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According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Poe, part human, part vampire, believe that they "are" that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive--and mortal--scholar Lucy Lanfair.As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Poe, part human, part vampire, believe that they "are" that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive--and mortal--scholar Lucy Lanfair.As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James to abandon his moral code and draw Lucy into a deadly battle she wants no part of. But Lucy soon realizes that she holds this powerful immortal's soul in her hands and that it's her destiny not only to stop a war but to save him from his inner darkness. If she fails, his race will die--and so will her heart. Is the power of love strong enough to save the world?


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According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Poe, part human, part vampire, believe that they "are" that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive--and mortal--scholar Lucy Lanfair.As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Poe, part human, part vampire, believe that they "are" that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive--and mortal--scholar Lucy Lanfair.As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James to abandon his moral code and draw Lucy into a deadly battle she wants no part of. But Lucy soon realizes that she holds this powerful immortal's soul in her hands and that it's her destiny not only to stop a war but to save him from his inner darkness. If she fails, his race will die--and so will her heart. Is the power of love strong enough to save the world?

30 review for Twilight Prophecy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review please visit The Romanceaholic. You know that a book is going to be good when only a few chapters in, you think to yourself that it sure would be nice if your Kindle were waterproof so that you wouldn't have to put the book down long enough to take a shower. True story. Now, I should probably start this review with a very important disclaimer: this is Book 17 in a series, and I haven't read a single installment previously. I decided to read this one fo This is a Quickie Review. For the full review please visit The Romanceaholic. You know that a book is going to be good when only a few chapters in, you think to yourself that it sure would be nice if your Kindle were waterproof so that you wouldn't have to put the book down long enough to take a shower. True story. Now, I should probably start this review with a very important disclaimer: this is Book 17 in a series, and I haven't read a single installment previously. I decided to read this one for two main reasons. First, the blurb sounded interesting enough that I felt it would be an entertaining read, and second, because I think other readers who are also new to the series deserve to know whether or not they'd be completely confuzzled if they jumped in so late into the series. Surprisingly enough, I have to say that I feel that this story worked quite well as a standalone. As with any late-edition to a series, there are of course references to events and relationships that were obviously detailed in previous novels, but while my curiosity was piqued in regards to a few of the existing couples, I never felt as though I was missing any key information. I really enjoyed the ending. While it didn't wrap everything up into a neat package by any means, leaving the storyline wide open for the next installment of the series, I didn't feel as though it were a true cliff-hanger which was a relief. While there was more focus on the relationship between James and Lucy than I think is normally the case in an Urban Fantasy, the low steam level did leave me feeling that it was more UF than Paranormal Romance, and that actually appealed to me. Overall, a very solid read that won't leave newcomers scratching their heads, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment to the series. 4/5 Stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    Dear Maggie Shayne, You have just caused the exponential growth of my TBR pile. Because thanks to this book, I feel compelled to go and read your entire backlist. That is no small feat, because The Twilight Prophecy is book 1000 or so in the Wings in the Night series. But what is absolutely amazing, is that there was not one single instance that I ever felt like I was missing something. Obviously, this book features several couples featured in the previous books. But this book worked clearly and Dear Maggie Shayne, You have just caused the exponential growth of my TBR pile. Because thanks to this book, I feel compelled to go and read your entire backlist. That is no small feat, because The Twilight Prophecy is book 1000 or so in the Wings in the Night series. But what is absolutely amazing, is that there was not one single instance that I ever felt like I was missing something. Obviously, this book features several couples featured in the previous books. But this book worked clearly and spectacularly as a stand-alone as well. James is special among the vampires. He is 1/4 human and he has the ability to heal with his touch. His gift is so powerful, it can even bring people back from the dead. He and his twin sister Brigit are prophesied to be the saviors of their people. And it's time for that prophecy to come true. Vampires are being revealed to the human race; and the humans are lashing out, obliterating the supernatural. Lucy is the archaeologist and professor who uncovered and translated the ancient Sumerian texts that held the prophecy. She is also a Chosen, a human with the antibodies necessary to one day allow her to become a vampire. James and Brigit pretty-much kidnap her to help them figure out how to find the first immortal, who they think is the key to saving their people. It's a riveting story. I never got bored. I never got lost. The romance was solid; though it wasn't overly hot. I think there was only one love scene on-page. I am accustomed to a little more smut in my PRs. But I almost didn't notice, as I got wrapped up in the action. (By the way, that's a mighty big compliment.) The book does resolve the relationship between James and Lucy, but ends on a cliff-hanger, so be forewarned. I'm looking forward to see what will happen when I get my hand on Twilight Fulfilled . 4 1/2 stars. *ARC Provided by NetGalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mizuki

