My first introduction to F. Paul Wilson, and the worlds of Repairman Jack, Glaeken and Rasalom was by happening across this masterpiece. Finding out that it was the last of a series of 6 books only made me want more. Every time I pick this up to read, I simply have to finish it.
Drawing together elements and characters from the first three novels in the series (The Keep, The Tomb and The Touch) and continuing from Reborna dn Reprisal, Nightworld is the dramatic finale of the ultimate battle: Rasalom, the agent of evil and the malign force, and Glaeken, the champion of humanity. Set in modern day New York, Wilson provides us with a tale of how the semmingly hopeless task of defeating a powerful, near omnipotent enemy can be achieved by a diverse set of characters and a lot of hope, and the belief of the greatest hero of them all, Glaeken.
Wilson's strengths lie in telling the story through the eyes of his characters. Each chapter concentrates on one or a few of the main players of the tale, showing us their feelings, hopes, experiences and weaknesses. You get to know the characters, and can empathise with them immediately. He can also make the fantastic appear very matter of fact, relaying the events as they unfold through the media. It is almost as if the story is really happening.
The pace picks up just when it needs to, especially just before the end, with each character having to desparately overcome several obstacles. Wilson's love of his characters is more than apparent, and they are certainly not 2 dimensional.
Flaws? When I find some, I'll let you know. But to get a true picture and taste of Nightworld, read the other books. The only other is that I want to spend hours discussing the book, but it is best experienced first hand. Why are you still here? GO, READ!!