Night Prowler, Book 1
Synopsis: Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…
Review: I confess I didn’t know what I could expect when I started this book, I was a little anxious to have the same story as the Drakon series by Shana Abé. Indeed, the two books have a lot in common. A species who can shift in creatures or vapor, a world built far from Humans, some hunters who will do everything to kill them, a young woman living out of this community they want back. Well, a lot of elements I was puzzled about. But once in the story, I confess I didn’t stop until I finished it.
Jenna is a young woman who works as a win specialist in a little restaurant. Since her childhood and the disappearance of her father, she runs away an unknown threat, a threat that hangs constantly over her head. And, when one day she meets a strange man, she wonders if it’s not him she is supposed to flee away. But so tired of being hunted, she will ask him for help to finally know the truth about her past.
We’re immediately intrigued by Leander, we try to understand what he really wants from her. It’s difficult for him to understand his feelings when he meets with Jenna, the woman he was asked to take back home. But our heroin is far from being docile, and nobody could impose his choices. I really enjoyed this heroin so determined. Despite everyone tries to manipulate her all along the book, to change her in a person she isn’t, she is fierce and faces all the problems alone. I was very impressed by her nature; she stays strong even if this new life is difficult for her. She doesn’t want to be part of this world, but there is no choice for her. It’s was very pleasant to follow her all along the story, to assist to her discovery of the truth and to assist to her adaptation.
I also enjoyed Morgan, she is different from the others with her desire for freedom and her weaknesses. We think at first she is strong and rough, but it’s finally only a facade… We also discover her all along the book, at the Jenna’s side and we understand her desires that finally are the same as the ones of our heroin.
A big part of the story is about Jenna and the answers she tries to find out but the author also introduces us to the hunters, who do everything to kill them all. This volume announces like that some big things for the sequel, a future difficult war, I’m sure. I’m very curious to know what will happen now and I can’t wait to follow Morgan this time as she also seems very interesting.