Title: Night Walker
Author: Lisa Kessler
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Buy Link: Buy Night Walker Here!
Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.
Calisto Terano recognized Kate Bradley as his lost love Tala the minute he saw her again. The Old One hadn’t lied, she truly did live again. The endless years spent as a Night Walker were being rewarded with the return of his soul mate. The path of true love which ended so tragically before seems destined to repeat itself. Kate’s life is once again put in danger from Calisto’s love for her. The Holy order of the Fraternidad have made it their calling to keep watch on Calisto and make sure he creates no more monsters like himself. They killed Tala once and will not hesitate to do so again.
Night Walker is the first novel in a new paranormal series by Lisa Kessler, and she opens it up with a jolly good bang. The beginning starts off with the tragic story of Father Gregorio Salvador(who evolves into Calisto) and his forbidden love Tala (reincarnated as Kate). Kate has her own sad story to tell. In fact, the beginning of the book is very dark. It is beautifully told with aspects of Native American mysticism and Christianity woven together to form the Night Walker legend. As a former priest, Calisto still has some of the old world mannerisms and tastes. He is not ashamed of what he has become but he dislikes it. He is aloof and bitter, although this is understandable to a degree. Kate was harder to get a handle on. She had no recollection of her life as Tala, except for a sense of déjà vu and some recurring nightmares. There seemed to be quite a bit of “oh, I can’t live with out you” and “I never want to see you again” being bandied about on both sides. At times it was a tad frustrating.
The monks from the Fraternidad were the villains of the story. The end justified the means in their religious fervor. They were the epitome of rigidity, ignorance and fear of the unknown. From the churches tyrannical, bloody past to their present day cover ups, Ms. Kessler shines an unflattering light on prejudice and deceit in corrupt organized religion. This was a very worth while read, but be warned there are not a lot of laughs ( except when Calisto tries to drive a stick shift) There ARE a lot of very emotional and heartbreaking passages and I do recommend keeping a tissue or two on hand. I heartily look forward to the next book.