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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Review: The Eternal Ones

Author: Kirsten Miller

Release date: 19th August 2010
Genre: Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Penguin Razorbill

Summary from Amazon:
Haven Moore has always known she's different: there are the talents that can't be explained; the knowledge of places she's never been; and then there are the visions that overwhelm her - terrifying visions of a life that ended tragically two decades earlier and more than a thousand miles away in New York City. The citizens of Haven's rural, highly religious community, believe that she's been possessed by a demon. But this is no demon: it's reincarnation. Haven journeys all the way to Manhattan in search of clues about her past life and a decades-old murder. One wrong move could lead her into the clutches of the sinister villain at the center of a conspiracy much larger than she could have ever imagined. But if she makes the right choices, Haven will find the answers she's been seeking her entire life. This is an epic and thrilling romance set in the snake-handling churches of Appalachia, the dusty ruins of ancient Rome, and the grand mansions of Manhattan. The Eternal Ones tells the story of the first battle in a war between undying love and eternal evil.

The Eternal Ones is the story of Haven who lives in Snope City, East Tennessee. It’s a small community with some very narrow-minded views. It is almost like it jumped right out of the witch trial era and got transported through time. Haven has always been a little different. Her childhood was saturated with visions of a man named Ethan until she was eight years old. Lately those visions started returning and her grandmother is convinced that she is possessed by a demon, perhaps even Satan himself. Haven’s best friend Beau is also an outsider in the town.

But Haven is not possessed. She is seeing her past life as Constance who was a member of the Ouroboros Society back in the 1920s. The OS is an organisation that supports those who have been reincarnated. The most special are the eternal ones. Those that bring with them gifts from their earlier lives. The gifts were actually not very supernatural which was a refreshing twist the genre.

The most frustrating part of reading this book was the characters’ decisions. Haven in particular, did some quite bizarre and irrational things that were perhaps necessary for the storyline but not necessarily believable.

However, the great thing about the plot of this novel was that the twists were very confusing and let you be fooled about who was betraying Haven. I had actually worked out about half-way through the novel who was the person behind all the murders but what I didn’t know until the end was why. Although this book is naturally about things that have gone before, it didn’t feel slow or drawn out. The pace was just right.

The Eternal Ones was a book that grew on me. The more I read, the more I got into it. The mysteries of the Ouroboros Society were intriguing and I hope that we get to see the early days of the society in future books. A mysterious, engrossing and sweeping love story, The Eternal Ones will surely be enjoyed by fans of the paranormal genre.

Thank you to Penguin Razorbill for sending me the book to review.


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Great! This sounds very interesting, quite epic and adventurous. Thanks for sharing!

Lenore said...

I also thought it was really cool that the gifts were not supernatural!

Nina said...

I love it already. I have read a lot of the reviews for this book and they all where positive. ;) Great to hear that it's a story with twist and turns. No suprising ending with that.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm glad you ended up enjoying this as I've got it to read soon. I'm very intrigued about the not-very-supernatural gifts.

I Want To Read That said...

I really enjoyed this one. I really liked that it was a mystery but I agree that Haven didn't make the most rational decisions! I also worked out who I thought was behind it all - but I just didn't see the last bit coming. Perhaps it was my bleary eyes and the fact it was 4am? Either that or I'm losing my super sleuthing book detective skills....

Katherine Roberts said...

I find the whole idea of reincarnation fascinating... and my mother reckons she used to draw authentic Egyptian heiroglyphs when she was three! Thank you for bringing this one to my attention.

So the heroine doesn't always act rationally? Who does? That would make her a more realistic character, to my mind...

cat said...

I'm currently 260 pages in and I am hooked. Sadly I needed to sleep and then come to work or I'd be reading RIGHT NOW! So far I have not found any of Haven's decisions odd though.

I love the writing and I can't wait for lunch time to read more and try to figure out who is the untrustworthy one!

Library Mice said...

Greast review. I really enjoyed reading it too.

brizmus said...

Ooh, an Ouroboros society - that sounds cool. it sounds like, paired with the issues, there's a lot of good things about this book. I'm curious about the bizarre decisions that Haven makes.