    I'd debated with myself how to rate this book, on one hand the writing and the story is solid and the author bothered herself with explaining things and making her 'vampires in a modern world' theme look as realistic as it can get. That's already more than I can ask for. On the other hand, the main romance is flat, the tone lacks uniqueness that can make the story outstanding, and in this 'humans v.s. vampires' war, we only see how things are going within a small selected group of vampire instea I'd debated with myself how to rate this book, on one hand the writing and the story is solid and the author bothered herself with explaining things and making her 'vampires in a modern world' theme look as realistic as it can get. That's already more than I can ask for. On the other hand, the main romance is flat, the tone lacks uniqueness that can make the story outstanding, and in this 'humans v.s. vampires' war, we only see how things are going within a small selected group of vampire instead of getting a good look at the 'big picture', so 3.5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    This is the 17th book in the Wings of the Night series and focuses on the part-vampire/part-human twins Brigit and James Poe who are the children of a previous book's couple and their unique abilities to give or take life. For many years James has tried to run from the vampire side of himself while his sister has embraced her existence and gotten stronger. James acts more like a human except for those times when he's healing terminally-ill children. Until the day his sister informs him that the This is the 17th book in the Wings of the Night series and focuses on the part-vampire/part-human twins Brigit and James Poe who are the children of a previous book's couple and their unique abilities to give or take life. For many years James has tried to run from the vampire side of himself while his sister has embraced her existence and gotten stronger. James acts more like a human except for those times when he's healing terminally-ill children. Until the day his sister informs him that the existence of their kind is in jeopardy and only the two of them can stop the extinction of their race. With the reluctant help of Professor Lucy Lanfair, whose job is to decipher the ancient clay tablets foretelling the prophecy, James get drawn into a battle with an ending based on lies and with the love of his life getting caught in the crossfire. This is the continuation of Maggie Shayne's popular vampire series and the storyline is full of characters from previous books. In my opinion it's not an absolute necessity that you've read the previous books since the author quickly brings you up-to-date, but it will help in keeping track of who's who and the intricate family lineages if you have read them. I HAVE read them all and even I had trouble recalling all the characters. The vampire twins are exact opposites in their abilities and feelings towards mortals. James sees their goodness and lives among them while Brigit embraces her vampire side by imbibing blood and has no need for mortals. Due to mortals' reactions to learning of the vampire's existence though, the two of them are forced into doing things they never thought they'd have to do and in the process start seeing others differently. James has always wanted to discover the purpose for his abilities and is excited by what he believes the prophecy to be and that he'll be the hero. Brigit's always been the bad seed and doesn't see that changing with the prophecy. She's a strong heroine who takes charge and is very likable no matter her negative feelings towards mortals. No matter their differences though they have a strong bond and the two of them are the best parts of the story. For James, being the hero is important. Whereas Lucy has always seen herself as a coward from her early childhood when she hid and was the lone survivor of her parent's deadly archaeological dig. She at first doesn't want to become involved in the vampire's fight and irritatingly is constantly asking to go home. Even though she's slowly becoming more attracted to James she still doesn't want to be with vampires. For a large part of the story she believes what the government bad guys, the DPI, say about the vampires. The romance between her and James doesn't even make any headway until way over halfway through the book. Because of this, I don't find their romance believable. Since she has the belladonna antigen in her blood that draws vampires into protecting her, it almost felt like that was more of an affect to their relationship than anything else. Because I didn't see much growth in her character until the very end I didn't see why he'd be drawn to her otherwise. With their stagnant relationship this causes certain parts of the story to drag. The middle part of the book felt especially boring and a bit like filler. The end of the story definitely picks up momentum as truths come out and the vampire's lives become more imperiled. The plan involving their supposed savior turns heroes into villains and villains into heroes and ends on a cliffhanger. And even though this story was a bit lacking in the romance department and has a few unnecessary chapters, I'm still intrigued enough to want to read the next installment in this intriguing take on the vampire world. With an exciting cliffhanger and the possibility of Brigit being the heroine of the next book, and a very intriguing and confused man introduced in this book as her possible love interest, I'm definitely on board for the next book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book 17 in the Wings in the Night vampire series 5 stars for the overall-plot and the characters from the previous books. 3-4 stars for the love story. First of all, this book may feel incomplete, but that is only because it is to be concluded in the final series installment Twilight Fulfilled to be released October 2011. That book will focus on James’ twin sister, Brigit. Even though each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone, I still recommend reading them in order, otherwise you will Book 17 in the Wings in the Night vampire series 5 stars for the overall-plot and the characters from the previous books. 3-4 stars for the love story. First of all, this book may feel incomplete, but that is only because it is to be concluded in the final series installment Twilight Fulfilled to be released October 2011. That book will focus on James’ twin sister, Brigit. Even though each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone, I still recommend reading them in order, otherwise you will miss a lot of character background information and over-all you won’t be as emotionally invested in the characters as if you were to read them from the beginning. Detailed Spoiler Summery: James is the part-vampire, part-human focus of this book. His love interest is Professor Lucy Lanfair, a scholar who specializes in Sumerian culture and translation. She has just translated a Sumerian tablet (incomplete) that states that a race (we know this means vampires) is coming to an end unless Utanapishtim (does something- unknown- missing fragment), and that the Two who are opposite, one light and one dark, one destroyer and one salvation. (James can heal and Brigit can destroy) James and Brigit believe that James is the one who has to save the vampire race. And they believe that with James’ power of healing and bringing back to life, if he raises Utanapishtim’s ashes that will in fact save the vampire race. So, James basically kidnaps Lucy after the world finds out vampires are real (humans start killing off vampires in fear). Lucy is drawn into an adventure she never know she’d have. First taken in order to translate some tablets that Damian (Gilgamesh) has. Once she realizes that these vampires are good she finder herself quickly defending them and falling in love with James. With the help of Lucy, James learns where Utanapishtim’s (U’s) ashes are. They break into the Met in NY to steal a statue that has U’s ashes in it. They get it and then James re-animates U. I write re-animate because he was actually alive, still immortal in those ashes for over 5,000 years, unable to die. James and Lucy quickly realize that U has tremendous power- he can absorb any information or power from devices or people/vampires. With average human citizens burning their houses and DPI hunting them still (the main “bad-guy” throughout the series is the DPI, Division of Paranormal Investigation, a secret government agency), and now with U killing all the vampires (because he thinks he angered the gods by creating vampires in the first place and his only chance for redemption is to kill them all), the vampires list of allies grow thin. And so do the vampires- the vampires in Ms. Shayne’s series (at the end of the book) are the only ones left alive. Including the newly changed Lucy. Lucy was on the verge of death because she blocked a fatal blow from U that was intended for James. And since U took James’ healing power he had only one way to save her- turn her into a vampire. At the end we learn that the DPI hid the missing Sumerian fragments and the whole translation actually says U is the one that would destroy the race (of vampires) and that the destroyer (meaning Brigit) will actually save the world (not James). James is probably one of my least favorite vampires so far. Maybe he’s just too much of a Beta hero for me. He comes across weak and spineless. I am looking forward to his sister’s story very much, she seems very spunky and feisty- my type of vampire. I was also a little disappointed in the love story, the chemistry between James and Lucy seemed forced and almost an afterthought. I also wasn’t a fan (at all) of their “misunderstanding” near the end. Fans of this series will be pleased to see Roland and Rhiannon, Shannon and Damian, Sarafina and Willem, Edge and Amber Lilly, and we also hear about Eric and Tamara, Jameson and Angelica, and at the end when they realize they are the only vampires left they head for the Arctic Circle where Cuyler Jade’s house is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *This ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher* I have mixed feelings about this book. I think it stems mainly from the fact that I haven’t read the books before this one in the series. I wasn’t aware that there were more books than this one and it’s kind of hard to read book number 16 of a series and not feel a tad lost and put out. For the most part I liked the plotline and I feel like the book was well written. I liked Bridgit the most out of all the characters, oddly enough and y *This ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher* I have mixed feelings about this book. I think it stems mainly from the fact that I haven’t read the books before this one in the series. I wasn’t aware that there were more books than this one and it’s kind of hard to read book number 16 of a series and not feel a tad lost and put out. For the most part I liked the plotline and I feel like the book was well written. I liked Bridgit the most out of all the characters, oddly enough and yet both Lucy and James annoyed me too much at times for me to really “like” them. While I don’t hate the outright, there was nothing special about them that caught me. Lucy annoyed me how she constantly questioned herself and everything James did and was and I disliked how cowardly she was. Even though it was her character, I feel like it was too much for me and I wanted her to stop most of the time. James wasn’t really anything special as a male lead and I felt like his ego got the better of him at times. He was all, “blah, blah, blah....poor me, boo-hoo,” and while his friends and family didn’t blame him for the stupid choices he made....I did. And I just couldn’t really like him after all that. Also, I didn’t feel the relationship between Lucy and James at all. Most of the time she distrusted him and he was occupied with trying to save his people, so considering how little they got to know one another....I feel like their relationship was forced. It was as though the author HAD to have them together so she had them hook up, despite the fact that it didn’t seem real to me. Utanapishtim was a sucky guy straight out and even though I wanted to feel for him I just couldn’t. That being said.....and I hate myself for this.....I wonder if perhaps there may be something between he and Bridgit in the next book seeing as she is actually the chosen one and he’s still on the loose. Actually what I hate even more is considering that I didn’t like this book all too much, I actually want to read the next one if that is the case. But only if it is.....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crystal ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club

