Half-human, half-Drow Nyx Ciar may be Princess of the Dark Elves, but she’s currently living in New York as a paranormal private investigator by day and Tracker of demons by night. When fellow Trackers are killed, Nyx soon discovers that a Demon Apocalypse is nigh.
Cheyenne McCray has done such a good job with the secondary characters that I like them more than the primary ones. Nadia’s past in the Bermuda Triangle sounds exotic and intriguing, and Olivia DeSantos is undoubtedly awesome. Unlike Nyx, Olivia is all-human, and thus her fighting skills and whatnot are even more impressive because she doesn’t have magical genes and powers. But she has personality plus, and is great fun. However, the author overdoes it by having Olivia wear T-shirts bearing witticisms. The character is so vibrant that the hokey slogans aren’t needed, and thus make them seem lame.
Unfortunately, Olivia is not the main character here, and thus plays second fiddle to the annoying Nyx. At first the Princess’s voice is kind of fun, and she’s honest enough to admit that she’s spoiled. The problem, however, is that she doesn’t try to change that. Excluding the fighting scenes, nary a page goes by without a brand name appearing. Everything from clothes, coffee, chips and cat food. And her XPhone, let’s not forget. She doesn’t just pick up her phone; Nyx picks up her XPHONE, specified all the freaking time. Yes, the phone has more capabilities than just calling and texting, but the persistent and ever-present brand names just make her seem incredibly shallow.
Mind you, everyone consistently telling her how beautiful she is doesn’t exactly make Nyx get over herself. Beautiful in human form, beautiful in Drow form, and her skin isn’t purple – it’s AMETHYST.
And being Drow doesn’t mean just being Drow, because apparently that’s not enough. Nyx has several kinds of elemental power. The key to creating likeable characters is to make them more realistic, and if she’d only had power with ONE element, that would’ve been fine.
If the Night Tracker series has a different heroine for every book, this could actually be quite good – the world-building and plot certainly are page-turning – but if Nyx continues to narrate each novel, I don’t know if I could summon up the enthusiasm to stick with the Night Trackers.