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The countdown to the end of days has begun—and Only the Nightkeepers can stop the annihilation of all mankind... View our feature on Jessica Andersen’s Dawnkeepers. Though a Nightkeeper, Nate Blackhawk refuses to allow others to control his fate. The gods have even tried to influence his love life, sending him visions of Alexis Gray, a sleek blonde who is everything he’s eve The countdown to the end of days has begun—and Only the Nightkeepers can stop the annihilation of all mankind... View our feature on Jessica Andersen’s Dawnkeepers. Though a Nightkeeper, Nate Blackhawk refuses to allow others to control his fate. The gods have even tried to influence his love life, sending him visions of Alexis Gray, a sleek blonde who is everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. The two warriors can’t deny their attraction. But a frightening vision leads Nate to distance himself in spite of the intense passion he feels. Thrown together once more, they must reassemble seven Mayan artifacts that hold the key to preventing the end of the world…


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The countdown to the end of days has begun—and Only the Nightkeepers can stop the annihilation of all mankind... View our feature on Jessica Andersen’s Dawnkeepers. Though a Nightkeeper, Nate Blackhawk refuses to allow others to control his fate. The gods have even tried to influence his love life, sending him visions of Alexis Gray, a sleek blonde who is everything he’s eve The countdown to the end of days has begun—and Only the Nightkeepers can stop the annihilation of all mankind... View our feature on Jessica Andersen’s Dawnkeepers. Though a Nightkeeper, Nate Blackhawk refuses to allow others to control his fate. The gods have even tried to influence his love life, sending him visions of Alexis Gray, a sleek blonde who is everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. The two warriors can’t deny their attraction. But a frightening vision leads Nate to distance himself in spite of the intense passion he feels. Thrown together once more, they must reassemble seven Mayan artifacts that hold the key to preventing the end of the world…

30 review for Dawnkeepers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    I'm giving this one four stars instead of three based solely on the second half of this book. The first half majorly sucked, if you ask me. It was extremely hard to get into this book and the pace seemed (I'm using this word, because maybe it was just me) so slow that any slower and it would've moved backwards. It started almost right where the last one ended, but the first half definitely lacked the "polish" of Nightkeepers. There was no action, only speculation, no particular suspense, no spark I'm giving this one four stars instead of three based solely on the second half of this book. The first half majorly sucked, if you ask me. It was extremely hard to get into this book and the pace seemed (I'm using this word, because maybe it was just me) so slow that any slower and it would've moved backwards. It started almost right where the last one ended, but the first half definitely lacked the "polish" of Nightkeepers. There was no action, only speculation, no particular suspense, no spark between the characters...And it had the biggest flaw this book could brag with. The heroine. I disliked Alexis with a passion from the get go. The initial description, done by Alexis herself, of her being a klutz and severely magically deficient, was probably used with the purpose in intention of endearing her to the reader, making her someone we "normal, average-looking, average-weighing women" could relate to, sympathize with, but it achieved the complete opposite for me. I still can't get over the fact, she was really a materialistic, "overachieving brown-noser" (if I use Nate's own thoughts), incapable of having any lasting relationships, because she always went for the wrong guy, but she still blamed everyone and everything else but herself for it. She hadn't a single thought that was her own, but simply parroted the rather dysfunctional and potentially ruining teachings of her over-ambitious (occasional) man-hater of a winikin. I felt acutely sorry for Nate and the screwage the gods did on him with such a mate. Lucky for me, Nate and the whole story, Alexis left the bitch-train after page 290, got a brain, got a spine, sorted out her problems (sort of), and it was pretty smooth sailing from then on. I have absolutely not objections to Nate. He was great, completely misunderstood by his "team" and his mate, though he had a clear and consistent point throughout the story. Well, he smoothed Alexis out, she smoothed him out a little in the end, so I'm a pretty happy camper. The suspense grew exponentially with the lack of days to the equinox, with a new super-villain thrown in for the chills and thrills, giving us a new and extremely interesting reason for keeping our fingers crossed and cheer for the can of whoopass the Nighkeapers are bound to deal...Can't wait. And the ending, ain't that a cliffy. It simply crashed through everything we thought we knew, sending the Nightkeepers back into the "Nightkeeper stone-age" with no hope for the future... So, the second half definitely redeemed the first. Good writing, good dialog, good character interaction, great suspense, great final twist. I can't wait for the next one, which, according to the reviews on this site, is the "best in the series so far".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    Well I certainly got my money's worth with Dawnkeepers, Jessica Andersen's second installment in her Nightkeeper Mayan 2012 end of the world series. With 455 pages (of small print too) this one kept me out of mischief for a good long time. The romantic leads in Dawnkeepers are Alexis, who was raised on Nightkeeper lore and who embraces her destiny and all the promises of prestige and power that come with it, and Nate, who grew up with no family, not belonging anywhere or to anyone and who has no Well I certainly got my money's worth with Dawnkeepers, Jessica Andersen's second installment in her Nightkeeper Mayan 2012 end of the world series. With 455 pages (of small print too) this one kept me out of mischief for a good long time. The romantic leads in Dawnkeepers are Alexis, who was raised on Nightkeeper lore and who embraces her destiny and all the promises of prestige and power that come with it, and Nate, who grew up with no family, not belonging anywhere or to anyone and who has no intention of giving up his freedom and submitting to the notion of destiny. Alexis and Nate hooked up last book during the heightened sensual needs that resulted from their Nightkeeper initiation ceremony, but despite a mystic connection between them - Nate is in Alexis' dreams and Alexis is the spitting image of a video game character Nate created years before meeting her - Nate has rejected Alexis because he won't accept that the gods have chosen her as his mate. Though there is a romance here, it is not as much the focus of the story as the one between Nightkeeper King Strike and his former Police detective mate Leah in the first book. Nate and Alexis' thread is but one of several, we also follow: the half-blood eighteen year old Rabbit as he begins to discover more facets of his power, Strike's seeress sister Anna as she is pulled from the normal life she desperately wants back into the Nightkeeper fray, and Anna's graduate assistant Lucius who is tainted by the evil magic born of his unquenchable curiosity and need to prove that Nightkeepers are not just legends. I have to admit that I was actually glad the story wasn't just about Nate and Alexis, they are both pretty annoying for the first third of the book. At the start, Nate is a real jerk and Alexis is very needy and focused on the superficial trappings. Thankfully both of the pair actually do some real growing up in the course of the story - Alexis learns to stand on her own and gains her own power, and Nate learns how to be part of something bigger than himself - so despite some poignant moments when all seems lost, everything works out the way it should for the pair. There was plenty going on in this book beyond Nate and Alexis quest for a happily ever after. More pieces of the end of time prophecy come into play in the form of magic artifacts that the Nightkeepers are desperately trying to obtain, though they are foiled at every step by a new enemy, powerful magi belonging to a legendary evil offshoot of the Nightkeepers. So overall I still enjoyed the story even with a few little side nits that bothered me: Strike's whole bug up his you-know-where about humans knowing about the Nightkeeper home base Skywatch when - hello- the enemies know the location, and Anna's keeping secrets and lying to her husband - a betrayal not on the same order as his affair - both irked me a bit for some reason. But nothing major enough to keep this from being an interesting read. And as in the previous book, Andersen uses her ponderous amounts of research - you have to check out the references on her website to believe how much - to bring elaborate detail to every aspect of the story, from settings to history to rituals to the creatures that the Nighkeepers must battle to keep doomsday from coming even sooner than prophesized. I am so looking forward to more of Rabbit and I'm hoping that poor Lucius - both possessed and enslaved - catches a break when the series continues with Skykeepers (Final Prophecy, Book 3) in June.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    It's weird getting the ARC of a book two weeks after it came out, and weirder still finishing it more like three weeks after. But all in all, even in ARC form, I was quite pleased to get a chance to read Jessica Andersen's Dawnkeepers. What we've got going on here is a Secret Magical Society that has to save the world from imminent destruction--in this case, the 2012 end of the world foretold by the Mayans. And the Secret Magical Society is the Nightkeepers, whose modern-day descendants are the l It's weird getting the ARC of a book two weeks after it came out, and weirder still finishing it more like three weeks after. But all in all, even in ARC form, I was quite pleased to get a chance to read Jessica Andersen's Dawnkeepers. What we've got going on here is a Secret Magical Society that has to save the world from imminent destruction--in this case, the 2012 end of the world foretold by the Mayans. And the Secret Magical Society is the Nightkeepers, whose modern-day descendants are the last remaining handful of a once-mighty people. They're up against a rival order seeking to bring seven demons into the world, and they've got to find seven artifacts to do it. If you think this reads a bit more like a fantasy scenario, you're right. And in fact this novel read for me almost more like a fantasy novel than it did a romance. Yes, there's a love story here--in fact, in addition to the primary one on camera in this book, there's the one clearly having been established in the first one, as well as glimmers of another one taking shape. There's quite a bit of sex. And, of course, the hero declaring True Love for the heroine in this particular installment is part and parcel of winning the day (at least as far as this part of the plot is concerned). But there's enough worldbuilding here too to satisfy any fantasy fan. I don't know how much of Andersen's mythology in use is actual mythology and how much of it is her own invention, but it all holds together well. The fact that the cast of this series is an ensemble, too, gives the action a bigger and more global feel. Nate and Alexis may be the love story du jour for this particular novel, but several of the other Nightkeepers and side characters get significant POV time as well. I liked this quite a bit, and this is specifically responsible for making me interested enough in the overall story that I'll be going back to pick up Book 1 too. It's not entirely perfect; I did read it in ARC form, so yeah, the copy I've got is a bit ragged around the edges. But it was a good solid read nonetheless, and I'll be going to pick up Book 1 as well. For Book 2, four stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dorri

