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Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan

I reviewed the first two books in this series, Immortal Beloved and Darkness Falls on my own but for this last one, Christine has joined me:

Caitlin: I feel like I waited forever to read this book. I’m not even sure why. It isn’t as if Darkness Falls ended on a cliffhanger or anything. Or that there is an over-arcing plot that needed to be wrapped up. I just love these books and these characters and needed more for the simple pleasure of having more.

Christine: Well, that’s not entirely true. The romantic plot needed to be wrapped up because we all needed more Reyn. Much more Reyn. Actually, could we just get a book about Reyn?

Regardless, that needed to be dealt with because I was wholly unsatisfied with how things were left between him and Nastasya. And how things turn out… well… let’s just say, you want to read this book.

Caitlin: Yes! More Reyn! Can he just be in every book? I particularly loved the part where he randomly had a sword in his truck. He’s just the type of guy who would drive a beat up farm truck…and keep a sword in it.

I loved how much of this book was about the two of them. The series is very much about Nas discovering herself and I enjoyed how the third book was about her finding herself in relation to the people around her and her relationships. And Cate Tiernen did promise us, on Twitter, that there would be “much de hot Reyn,” and she did not disappoint.

Christine: I will say that the start of the book was very promising, and then I wasn’t sure everything was going to turn out alright. Plus, River’s brothers kept showing up and trying to threaten Nas to leave and it just wasn’t looking good. I did like all the Reyn moments (of course), and the truck scene where he randomly pulls a sword out of the cab. It was nice to see them interacting with each other without all the animosity they usually had. ALSO, I wanted to snuggle with every scene involving Reyn and his puppy.

Caitlin: Yes! I just love Dufa! And I was so glad that Devil Chicken was back as well. And there came a point where River’s brothers showing up and being disapproving of Nas just became hysterical and I wished she’d had more brothers.

But all the goofy stuff aside, and Nas excels at goofy, I also enjoyed her revealing moments. Like the day when people kept thanking her and telling her what a good thing she was doing for the town and everyone and she got so uncomfortable and just ran away to the barn. I liked that she wasn’t just immediately “cured” after the events of the second book.

Christine: The character development for Nas was done well in this book. I could actually see her “growing up” and accepting more responsibility and actually working on her relationships with people.

And the ending? It was rather sad. I wasn’t expecting it to be sad since you’re dealing with immortals and shouldn’t have to worry about any of the characters dying. But you know, now that I think about it, for a series about immortals, quite a lot of them don’t make it. Which surprises me a bit.

Caitlin: Well, that was the whole point of some of the plot. The immortals like to kill each other to steal power. Well, the evil immortals not any of the ones we liked. I will say, there was one death at the end that hit me pretty hard. I was just really starting to like that character and then…sigh.

I do think there was a scene missing from the ending but I can’t really explain why without lots of spoilers. Lets just say that I thought we needed to see a discussion that we never got to see.

Oh, and Reyn’s bromance! That was the best thing ever.

Christine: I forgot about the bromance! It was pretty epic. And yes, I would’ve liked to see that discussion as well, but the jump forward wasn’t that bad. I did read it several times before giving the book back to you. In fact, that’s probably going to be the first thing I read when I get my own copy.

Caitlin: You didn’t give it back to me. I haven’t seen my baby in months. *glares at Kate*

The ending, I think we can all agree was cute and satisfying in more ways than one. And I liked that it was about River and Nas’ relationship just as much as it was about Nas and Reyn.

I wish there was going to be a fourth book. Alas.

Eternally Yours comes out Tuesday November 6th, and I HIGHLY encourage you to check out the entire trilogy.

 

Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan

So, last year, I wrote up a truly gushing review of Immortal Beloved, the first in this trilogy. I mean, I loved that book. LOVED. So let me tell you all I would’ve thrown the world’s biggest temper tantrum on twitter (I mean, bigger than the one  threw when Pottermore sorted me into Slytherin) when the publication of Darkness Falls was pushed back from September to January. I would have….except I had an ARC and all was well in the world.

I love Reyn so much! He gets the very first line of the book and it’s possibly my most favourite first line ever. And there’s a scene where he wakes Nastasya up in the middle of the night so she can see puppies! And then there’s a bit where he walks close to her in the dark. And then there’s this other bit where he holds the wiggly, runty puppy and…and….

Maybe I should talk about the book. And, you know, Nastasya. Who is awesome and still has her sarcastic, smart alec, voice. Which I love so much. Darkness Falls continues to focus on Nastastya’s road to self discovery and growth and such. And while Immortal Beloved was more about her becoming comfortable in her own skin, I felt that this book was about Nastasya accepting her power and her family’s power. As someone who has seen the horrible things people with power do, and done horrible things when she was in a position of power, you can tell she is reluctant and wary of the power she has.

And then, of course, everything goes wrong around her and Nastasya believes her power is, itself, inherently evil.

I loved the look we got into River’s past. You could tell from the first book that she had a darkness in her past and being 1300 years old or whatever she is, you know there’s got to be some major drama. And she continues to understand Nastasya so well, better than Nastasya understands herself possibly, and I enjoy the repertoire the two have. River wants so much for Nastasya and isn’t willing to give up on her or let her take an easy path. I can just see, hundreds of years from now, these two being the best of friends and laughing about what an idiot they both used to be.

I don’t want to spoil anything but I will say that I’m glad a certain character/plot thread got all tied up in this book. It leaves the last book open for something new and more evil.

OR for Eternally Yours to be about Nastasya and Reyn making super cute, immortal, viking babies. I am totally okay with that being all the third book is about. And Dufa. I want more Dufa. Wriggly, ugly, adorable Dufa.

Things that worry me. Well, Cate Tiernan doesn’t exactly have the best track record for giving her characters the happily ever after I want them have. I’m still angry about Morgan and Hunter…sigh. And while I know Balefire had originally been planned to be longer, there was little to no resolution between Thais and Luc and I NEEDED those two together. But I can forgive Balefire because it was cut short. And Luc and Thais are happy and together in my head.(I really didn’t care at all about Clio and Richard)

But…but…I’m not going to be able to deal if Nastasy and Reyn do not have a good ending. The title suggests a happy ending…right?

I’m going to end it here…this wasn’t much of a review so much as it was a rant about things I liked. But, whatever. Reyn is awesome. And Nastasya is kick ass.