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Subject: Noah by Jacquelyn Frank - Discussion?
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 3:59 PM ET
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by Jacquelyn Frank
ISBN-10: 0821780697
ISBN-13: 978-0821780695
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Anyone want to discuss this? I bought it right when it came out, excited to continue the series. But somehow it just sat there for weeks and I finally read it last night.  Almost 500 pages long, it was "okay".  Darn, I was hoping for better than "okay", especially with the time investment in that long a book.  I really like this series and was eagerly anticpating the Demon King's story. 

Here's the description:

The Nightwalkers have lived in the shadows of our world for centuries, gifted with abilities few humans can comprehend. For Noah, duty is all -- until he meets the woman who is his destiny... She Will Take Him Beyond His Wildest Dreams. As Demon King, Noah is dedicated to protecting his kind from their human and Nightwalker enemies. Yet for six months he has struggled with vivid dreams that threaten his very sanity. Every night he's tormented by images of a woman both achingly real and tantalizingly beyond his grasp. And his bone-deep need leaves him no choice but to force her to leave the life she's known and enter a world beyond her imagining... Every day, Kestra risks her life in perilous missions that veer just shy of the law, but she instinctively knows that the imposingly sensual figure before her is a danger unlike any she's ever faced. Kestra has sworn never to trust or need another man, but Noah's lightest touch scorches her with fevered desire, branding her as his mate, blinding them both to the terrifying truth. For within the ranks of their own people lies an adversary growing in number and power. And nothing and no one will be safe again...Desire awakens at night...


Date Posted: 9/28/2008 5:27 PM ET
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I liked it. Was it as good as the previous ones? Not quite. But, it was worth the read.

I'm not sure what it was about it though that didn't make it a great read. I just can't put my finger on it. Maybe it was that he seemed to be lacking strength in his personality from how he was in the previous books.

Any word on there being another book in this series?



Date Posted: 9/28/2008 7:57 PM ET
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I keep hearing that was the final book in the series. But with all the rich material left to explore and lingering plot threads, it seems unlikely an author would abandon such a promising line.

I agree with you on Noah - his strength of character, his power seemed diminished here.  Not just because of the cyclical nature of the their moon response. That I understand as an explantion for certain weaknesses and uncharacteristic actions.  Overall, I did like it.  And if I knew in advance it was, let's say a 3.5 on 5 point scale, I'd still want to read it.

One minor thing that did grate on my nerves.  Here we have this dignified 600 year-old king with weighty responsibilities, European old-world manners, and enormous supernatural power...yet he refers to his lifemate as "baby".  And not just a few times, but over and over again.  A small thing, but it just seemed so jarringly out of character.

I liked Kes, but it seemed like there were a lot of holes left in filling out her character.  Too bad, because there were some intriguing areas with her being a mercenary and all her militaristic attitudes. Wonder what happened to "Jim" as well as her missing money. Wasn't it half a million?  I know she got involved in more pressing issues, but still - she just didn't seem like the type not to have gone back to reclaim what was hers.

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Date Posted: 9/29/2008 7:48 AM ET
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This book was a real "bummer" for me!  I was so excited to read about Noah and like most of us, I felt he was a wimp.  This man was KING and centuries old and he is reduced to almost begging for this bimbo--------so wrong.  I really loved Jacob, Damian, and Elijah and not so fond of Gideon and Noah.  Frank is branching off to a new series called "Shadowdwellers"

Reading:  #3 of Cindy Gerard's Bodyguard Series

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 6:38 PM ET
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I too was disappointed with Noah....although being hooked on the series I never would have not read it even if I had known it was only a 3.5 out of 5 (as Jo B. said)....Noah should have been so much stronger and Kes I just didn't like her at all.  She seemed kinda fake to me. 

Perhaps the new series, the Shadowdwellers will wrap up the ignored plot lines from this series (especially Ruth, I kept waiting for he to show up).

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 6:48 PM ET
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I loved her first 3, really struggled through Damien, and Noah, well....that was a disappointment.  There were things in Noah in the previous books that were missing here, that should have been and found that so disappointing. 

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 7:52 PM ET
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I'm not super motivated to buy this book yet.  I was looking forward to it but I've read lots of comments on how disappointing the heroine was.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 11:21 PM ET
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For those who are into the series, I honestly don't think the book Noah was "bad". It's just we were all hoping for "great". 

Merely "okay" or "good" was a let down. But I don't think you'll HATE the book. And it does continue some of the story lines.

Plus, different readers have different tastes.  I read a book recently that was discussed here where those who posted in the Forum were really disappointed. But I personally liked it, and it got some good reviews on other sites.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 8:53 PM ET
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I liked the Noah book, the herione was funny especially when she was learning how to use her  power, and blew out all the windows in Noah's castle.