After being brought back from death, police officer Jackson Waverly receives the shock of his life: he has become host to a Bodywalker, a spirit that is reborn in flesh and blood, and part of a proud, ancient race that uses its extraordinary gifts to battle dark, evil forces. Jackson’s spirit is a powerful one—none other than the Egyptian pharaoh Menes, who longs to reunite with his eternal love, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut.
While Menes is obsessed with finding the perfect vessel for his queen, Jackson cannot stop thinking about Dr. Marissa Anderson, the gorgeous precinct shrink who keeps pushing him to confront his grief over the loss of his K-9 partner. But what Marissa really arouses most in Jackson is intense desire, which is exactly what Menes is looking for. To fight a great enemy, pharaoh and queen must join; but to host Hatshepsut, Marissa will first have to die. Fate has given Jackson a profound choice: save Marissa from Menes’ plan or keep an entire species from the brink of extinction.
Jacquelyn Frank has an incredible imagination. She creates very intricate worlds. And I have to say she makes me really use my brain. A lot of authors will slip in to slang or "easy" vocabulary that you can just about read on autopilot. But not JF, she uses the whole dictionary and I appreciate that, gives my brain a work out along with my imagination.
We left off in the first book with Jackson dying and becoming a bodywalker. So what does he do now? He has to slowly pull out of his life as a human and move towards ruling the Politic. What he doesn't count on is how hard it's going to be to leave Marissa behind. He's been watching and wanting her for years. But circumstances beyond his control thrusts her into his new world and he has to reveal what he has become. That's all a little hard to swallow for the uptight Marissa. But after another incident with Leo, Jackson takes her to New Mexico to hide out and regroup. There their romance really kicks in and Menes goes about convincing Marissa that she should give up her life and become his queen. On the other side of this was the war between the Templars and the Politic, things are heating up and the Templars have made a grave mistake.
Great book, my only complaint, is it seems we are going to be left "hanging" to find out what will develop in the war and where we go from here. Ugh! Can't wait for the next book to come out.