The exciting debut of a new paranormal romance series As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the...
Leah Ann Daniels: (30) Detective of MDPD narcotics, going after Zipacna for Calendar Killings that included her brother, drives a '67 Mustang named Peggy Sue
Striking Jaguar: (33) Nicknamed Strike, last male of the royal house, prince of the Nightkeepers
Anna-Paw: (38) Also known as Anna Catori, Strike's sister, left Strike and Jox after high school to have a new life, currently the top Mayanist at UT Austin, trying to have children with her husband Dick Catori
Alternative world where the Mayan zero date calendar predicts the 2012 apocalypse between June 2007 to September 2007
Chichen Itza, Mexico: Arguably the most famous ruin of the Yucatan Penninsula, this city was a religious center built and inhabited by the Maya in the seventh through tenth centuries A.D., and later incorporated the more blood-thirsty practices of the Toltec through the thirteenth century. Today it is a huge tourist attraction aboveground. Belowground, the Nightkeepers practice their rituals and magic in a series of subterranean caverns that run beneath the ruins.
Skywatch, New Mexico: Built in the 1930s and renovated when the Nightkeepers were reunited, the training compound in located in a box canyon in the Chaco Canyon region of New Mexico. Leah Ann Daniels names it Skywatch in order to unite the Nightkeepers.
Xibalba: The nine-layer underworld of the Mayan and the Nightkeeper religious systems, home to the Banol Kax, boluntiku, and makol. The spiritual entrance to Xibalba is found in the darkest spot at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The religious (and metaphorical) entrances are passageways at the tops of Mayan pyramids, as well as natural caves, especially those leading to subterranean rivers.
Banol Kax: The lords of the underworld, Xibalba. Driven from the earth and locked behind the barrier after the last Great Conjunction in 24,000 B.C. by the many-times great-ancestors of the modern Nightkeepers, the Banol Kax seek to pierce the barrier and wrest control of the earth from mankind.
Nightkeepers: A member of an ancient race sworn to protect mankind from annihilation in the years leading up to December 21, 2012, when the barrier separating the earth and the underworld will fall and the Banol Kax will seek to precipitate the apocalypse.
Order of Xibalba: Formed by renegade Nightkeepers long ago, the order courted the powers of the underworld. Its members, called Xibalbans, drew their power from the first layer of hell. The order was wiped out by the conquistadors... or so the Nightkeepers believe.
1. Part I: Summer Solstice a. Prologue b. Chapter 1 c. Chapter 2 d. Chapter 3 e. Chapter 4 2. Part II: Apelion a. Chapter 5 b. Chapter 6 c. Chapter 7 d. Chapter 8 e. Chapter 9 f. Chapter 10 g. Chapter 11 3. Part III: The Venus Conjunction a. Chapter 12 b. Chapter 13 c. Chapter 14 d. Chapter 15 e. Chapter 16 f. Chapter 17 g. Chapter 18 4. Part IV: Autumnal Equinox a. Chapter 19 b. Chapter 20 c. Chapter 21 d. Chapter 22 e. Chapter 23 f. Chapter 24 g. Chapter 25 h. Epilogue
boluntiku: The underworld minions of the Banol Kax, the baluntiku are lava creatures that draw their energy from the molten mantel of the earth. They can come to earth only when the barrier is very thin (during a solstice or eclipse), and then only at the expense of great magic. The creatures are killing machines that can sense magic and royalty; they travel in an insubstantial vapor form, turning solid in the moment they attack, using six-clawed hands and wicked teeth.
Godkeeper: A female Nightkeeper who has undergone a ritual near-death experience followed by a sexual encounter with a Nightkeeper male, leading to her being bonded with one of the sky gods. Channeling the gods' powers with the help of their Nightkeeper mates, the Godkeepers are prophesied to form the core of the Nightkeepers' fighting force during the 2012 doomsday.
itza'at: A female Nightkeeper with visionary powers; a seer. The itza'at talent is often associated with depression, mental instability, and suicide, because the seer can envision the future but not change it. The visions will always come to pass.
Kulkulkan: The winged serpent god, later known as Quetzalcoatl. An extremely powerful god, one of the creators, Kulkulkan has both light and dark halves. The light half is associated with learning, logic, medicine, and art, while the dark aspects are associated with war and rage.
makol (ajaw-makol): The earthly minions of the Banol Kax, these demon souls are capable of reaching through the barrier to possess an evil-natured human host. Recognized by their luminous green eyes, a makol-bound human retains his/her thoughts and actions in direct proportion to the amount of evil in his/her soul. An ajaw-makol is a makol created through direct spell casting by the Banol Kax or the human host. The ajaw-makol can then create lesser makol through blood rituals on earth.
nahwal: Humanoid spirit entities that exist in the barrier and hold within them all of the accumulated wisdom of each Nightkeeper bloodline. They can be asked for information, but cannot be trusted. In the Mayan culture, they came to be known as the nahual (or uay), and were feared as shape-shifting sorcerers and devious alter egos of the Mayan ruling elite.
winikin: Descended from conquered Sumerian warriors who served the Nightkeepers back in ancient Egypt, the winikin are blood-bound to the Nightkeepers. They function as the servants, protectors, and counselors of the magi, and have been instrumental in keeping the bloodlines alive through the centuries.
barrier: A force field of psi energy that seperates the earth, sky, and underworld, and powers the Nightkeepers' magic. The strength of the barrier fluctuates with the positions of the stars and planets; the power of the magi increases as the barrier weakens.
chac-mool: An iconographic idol dedicated to the rain god, Chaac, the chac-mool is formed in the shape of a seated human figure, and may be used an altar, a throne, and/or a place of blood sacrifice.
copan: The sacred incense of the Nightkeepers. This is a variation of the Mayan incense, copal, and is associated with the great ruin city of Copan, located in modern-day Honduras.
intersection: Located in the sacred tunnels beneath Chichen Itza, this is the one point on earth where the earth, sky, and underworld come very near one another, and where the barrier is its weakest. This is where the gods can come through to create Godkeepers, and where the underworld denizens focus their attacks during each solstice and equinox.
jun tan: The "beloved" glyph that signifies a Nightkeeper's mated status.
pasaj och: Roughly translating to "open door open," this, coupled with blood sacrifice, is the basic command a Nightkeeper uses to form an uplink to the barrier's power.
thirteen prophecies: A long-term prophetic cycle describing milestone events leading up to the apocalypse. The last of these mentions the Nightkeepers' king making the ultimate sacrifice in the final four years before 2012.
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