The eighth and final Nightkeeper book is truly a grand finale — filled with twists, turns and deadly surprises as Andersen ends her series with a bang. Rabbit has been kind of a screw-up as well as a conflicted and intriguing character throughout the series, and the main plotline of this book is his. But all the previous protagonists are back and ready to rumble. Andersen’s tales have been clever, inventive and just plain exciting.
With only three weeks until the 2012 zero hour, the Nightkeeper are desperate to retrieve Rabbit, who was tricked by the Banol Kax and is currently being tortured for his magic. However Rabbit no longer has his magic as it was given to his mate, Myrinne, during a resurrection spell. That spell also unexpectedly brought back Rabbit’s deceased and estranged father Red-Boar. As the “crossover,” Rabbit is critical for stopping the apocalypse, but after his past actions, can the Nightkeepers trust him? After a lifetime of feeling like a failure, Rabbit will need to find the strength necessary to fulfill his destiny. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Nov., 448 pp., $7.99)