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.