    Twilight Prophecy is a sensational addition to an already outstanding series! The novel centers on one of Amber Lily’s (now full-grown) twins, James a.k.a. J.W. Both James and Bridget are one quarter human and three quarters vampire, and they are very similar to the yin yang, one good one bad, one the healer and the other the destroyer. But appearances can be deceiving. It’s a race against time with an apocalypse looming and the vampire race on the brink of extinction. James takes up the mantle a Twilight Prophecy is a sensational addition to an already outstanding series! The novel centers on one of Amber Lily’s (now full-grown) twins, James a.k.a. J.W. Both James and Bridget are one quarter human and three quarters vampire, and they are very similar to the yin yang, one good one bad, one the healer and the other the destroyer. But appearances can be deceiving. It’s a race against time with an apocalypse looming and the vampire race on the brink of extinction. James takes up the mantle as healer and savior, throwing away his beliefs and risking the one woman he loves to save all. Shayne keeps to the overall series arc in Twilight Prophecy with DPI, a secret government agency, out to destroy all vampires. We meet both new and old characters throughout the story and it’s been a long while since I’ve read this series but it took me no time to get back into the plot though I had to think back and place some of the characters. The pace did drag a lot but Shayne blends history, myths and imagination for an interesting mix and a wonderful story. There is romantic tension that keeps your heart tied up in knots and the characters are intriguing. The ending was tied up nicely for the couple but left threads hanging for the continuation of the series. The cliffhanger was well written, and didn’t leave me frustrated but still anticipating the next novel. Full of romance, suspense, mystery, action and lots of drama Twilight Prophecy was a great read! It also can be read as a stand-alone but is so much better with the rest of the series. http://paranormalromanceaddict.blogsp...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Che Davis

    I have read this wonderful book seven (7) times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Feyheart

    Well this book is a doozy for the series. Wow a lot happened, and most of it really sad. Definitely a good book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer percy

    Good read Full of unexpected twists. The characters become real characters. Read most of her books. Would recommend books by Maggie Shayne

  11. 4 out of 5

    Romance

    Meh..it was okay.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Enjoyed it. I encountered more than a couple inconsistencies in the story, but just tried not to dwell.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Myrna P. Swephrap

