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(Nightlord #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,106 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn't even believe in them. Then he hooks up with a hot babe, wakes up with a hangover, and bites his tongue with his own fangs.

Which pretty much settles the question.

Now he's trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the Undead -- the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts
Kindle Edition, 680 pages
Published September 15th 2014 (first published 2006)
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Garon Whited Yes, I think I can. I try to be helpful, but I'm generally cranky, grumpy, and hard to get with. I'll give it a go, though!

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Yes, I think I can. I try to be helpful, but I'm generally cranky, grumpy, and hard to get with. I'll give it a go, though!

I think (that is, I hope) that "Nightlord: Midnight" will be coming out sometime in June or July. I'm finishing the initial draft up, and now it's time to go back through to do the first revision... and if that goes well, yes, June or July of 2015.

Mind you, if the revision reveals to me a major plot goof, I may be a bit delayed. I'm hopeful, though.(less)

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Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
While this book had its good points, they are outnumbered by its flaws.

Morality: The protagonist's morals make no sense. In the first 30 pages or so, he learns that he has been turned into a vampire, and must eat the soul of a person a year (this turns out to be a far, far larger number.)

He decides only to pick evil a hardworking rich man who is nice to children and dogs, but is somewhat arrogant. And a man who has been divorced three times (who has kids he wants to raise with
Garon Whited
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
The first in the Nightlord series, we see that Eric is a pretty decent guy. He can be as dumb as a post, which is a source of much frustration, but also shows surprising areas of cleverness. I think I did pretty well with that.
However, I have to admit, writing a book means that I will never, ever, be completely happy with it. Writers are, often, also their own worst critics! If I listened only to what I think, you would never have the chance to read it. Other people, however, seem to think it's
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the books that every time I try to suggest, I end up sounding like a complete fool.
Why? It's not that it isn't good, -far from it (it's really really good)- but the fact that its plot is a long epic journey.
Think of it like trying to explain the entire plot of your favorite book series to someone who doesn't even know the main characters. It gets confusing because both the setting and the characters change radically from the beginning to the end of the series, right? Now imagine
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, the book I'm guessing is 1200-1800 pages long and I'm really hoping the author continues writing the sequel. The main character in this book reminds me of the main character in Demon Accords, except its mostly a medieval setting while at the same time taking place in present day. (sucked into an alt world) A lot of people cry out when the MC is considered OP, in this book the MC is definitely OP but has huge vulnerabilities (aka vulnerabilities of vampires/undeath) whose enemies try to ...more
Mark Halse
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SWEET BLOODY FUCKING HELL! This book is just a little above breathtakingly amazing. The blurb of this book makes this sound like a modern Anne Rice novel but really vampirism seems like such a small part of the story.

NIGHTLORD: SUNRISE is like a modern, adult Narnia but instead of British siblings we get an American half vampire with a penchant for wizardry, a sarcastic dragon sword and a golem stallion as a main character. Still not convinced?

SUNRISE is written as a journal and thus is very
Maria Mercedes
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Off the cuff without thinking about a review I can say that I love this book and hope for more. If you are looking for a vampire story filled with blood, gore the lust for power or even senseless sex, and then this isn’t the book for you.
Eric the reluctant vampire is some hero. A normal guy one day and a party later he’s a vampire. He takes this revelation well, much better than I would. He returns to his Vampire mother and falls deeply for her only to have her torn away from him. Eric wants
Steven Naylor
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.5 stars

This was a very intellectual story. That's about the only way that I can describe it. It is narrated as if being read from a journal. By doing this, it gives a lot of detail to the story. There were also times when the narrator would mention what was happening in the moment but say, if I knew better at the time, I would have done things differently. The downside of this type of narration is that it is lacking in emotional connection.

The story follows Eric who finds himself
George Schmidt
Mar 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I listened to this entire book, and its sequels totaling over 24 hours, and I want to like it, I really do but I just can't get past its flaws.

