A Nicolas Lenoir Novel, #1

I don’t read a lot of fantasy anymore. They all started to sound alike; a quest with a band of misfits trying to save the world, etc. Now I look for the unusual, the unique. That is what grabs my attention and piques my curiosity. So when I saw the synopsis for Darkwalker by E.L. Tettensor, I was intrigued.

Police Inspector Nicolas Lenoir, a legend in his own time, has grown cynical and pays lip service to his job as well as the people in his life, falling into a bottle. Years ago he drew the attention of a vengeful spirit, the Darkwalker and it will not rest until it takes Nicholas’ life in exchange for his transgression. So Nicholas fled his homeland to hide in a backwater country, hoping he could avoid his fate. Now a case of grave robbing has fallen into his lap and he couldn’t care less. His antipathy is pierced when his best informant, an orphan boy is kidnapped. When his worst nightmare the Darkwalker finds him, will Nicholas join forces with it in order to save his friend or will he selfishly run again to save himself?

This was a dark police procedural wrapped in a fantasy setting and I was pleased with the results. Nicholas is brooding and mired in self-pity with a dash of loathing. He has been sleepwalking through his life so it is quite startling to see him fight to save his life when the Darkwalker appears. The Darkwalker is wonderfuly spooky, truly otherworldly. Tettensor does a great job of sketching out the world without overwhelming the reader, while making me eager to learn more. I hope to see more adventures featuring Nicholas Lenoir.

Book Blurb for Darkwalker

He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...

Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom…

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 4.00