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For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already de
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Eos (HarperVoyager)
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Perri
This is what happens when you buy books at Wal-Mart.
new_user
Saved by a 180º. Vampire Mistress of the Dark Mira sexually harasses everything that moves, especially employees and subjects. Charming girl. We barely know Mira before we see her grinding on a potential enemy and sticking her tongue down the throat of a peon.

She's cliché too. She's excited to fight someone because, she says, "so rarely had I the chance to pit myself against something that could actually destroy me." If I never see this pompous BS in another urban fantasy or paranormal romance
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Felicia
This was a really interesting book, I enjoyed it for many reasons, most of which it doesn't read like all the other Urban Fantasy out there. The lead female protagonist doesn't have self-esteem problems, doesn't apologize for being a badass, she has problems that are totally justifiable and there's some extremely interesting world building here.

We're talking Vampires of course, but for once they aren't the top of the food chain, it's the naturii (a hybrid of elves and faerie lore) that are the b
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MISS VAIN
"So I thought, " I murmured. I started to lift my leg from his lap when Danaus grabbed my calf with his right hand, holding me in place. His touch was warmer than I'd expected, almost burning through my leather pants. Shocked by his sudden willingness to touch me, I went completely still. Turning his head to look at me, my lips brushedhis cheek and we both froze. Danaus exhaled slowly and I found myself drawing in his breathe, holding it inside me. If one of us moved less than an inch, our l
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Julie (jjmachshev)
An intricate work that's stunningly complex and compelling. Once I picked "Nightwalker" up, I couldn't put down Jocelynn Drake's tale that (hopefully) is just the start of a series about an alternate reality existing in today's world. This is a dark urban fantasy. It's not a romance even though it has some romantic elements. Even though I finished reading "Nightwalker" a few hours ago, I'm still having difficulty extracting myself from Ms Drake's world.

Mira has been a vampire for over 600 years.
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Cher
I really tried to get into this book, but it seemed to borrow every single cliche from every vampire TV show out there. The twist is that everything is from the POV of a 603yo flame-haired female vampire kicking bootie in her leather catsuit.

The main reason this book didn't grab me was that it was primarily told in lusty action scenes, with the main character's conflicts and history lodged in paragraphs between. Since the 603yo vamp lady was pretty much invincible, there wasn't any tension to be
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E
This book was so good and super refreshing because lately I've read a bunch of books that suck! I love the powerful, seductive, sarcastic, fire starting vampire heroine, Mira. Mira kicks all kinds of ass and is pretty fucking ruthless, but she has her own set of morals and a sense of honor that she sticks to and fights for no matter the cost. I loved the tone and the dark gritty feel to this book, the writing style had me totally submerged in the story and the emotions of the characters without ...more
Geoff
Jun 30, 2008 Geoff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton
Vampire Fiction is a fairly well explored genre. With such heavyweights as Ann Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison and Charlene Harris each 'staking' their space in the genre it's difficult to imagine a lot of room for another author to get a significant piece of the Vampire pie. Jocelynn Drake's Nightwalker tries to squeeze in to this packed genre with a book that falls somewhere between Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter and Meredith Gentry Faerie series. Drake has a nice fla ...more
Gina
Jun 02, 2010 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: urban-fantasy lovers.
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Kate
I really did not enjoy the first half of this book. The second half was decent, but more because I got used to the issues I had with the first half than because it was actually that much better.

The premise of the story sounds original, but replace naturi with fae and nightwalkers with vampires, and it's not particularly. The plot was actually reasonably interesting, but my interest in it was overwhelmed by other things annoying me.

First, Mira acted very young, which would be fine if she were no
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Ailsa
I’ve lent my copy of Nightwalker to a friend at the moment, so I hope this review is still ok!