There is a good story here, even if it's just a Mary Jane, but it's buried in hours and hours of fluff and misdirection. One of the other reviewers said that this story needed "a brutal editor" and I couldn't agree more. There is just so much stuff that we're left with holes in the story that are never explained. For example, (view spoiler)
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Where to begin? I would like to say that I usually love fantasy reads, and a good number of vampire stories. I also enjoy when there is a new twist to a vampire read because let’s be honest, they can get kind of repetitive.

This one in particular does bring a certain new element to the vampire world. Along with needing to feed off of humans, Eric can perform magic. Oftentimes, he performs magic to heal and help others, which then in turn makes his character likable. However, and this is the
Susan Angela Wallace
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Night lord sunset by Garon Whited is a sci-fi and fantasy read.
Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn't even believe in them. Then he hooks up with a hot babe, wakes up with a hangover, and bites his tongue with his own fangs.

Which pretty much settles the question.

Now he's trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the Undead -- the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts are a real bitch.

Upside; Eric has the beautiful Sasha to teach him
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise of this story is pretty dope: a physics professor turned powerful vampire, seeks revenge for his murdered woman. (FYI - some people murdered the shit out of her) I am here for all of it.

Unfortunately, there really isn't a direct path to vengeance. I'm okay with that (not really), since there wouldn't be much of a story.. He has to understand his powers, accomplish certain tasks, meet people, excetera, excetera. Along the way, he makes stupid choices, and brushes it off with the
Erika Gill
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read and reviewed this book for a review site, and I have to say, I'm really glad I did! I'm currently reading the 4th book so my fondness of the series will color this review.

The first book is overall actually my favorite in the series, despite its flaws. I think it's because you're learning about the various settings with Eric, the main character. As the series progresses you still do get the sense of new exploring stuff, but it's best in the first one.

It's about vampires, but I can
Cryogenic Fire
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this.

This was a Kindle Unlimited recommendation and to be honest, when I read the book blurb I was a little 'meh' about it, but decided to go ahead and give it a try and boy am I glad that I did!

It drew me in from the get go; from Eric's transformation into a vampire/nightlord, his efforts to square this and his new needs to living in modern society, through to his travel into an alternate medieval style universe where magic is considered normal, in pursuit of his unknown enemies and his
Mich Must Read
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampire
I picked up Nightlord and put it down quite a few times. I saw such great reviews and I really wanted to get into it. This book is extremely detailed, but not in the right areas. The characters in here are two dimensional. I don’t “feel” anyone going through anything. The dialogue feels so casual through out that there is no weight in the story, no darkness, and there are some serious dark situations going on. Its like having a movie on in another room; you can here the dialogue, so you know ...more
Chris Smolinski
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a good read, well listen. From start to finish you are on the edge of your seat. I cant wait to get into book 2.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
READ THIS BOOK! but only if you like beautifully written fantasy and vampires
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I did finished the book and there is a chance that I will read the next one in the series, but my god, what a Marty Sue!
A physics professor is a turned to a vampire by a hot chick. So at the start the character is given a bunch of superpowers, like regeneration, strength and talent to magic. But why stop at that - let us give him endless money bag (actually, there is no magic item, but where Eric found the money when he became Halar is a question that does not always have a good answer), super
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Dropping this book and moving on to something else. First off, it is very long - 36.75 hours. Second off, the main protagonist is what I call "a bro" - a white dude who thinks he's clever & amusing and never really fails at anything he tries. I'm just not in the mood for that any hours with a bro.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only other book series I've read that is similar to this one is Name of the Wind. In both cases the male/female relationships don't seem to grow or develop in a realistic way and eventually it bothers me. More attention is paid to creating a spell and maybe that is the point of these books? I don't know. Because of his journey there isn't a lot of character development. I literally didn't remember the other characters names until the last 20% of the book because of this. I hope this book ...more
Sean Randall
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a rule, vampire stories are not my thing - the only ones, Dracula aside, that I could name with any certitude are Darren Shan and Edward Cullen. Although the narrative here isn't anything like the standard of Kvothe or even Fitz Farseer, it is still alluringly intriguing. I found myself thinking I really aught to find something a bit more diverting, yet still compelled to carry on and see what happened. There was something of James Galloway about the writing style, a sense that, even if the ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty good, needs editing.