    Alexis, a Nightkeeper who was raised on the lore and embraces her destiny and all the promises of prestige and power that come with it, and Nate, who grew up with no family, not belonging anywhere or to anyone and who has no intention of giving up his freedom and submitting to the notion of destiny, find themselves drawn towards to each other even as they spark each others tempers. Once again it seems fate is trying to forge them together to become a Godkeeper and protecter, as Nate is in Alexis Alexis, a Nightkeeper who was raised on the lore and embraces her destiny and all the promises of prestige and power that come with it, and Nate, who grew up with no family, not belonging anywhere or to anyone and who has no intention of giving up his freedom and submitting to the notion of destiny, find themselves drawn towards to each other even as they spark each others tempers. Once again it seems fate is trying to forge them together to become a Godkeeper and protecter, as Nate is in Alexis' dreams and Alexis is the spitting image of a video game character Nate created years before meeting her. Nate has other ideas and tries to rejected Alexis on the basis that they aren't the people the Gods meant them to be. With the tension and desire between Nate and Alexis, there are other stories that flow through this book. We also find ourselves following: the half-blood eighteen year old Rabbit as he begins to discover more facets to his pyrokine power, Strike's seeress sister Anna as she is pulled from the normal life she tries desperately to hold onto back into the Nightkeeper fray, and Anna's graduate assistant Lucius who is becomes entangled by the evil magic born of his unquenchable curiosity and need to prove that Nightkeepers are not just legends. More pieces of the end of time prophecy come into play in this book with the Nightkeepers hunting magical artifacts that are suppose to help Nightkeepers and bonded Godkeeper pairs to prevent the end of times. A new enemy is introduced in the guise of a powerful magi belonging to a legendary evil offshoot of the Nightkeepers. By the end of the book I found myself looking forward to more of Rabbit's story and wishing that poor Lucius, who is both possessed and enslaved, to catch a break or at least survive his life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Merica

