Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Eternal Ones is a book with a fascinating concept and all the makings for a thrilling book; buried secrets, an old society, plenty of villains and evil deeds, fabulous locales, quirky characters, and a searing romance...but it doesn't quite come together. The story is very drawn out, and the narration has a tendency to lag. Haven is justifiably confused by the many mysteries unfolding around her, but her continuous cycle of hot and cold reactions to Iain and the other people she meets in New York gets confusing and old fast. Miller also peppers the book with numerous descriptions of Haven evading the bad guys, which is also tiring. The one bright spot in the book is the character of Beau. Haven's best friend in Snope City, Beau is confident and quirky, and at times he seems like the sole sensible person in the entire book. His friendship with Haven and loyalty to her is well written, and he kept the book moving.
The climax wasn't so surprising, and it seems that Haven, Iain, and Beau escaped from their enemies a bit too easily and move into their happily-ever-after in a slightly unrealistic manner. Though all of the little details come together in the end, The Eternal Ones feels inconsistent, tedious, and about one hundred pages too long.
Cover Comments: I like the simplicity of the cover and the way that it incorporates the ouroboro. When I first saw it, I did confuse it with an adult book because I think it does look a bit sophisticated, but it isn't remarkable.
The Eternal Ones is out today.
ARC received from publisher.