    *Did not finish and will attempt again. My interest veered to another.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Twilight Prophecy is the 17th book in the Wings in the Night series. The premise behind this book sounded interesting enough that I’m glad I decided to read it. There is a Prophecy that states, in essence, that One Light, One Dark, One who is the Destroyer, and One who is the Salvation shall either destroy or save a race (vampires). But the prophecy itself is only part of what actually happens over the course of this book, and the ending was not what the reader will expect. James and Brigit Poe Twilight Prophecy is the 17th book in the Wings in the Night series. The premise behind this book sounded interesting enough that I’m glad I decided to read it. There is a Prophecy that states, in essence, that One Light, One Dark, One who is the Destroyer, and One who is the Salvation shall either destroy or save a race (vampires). But the prophecy itself is only part of what actually happens over the course of this book, and the ending was not what the reader will expect. James and Brigit Poe are twin vampires as well as part human on their mother’s side. The mother is half human and half vampire who was experimented on by a covert arm of the government called the Division of Paranormal Investigations (DPI). DPI has attempted to cover up the fact that there are actual vampires living among mortals. They do everything they can, including assassinating a former agent, to keeping this information secret, and then giving it to vigilantes. Of course, things don’t always go the way you want them to, and vigilantes quickly fall into a feeding frenzy and an all-out assault on the vampires, and those they suspect of being vampires, including innocent humans. James and Brigit are able to exist in the daylight because of their human blood. They are able to eat normal food; they don’t have to worry about the sunlight killing them like full blood vampires; and they have the ability to live forever. James, the golden one, tried to put his vampire nature behind him, traveling across the country and world healing sick and dying people, and not touching blood at all. Brigit, on the other hand, is the badass vampire with the superpowers to throttle anyone who messes with her. She is known as the prophesied destroyer, and she loves the taste of blood. It gives her quicker reflexes, speed, and strength as well as the power to blast things into oblivion. As the story begins, James is healing a very sick little girl who is dying from cancer. After he heals her, Brigit escorts him out of the hospital and tells him that it’s time to put his big boy pants on, and become the vampire he really is. The vampire race is in grave danger, and they are the only ones who can save it from imploding if it’s not already too late. There is another key to that equation; Professor Lucy Lanfair. Lucy is a professor of archaeology at Binghamton University (Central New York) who is also a translator of ancient texts. She discovered and recently translated a tablet that was found to be in Sumerian. The table itself is 4500 years old. Lucy’s parents were also archaeologists but they were killed in a dig in Iraq when she was 11 years old. She basically has her work, and her dog to keep her company. We soon discover that Lucy is one of the Chosen; a rare mortals who possesses the Belladonna Antigen and with it, the potential to become a vampire. Vampires can sense her kind, smell them, and could not fight their instinct to protect them. With Lucy’s rare blood type, she can expect to die in her mid-30’s unless, of course, she becomes a vampire. The antigen also makes Lucy prone to being a night owl, sleeping during the day, staying up all night. It makes her grow more and more sensitive to the sunlight. This book is a cross between romance between James and Lucy. A mystery as to who the destroyer really is and who the savior of the vampire community is. Suspense to see how far the vigilantes and the government will go to rid the world of vampires and the Chosen ones, and a paranormal who’s who of vampires from across the ages starting with the very first vampire, Utanapishtim, leaping forward to James and Brigit and throwing in such legendary vamps as Vlad and Gilgamesh the King of Ancient Sumer. Thoughts: I thought Lucy’s character development from the timid scholarly professor type who stumbles acrossed a deep dark secret and then watches in horror as someone is shot to death in order to keep the secret from getting out to the public, to the end when she realizes she will have to sacrifice herself in order to save the man she has come to loved. She also realizes that the vampire community is the victim in this, and quickly learns to trust them, and fight for them. James, on the other hand, after making a very bad decision in reviving a long ago King after some faulty translation, finally embraces his so called dark side and becomes the vampire he was meant to be. James is an interesting character to review, but really he is kind of bland without Lucy around. His healing abilities are unique, and amazing, but his brooding is annoying at times. His desire in using Lucy to order to get answers that the vampires need to save themselves, was a bit disconerting. Still though, I enjoyed this story and definitely will recommend it to anyone who enjoys the PNR storyline. Twilight Fulfilled is expected to be the next book in this series, and releases September 2011. Expected publication: May 1st 2011 **recvd ARC from publisher**

  15. 4 out of 5

    Musing Bookworm

    This review was originally published on Musing Bookworm Part of the ‘Wings in the Night’ series, Twilight Prophecy follows Lucy Lanfair, archaeologist and Professor of Ancient Sumerian culture and written language and her introduction to the World of Vampires. Her Hero is James William (J.W) Poe, part human and part vampire and totally confused about his purpose in life. James is a twin and with his sister, Bridget, believes that the two of them are the only thing that stands between their people This review was originally published on Musing Bookworm Part of the ‘Wings in the Night’ series, Twilight Prophecy follows Lucy Lanfair, archaeologist and Professor of Ancient Sumerian culture and written language and her introduction to the World of Vampires. Her Hero is James William (J.W) Poe, part human and part vampire and totally confused about his purpose in life. James is a twin and with his sister, Bridget, believes that the two of them are the only thing that stands between their people and the annihilation of the Vampire species. According to an ancient prophecy, from Ancient Sumer, the twins; “The Two who are opposite And yet the same, One light, one dark, One the destroyer. One the salvation” 1. James, believed to be the “light” twin or “the good one” has the power to heal and to bring back to life. Bridget is “the bad one” or the “dark” and holds the power to utterly destroy. Lucy and James cross paths when Lucy witnesses the shooting of a former Department of Paranormal Investigations (DPI) officer on national television before he has the chance to reveal the vampires to the world in a tell all book. James comes to her aid when he senses the “Belladonna Antigen” in Lucy’s blood. In Maggie Shayne’s vampire world, only those humans who possess this antigen can ever be changed into vampires and all vampires have an overriding physical imperative to protect those with it. Through kidnapping, danger and experimentation, Lucy and James set off to conquer the mistrust of human kind and the danger that they awaken. I found the first third of this novel very hard to get into. The pace is lacking and I was not drawn into the story as much as I would have liked. Obviously, this part of a novel is used to set the scene and introduce a reader to the existing history but I did not find myself compelled to become acquainted with this world. However, after the hard slog of the first third, I could not drag myself away from this book. My husband had to become very strict with me at midnight and make me turn out the light! The protagonists lacked some depth and I would have liked to have more insight into their internal struggles with the moral issues that Shayne brings up in the book. I personally enjoy characters who have strong personalities, those like Rhiannon and Gilgamesh/Damien in this book, which may have coloured my opinions here. I have to say that certain imagery in the book was a little off-putting, though it was very was easy to see in the mind’s eye. “…and he squeezed the tiny bump like a blackhead. It popped like one, too,…”2 Can you say, ew!? Though the latest in the ‘Wings of the Night’ series, ‘Twilight Prophecy’ works well as a stand alone text – thought it will entice you to read its predecessors! I was a little disappointed with the ending – it felt rushed, as though Shayne had to edit out a scene or two. That being said, I am waiting in anticipation for the follow on novel, Twilight Fulfilled , out October 2011. In all, Twilight Prophecy by is an enjoyable read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kt

