Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Immortals Series: Shadowland (Book 3) and Dark Flame (Book 4) by Alyson Noel Combined review

In light of reading Night Star recently, I decided I'd do a combined review on the third and fourth books in the Immortals Series, for continuity purposes (the covers pictured are both the US and UK sleeves).

Shadowland

Author: Alyson Noel
Date of release: July 2010 (UK)
Number of pages: 370
Publisher: Pan Macmillan (UK) and St Martin's Griffin (US)
Also by this author: Evermore, Blue Moon


Book Girl Rating: * * * *

WARNING: These reviews are of the third and fourth books in the series and as such may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Ever and Damen have travelled through countless past lives – and fought off the world’s darkest enemies – in search of each other. But just when their destiny seems finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon them. A single touch of their hands, a soft brush of their lips will mean death for Damen – cast into the darkness of the Shadowland. But as she seeks to break the curse, Ever meets Jude – a green-eyed, golden surfer boy who understands magick, and understands Ever better than she realises. And she begins to ask a terrifying question: even if you’re immortal, can true love really last forever? (Amazon.co.uk)

In Blue Moon, we saw the terrible events unfold under Roman's hand and Damen and Ever were nearly torn apart.  In the opening of Shadowland, they are back together and the spell is lifted - but Ever is guarding a dangerous secret - the idea that whilst she saved Damen, she may now kill him if their DNA is to mix in any way.  Battling with this newfound sphere to their relationship, Ever and Damen must determine a way to resolve it.  This book also sees their relationship progress, but not without another dimension - the Shadowland.  Whilst they are immortal, Damen discovers a place that destroyed immortals are banished to and then linger - and he is desperate to save Ever from that one fate...

I really enjoyed Shadowland.  I was pining for Ever and Damen to be reunited in Blue Moon, but obviously not without a complication!  Ever and Damen's love intensifies and we learn more about the fantastic past they share, in all their former life guises.  Not to mention the introduction of charming, surfer boy, Jude - and the complications that ensue, causing Ever to question her past and her future with Damen.  Then there's Roman and his dirty tricks..

Dark Flame 

Author: Alyson Noel
Date of release: September 2010 (UK)
Number of pages: 340
Publisher: Pan Macmillan (UK) and St Martin's Griffin (US)
Also by this author: Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Night Star (2011)


Book Girl Rating: * * * *



Once it seemed being immortal was a gift to Ever Bloom - now it's a curse. And she's a danger to herself. Ever has been dabbling in Magyck - seeking to explore her own powers, hoping to find a future for her relationship with Damen. But she's not in control - in fact, the magyck has bound her eternally to her immortal enemy, Roman. Whenever he's near, she feels his heartbeat, his breath, his blood racing in her veins. Ever is in deep - and the one person who might be able to help her must never find out what she's done .

Ever Bloom's life is getting more complicated and out of control by the day.  Fuelled by her desire to find an antidote to the problem she and Damen face, ever dabbles in Magyck, the dark and dangerous kind.  But that's not her only problem.  In dabbling in this unknown territory, she unwittingly binds herself to Roman, her biggest enemy - and all she can think of is him.  Not to mention, there's Haven, Ever's formerly sweet and mortal best friend, who is now anything but mortal and is rioting up a storm - threatening to expose everything that Ever and Damen have worked so hard to protect.

Once again - Alyson had my heart racing and the suspense all over this book.  Between wanting to be with Damen, seeking out Roman to find a cure and trying to rein Haven in - Ever's all over the place!  With Jude in tow to add further complications!

I loved both these books as much as their predecessors.  Ever is a witty, strong protagonist with spirit, determination and perseverance (I suppose she'd need it!) and I can't get enough of this series (see my review of Night Star up now).




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