    They're two opposites of the same coin. Alexis is someone that had always hoped to be part of the warriors called Nightkeepers from the stories told to her when she was young. Nate had lived a life of hardship and doesn't believe in destiny or things that seem more than just a coinsedence, especially when it comes to his life. When he first got to Sky Watch, the first person he met was the spitting image of the video character he "fell in love with." Though there are some differences in the two, They're two opposites of the same coin. Alexis is someone that had always hoped to be part of the warriors called Nightkeepers from the stories told to her when she was young. Nate had lived a life of hardship and doesn't believe in destiny or things that seem more than just a coinsedence, especially when it comes to his life. When he first got to Sky Watch, the first person he met was the spitting image of the video character he "fell in love with." Though there are some differences in the two, Nate couldn't help but be drawn to Alexis. However, even thought Nate Doesn't believe that they were meant to be life partners/mates, Alexis sees their meeting as fate. Now that they've broken up, things are getting more difficult than easier between them. With a new rival to stop or finish the countdown to date Zero, the Nightkeepers are on the move to try and collect the ancient artifacts before a new evil gets their hands on it. But along the way, Alexis and the rest of the Nightkeepers find out that something is coming for her. Good or bad, no one knows. But one thing is for sure, even if Nate still thinks Destiny can't control his life, he's determined to keep Alexis safe no matter the cost. This was a really cool story. the sequel to NightKeepers with a story about two other members of the team. As the countdown the date Zero continues, they are working day and night to find ways to prevent the end of the world. And the story of Nate and Alexis isn't the only thing to read about. There are at least 2 other couples or people to read about. The only thing is, they stop in the middle and don't continue until the next book of the series. I recommend this book to anyone who has an open mind of 2012. It has action, romance, historical yet sif-fi. This book is something that can really make you wish something like this could happen to you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I kind of wish I could give half stars. I would rate this 3 1/2 stars. I love Doc Jess' writing. Dawnkeepers is the perfect follow up to Nightkeepers. I enjoyed the history and theory involved in the book...but sometime they took over the story. I would have loved to see more of Nate and Alexis - but then I don't know how...but just that I craved more of them. The story definitely set up the next book - Skykeepers. I think the story line with Rabbit is going to awesome...and hope that it is the I kind of wish I could give half stars. I would rate this 3 1/2 stars. I love Doc Jess' writing. Dawnkeepers is the perfect follow up to Nightkeepers. I enjoyed the history and theory involved in the book...but sometime they took over the story. I would have loved to see more of Nate and Alexis - but then I don't know how...but just that I craved more of them. The story definitely set up the next book - Skykeepers. I think the story line with Rabbit is going to awesome...and hope that it is the story within the story through out the books. My biggest problem is Anna....her fence sitting got on my nerves. She needs to be devoted to the Nightkeepers or not. I have no sympathy for her failing marriage and her cheating husband. The underlying story of her feelings for Red-Boar doesn't help either. Where is that going to go? Red-Boar isn't in the mix any longer. I don't know....it was just frustrating! I'm looking forward to seeing what Doc Jess does with Michael and Sasha in the next book. 6 more months...I guess I will wait.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I had hoped that this book would go better than the last book as the world has been set up, but this book was bogged down with all the mythology too. At times I think the author has made the world too involved and not spent enough time with the characters. But even with that said I will keep reading the series, just not one right after the other like I usually do. I also had a big problem with Nate and Alexis as a couple. It seemed like all they did was fight and argue, and sometimes have sex. Th I had hoped that this book would go better than the last book as the world has been set up, but this book was bogged down with all the mythology too. At times I think the author has made the world too involved and not spent enough time with the characters. But even with that said I will keep reading the series, just not one right after the other like I usually do. I also had a big problem with Nate and Alexis as a couple. It seemed like all they did was fight and argue, and sometimes have sex. Things would have been more interesting if their fights wouldn't have been about the same issue over and over. I actually found myself more interested in Rabbit and where the story is taking him. They all seem to see him as some sort of screw up, but I think he will be there to save their butts. I was glad to see that at one point in the story the others were able to tell/show Rabbit that he really meant something to them, it will go a long way with his self esteem.

  8. 5 out of 5

    justablondemoment

    I loved the 1st book, and this one didn't let me down either. The series deals with the 2012 Mayan Prophecy. The books deal with the members of the group with each book centering individually on one of those members, each with their own unique story. As a whole they are a group of people with special abilities that are called forth to fight the evil that is the destruction of the world if this is not achieved...end of time for the rest of humanity. If you are into this type of book, you will lov I loved the 1st book, and this one didn't let me down either. The series deals with the 2012 Mayan Prophecy. The books deal with the members of the group with each book centering individually on one of those members, each with their own unique story. As a whole they are a group of people with special abilities that are called forth to fight the evil that is the destruction of the world if this is not achieved...end of time for the rest of humanity. If you are into this type of book, you will love not only this installment but the rest of the series as well. There is a lot to bite off, and if you just can't wrap yourself around this type of 'superman' powers idea you won't like this as that is what it's all about. Personally, I love this type of 'what if' type stuff.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cori Dantio

    I love this series, but the main male character in this installment drove me CRAZY! I understand that she needed to make conflict, but it was dragged on for far too long. Especially in books like this, when you know the ending, it's stupid to keep up a facade that will ultimately meet your expectations. I love this series, but the main male character in this installment drove me CRAZY! I understand that she needed to make conflict, but it was dragged on for far too long. Especially in books like this, when you know the ending, it's stupid to keep up a facade that will ultimately meet your expectations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Justine saulnier

    Not my Normal read but I liked it now to read more lol bye #bookwormforever#

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Started out slow and the different words hard to grasp; even with dictionary in the front. I picked up midway and I couldn't put it down. Started out slow and the different words hard to grasp; even with dictionary in the front. I picked up midway and I couldn't put it down.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aurian Booklover

