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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Gideon

Gideon (Nightwalkers, Book 2)Title: Gideon
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review from my personal library

50 words or less: Ten years ago, Gideon, super strong and ancient Body demon, made a total fool of himself with Magdalegna, youngest sister of the Demon king.  She's never forgiven or forgotten their encounter; now, with danger on all sides, they find an attraction they tried to forget and a love they never expected.

I don't see too many mentions of the Nightwalker series around the bloggy world, which is a shame, as this is one of my favorite paranormal romance series.  Although somehow I haven't reviewed Jacob, the first book in the series yet, trust me when I say three things: 1) it is excellent, 2) it is the best place to begin this series, and 3) a review of it is forthcoming.

Moving on, Gideon is the second book in the series, and tells the story of Gideon and Magdalegna, as well as the escalating conflict within the Demon world as crazy old Ruth and her crazy daughter Mary attempt to grab power for themselves.  Gideon and Magdalegna are a serious power couple- Gideon has been trying to resist his attraction to a much, much younger Magdalegna for ten years, and when he finally gives in, the results are as explosive (har!) as one might expect.

You see, these two are Imprinted- the Nightwalker equivalent of being fated mates.  Gideon is able to heal tremendous injuries and is the most ancient Demon there is; Magdalegna is much younger but an accomplished Mind demon- she's an empath and is able to heal spirits the way that Gideon heals bodies.  In a way, they're the perfect complements to each other.  They're also perfect opposites, and their relationship is a clear case of opposites attracting.  Gideon is Spock-like in his control of his emotions, especially because he blames himself for war atrocities against the Druids centures ago, Druids who are now central to the survival of the demon race.  Magdalegna on the other hand is empathetic to a fault, and looks at the wilder, savager side of her nature with something between fear and disgust.  Both of them have to work to help the other grow and evolve as an individual, and out of that comes the basis of their relationship.

While all this is going on, all is not well in the demon world- finding out that keeping Demons away from humans during the Samhain and Beltane frenzies may not have been the right thing to do has rocked their society to its core, and promptly the most power hungry among the ruling body have launched a rebellion and are targeting anyone they can get their hands on.  It's only logical for the Demons to form alliances with the other Nightwalker races, and so we get to meet the Lycanthropes, and the foundation is laid for future installments in this series when we not only meet Sienna, the Lycanthrope queen, but also Syreena, her sister and advisor.

Like I said, I definitely recommend starting this series at the beginning with Jacob and reading the series in order, but this series is a definitely treat.  With a new (and, I believe, final) book coming out in November (the title is getting announced at the RT Convention on April 8th) now is the perfect time to get caught up!

Overall Grade: A
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