dinsdag 23 april 2013

Jessica Andersen - Spellfire

The eighth book in the Nightkeepers series, published November 6, 2012.
Genre: paranormal romance
Cover: I don’t like the woman on the cover, the rest I do like.

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Imprisoned and tortured by the demoness who tricked him into betraying the Nightkeepers and the woman he loves, Rabbit must endure excruciating pain to protect the diminished Skywatch army as the end-time approaches. Although an ancient prophecy says his unique powers are key to winning the final battle in the doomsday war, he hasn't just lost his credibility - he's lost his magic.
Myrinne is far from the woman Rabbit once knew - she's got magic now, and despite emotional scars, she's strong enough to help the Nightkeepers. And yet she's not prepared to handle the fiercely driven man he's become or the new, dangerous feelings that spark between them.
With the barrier ready to fall and a xombi outbreak in the human world, Rabbit and Myrinne must forge a new partnership amid dangerous instability and the threat of an undead army. In the end, it will be up to Rabbit to master his ferocious magic - or all will be lost. For him, for the woman he doesn't have the right to love anymore, and for the fate of the world...

Rabbit has been imprisoned for months now, tortured daily by the demoness who tricked him into believe she is his mother’s ghost or something like that. Seduced by false memories of his earliest childhood, he believed her lies. Until Myrinne lay dying at his feet and he wanted to give up his own life in exchange for hers. The demoness wants his crossover magic for her own, as he is prophesied to be the catalyst in the upcoming endwar. Only a few more days until December 21, 2012. But Rabbit seems to have lost his powers, so even if he wanted to give them to her willingly, he can’t do it. When she is going after Myrinne, that is the last drop, and he manages to break free from his manacles, and kill his guard. And those demons can only be killed in one particular and very unpleasant way!
Just when Rabbit manages to escape, Red Boar can find him, using the blood link between them, and the whole Nightkeepers team comes to his rescue, winikin and all.

Back home at Skywatch, they don’t trust Rabbit anymore, even less so than the other warriors who have been possessed by black magic and worse. And it is Myrinne who has possession of his magic now, and she does not really want to give it back. She enjoys fighting alongside the Nightkeepers. She is using it with the help of her Wiccan artefacts, and is doing a nice job.

Rabbit will have to fight hard to win his fellow warriors trust back, and Myrinne’s love. She doesn’t want to try again, but it is unfair that she blames everything that happened on Rabbit, as she was doing secret stuff herself as well. Being utterly controlled by Red Boar is not helping much either, as they are still on opposite sides of most issues.

And then Anna finally sees a prophecy, and they uncover one of the ancient crystal skulls. A new goddess appears, and she sure turns their whole belief system on its ear. Will they listen to her, believe in her? Red Boar is certainly against it all, and he will do whatever is necessary to keep them in check, even using Rabbit’s oats against their King.

I was glued to this book, it was so full of surprises, I never would have been able to dream of them. But if you think about it, it is logical. But it turned the tale around completely, and I loved it. I have had a soft spot for Rabbit all through the books, and it was good to see him grow from a troubled youth to the warrior he has become. It really is his magic that makes the difference and saves the day.

I don’t know what more to say about this book, the conclusion to the series. Even though the date has come and gone, it does not diminish the impact of the story. The characters and the storyline are unique and great, and I loved all the books. Sure, there are some details I could do without, but I think that would be true for most paranormal romance series. There is enough action, lots of plot twists and of course hot love scenes, but not too much for my taste. I do recommend this series.

9,5 stars.

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© 2013 Reviews by Aurian

8 opmerkingen:

  1. 8 books? I can do that. This sounds like it really ended well. Really need to start this series.

    1. Go for it Melissa, it really keeps twisting and turning and amazing the reader.

  2. This is a series I'll probably borrow from you (after Berlin) and read. Maybe at the end of this year and then pretend it's 2012 ;-)

  3. Oh it's the last one. It's great it was also nice, I'm always anxious with final books. This cover is stunning! Love it!

    1. Finally a series I have finished ;) I am looking forward to her next series.