    Having defeated the demons in the first book in the series, the Nightkeepers face the next task: to retrieve the seven ancient Mayan artefacts with hidden clues to help them to counter the next prophecy. Lots of research is needed, and Nate is send after the first artefact. Unfortunately, he arrives to late. The statue is missing, and the woman willing to sell it to him, is dead. He doesn’t believe she died of natural causes, someone murdered her. And he swears revenge. But who knows what the Ni Having defeated the demons in the first book in the series, the Nightkeepers face the next task: to retrieve the seven ancient Mayan artefacts with hidden clues to help them to counter the next prophecy. Lots of research is needed, and Nate is send after the first artefact. Unfortunately, he arrives to late. The statue is missing, and the woman willing to sell it to him, is dead. He doesn’t believe she died of natural causes, someone murdered her. And he swears revenge. But who knows what the Nightkeepers are after? Do they have other enemies? Alexis is send after the second artefact at the same time, and she acquires it. But on her way home, a rogue mage almost manages to kill her. Only the timely arrival of Nate and Strike prevent her capture or death. It appears the Order of Xibalba is real after all, and still alive. Their goals are opposite of the Nightkeepers goals, and apparently their magic is way stronger and works differently. How are they to fight those new enemies? In a bid to acquire a Godkeeper, the Nightkeepers hold a new ritual to offer Patience up. She is happily married already, and a Godkeeper needs a strong Nightkeeper to help her deal with the godlike powers. They are hoping for one of the other warrior gods to come down the skybridge to help them. To their surprise, it is Alexis who is chosen by the Goddess Ixchel , goddess of rainbows, fertility and weaving. How is that going to help them fight? But what is done, is done, and perhaps the goddess can give them some advice on where to find the other artefacts. But Alexis doesn’t have a mate by her side, Nate refuses to be used by the gods. And he also doesn’t believe in love. Sure, the sex between them was mindblowing, but he intends to serve his 4 years, safe the world, and go back to his own life in Denver and his computer game company. Alexis though was raised by her winikin Hannah to be a Nightkeeper, to be better and stronger, to be an advisor to the King, like her mother was. She grew up with the legends and the stories, and it is the life she wants. She wants to be important, to do what she can. And if Nate doesn’t want her, so be it. She will do it on her own, or choose another mate. But Nate doesn’t like that idea any better, and when Alexis sets her sights on Michael, he even fights the other man for her. He will accompany Alexis on her next mission, and if sex is demanded, so be it (the Mayan culture is big on blood sacrifice and sex to be able to use or gain magical powers). But stubborn as Nate is, he will have to come to terms with his past, and his parents who died when he was a baby. Their cottage finally lures him in, and shares their past with him. Will he be able to embrace being a Blackhawk at last? Anna has tried to repair her marriage, but it is not working. When she finds out who the other woman is, that is the last straw. Also, her student Lucius is acting more and more strange, not himself anymore. Is there still some demon inside of him? So when Desiree, Anna’s boss, sends him on a mission, he accepts, even though he knows he is betraying Anna. And when he finally finds her at the Nightkeepers compound, he feels even more betrayed. His whole mission is proving the Nightkeepers exist, and she is one of them? Why didn’t she tell him? Or course he would never have been able to keep that a secret, making an academic laughing stock out of the both of them. There is also a big part for Rabbit in this book. He has turned 18, still has no marks of his own beside his bloodline mark, and is longing for more. He just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Nightkeepers. And with his father dead (who neglected him for the most part) he is even more alone. So when he meets a young girl in Boston, and just knows she is someone important, he goes against his orders to find her. To rescue her from the Xibalba and do whatever is necessary to accomplish that. Another action filled book, I loved the mythology, and everything that happens with the people I got to know in the first book. I really liked Alexis. She is strong, she knows what she wants, and she also finally decides she deserves more than a mate who doesn’t really want the real her. She is strong, even without him. Alexis and Nate are often on the opposite site of things, with Alexis leaning towards traditions, while Nate lives in the modern time, and wants to do things differently. He values free will, and doesn’t want to believe in destiny, and that their paths are set out for them by the gods they worship as Nightkeepers. But Nate slowly gets into things, when he finds out things about his parents, and that they did love him, and not just give him away (he ended up in the foster system when his winikin died soon after saving his tiny life). Though this is the love story of Alexis and Nate, there is lot of page time for the other main characters as well, development of the story arc, and lots of magic and hot sex scenes. And danger. I am very much looking forward to the next book. 8 stars Full review on my blog, www.boeklogboek.blogspot.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Molli Moran

