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Praise for the Novels of the Final Prophecy
“An exciting, romantic, and imaginative tale,
is guaranteed to keep readers entertained and turning the pages.”
—Romance Reviews Today
will knock you off your feet, keep you on the edge of your seat and totally captivated from beginning to end.”
is a gripping story that pull[s] this reader right into her Final Prophecy series. I have not read
yet, but after reading
, they are both on my must- read list!”
—Romance Reader at Heart (top pick)
“The Final Prophecy is a well-written series that is as intricate as it is entertaining!”
—The Romance Readers Connection (4½ stars)
“The world of the Nightkeepers is wonderful, and I love visiting it. It is intricate, magical, and absolutely fascinating. . . . Step inside the Nightkeeper world and prepare to be swept away!”
“If you’re looking for a book to read, one that has an intricate, inventive, and well- researched world with characters that are fully realized, might I suggest
—Romance Novel TV
“Prophecy, passion, and powerful emotions—
will keep you on the edge of your seat begging for more!”
—Wild on Books
“This strong new series will appeal to fantasy and paranormal fans with its refreshing blend of Mayan and Egyptian mythologies, plus a suitably complex story line and plenty of antagonists.”
—Monsters and Critics
“This exhilarating urban romantic fantasy saga is constructed around modernizing Mayan mythology. . . . The story line is fast-paced and filled with action as the overarching Andersen mythology is wonderfully embellished with this engaging entry.”
—Genre Go Round Reviews
“Using the Mayan doomsday prophecy, Andersen continues to add complexity to her characters and her increasingly dense mythos. This intense brand of storytelling is a most welcome addition to the genre.”
“Action packed with skillfully written and astounding fight scenes . . . will keep you on the edge of your seat begging for more.”
“Raw passion, dark romance, and seat-of-your-pants suspense—I swear ancient Mayan gods and demons walk the modern earth!”
New York Times
bestselling author J. R. Ward “Andersen’s got game when it comes to style and voice. [This is] a series that’s sure to be an instant reader favorite, and will put Andersen’s books on keeper shelves around the world.”
—Suzanne Brockmann on WritersareReaders.com
“I deeply enjoyed the story. It really hooked me!”
New York Times
bestselling author Angela Knight
“Part romance, mystery, and fairy tale . . . a captivating book with wide appeal.”
“[A] nonstop, action- intensive plot . . . Ms. Andersen delivers a story that is both solid romance and adventure novel. If you enjoy movies like
. . . or just want something truly new, you will definitely want this.”
—Huntress Book Reviews
“Intense action, sensuality, and danger abound.”
is any indication of her talent, then [Jessica Andersen] will become one of my favorites. . . . [The book] brought tears to my eyes and an ache in my heart. I read each word with bated breath.”
“[A] terrific romantic fantasy . . . an excellent thriller. Jessica Andersen provides a strong story that . . . fans will cherish.”
—Midwest Book Review
The Novels of the Final Prophecy
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eISBN : 978-1-101-18654-1
In loving memory of my grandmother Marian Woodard,
who was never without a book close at hand.
The Nightkeepers’ world is well hidden within our own; bringing it to light isn’t always an easy process. My heartfelt thanks go to Deidre Knight, Kara Cesare, Claire Zion, Kara Welsh, and Kerry Donovan for helping me take these books from a dream to a reality; to J. R. Ward for her unswerving support; to Suz Brockmann for being a mentor and an inspiration; to Nancy N. and Julie C. for being rock-star beta readers; to Liz F. for taking over the Keepers’ message board; to my many other e-friends for always being there for a laugh or cyberhug; to Sally Hinkle Russell for keeping me sane; and to Brian Hogan for too many things to name in this small space.
What has come before . . .
Two years ago, a reluctant king stepped up to rule the scant dozen surviving Nightkeepers and their
protectors. Bound by blood and magic, this small band of saviors must protect mankind from the rise of terrible demons on December 21, 2012, as prophesied by the calendar of the ancient Maya. In order to reach their full powers, the magi must find and bond with their gods-destined mates . . . who aren’t always who or what they seem.
With their numbers decimated by demon slaughter and their information stores destroyed by religious cleansing, the Nightkeepers fight a rearguard action against not only the dark lords of demonkind, the
, but also against their earthly enemies, the magic-wielding members of the Order of Xibalba, who seek to preempt the end-time for their own purposes. Badly in need of new spells and prophecies in the final three years before the end- time, the Nightkeepers must gain access to their ancestors’ library, which is hidden in the barrier of psi energy that gives them their mage powers. Their only hope for this lies in the scarred hands of a formerly demon-possessed human who now harbors the powers of a Prophet but can’t figure out how to use the magic to save his own life . . . or that of the woman he once loved.