Overall the story is a male Mary Jane story. The protagonist has a never ending supply of knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as a remarkable, nigh unbelievable, ability to process events quickly. He takes being turned into a vampire, drinking blood, magically sucking the life out of people, being trapped in another world, and learning magic without so much as a double take. Most of those are within the first 200 pages.

While the overall story is a good one, the
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The story twist on the usual vampire genre. The vampire in question wasn't someone competent, not a hero of any sort, but more like a geek. As the story went on, he exhibited traits that you would expect from your standard military fiction hero, as if he's someone trained in the navy, with all the skills of an operative, with lots of magical twists, which begs the question of where one genre ends and where the other started.

All in all, it was an interesting read. Some pages were so involving,
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jay Collins
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars, great start to a series and i will continue with it.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nightlord: Sunset by Garon Whited is the first book in this new series. In this book we are introduced to a character by the name of Eric. He has been leading an average life as a professor at a university enjoying the time teaching his students. After a fun night out with the guys having more than a few drinks he wakes up in a house with a woman that he does not know at all but he doesn’t feel any fear when he sees her. Instead he ends up spending a lot of time with her enjoying himself and ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5* Where to start? This gem of a book showed up on my suggested books list here on Goodreads. I took one look at the blurb and knew I was.... Going to hate it! I kept right on scrolling to see what else was going to be suggested. About a week later I walked into our local discount book store and what do I see staring directly at me from the front display counter? You guessed it. I picked it up and saw it was only .99 cents so I put it in my basket against my better judgment. Got home that ...more
Brian Burkhart
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book in the Young Adult section of my local shop, so I was originally very apprehensive about it being like Twilight. Honestly, I think I put it off for almost two years. Finally decided to give it a try since it was getting close to Halloween and I hadn't read anything spooky lately...
I have never been so wrong in my judgement of YA Horror/Fantasy.
This Book was astounding. From five minutes in, I liked Eric. He and I are in the same general life bubble when the book starts, and
If you are in the mood for an EPIC epic and love vampire adventures you should read this book! The story is convoluted and suspenseful though I found it to be a bit too slow and drawn out in places –particularly in the first half. At a staggering length of over 12,000 locations this tome was not a quick read for me. I almost gave up on it a few times as I worried about my increasing backlog of other queued books. I am glad I kept with it, however, because I truly enjoyed the latter half of the ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nightlord: Sunset is the first book of the Nightlord Series. Eric is a school teacher and engaged to marry Terri. She ends their relationship and calls off the wedding suddenly. His friends take him out drinking to cheer him up and so he can try to get over Terri. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a strange bed and he can’t remember how he got there. Then the beautiful Sasha greets him with a huge breakfast. She thinks that Eric is her long-dead husband reincarnated because he promised ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Completely pointless. The author has no idea what he wants to do, so he does everything all at once. It comes out as a complete mess. It starts as an urban fantasy, then he gets bored and invents a portal to another world, medieval this time. And then he doesn't seem to settle at any one plot point. "where should I go now? I am supposed to be doing that one thing, but I guess for now I will go right", and right he goes, stumbling upon bandits or whatnot. And then he stumbles upon something else, ...more
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Garon Whited was supposedly born in 1970, but the original birth certificate is suspiciously unavailable and other records do not agree. After spending some years in college playing role-playing games, he finally settled down into a steady job working with computers—and still plays role-playing games. He finally joined a radicalized group of jellyfish-herding nomads. Having fought zombie dolphins, ...more

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