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Nightkeepers are the modern-day descendants of the Maya, and although there should be hundreds of them ready, trained, and waiting to stop the foretold doomsday in 2012 (the group in this series believes a magical barrier will thin, and their task is to stop demons from pouring through), due to a past king mistakenly leading his group in an attack he believed would shut down the barrier forever and thus, the 2012 end date would not matter, there are only a little over a dozen. Nate Blackhawk The Nightkeepers are the modern-day descendants of the Maya, and although there should be hundreds of them ready, trained, and waiting to stop the foretold doomsday in 2012 (the group in this series believes a magical barrier will thin, and their task is to stop demons from pouring through), due to a past king mistakenly leading his group in an attack he believed would shut down the barrier forever and thus, the 2012 end date would not matter, there are only a little over a dozen. Nate Blackhawk is the most suspicious of the Nightkeepers. Each of the Nightkeeper children who escaped was meant to have a winikin, or guardian who would act as a surrogate parent; Nate's winikin died leaving him alone, and shunted into the foster care system. Nate grew up tough and alone, and though he is willing to accept some of the Nightkeeper's beliefs and missions, he is utterly closed off to love, much less to the idea that the fates could be telling him he is meant for fellow Nightkeeper Alexis Gray. For the first half of the book, this emotionally stunted man does everything he can to push away Alexis, playing the part of a jerk so to speak, which only serves to hurt her again and again. Alexis wants the power that her mother had, as an adviser to the king. She wants to believe that she can be more, a warrior, a lover, a magic user. She keenly feels the pressure she places upon herself to step up, and that more than anything, holds her back. Alexis keeps giving Nate chance after chance, and can't understand why she can't let him go. The journeys these two make, both alone and together, is especially poignant. Both of them have a lot of growing up to do, when the novel starts out, and by the end, it's truly rewarding to see the people they have become. Both have their respective stumbling blocks, and it's real and meaningful to see them make progress in fits and starts, because this way the end results mean so much more than they might have. While I loved their romance, I also love that it is not the entire theme of the novel. Finding one's partner is important in these books; however, the main mission is saving the world. We see the various Nightkeepers working together in this book, struggling to maintain a sense of teamwork as they do so. This group may be bound by magic, but they have not automatically become best friends. If anything, their internal conflicts make the story all the more interesting. We follow Rabbit, the Nightkeeper with wild magic, and we learn the source of his different powers, as we see him struggle to find his place. We learn a little more about the elusive Michael (whose story is told in the third book, that I plan to read soon.) We see the main characters from the first book, Strike (the reluctant King) and Leah, his mate. We see Brandt and Patience, the only Nightkeepers who are traditionally married, and their attempts to juggle their marriage with the needs of the Nightkeepers. Everyone is involved in the quest. Jessica Andersen has created a broad, believable world. These people strive to win the day, they fight for the good, and with each book, I find myself cheering for them a little more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sadly, I can't continue with this series. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, but that might have been because it was something completely new in the paranormal genre. I was excited to start this second book, but my interest totally fizzled out by the time I was almost 3/4 of the way through it. It was taking me so long to read it and I got to the point where I didn't want to pick it up again. I found myself facebooking more than usual to avoid reading it. I put it down one final time on page Sadly, I can't continue with this series. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, but that might have been because it was something completely new in the paranormal genre. I was excited to start this second book, but my interest totally fizzled out by the time I was almost 3/4 of the way through it. It was taking me so long to read it and I got to the point where I didn't want to pick it up again. I found myself facebooking more than usual to avoid reading it. I put it down one final time on page 296. It is going back to the library unfinished. I gave it 3 stars because the idea of this story was so good, despite the poor execution. SOME SPOILERS BELOW: I truly cannot stand Anna. She knows what is predestined to happen to THE WORLD, the entire stinking world, her included, but is so wrapped up in her boring life with her cheating husband that she can't bring herself to fully devote her time and energy to the group. Yes, the ragtag group of basically clueless Nightkeepers tasked with SAVING THE WORLD, that group. I'm always trying to figure out what is wrong with this idiot woman??? She has all this knowledge that could help their cause, but she is always on the sidelines wringing her hands and trying not to get too involved. I hated her selfish ass with authority. I hated Lucius too. He's basically a mental patient with all the sense of a doorknob. Maybe he plays a bigger and more crucial part in some of the later books (or maybe even at the end of this book? I wouldn't know), but where I left off, he's just a waste of storytelling. Nate was so-so. He's also got an issue with getting his head in the game. You would think that by now, he would realize that it's all true, that fate is indeed an important part of their lives, and that he should stop acting like a child when it comes to Alexis. His dream woman has basically come to life and he doesn't want her because destiny shouldn't rule his life? *facepalm* Alexis was okay in my opinion, though from the other reviews, I can see many people hated her character. At least she had drive and ambition and worked toward something. While everyone else was pissing and moaning, she was out trying to find items to help their cause and she also took charge of the group when she was needed. Strike wasn't present for much other than teleporting services. Is it just me, or does he seem like a pretty ineffectual ruler? Leah was in a couple scenes, but didn't do much either. Rabbit is probably the most interesting of all the characters. If the book was more focused on him, I probably would have liked it more than I did. I don't like to shred books because I know writers put their hearts and souls into these creations, but this series could have been so interesting without all these awful, flat characters! This book didn't have to be boring. The basic elements are there for a really engaging story, but it fell terribly flat in this installment. I think the biggest killer of this overall storyline is the fact that the characters are completely clueless, lose every single battle, and most of them could barely be bothered to improve. They are not a team in any sense of the word.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jill Dunlop

    Dawnkeepers is book two in Jessica Andersen's The Final Prophecy series. Finding out that he is a Nightkeeper came as something of a huge shock to Nate Blackhawk. He grew up orphaned and was in and out of foster home after foster home. He even spent some time in juvenile detention and then cleaned up his act and became a success business man, running his own video gaming company. Now, however he is spending his time trying to save the world. To say he doesn't believe in all the prophesy nonsense Dawnkeepers is book two in Jessica Andersen's The Final Prophecy series. Finding out that he is a Nightkeeper came as something of a huge shock to Nate Blackhawk. He grew up orphaned and was in and out of foster home after foster home. He even spent some time in juvenile detention and then cleaned up his act and became a success business man, running his own video gaming company. Now, however he is spending his time trying to save the world. To say he doesn't believe in all the prophesy nonsense is an understatement. Alexis Grey wants desperately to live up to the expectations she has set for herself. She wants to become advisor to the king and she wants to hunt down the seven Mayan artifacts that are going to help the Nightkeepers protect the world from complete annihilation. She and Nate will have to work together for the Nightkeepers to be sucessful, but that is easier said than done. Nate and Alexis don't see eye-to-eye on anything. I like Jessica Andersen's writing style. She has a way of weaving a story by using good characters who seem all too human. She also crafts multiple story lines that will be converging together at some point in the series. The world building and plotting is top notch and one of the better aspects of the series. However, I still think she is perfecting her craft. There were a few minor things that annoyed me. Everyone in the book refers to having a conversation as a 'convo'. I could see maybe one character calling it that, but all of them? It was too much. Also, the Nightkeepers where having a difficult time deciphering what the prophecy meant, when as a reader I figured out the twist fairly early on. These are intelligent people. Someone else should have been able to figured it out too. My main problem with this story was Nate. He was a big asshat and Alexis truly deserved better. I suppose by the end of the story he finally wakes up and gets with the program, but until that happened it was brutal. Nate doesn't want to be attracted to Alexis and he doesn't want to be a Nightkeeper. He is in denial, denial, denial and after a while it can grate on a readers nerves. Alexis on the other hand, is constantly allowing Nate the power to hurt her. I just felt like she deserved better and really should have given Nate a proper slap down. I generally prefer my heroes to know what he wants and go after it. I like that there is almost a ring of truth to this series. It doesn't seem all that far fetched that something like this could happen. With the Mayan calendar and ancient artifacts, it almost makes one wonder. This is an interesting series, I just wish the romance was a little more to my taste. I will keeping my eyes open for the next installment Skykeepers that releases this August.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    Full review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog... My Review: This book moved a lot slower for me than the other two that I have read in this series. I don't know how much of that was the story line and how much of that was because I didn't personally connect with the 2 main characters in this one. Alexis has been raised by her very aggressive and opportunistic winikin. As a result, she comes across as a very fake, brown-nosing, and power-hungry person which is not appealing in a character t Full review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog... My Review: This book moved a lot slower for me than the other two that I have read in this series. I don't know how much of that was the story line and how much of that was because I didn't personally connect with the 2 main characters in this one. Alexis has been raised by her very aggressive and opportunistic winikin. As a result, she comes across as a very fake, brown-nosing, and power-hungry person which is not appealing in a character to me at all. Nate, on the other hand, was not raised by anyone at all. His winikin died very early in Nate's toddler years and Nate was left to the social system where he was raised in a mix of foster homes, juvenile detentions, and eventually jail before he straightened up and started his own computer gaming company. The only person in Nate's life that he cares about is himself. He has learned that the only person he can count on is him, regardless of the fact that he "saw" Alexis 4 years before they met and that his best-selling video game heroine is identical to her. So, as you can see, neither one of these characters are people that you want to get behind and pull for..at first, but being in Skywatch and with the NightKeepers, things start to change for both of them. They begin to realize that there is a great greater good that they are working towards. In addition, they start to care for each other and the team's goals and suddenly their focus starts to move outward rather than inward. It's fun to watch each of their personal growth and how that affects the team as a whole. These books are very complex. There is a LOT happening with the entire NightKeepers team in all the books. With each book, the worlds, the prophesies, and the story lines become that much more complex and layered. It's amazing to think that this is all fiction has come out of Jessica Andersen's imagination and creativity. She is an amazing story writer and world builder. Onward to book #3...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leya