    James and Brigit have always known they were special being the only two of their kind, born vampires with only a quarter of humanity in them. However, when a prophecy comes to light pointing at them being the salvation of their people, they realize this is what their true purpose was. However, they will need help, specifically in the form of a mortal named Lucy. James has to go against everything he believes in when he forces her to help them against their will. It doesn't take her long to reali James and Brigit have always known they were special being the only two of their kind, born vampires with only a quarter of humanity in them. However, when a prophecy comes to light pointing at them being the salvation of their people, they realize this is what their true purpose was. However, they will need help, specifically in the form of a mortal named Lucy. James has to go against everything he believes in when he forces her to help them against their will. It doesn't take her long to realize that she actually cares about whether they live or die, and that she is falling for him. She's the only one who can balance him, but will that knowledge come too late? James and Lucy, at first glance would seem to be very unlikely couple as they come from such different worlds. He's a very unique vampire, in that he is also human, and that he has a very special set of gifts. He has spent his life trying to deny his heritage and almost views his vampiric side as monstrous. Lucy on the other hand is a brilliant yet recluse archeologist who has only been living half a live due to a horrendous past. As time goes on and the two interact more, you realize that they really are not that different at all. They both have been running from themselves, and it seems they are the perfect match to get the other to open up and see themselves more clearly. The progression was very realistic between them, and I am glad that things were not rushed, as falling right into bed would never have fit either of their characters. I really enjoyed the world behind this book, and the uniqueness of the three quarter vampire twins. I've read plenty of books with full and half vampires, but nothing like James and Lucy's heritage. Considering the impossibility of their birth due to a vampire's sterility, it is no wonder they are destined to be both the savior and the destroyer of their kind. I especially liked how the twins were almost a ying yang aspect with balancing the other. However, there was one difference as there wasn't a clear cut line between who was the savior and the destroyer. Of course appearances would point a certain way, but those can be deceiving, making for a very interesting combination. While this book is part of a long ongoing series, I had no trouble picking it up and understanding the world and all of the character's roles. It works very well as a stand alone novel, and tied things up well for the hero and heroine at the end. However, it did leave an almost cliffhanger aspect involving the overall plot that I am sure will be continued in the next book. The cliffhanger wasn't enough to frustrate me with the wait, it was more along the lines of an enticement to want to pick up the next one. I actually like this as I sometimes need a little nudge to pick up the next book in series where the main focus of hero/heroine switches, as I am always attacked to the previous ones. All in all it was a very good read with a realistic romance that will leave you wanting more in the end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Twilight Prophecy book 17 From the Wings in the Night Series By Maggie Shayne Publishing date: 4/26/2011 5 out of 5!! I LOVED this book. It’s everything. Drama. Romance. Action. Mystery. It really made you want to keep turning the page. James and Brigit Poe are twins, one quarter human and three quarters vampire. They are the complete opposite in every way. While James is a healer, Brigit is a destroyer. James has been trying to live a good life by going around healing people and not let his vampire n Twilight Prophecy book 17 From the Wings in the Night Series By Maggie Shayne Publishing date: 4/26/2011 5 out of 5!! I LOVED this book. It’s everything. Drama. Romance. Action. Mystery. It really made you want to keep turning the page. James and Brigit Poe are twins, one quarter human and three quarters vampire. They are the complete opposite in every way. While James is a healer, Brigit is a destroyer. James has been trying to live a good life by going around healing people and not let his vampire nature take over. He has even turned his back on his family years ago. Then one day Brigit shows up back in his life, telling him that their race is in trouble, and it is up to them to save their whole race. They must find Professor Lucy Lanfair and find out what she knows about the prophecy that she has uncovered on some tablets from the Sumerian area. Lucy was excited to be asked to appear on a well respected TV show to talk about her translation off of a Sumerian tablet that she believes to be over 5 thousand years old. Lester Folsom is going on before her to talk about his book ‘The Truth’ that recently got pulled from production because it revealed too many CIA secrets. Lester insists to Lucy that her translation and what he knows about vampires are connected. Before he leaves the green room he hands his only copy of the book to Lucy along with a funny looking necklace. Lucy doesn’t know what to make of the guy, or if he is even sane. Vampires? Right. But then she watches as Mr. Folsom along with the host of the show get gunned down on screen. From that moment on her life turns upside down. Lucy gets sucked into a world that she thought did not exist. Vampires needing her help to translate the last tablet and find out where Utanopishtim is, so it will save their race from extinction. James thinks he knows his destiny. To save his race. But he needs the help from Lucy, no matter if she wants to help or not. With the anti vampire groups called the Vigilante going out and torching every house during the day that they think a vampire lives in; it is not safe to stay any where. With the Department of Paranormal Investigation on the hunt for all vampires and for Lucy, it feels like they will never be able to get to Utanopishtim. They have to move quickly before the entire vampire race gets wiped out. I gave it five out of five stars. This book series is fast paced, easy to follow, action packed, and enough romance tension to make you want to squeal. This book will not disappoint the paranormal or romance book lover. It has enough romance to interest you, but tons of twist and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I’m going to have to go back and read all of her Wings in the Night Series!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sini

