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Night Wars is the fourth entry in Graham Masterton's highly popular Night Warriors series that began way back in the early nineties and features a group of spiritual warriors who safeguard the world of dreams from demons and night terrors at the behest of a deity known only as Ashapola. The previous two installments, though enjoyable, were slightly weak and in no way a match for the brilliance of the original novel from whence the series began so it was with some trepidation that I approached this latest entry. Thankfully I can safely say that this is the first time that any of this series has at least matched the stength of its beginning even if it has not surpassed it and that this is as good a novel as Masterton has written in ages!
Something or someone is targeting the dreams of expectant mothers and causing their children to be born unable to sleep. This, as one might expect, has tragic results and it is not long before the spiritual being Masterton fans will recognise as Springer, on behalf of the one true god, Ashapola, begins once more to seek out the descendants of an ancient order known as The Night Warriors to track down and destroy those who are responsible. The Night Warriors are a breed apart from ordinary mortals in that they possess the ability to enter peoples' dreams and seek out the demons that lurk there just waiting to break into our world. This time around, five individuals who have never met, aided by a couple of veteran Night Warriors from an earlier campaign, must band together to face down the Winterwent and his ally, The High Horse as they attempt to break down the barriers that hold together all reality. This time, the stakes are higher than ever before and the cost of failure unimaginable. What follows is a tense, gripping and action-packed read that is amongst one of my favourites of all Masterton's most recent work!
Masterton is one of those authors who has managed to gather a cult following of many millions of loyal fans. Sometimes his books do not always work and some of his earlier novels are often very bleak and depressing but there is something about the whole concept of The Night Warriors saga that continuousally keeps me reading even when some of the series has been a tad disappointing. Certainly this brings the series back up to full strength and it would be good to see a fifth entry at some point in the writer's career!
Until then, it must be time to track down some of Masterton's back catalogue that I perhaps might not have read yet.....