    Let me start by saying that it was not a waste of time reading this book. I enjoyed it. Now, that being said, I didn't think it was as good as the first book. But from experience, seconds books never are. The beginning of the book had an action/adventure feel to it, and that got me hooked. I was so enthralled with it that I read uninterrupted for several hours. The setting was amazing (as usual), the characters are believable (their feelings) and likable (well, some of them at least), the rituals Let me start by saying that it was not a waste of time reading this book. I enjoyed it. Now, that being said, I didn't think it was as good as the first book. But from experience, seconds books never are. The beginning of the book had an action/adventure feel to it, and that got me hooked. I was so enthralled with it that I read uninterrupted for several hours. The setting was amazing (as usual), the characters are believable (their feelings) and likable (well, some of them at least), the rituals and beliefs were interesting and gripping and they kept me turning the pages. The main characters, Nate and Alexis, were good, I liked the way Nate grew to understand his feelings towards the Nightkeepers, his family and eventually his feelings for Alexis. Alexis on the other hand, I didn't care too much for her, a romantic lead. She had this need to be as powerful, as needed, and respected as her mother was previously, her winikin Izzy really got on my nerves, always pushing her, and manipulating her (in my opinion). Anyway back to romance, I didn't think it was there, well, at least not like the first book. The chemistry/lust was there but the little things that would make this a "romance" wasn't there in my opinion. I also think that I might have been more interested on what was going on with the rest of the Nightkeepers. Rabbit, still dealing with the death of his father, and understanding and experiencing his gifts. Anna, basically being forced to come home and help, even it's the last place that she wants to be. Lucius, his curiosity got the better of him, so now he's enslaved and possessed by evil magic. And the search for missing Sasha continues...I'm sure they'll find her next book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    I just finished Dawnkeepers, which is book two of Jessica Andersen’s the Final Prophecy. Since this is a continual storyline, with much the same characters, I will probably not do a full review until the end. However, I will discuss my thoughts on each book. I enjoyed the first book, with Strike and Leah, but Alexis and Nate were equally good as the destined romantic couple in this story. Though Nate fought his love for Alexis almost the entire story, you knew they belonged to one another right f I just finished Dawnkeepers, which is book two of Jessica Andersen’s the Final Prophecy. Since this is a continual storyline, with much the same characters, I will probably not do a full review until the end. However, I will discuss my thoughts on each book. I enjoyed the first book, with Strike and Leah, but Alexis and Nate were equally good as the destined romantic couple in this story. Though Nate fought his love for Alexis almost the entire story, you knew they belonged to one another right from the start. What is nice about Andersen’s story telling, is that she keeps all the main characters fully into the story, blending them with the main couple of this story. It’s like a family; they remain in your focus the entire way. Though this was Alexis and Nate’s story, Rabbit, Lucius and Anna play a big part in this story. In this book, Andersen showed more romance between Nate and Alexis, their difficulties, Nate’s inability to accept her as his true love, Lexie knowing he was the one, until the final showdown, which was very exciting (as well as earlier when they were trapped underground with the water). It was great to see the teamwork of all the Nightkeepers, and how they were becoming closer and together. Great series, very exciting, excellent action trying to find the Mayan artifacs, and fighting the enemy demons. The Final Prophecy series so far has been very addictive from start to finish. I can’t wait to start Skykeepers, which I think is Michael and Sasha’s story. Strange I thought Sasha would be for Lucius. Barb The Reading Cafe

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Dawnkeepers 3.5 Stars Synopsis Nightkeepers Nate Blackhawk and Alexis Grey are destined to be together but Nate finds it difficult to surrender himself to fate while Alexis wants all or nothing. Can they reconcile long enough to fight beside each other at the next battle against the evil sect working to bring about the 2012 apocalypse? Review The detailed mythology surrounding the 2012 apocalypse and the Mayan civilization as well as the search for the Mayan artifacts are the highlight of the book. Un Dawnkeepers 3.5 Stars Synopsis Nightkeepers Nate Blackhawk and Alexis Grey are destined to be together but Nate finds it difficult to surrender himself to fate while Alexis wants all or nothing. Can they reconcile long enough to fight beside each other at the next battle against the evil sect working to bring about the 2012 apocalypse? Review The detailed mythology surrounding the 2012 apocalypse and the Mayan civilization as well as the search for the Mayan artifacts are the highlight of the book. Unfortunately, the romance is lackluster and the lead characters not that likeable - Nate is an emotionally stunted jerk who refuses to accept Alexis as his mate, and Alexis is overly ambitious and for most of the book seems to embrace her relationship with Nate for what it can do for her politically. Their connection is based on sex and has very little substance. The secondary characters are much better, especially Rabbit, Lucius and the elusive Sascha, all of whom are interesting enough to continue reading the series for. The villain, Iago, is suitably diabolical and unlike many evil characters in paranormal romance actually poses a significant threat. Anna, on the other hand, is seriously irritating. I have little patience for a woman who abandons her heritage because it is inconvenient and then to top it off goes back to a husband who cheats on her. The writing is alright but there is still an annoying use of word contractions, especially "convo" instead of conversation. All in all, an improvement on the first book and hopefully things will only get better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    TheMadHatter

