Review: Darkwalker by E. L. Tettensor

by E. L. Tettensor
Series: Nicolas Lenoir #1
Genre: Fantasy Mystery
Published by Roc, 2013
E-book, purchased
360 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

When Lenoir is assigned to a disturbing new case, he treats the job with his usual apathy—until his best informant, a street savvy orphan, is kidnapped. Desperate to find his young friend before the worst befalls him, Lenoir will do anything catch the monster responsible for the crimes, even if it means walking willingly into the arms of his own doom……

No, justice was not blind. She was a prostitute, for sale to the highest bidder.

“Once I realized the law could be bought,” he continued, “everything changed. I saw what a farce it was, a lot of playacting, everyone just going through the motions, especially where the rich and powerful were concerned.


  • I was engrossed in this mystery.
  • This is a dark story. Literally and figuratively! Much of the story takes place at night and Lenoir is depressed, stoic and apathetic during most of the story.
  • Nicolas Lenoir isn’t a very likeable character at first. He’s cynical and disillusioned when the story opens. He’s a police officer who doesn’t mind taking bribes and doesn’t care a great deal about the crimes he’s investigating.
  • There is a lot of internal dialogue and struggle by Lenoir in this book. I like that.
  • Sergeant Bran Kody wanted to work for Inspector Lenoir because he has the reputation for being the best. But Kody is disillusioned with Lenoir. I like Kody. I think he’s very much like Lenoir when Lenoir started out.
  • Zach, an orphan street urchin, sometimes works with Lenoir as an informant. Zach is street-savvy and smart. A fun character. Lenoir finds out he cares more about Zach than he had thought.
  • I was surprised about quite a bit of this story. I like that!


  • The fantasy aspect was a little weak, but I like Nicolas and I think series can be great!

Author info

  • E. L. Tettensor and Erin Lindsey are both the same author. I read Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey earlier in March and though I didn’t love it, Bloodbound did make me want to read Darkwalker which I had bought quite awhile ago. Ms. Tettensor lives with her husband in Burundi and has visited five continents!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I like this book a bit better than Bloodbound. I didn’t like the romance so well in Bloodbound, but really liked the fantasy. I like the mystery a lot in this book, but hope the next book has more fantasy in it. She can definitely write good fantasy so I want to read both the second books by Tettensor and Lindsey!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (one word title)

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

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