    This was not a very good reading experience for me. The main female character, Lucy, I found extremely annoying and inconsistent; one moment she was the specialist on her field and knew everything there was to know, and then a minute after it was apparently too hard to read the Sumerian arrow-head writing or form sentences longer than one or too words with it. And that was the language she had apparently been working with and studying her whole life! Seriously, she was able to translate a senten This was not a very good reading experience for me. The main female character, Lucy, I found extremely annoying and inconsistent; one moment she was the specialist on her field and knew everything there was to know, and then a minute after it was apparently too hard to read the Sumerian arrow-head writing or form sentences longer than one or too words with it. And that was the language she had apparently been working with and studying her whole life! Seriously, she was able to translate a sentence that was spoken to her and a couple of chapters later she didn't know how to write more than "friend"? Really? Also, she seemed too cliché shy-yet-oddly-attractive-professor character to me. Sometimes it works, here it didn't. The male protagonist, James was not much better. He was moodier that a fifteen-year-old girl on her period and I just couldn't get the hang out of his logic. Probably because there wasn't any. He had some promise in the beginning of the book and at some point I was hopeful of character development, but it never occurred, at least not in a way that wouldn't have been obvious even before starting the book. The good twin-evil twin thing also made me dislike this a bit, it's such a used trope that rarely works, even if it wasn't exactly as extreme in this book as it usually is in books. I think one of the things that really annoyed me was Lucy's and James' relationship, which just wasn't working at all. I guess the author tried to work their way towards something bigger and more drama-ish, but I don't think it worked. It only made me feel like these two shouldn't be together. I've read books, where the drama and some misunderstandings just made me want for the couple to be together more, but in this case I feel like everything just proved that theire relationship is not going to be working in the long run. Also, I was kind of hoping for Lucy to end up with Brigit, James' sister, but that obviously didn't happen. Altogether, I hated this. I would like to say that I've read worse, but I'm not so sure. I've read some books that were pure teen-angst, or extremely annoying, or just hard to read, so they were different kind of bad, so I just have to say that for me, this goes to the group of worst books I've read. Feels bad to say it, but that's the way it is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Amber Lily and Edge's twins are grown up... James J.W. is the healer, Brigit is the destroyer... James is looking for his purpose, and uses his healing power in secret, and he forgoes all else that is vampireish; Brigit,on the other hand, embraces vampirism and finds the greatest acceptance under Rhiannon. And the DPI, an ex-DPI and dying agent Lester Folsum, and Professor Lucy Lanfair are together for a TV interview. Folsum has written a tell-all about vampires (in a negative point of view), and Amber Lily and Edge's twins are grown up... James J.W. is the healer, Brigit is the destroyer... James is looking for his purpose, and uses his healing power in secret, and he forgoes all else that is vampireish; Brigit,on the other hand, embraces vampirism and finds the greatest acceptance under Rhiannon. And the DPI, an ex-DPI and dying agent Lester Folsum, and Professor Lucy Lanfair are together for a TV interview. Folsum has written a tell-all about vampires (in a negative point of view), and gives a copy of it to Lanfair. Lanfair has translated portions of a Sumerian tablet - and it ends up that it is a prophecy of the end of vampires unless the twins resurrect Utanapishtim (Sumerian father of vampires). But Folsum is killed at the beginning of the interview, his books is pulled from the publishers... but anti-vampire groups start up and are burning the houses of suspected vampires. Vampires are under attack. and James heals Lucy when she is shot leaving the tv station, and then he rescues her. She can read the tablet that vampires have protected that they believe will tell them more about the prophecy and how to live through it. Lucy is reluctant to help, but pulled to help... James feels that this is his calling, to save his people and raise Utanapishtim ... and in the midst of the chaos, they find they love one another. They do raise Utanapishtim, and he has been conscious these 5,000 years and a bit crazy... he can absorb knowledge by touching an article (and absorbs James' healing gift), he absorbs a copy Folsum's book, and goes on a rampage to kill vampires, believing he must do so to redeem his actions to his god. The story ends with Utanapishtim shooting a 'death bolt' at James, and Lucy jumping in to save him and taking the bolt. James offers and she accepts to convert to vampire. A handful of vampires are left alive, the ones we know and love, and they are going to someone's home in the arctic where they believe they will be safe. the government acknowledges the truth that there are vampires, and humans with the antigen are being rounded up. And it looks like Brigit, the destroyer, will be the savior - she will have to take on Utanapishtim.

  20. 4 out of 5

    NovelReaction

    A prophecy has been unearthed predicting the destruction of the vampire race. In Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne, half-vampire half-human twins James and Brigit believe that the salvation for their species, however, they need scholar Lucy Lanfair to translate an ancient tablet that will give them hints as to what they need to do to save their people. All Lucy has every wanted to do was be a scholar, running at the first sign of trouble she has managed to keep her world small, secure and predic A prophecy has been unearthed predicting the destruction of the vampire race. In Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne, half-vampire half-human twins James and Brigit believe that the salvation for their species, however, they need scholar Lucy Lanfair to translate an ancient tablet that will give them hints as to what they need to do to save their people. All Lucy has every wanted to do was be a scholar, running at the first sign of trouble she has managed to keep her world small, secure and predictable. When Lucy translates a tablet that predicts the end of the world she finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t know existed, wanted by the government and kidnapped by vampires, she doesn’t know who she can trust or what to believe. As Lucy gets to know James she finds herself drawn to the man but can she believe what he is telling her or is he only using her for his own ends… Jumping into the middle of a series is always difficult but it is especially true when the series spans so many novels. For those we have read The Wings in the Night series, Twilight Prophecy is a continuation of the world that Maggie Shayne has created, many characters from the previous novels appear in this one. If you are like me and haven’t read any of Maggie Shayne’s previous novels, the story can stand alone although I did feel like I was missing out on not knowing the characters better and I felt there were sections in the story where I would have been more emotionally involved with the trial’s the characters had. James’ gift, beyond the normal vampire skills, was interesting and unique and his decision to live the life he did was an interesting twist to a genre that has been written so much about. I suspect that Brigit will get her own love story in one of the following novels and look forward to her finding someone who can handle her particular talent. Overall, the novel was unique in its take on the vampire world and I enjoyed it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheeyee

