Gideon by Jacquelyn Frank
(The Nightwalkers #2)
Piatkus Books (Jan 2012)
Paperback, 337 pages
So, anyone that read my review for Jacob, which is the first book in the Nightwalker series, knows I really wasn’t looking forward to reading Gideon. I will say that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but it still drew too many parallels to a character from a different series, and it continued to distract me from this one.
Gideon is the most ancient of his race. A body demon and spectacular healer, he has lived a 1000 years and has become one of the most respected demons alive. Despite having been around as long as he has, he is still susceptible to the sexual urge that claims all demons during Samhain and Beltane. Eight years ago, Gideon found himself inexorably drawn to Magdalena, a female mind demon, and sister of his close friend. He almost lost himself in the warmth of her kiss, and the lure of her body, but he managed to find the strength to walk away believing her to be nothing more than a “child” in comparison to his many centuries alive.
I do like Gideon, but he really is way too much like Gregori from Christine Feehans Dark series for me to be able to take him to heart. I did enjoy the way that his character changed however, from aloof to panting once Legna got hold of him.
Magdalena is the younger sister of the Demon King Noah. She is the most powerful mind demon around and is slowly getting stronger, surpassing all that have come before her. Having lost her parents early on in her life her older siblings have bought her up, with the help of her Siddah (similar to a Godparent). Since their moment of passion eight years ago, Legna has avoided Gideon at all costs, remaining in the same room as him only as long as it would take for her to quickly and quietly take her leave. His rejection of her, dismissing her as a child, still burns her now.
The plot continues on from Jacob, with more on the threat from the Necromancers, who can pretty much own your demon ass if they know your real name, calling you from where ever you may be to turn you into a slobbering heap of ugly lust, rampaging for your next fix of sex, and, oh, killing the person on the receiving end.
Other nightwalkers (vampires, and werewolves) are now being pulled into the war with the Necromancers in a bid to eliminate the threat, and a war ensues between the factions. This time we get to meet the Queen of the Lycanthropes, Siena, and to experience the chemistry between her and Elijah, the Captain of Noah’s Warriors. Woah, am I looking forward to that book!
Ho hum. Gideon was ok. It’s definitely not something that I would encourage everyone to rush out and buy, and in all honesty I wouldn’t have minded skipping this one (and did actually find myself skimming a bit towards the end), other than it fills in some storyline that I would be missing if I hadnt read it. There are a few exciting bits, but they all seem to be over really quickly, and yet the boring bits seem to drag with lots of description. There is a supposedly huge battle towards the end of the book but it’s all over within just over half a chapter.
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