Darkwalker (#1)

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Every detective has his demons. Few are actually hunted by them…

It’s been a long time since Inspector Nicolas Lenoir loved his work. Once a legend in the Metropolitan Police, Lenoir learned the hard way that justice, like everything else in Kennian, can be bought. These days—much to the frustration of his hard-working partner, Sergeant Bran Kody—Lenoir spends more time drinking than investigating their current assignment: a string of missing corpses.

But when his young orphan informant goes missing, Lenoir is forced to dust off his renowned skills – fast. Zach’s life is in danger, and his kidnapping may hold the key to unraveling the mystery of the corpse thieves. Lenoir and Kody follow what few leads they have into Kennian’s darkest corners, tangling with body snatchers, witchdoctors, and necromancers. But the gruesome case also draws something far more dangerous back into Lenoir’s life: the Darkwalker.

Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the Darkwalker’s clutches, but the immortal champion of the dead never forgets a debt, and Lenoir always knew his would come due one day. His time is up—just when he needs it most. Zach is surely doomed unless Lenoir can unravel the mystery. But with his own life numbered in hours, he will have to work fast, lest the Darkwalker have one more soul to avenge.


“DARKWALKER is a dark fantasy detective story that takes readers on a dark, sometimes disturbing journey. E.L. Tettensor crafts a tale that makes you think even while you shudder—a delightful combination. DARKWALKER is brilliant!”

Fresh Fiction

“This was a dark police procedural wrapped in a fantasy setting […] Tettensor does a great job of sketching out the world without overwhelming the reader […] I hope to see more adventures featuring Nicolas Lenoir.”

Night Owl Reviews

“If you enjoy mysteries and love horror too, then this novel is a perfect fit of the shudders and intrigue.”

I Smell Sheep, 5/5 sheep

“A new paranormal mystery series featuring an intriguing main character and rich, thorough world building; once the story takes off, it does not stop […] a surprising and fantastic paranormal debut from E.L. Tettensor.”

The BiblioSanctum, 5/5 stars

“What Tettensor does best is create a strong and vivid atmosphere […] [it] seems to float off the page and grasp your imagination along every chapter. It’s a beautifully realized tone with flowing descriptions that never try too hard and never get in the way of the story […] Every scene is wonderfully realized and easy to see. All the dots line up perfectly.”

Acerbic Writing

“Tettensor’s first novel tackles some complex issues while simultaneously delivering a Victorian-esque crime drama that is sure to have readers hoping for a sequel. DARKWALKER is a strong debut that will appeal to fans of both fantasy and mystery.”

Owlcat Mountain

“History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.”

My Bookish Ways

“[DARKWALKER] packs a massive punch. It’s dark, fun, unique, and emotionally jarring […] The ending is surprising and perfect.”

Bookworm Blues

“Mesmerizing […] DARKWALKER is an outstanding debut novel.”

That’s What I’m Talking About

“This book is wonderfully weird, fantastically far-fetched, and a riveting read.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“Dark magics by an unwanted people and kidnappings drive the plot; justice, an avenging spirit, and a man’s state of mind drives the story […] Excellent!”

Drey’s Library

“A thoroughly enjoyable debut; I look forward to more from this author.”

Bakka Phoenix Books

“[I] really liked this. Easy to get into, fast-paced, good read.”

Kathy’s Book Pile

“E L Tettensor delivered a strong debut with DARKWALKER. Plot, characters and world are sophisticated and down-to-earth at the same time.”

Edi’s Book Lighthouse

“Overall, this was a quick and easy read, with an unexpected and satisfying conclusion. In her first novel, E. L. Tettensor has crafted a solid blend of detective fiction and fantasy.”

Clare L. Deming

“I enjoyed this romp through an alternate universe and look forward to reading the next book in the series. I recommend this to fans of Victorian England-like settings and urban fantasy.”

Open Book Society

“Dark and atmospheric with just a hint of magic.”

It Happened in the Library

“The novel is well written with clean prose […] a good start to a promising new series […] this could be a successful and interesting series for years to come.”

The Literary Lawyer

“A fantastic debut novel set in a wonderfully realized world.”

Nothing But the Rain

“Brilliant. Amazing. Extraordinary. There aren’t enough words to describe how incredible this book was […] An absolute must read! “

HEAs Are Us, 5/5 stars