luckily as this series galloped towards this book, I understood the concept more and indeed the passionate romances that fuel these books kept me gripped.
There's romance here for Kamen and Vieve which is very sensual but, at times it felt secondary to the overall plot. As this seems to be the end, it's fitting to have those characters from previous books but there did seem an awful lot of explaining who and what everyone was. As for the conclusion, well it's quite rightly a battle but who lives and who doesn’t, well that's for you to discover when you read Nightwalker. I'm not sure I'm completely happy with Ms Frank's choice of casualties, but it's her vision and as someone who loves happy endings I cannot grumble too much.
Yes, Ms Frank did her Nightwalkers justice, but I still feel sad it's over but maybe a spin off series? Certainly there's more material as not all characters have found a definitive happy ending, but that's for the author's Muse to ponder.
I was gifted a copy if this in exchange for an honest review.