Monday, March 30, 2009
Review - Dawnkeepers
Author: Jessica Andersen
Publishing Date: 2009
Dawnkeepers is book two in Jessica Andersen's The Final Prophecy series. Finding out that he is a Nightkeeper came as something of a huge shock to Nate Blackhawk. He grew up orphaned and was in and out of foster home after foster home. He even spent some time in juvenile detention and then cleaned up his act and became a success business man, running his own video gaming company. Now, however he is spending his time trying to save the world. To say he doesn't believe in all the prophesy nonsense is an understatement.
Alexis Grey wants desperately to live up to the expectations she has set for herself. She wants to become advisor to the king and she wants to hunt down the seven Mayan artifacts that are going to help the Nightkeepers protect the world from complete annihilation. She and Nate will have to work together for the Nightkeepers to be sucessful, but that is easier said than done. Nate and Alexis don't see eye-to-eye on anything.
I like Jessica Andersen's writing style. She has a way of weaving a story by using good characters who seem all too human. She also crafts multiple story lines that will be converging together at some point in the series. The world building and plotting is top notch and one of the better aspects of the series. However, I still think she is perfecting her craft. There were a few minor things that annoyed me. Everyone in the book refers to having a conversation as a 'convo'. I could see maybe one character calling it that, but all of them? It was too much. Also, the Nightkeepers where having a difficult time deciphering what the prophecy meant, when as a reader I figured out the twist fairly early on. These are intelligent people. Someone else should have been able to figured it out too.
My main problem with this story was Nate. He was a big asshat and Alexis truly deserved better. I suppose by the end of the story he finally wakes up and gets with the program, but until that happened it was brutal. Nate doesn't want to be attracted to Alexis and he doesn't want to be a Nightkeeper. He is in denial, denial, denial and after a while it can grate on a readers nerves. Alexis on the other hand, is constantly allowing Nate the power to hurt her. I just felt like she deserved better and really should have given Nate a proper slap down. I generally prefer my heroes to know what he wants and go after it.
I like that there is almost a ring of truth to this series. It doesn't seem all that far fetched that something like this could happen. With the Mayan calendar and ancient artifacts, it almost makes one wonder. This is an interesting series, I just wish the romance was a little more to my taste. I will keeping my eyes open for the next installment Skykeepers that releases this August.
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