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(Dark Days #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  9,330 ratings  ·  516 reviews
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
Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Eos (HarperVoyager)
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Jul 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is what happens when you buy books at Wal-Mart.
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
Nov 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
I really tried liking this read
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Ok, it didn't go well. It was boring and annoying and I didn't really like the all-powerful chick.
I didn't enjoy the writing style and the plot didn't do it for me.

What I did appreciate, though, why I feel like it deserves more than 1 stars, is the fact that it's different (and I loooove different!)

How was it different?
Well, the main character is a 600-year-old (or 800?), extremely powerful being. She's not your typical UF character, the soon-to-be ba
"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
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aly is so frigging bored
I don't like the writing style. At all!
Geoffrey Kleinman
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-series
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
Sep 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: urban-fantasy lovers.
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Jen Davis
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural
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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Currently Reading (4/25/16): Sarah thinks I would like the M.C and she does look like a redhead on the cover. ;) hahahahaha

Review (5/1/16): This was better than I expected. The M.C was a bad-ass. I liked the fact that this book tried to be original within the paranormal (possible future romance between Danaus and Mira) fiction genre.

There was also a Lestat-esque character (Lestat from Queen of the Damned) that was used mockingly, so I do think the author is not a fan of Rice or Lestat. That was
This one was a slow start for me, lots of world building and lots of new people introduced at each stop in their journey.... But by about halfway, it picked up, the characters all started to mesh and the storyline became much more interesting. I'm looking forward to starting the next one.
Regina De Los Reyes
Great start to the series. Enjoying the characters and world building. A lot of surprises I didn't expect, enjoyed the subtle romance happening. Can't wait to read more in the series
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 & others
May 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2009
I had a really hard time getting into this book. In fact, when I first started it, I wasn't sure I was going to make it all the way through. It was just SO CLICHED! Ugh. Everything about it screamed "been there/done that" of bad vampire fic.

Part of the problem is that you're thrown into this world and character and have no idea who she is or why you should care. Despite being over 600 years old, you know very little about her - even by the end of the book. What little you are told, you're told r
Nov 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jocelyn No
Jun 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, gave-up
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
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
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".
Kenya Wright
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I must say. The cover doesn't do the book justice! The book is pretty decent. I love having the main character be an 600 year old female vampire! Also lost of diversity in the books, everybody isn't just one or two races! The settings were all over the world! A little sex, not much. Not much romance either, but may come up later!
Vampires are not my preferred paranormal creatures, but I ended up enjoying this regardless. What it boiled down to was that I enjoyed the world-building. Giving the naturi as an enemy was a good move, as they're not just an enemy to vampires, but to humanity as well. It made it easier for me to connect to the plot. I also really enjoyed Mira's character. She flips easily between callous and caring, but she does so for reasons that make sense to me, which I like. Her powers are also really cool, ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Nightwalker, the first Dark Days series novel, is the debut of author Jocelynn Drake. With acknowledgements to Kim Harrison and Rachel Vincent it should be no surprise that this book falls into the vein of such juicy paranormal fantasy fare of Harrison's Hollows series and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake.

The dark days are coming and Mira is the kick-butt heroine taking on the world. A vampire enforcer, the guardian of her U.S. domain, she is the one the nightwalkers call the Fire Starter. Ble
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New York Times Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake loves a good story, whether she is reading it or writing one of her own. Over the years, her stories have allowed her to explore space, talk to dragons, dodge bullets with assassins, hang with vampires, and fall in love again and again.

This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near

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