Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Hodder Books
At the end of DARKNESS FALLS, the second Immortal Beloved novel, Nastasya has fought back against the dark immortals with her own brand of magick… but can she fight against true love? In the exhilarating finale to the Immortal Beloved trilogy, Nastasya ends a 450-year-old feud and learns what ‘eternally yours’ really means.
Please note that Eternally Yours is the third book in the Immortal Beloved series and as such may contain (unintentionally) spoilers for the previous two in the series – you have been warned!
I have mixed feelings about Eternally Yours – part of me absolutely loved it and part of me (for at least some part of it) felt like the story was dragging its heels a bit.
There’s some major Nastaya character development going on, with flashbacks to her previous years especially in the first half highlighting how much she’s changed in the second half. We also get to explore quite a few of the stories of how the other characters ended up at Rivers Edge and their history (of course being an immortal does mean there’s a lot of history to choose from!).
I like this. In small doses.
In large doses which is what makes up a not insignificant amount of the first half of the book I find it slows the pace and often leaves my mind wandering which is a real shame as I completely love this series and didn’t want to put it down because dare I say it – it was beginning to bore me.
Thankfully though once the story got this out of its system things began to look up. We got back to what I loved about the Immortal Beloved series – seeing how the recovering immortals are getting on with their lives now – especially given the shared pasts that Nastaya and Reyn have, I loved seeing how this developed – but how this developed – you’ll have to read for yourself :p
I had actually forgotten how much I liked Nastaya’s voice – it feels like she’s talking to you, allowing you to feel her uncertainty and success with her whilst at the same time expressing herself through humour.
This time around we got to meet River’s brothers – not all of which seemed to share River’s values and had for some reason (their families safety) had taken an instant dislike to Nastaya – they made her feel most uncomfortable. Even though I may not have liked every one of them as I read on I could kind of see where they were coming from.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned the devil chicken in my previous reviews of this series so just in case a special mention goes to her. This feisty little chicken guards her eggs like the precious jewels they are. She provides many moments of light relief from the darkness going on around her.
Overall, I liked Eternally Yours and I’m glad I didn’t give up and if you’ve read the previous two you’ll like me probably want to know how the tale ends but just be prepared to wade through a hefty amount of flashbacks along the way!
Thanks to Hodder for sending me a copy