Nightwalker begins with Mira stalking Danaus through Savana, her city. You see straight away how skilled a hunter she is, and her feisty personality come through very strongly. Very quickly, Mira is forced to postpone Danaus’s death and trust him as he shows her an enemy from her past who she thought was long dead. The feared Naturi are back. Mira and Danaus must head to Egypt to warn vampires & oth
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jocelynn Drake has created a dark and fascinating new vampire world with this first installment in her Dark Days series. It features Mira, a 600 year old nightwalker. She is special among her people because she can wield fire and is impervious to its effects. She lives in Savannah and serves as the de facto head-vampire in the United States. As our book opens, there is a mysterious vampire hunter in her territory. She is fascinated by the man and finally meets up with him. She realizes that ther ...more
Sabrina
This book was given to me while I was bored at work, looking for something to read while I sat on the phone all day. With that said, I'm just glad I didn't spend any money on it.

This is the point where you ask, "Why, Sabrina... you sound bitter, as if you didn't really like this book at all. Why on Earth did you give it three stars?"

Well, dear... I gave it three stars, because yes, I did like it. I wouldn't have kept reading the thing every day had I thought it was boring. But like most of the o
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Mithrendiel
Jun 18, 2012 Mithrendiel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mithrendiel by: MISS VAIN
There are some books that you fall in love with instantly, and others it takes you a while to fall for. It’s like love at first sight vs. love that grows slowly over time. Nightwalker is the latter sort of love. I knew I’d enjoy the book after reading the first three chapters. But I thought it would be a shallower sort of read – with bad ass characters raising. I didn’t expect to be emotionally entangled by the story. I didn’t expect to love it. But love it I did. By the end of Nightwalker, I wa ...more
Mical
Hmm, I consider myself something of an afficianado when it comes to vampire stories. I know what I like, and I know what I hate. And that being said, I didn't hate this book. It wasn't a thrill-a-minute, nor was it ungodly boring, but it did have good pacing and a credible main character. I thought the 'common enemy' plot idea was a bit overdone.

The 'CE' was supposed to be a mortal enemy of the vampires, but seemed hardly a match for an older vampire (over a couple of centuries old) save for a
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Summer
I would actually give this 2.5 stars, but decided to err on the side of 3.

The first thing I did was Google "red hair" to see if many Greeks have it...Evidently it's possible, but it still bothered me that the author went to so much trouble to point out that Mira is Greek, but also to describe her red hair over and over. She's a Fire Starter--we get it. You don't have to give her red hair too.

My main beef with this book was that the action was excruciatingly slow. It felt like we just went from
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Jocelyn Zombie
All the bad things about Anne Rice without any of the lovely descriptive passages that make her work worth reading. The whole book was introduction of new character after introduction of new character, with nothing really happening until the last 20 pages. In addition, the fight scenes were weak - no one did anything that would actually harm another person physically aside from magic (and the majority of the fighting was hand-to-hand or hand-to-sharp-object). At one point, the heroine protects s ...more
Patrícia
Mira é uma "nightwalker"... ou seja, Mira é basicamente uma vampira, mas tem um nome mais exótico. Ou não.

Ahem. Recomeçando. Mira é uma vampira com precisamente 603 anos de idade. Mas Mira não é uma vampira qualquer... não! Mira tem um estranho poder que impõe respeito no meio da sua comunidade: ela não só pode controlar o fogo, como é imune a esta forma tão tradicional de matar vampiros. É por isso que há séculos que Mira é a vampira-chefe da sua comunidade em Savannah, USA.