    Review At: I Read, I Think, I Share Review Date: 11 May 2011 Review URL: http://littlemermybooks.blogspot.com/2011/05/twilight-prophecy-by-maggie-shayne.html I have not read other books in this series but I have no problem reading Twilight Prophecy as a stand alone story. The whole story is full of actions, drama and mystery, with lots of twists and turns to make me just want to keep on reading. It has some romance too between James and Lucy but I found the romance element is not very strong in the Review At: I Read, I Think, I Share Review Date: 11 May 2011 Review URL: http://littlemermybooks.blogspot.com/2011/05/twilight-prophecy-by-maggie-shayne.html I have not read other books in this series but I have no problem reading Twilight Prophecy as a stand alone story. The whole story is full of actions, drama and mystery, with lots of twists and turns to make me just want to keep on reading. It has some romance too between James and Lucy but I found the romance element is not very strong in the story. Lucy was not attracted to James at the beginning because he is an vampire. They were also have no time for romance as they kept on running since the beginning of the story. James was a vampire different from the rest as he had the ability to heal. While his twin sister, Brigit was a destroyer. It was their destiny to save their race. But Lucy was being dragged into their mission due to her ability to able to read the tablets from the Sumerian area. Those tablets were about the prophecy. The romance between James and Lucy get tension towards the end. The ending was a little unexpected but that's how it make it more exciting and get ready for the next book in the series. I enjoy reading it very much. And I'm looking forward for her next book in this series. I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. Note: I receive the ARC of this book from the publisher Harlequin via Net Gallery. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jasmyn

    I am so happy that I stuck with this series. After taking a small dip and changing directions, it seems we're back on track with the vamps I love. Coming back to the original group of vampires was something I really looked forward to doing. While we get a brief glimpse at Vixen and some of her crew (maybe more to come from them later?), we really get to see Rhiannon and her completely awesome panther, the twin half-breeds, and all the rest of my old favorites!! As the world realizes that vampires I am so happy that I stuck with this series. After taking a small dip and changing directions, it seems we're back on track with the vamps I love. Coming back to the original group of vampires was something I really looked forward to doing. While we get a brief glimpse at Vixen and some of her crew (maybe more to come from them later?), we really get to see Rhiannon and her completely awesome panther, the twin half-breeds, and all the rest of my old favorites!! As the world realizes that vampires might actually exist, things to to hell in quite a large hand basket very quickly. Senseless burning of both vampires and non-vampires, wide spread fear, and a lack of understanding. At the center of it all are James, his twin sister Brigit, and a strangely captivating human named Lucy. As they work together to save as many vampires as they can and translate an ancient prophecy Lucy and James become quite close. There is a lot of distrust floating around in this one, and I loved it. I know I sure wouldn't trust some random vampire the first day I found out they actually existed. Their slow building of trust and friendship was amazing. At heart they are so much alike, but how they react to things is just so different. A great couple to see grow closer. There is also plenty of action as DPI is back in full force and preparing their final blow. We also get to meet a new player in the game that really surprised me. He is fascinating and I wonder what is going to happen with him. Lots of great things are starting up again, and I really need to get my hands on the next one soon!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    If you know me, then you know I enjoy vampire fiction. But like any other reader, it still needs to be good. I'm fairly open-minded; Stephenie Meyer wants her vampires to glitter in the sun, J.R. Ward's vampires only drink from each other and not humans. I can get behind both of those, because both authors are using the power of imagination. Maggie Shayne's Twilight Prophecy is WONDERFUL. She carefully and artfully blends history with her imagination to tell the compelling, riveting story of a ra If you know me, then you know I enjoy vampire fiction. But like any other reader, it still needs to be good. I'm fairly open-minded; Stephenie Meyer wants her vampires to glitter in the sun, J.R. Ward's vampires only drink from each other and not humans. I can get behind both of those, because both authors are using the power of imagination. Maggie Shayne's Twilight Prophecy is WONDERFUL. She carefully and artfully blends history with her imagination to tell the compelling, riveting story of a race on the brink of an apocalypse, and likely, extinction. These vampires do not glitter in the sun, they do not stalk teenager girls whilst asleep. Oh no, these vampires are real. And they live undetected among you and I, eking out an existence by pretending to be the very people they are not. What I truly loved is that Shayne takes characters, and certainly, villains, from our history and tells us, "They are not what you think." Vlad, the Impaler, for example: he wasn't just your ordinary Romanian dictator from the Middle Ages. Legendary Gilgamesh? Not your everyday Sumerian ruler. You might think it's pretty outlandish to include characters that have a far-reaching history in our world, but Maggie Shayne crafts a story of a race against time & history that is so well done, you just might stop to think that anything's possible. I really enjoyed this story and I can't wait for the next book in the series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I was actually really impressed. It seems like forever since the newest Wings in the Night book had come out, and I expected some kind of lull and repetitive exposition, especially since I started the series when I was about 14 and that was 9 years ago. But I was very surprised. The writing was good ole' Shayne style and a lot of our previous HEA characters returned or were mentioned. A lot of bad stuff happens in this book, and it makes me excited for the next one. There is so much more potentia I was actually really impressed. It seems like forever since the newest Wings in the Night book had come out, and I expected some kind of lull and repetitive exposition, especially since I started the series when I was about 14 and that was 9 years ago. But I was very surprised. The writing was good ole' Shayne style and a lot of our previous HEA characters returned or were mentioned. A lot of bad stuff happens in this book, and it makes me excited for the next one. There is so much more potential available due to the way this book went, so Shayne: you done good. The romance pulled at the heartstrings, and the characters developed nicely throughout the book. There was a time or two where I wanted the tension cranked up just a notch between the main characters, where she should have slowed down and let the characters duke out their relationship problems, but that's probably my only complaint. She pulled off the cliche good/bad twin yet it was still fresh. Can't wait til the October 2011 release of Twilight Fulfilled, which I presume follows Brigit, the other twin. Excited. :) (I even started rereading some of her older books just because I became infatuated again. Shesh.)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Herrera

    James and Brigette Poe discover that the Vampire race is in danger of being exterminated and they'll do whatever it takes to make sure that it doesn't happen. Professor Lucy Lanfair unwittingly becomes a part of the plan to save the Vampires from certain doom, trouble is bravery is not her strong suit, where others may race toward a fire to save lives, Lucy has always run away. Before it's all said and done Lucy will find strength she never knew she had and love that she never knew existed. Wil James and Brigette Poe discover that the Vampire race is in danger of being exterminated and they'll do whatever it takes to make sure that it doesn't happen. Professor Lucy Lanfair unwittingly becomes a part of the plan to save the Vampires from certain doom, trouble is bravery is not her strong suit, where others may race toward a fire to save lives, Lucy has always run away. Before it's all said and done Lucy will find strength she never knew she had and love that she never knew existed. Will the prophecy be fulfilled? This is my very first time reading Maggie Shayne and I can hardly believe that I hadn't heard of her before. Twilight Prophecy is a wonderfully entertaining. I will most certainly be reading other books in the Wings in the Night series. Maggie is an incredible storyteller. Each character has three-dementional and original in their own light. Once I started reading...I didn't want to stop! Twilight Fulfilled will be released later this year and I can't wait. I received this book free from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Seduced By Books