    This is book 2 in the final prophecy series. I got sucked into reading book 1 of this series, due to the plug of JR Ward (one of my fave authors) on her Facebook page. That and the fact that my local library actually has all this series (a rare event!). The series is set around the Mayan culture and the 2012 end-date. As it is 2013 now, the whole setting has lost impact, but I am sure when the book was first written in the mid-2000s it was more topical. The nightkeepers are the ones who are going This is book 2 in the final prophecy series. I got sucked into reading book 1 of this series, due to the plug of JR Ward (one of my fave authors) on her Facebook page. That and the fact that my local library actually has all this series (a rare event!). The series is set around the Mayan culture and the 2012 end-date. As it is 2013 now, the whole setting has lost impact, but I am sure when the book was first written in the mid-2000s it was more topical. The nightkeepers are the ones who are going to save the world (yeah!!). Each book is about a separate couple, but the romance is understated (which I am quite okay with surprise surprise). My only issue with these books is that at times they read like an assignment. There is a lot (and I mean A LOT) of lore in these books and a lot of references to different gods and the 9 levels of hell and things that I have no idea about. I confess to not really knowing what was going on most of the time and I still have no idea what the dawnkeeper title refers to (can any-one enlighten me on this?). I have already put a hold on book 3 so will continue reading, but these books would do better if they were about 100 pages shorter and if they author cut back a little on the research/information overload. I know she is a very educated woman - but the book still needs to be a form of escapism and be entertaining. Less is more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Window Seat

    Dawn Keepers continues the story of the Final Prophecy. In the previous book, we are introduced to the band of warriors known as the Night Keepers who are prepared to save the world from the apocalypse of the end time. We have met all the men and women of this band, but of course very few are paired up! :) The series will continue with the mate pairs becoming a part of the greater Night Keeper landscape. In this installment, we are reunited with Alexis and Nate. Alexis Gray is a member of the smo Dawn Keepers continues the story of the Final Prophecy. In the previous book, we are introduced to the band of warriors known as the Night Keepers who are prepared to save the world from the apocalypse of the end time. We have met all the men and women of this band, but of course very few are paired up! :) The series will continue with the mate pairs becoming a part of the greater Night Keeper landscape. In this installment, we are reunited with Alexis and Nate. Alexis Gray is a member of the smoke bloodline and she is a powerful warrior, but her magic is limited. She was raised by her winikin, which gives her the advantage of understanding her place in the destiny of the Night Keepers and the world. When she arrived at Skywatch, she immediately felt an attraction to Nate Blackhawk, but the two have resisted and their relationship fizzled. As the king, Strike, looks to have the Night Keepers create more mated pairs (which are more powerful), he has his eye on Alexis and Nate to strengthen their fighting force. For the full review, please go to http://thewindowseat13.blogspot.com/2...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    Book 2 in Jessica Andersen's Final Prophecy Series pretty much starts right up where the first book left off. It was a roller coaster of a read and I loved every dip and turn! This is one paranormal romance series that gets you thinking. I love all the mini/side stories. Usually, I find mini/side stories distracting and annoyingly taking time away from the main characters, but in this series, she really makes you come to care about everyone. My only complaint is that it was a little too tame. I Book 2 in Jessica Andersen's Final Prophecy Series pretty much starts right up where the first book left off. It was a roller coaster of a read and I loved every dip and turn! This is one paranormal romance series that gets you thinking. I love all the mini/side stories. Usually, I find mini/side stories distracting and annoyingly taking time away from the main characters, but in this series, she really makes you come to care about everyone. My only complaint is that it was a little too tame. I would have liked for Nate and Alexis to have really connected more one the... "intimate" side of things...don't get me wrong, they're chemistry was great. But there were a lot of.... leading up to the moment, and then skipping to the next day/scene/sequence of events type of love scene's. And those tend to frustrate me after a while! All in all, a very exciting book, that leaves you really anxious to read the next one. Which you get a little glimpse of in the end. I am impatiently looking forward to her next installment!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Book #48 of 2009 I'm think that I like this series and the saving the world and all. There's enough good/bad conflict that it doesn't feel overly ... convenient is the word that comes to mind. Not so much superficial conflict that resolves itself into a happy ending... there's a little of that, a little of good winning, but taking enough hits too keep it from being too contrived. But. If I thought Strike/Leah were an annoying pair in Nightkeepers - WOW - Nate and Alexis are even more annoying. Or Book #48 of 2009 I'm think that I like this series and the saving the world and all. There's enough good/bad conflict that it doesn't feel overly ... convenient is the word that comes to mind. Not so much superficial conflict that resolves itself into a happy ending... there's a little of that, a little of good winning, but taking enough hits too keep it from being too contrived. But. If I thought Strike/Leah were an annoying pair in Nightkeepers - WOW - Nate and Alexis are even more annoying. Or really... Nate was annoying. At least he realized when he was being a Macho jerk, even if continued down that path. Anyway, I finished it just in time for the April Reading Challenge fulfilling #8, "Read a book that has a "male profile" on the cover." Cheesy male profile it might be, but it fits the bill. Borrowed from the library.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I'm not quite sure about this book. Sometimes it seems that the Maya history and all the rigorously researched facts seems to take over. I would like a bit more on Nate and Alexis. But part of the problem is that they are so angry all the time, or rather Nate is. And the problems just pile on top of each other. Alexis and Nate are in caves that fills with water, in secret chambers with no exit and on and on and on it goes. And the angriest of them all is Rabbit. I would also be angry if I was ca I'm not quite sure about this book. Sometimes it seems that the Maya history and all the rigorously researched facts seems to take over. I would like a bit more on Nate and Alexis. But part of the problem is that they are so angry all the time, or rather Nate is. And the problems just pile on top of each other. Alexis and Nate are in caves that fills with water, in secret chambers with no exit and on and on and on it goes. And the angriest of them all is Rabbit. I would also be angry if I was called "Rabbit". Why keep it? Why not insist on the Nightkeepers calling him Clark or something. I don´t know... Maybe I just read one book to many about the end of the world as we know it. I need a happy book next!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Court