Mas a sua paz está p
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LiteraryLover
Nightwalker is a little hard for me to review. It had some elements that I found interesting and other parts that I wasn't too fond of. It read a little strange to me for an urban fantasy, especially since it had your typical sort of UF cover. The writing reminded me of the tone used in the early Ann Rice books. As in the characters are supposed to be very old and inhuman plus everyone has unclear motivations. I couldn't really connect with any of the characters but the plot was interesting enou ...more
Jessica
Holy moly I can't remember the last time a book sucked me in so well. There still wasn't a whole lot of explanation of the world and what we did get came far later than i would have liked but somehow I don't care. Nor does it especially bother me that we never found out what happened between mira and knox even though i was dying to know. All because of this plot which was...in a word? Epic. My jaw dropped several times from all the twists and turns. This one had a lot going on but because it had ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I really didn't like the 1st half of this book. Mira just talks and talks and talks. She comes across as arrogant, and just annoying. I don't think I liked her until her initial interactions with Michael when they were on the boat. The 2nd half of the book is much more enjoyable. Maybe it is because I switched from audiobook to paperback (or maybe not) but I really enjoyed the 2nd half of the book. You finally get to see a vulnerability in Mira. Oddly, she comes across as more "human".
Ana
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Kiki
Dec 13, 2009 Kiki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who like having their guts ripped out of their noses
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Anna
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I was debating for quite some time whether to read this book or not.What with my unsuccesful picking among urban fantasy titles lately,i was afraid this book might be turn out to be a dissapointment.Having read it now,there's only one thing i can say: i couldn't be more wrong in my assumptions and i shouldn't wait so long to read it!

Nightwalker,is the first novel in what seems to be a really exciting series.It had everything i'm
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Monica
I recently got the fifth book in this series and decided I need to start from the beginning of the series in order to truly appreciate book five. So…that is why I started this book and I was very very glad that I did. This book has that kick-ass, high speed action, thrill-ride feel. I couldn’t put it down from page one. I was actually quite surprised and amazed at how much I enjoyed this book.

I enjoyed the characters of this book immensely. They are all very vibrant and the type of characters th
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Tynga
Before getting to the core of my review, I think some definitions are required. All the quotes are from Jocelynn's website.

Nightwalkers: “Folklore has called them Nosferatu, Langsuir, Strigae, Upir, the undead, and finally, Vampire, but among their own kind, they are simply known as Nightwalkers. Humans by birth, nightwalkers are created when a nightwalker of significant age takes a human past the edge of death and brings him or her back with an infusion of nightwalker blood.

Nightwalkers are dep
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Leah Walker
I had a hard time getting into this book. It wasn’t bad but I felt like something was missing. It may have been because it was written in first person, which leaves a lot of holes in the possible development of the story.

The plot was decent and held together well but there was no real build up. I felt like the climaxes in the story were a little flat and appeared out of nowhere. Most books hint at things to make you question the outcome and either turn out how you expected or completely throw y
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Naoms
Nightwalker is a pretty solid read. Not the best UF I've ever read, but this is the first book in the series.

Nightwalker, introduces us to Mira. A firestarter Vamp, who controls the domain of America. Mira comes across a human vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already proven to be a powerful and a killer of her kind. In the end, the Vampire and Hunter must work together to stop a powerful force that wants to wipe out humans and Vampires alike. Along the way, the run into ancient vamps, booki
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Carrie
I liked Nightwalker it was a good start to what looks to be an interesting series. I'm not going to lie, for the first part I couldn't keep focus on it. I'd pick it up read for a bit and find my mind going elsewhere. It was slow starting for me and I feared that it wasn't going to be as good as I had hopped it would be. But like little trooper I am and yes as soon as I typed the words trooper I put on Iron Maiden. But anyways back to the book :P

Mira is a nightwalker, a vampire, but she's not lik
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Elke
When I first came across this book, I had my doubts whether it would be worth the buy and try. The cover does not look promising - I hate those photo-like pictures of leather-clad women and bare-chested men, they make a book look cheap and predictable.

But the summary got my interest - ok, so again we do have a female vampire heroine fighting the evil of the world, and of course there is a male opponent - or is he not? But built around to this well-known plot, Nightwalker brought some original id
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The oldest of three kids, Jocelynn grew up and continues to reside in the Cincinnati, Ohio region. She started writing when she was 12, spending all of one summer re-writing the story of Robin Hood in the battered remains of a notebooks. While life has brought many changes and surprises, the love of writing and a good story has been constant. When not writing, she can been found with her nose buri ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dark Days (6 books)
  • Dayhunter (Dark Days, #2)
  • Dawnbreaker (Dark Days, #3)
  • Pray for Dawn (Dark Days, #4)
  • Wait for Dusk (Dark Days, #5)
  • Burn the Night (Dark Days, #6)
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