    Intense new read in the Wings in the Night series! More about the twins – love it! First having boy/girl twins, I’m partial to stories about them anyway. Maggie Shayne does our twins well. It’s too they are forever connected and they are the completion of each other. Shayne gives the twins their halves – in this book we dive more in to JW – James, the good twin. Or so he thinks… Shayne has a very creative mind. This book takes her origins of vampires to another level and brings on their potential Intense new read in the Wings in the Night series! More about the twins – love it! First having boy/girl twins, I’m partial to stories about them anyway. Maggie Shayne does our twins well. It’s too they are forever connected and they are the completion of each other. Shayne gives the twins their halves – in this book we dive more in to JW – James, the good twin. Or so he thinks… Shayne has a very creative mind. This book takes her origins of vampires to another level and brings on their potential end. Constant running for survival, defending themselves, and still trying to keep hope and love alive, all a roller coaster of excitement. Each piece and part fit just so well. I think the ending wrapped a little quicker than I hoped, but it definitely left me ready for Twilight Fulfilled – Brigit’s story – the other twin :) Start from the beginning with this series, there are about 20 books total and these series is very well done. Shayne reps vampires and the paranormal, she’s an original to the genre. I had the pleasure of seeing her at a RWA signing event and she is a very nice person on top of it, she embodies the Wiccan element.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Reviewed by Mona at RexRobotReviews.com Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne is another winner for this remarkable writer. I simply love the connectivity between her characters, as they “feed” off of each other on so many levels. I have enjoyed this series that Shayne has written, the continuity of the storyline as well as her references and inclusions of possible historical occurrences flesh out a different background to the well known “Vampire” Community. With her marvelous style meshing paranormal Reviewed by Mona at RexRobotReviews.com Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne is another winner for this remarkable writer. I simply love the connectivity between her characters, as they “feed” off of each other on so many levels. I have enjoyed this series that Shayne has written, the continuity of the storyline as well as her references and inclusions of possible historical occurrences flesh out a different background to the well known “Vampire” Community. With her marvelous style meshing paranormal romance and action Shayne keeps her readers riveted with excitement waiting to discover what will be uncovered next. The interactions of characters both new and familiar keep you enthralled throughout the entirety story. All Maggie Shayne readers will be delighted with this new installment to a much loved series! I encourage anyone who hasn’t picked up one of Maggie Shayne’s books to do so, it will be a journey you won’t forget!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections

    Wow! What a wild ride! This book was very entertaining with quite a bit of feeling "oooo! What is going to happen next?" You do not have to read the previous books in this series to enjoy it! Maggie Shayne wrote a very inventive vampire story with how "the Armageddon" of vampires transpires (hee, hee - a rhyme). The romance was done artfully. There was not a bunch of gratuitous sex to make you blush. The building romance of James (a.k.a. J.W) and Lucy was done with finesse. There are a lot of int Wow! What a wild ride! This book was very entertaining with quite a bit of feeling "oooo! What is going to happen next?" You do not have to read the previous books in this series to enjoy it! Maggie Shayne wrote a very inventive vampire story with how "the Armageddon" of vampires transpires (hee, hee - a rhyme). The romance was done artfully. There was not a bunch of gratuitous sex to make you blush. The building romance of James (a.k.a. J.W) and Lucy was done with finesse. There are a lot of interesting characters in the story that add to the story. I have a feeling the other couples in this book have their own stories that precede this story. I am looking forward to reading more in this series and I am really excited to read the next book in this series. The author left one heck of a cliff-hanger to whet your appetite for the next book. Happy Reading!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    The Wings in the Night series by Maggie Shayne is the first vampire series I ever read. I started reading it in high school (over ten years ago) and am really enjoying this installment in the series since it brings back characters from throughout the series. It was very refreshing to be reintroduced to the stories of past characters, especially since I've been reading this series for so long. Maggie Shayne is still one of my favorite paranormal authors! Wow, the ending was a total surprise and I' The Wings in the Night series by Maggie Shayne is the first vampire series I ever read. I started reading it in high school (over ten years ago) and am really enjoying this installment in the series since it brings back characters from throughout the series. It was very refreshing to be reintroduced to the stories of past characters, especially since I've been reading this series for so long. Maggie Shayne is still one of my favorite paranormal authors! Wow, the ending was a total surprise and I'm glad I have "Twilight Fulfilled" already on my nook so I can continue reading. This really makes me want to reread the entire series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Boag

    Vampires, conspiracy myths and Armageddon. Oh my! I didn't expect to enjoy this book since I've tried Maggie Shayne before and didn't enjoy the book. I read this one in one sitting, I had to know how it was all going to turn out. I found I had not problem reading it even though it was the seventeenth book in the series. I suppose the only problems I had with it was the dialogue was dodgy at times and the characters were a bit two dimensional. I found it very plot driven which isn't a bad thing b Vampires, conspiracy myths and Armageddon. Oh my! I didn't expect to enjoy this book since I've tried Maggie Shayne before and didn't enjoy the book. I read this one in one sitting, I had to know how it was all going to turn out. I found I had not problem reading it even though it was the seventeenth book in the series. I suppose the only problems I had with it was the dialogue was dodgy at times and the characters were a bit two dimensional. I found it very plot driven which isn't a bad thing but the only character who had substance wasn't one of the two leads. She is in the next book though, so I'm looking forward to reading that.

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