    Okay, if it were possible, I would give this 4.5 stars. The reason being is that it took quite a bit longer for me to get sucked into the story than the first book in the series did. That being said, once the ball got rolling (so to speak) I couldn't put it down! Again, there is a lot of history being thrown at you through the book - so if you're hoping that most of the stuff was explained in the first book and this one would be more action-romance, you'll be sorely disappointed. Granted, there w Okay, if it were possible, I would give this 4.5 stars. The reason being is that it took quite a bit longer for me to get sucked into the story than the first book in the series did. That being said, once the ball got rolling (so to speak) I couldn't put it down! Again, there is a lot of history being thrown at you through the book - so if you're hoping that most of the stuff was explained in the first book and this one would be more action-romance, you'll be sorely disappointed. Granted, there was a lot more romantic tension in this book which made me want to smack our H/H to their senses for most of the book - as well as Rabbit, the poor boy, who always seems to do the wrong things for the right reasons. Can't wait for the next installment!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Andersen's clearly got an agenda, and she herding her characters through plot points to get to the end goal. Which, if we're lucky, will be many, many books away. Like J.R. Ward, whose style and structure she somewhat resembles, Andersen clearly plays favorites with her characters, and you kind of get the feeling from all the attention she plays to the subplots that the leads here don't make the list. I'll cop to not being that interested in Nate, either - the Nightkeeper world the author's bui Andersen's clearly got an agenda, and she herding her characters through plot points to get to the end goal. Which, if we're lucky, will be many, many books away. Like J.R. Ward, whose style and structure she somewhat resembles, Andersen clearly plays favorites with her characters, and you kind of get the feeling from all the attention she plays to the subplots that the leads here don't make the list. I'll cop to not being that interested in Nate, either - the Nightkeeper world the author's building, however, has me hooked. Even if I do occasionally catch myself thinking "Gee, this should sound really silly..." Here's to there only being 3 more years before 2012, which will presumably force Andersen to write faster.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    I got bored about halfway through because I'm kind of sick of the Nightkeepers losing. They are just always two steps behind and instead of keeping me interested, wondering how these mostly mediocre mages are going to pull it together, I find myself more intrigued by the Xibalbans. I'm going to give the next in the series a shot, but if it doesn't improve, it'll be the last book I read by Andersen. Also, I didn't buy Nate & Alexis as a couple. The author just didn't spend enough time showing them I got bored about halfway through because I'm kind of sick of the Nightkeepers losing. They are just always two steps behind and instead of keeping me interested, wondering how these mostly mediocre mages are going to pull it together, I find myself more intrigued by the Xibalbans. I'm going to give the next in the series a shot, but if it doesn't improve, it'll be the last book I read by Andersen. Also, I didn't buy Nate & Alexis as a couple. The author just didn't spend enough time showing them connecting as people. They spent a lot of time talking about the amazing sex, but not enough on how they would make a good couple outside the bedroom. Sure, opposites attract, but there has to more binding them together than there is separating them (and destiny doesn't count as a binder).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In the second installment of the Final Prophecy in Jessica Andersen's Dawn Keepers, Strike and his Night Keepers team continue to fight the battle before the end-time of 2012. A lot of his crew dealt with ongoing battles. For Anna, who kept her family background a secret from her estranged husband and colleagues. For Rabbit, he was still struggling with his half-bloodline and usage of the magical powers. But this was mainly Alexis's and Nate's story of finding themselves and each other, when the In the second installment of the Final Prophecy in Jessica Andersen's Dawn Keepers, Strike and his Night Keepers team continue to fight the battle before the end-time of 2012. A lot of his crew dealt with ongoing battles. For Anna, who kept her family background a secret from her estranged husband and colleagues. For Rabbit, he was still struggling with his half-bloodline and usage of the magical powers. But this was mainly Alexis's and Nate's story of finding themselves and each other, when they can't deny their true feelings. Nate wanted to be free as a shifter, while Alexis didn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps. What an awesome and intense urban fantasy/paranormal romance novel.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is book 2 in the Final Prophecy Series. I must admit, this book didn't grab me as quickly as book 1 which disappointed me since I really loved the first book. Book 2 follows Alexis and Nate in their battle against the prophecy. For a bit chunk of the book Alexis and Nate are forever going back and forth..do I love you. no. yes. At one point, I'm thinking enough already! Make a decision. The author drags things out quite a bit by making it very wordy where I don't think it matters. yadda yadda This is book 2 in the Final Prophecy Series. I must admit, this book didn't grab me as quickly as book 1 which disappointed me since I really loved the first book. Book 2 follows Alexis and Nate in their battle against the prophecy. For a bit chunk of the book Alexis and Nate are forever going back and forth..do I love you. no. yes. At one point, I'm thinking enough already! Make a decision. The author drags things out quite a bit by making it very wordy where I don't think it matters. yadda yadda yadda let's move the story along already. I like the story line starting with Rabbit. The series continues with book 3 later this summer and I am looking forward to it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Burket

    Incredibly detailed and well-developed mythos. Andersen has created an extraordinary world built upon the myths of the Mayans and the 2012 theories. Imaginative, creative story that makes you want to immediately read the next book in the series. Nathan Blackhawk and Alexis Gray are believable characters who win your sympathies and for whom you will be strongly rooting for a happily ever after. There are setbacks as well as advances in the Nightkeepers efforts to be prepared for the final confron Incredibly detailed and well-developed mythos. Andersen has created an extraordinary world built upon the myths of the Mayans and the 2012 theories. Imaginative, creative story that makes you want to immediately read the next book in the series. Nathan Blackhawk and Alexis Gray are believable characters who win your sympathies and for whom you will be strongly rooting for a happily ever after. There are setbacks as well as advances in the Nightkeepers efforts to be prepared for the final confrontation. Strong second novel. I think I liked this one better than the first book in these series and I liked it a lot.

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