Readers not averse to the concepts of reincarnation and immortality will find this tale gripping and difficult to put down. The hero is a wonderful character, and he's well matched by heroine Alicia. Her father, Richard, is a
chilling villain, but the story might
have benefited from further explanation of his motivations.
She accepts Nightwalker's help and protection because she has little choice but soon comes to feel a kinship with the reticent man. The truth about Nightwalker -- and his centuries-long quest to bring Richard Ponte to justice for ancient crimes as well as his more recent ones -- is almost impossible for Alicia to grasp. But grasp it she must -- if she's to survive. (MIRA, Apr., 432 pp., $7.99)