- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Series: Immortal Beloved (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (January 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316035939
- ISBN-13: 978-0316035934
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved) Hardcover – January 2, 2012
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Nastasya, now 450 years old, is making progressat River’s Edge, “rehab central for wayward immortals.” Reyn, the “Viking wonderboy,” continues to pursue her without success, despite Nasty’s yearnings. After she rejoins her immortal partying friends in Boston, her life is threatened. Nastasya’s self-deprecating humor and asides to the reader give this novel a fresh voice and help to balance some overreaching similes (“My heart had slowed like a hibernating squirrel’s”) and sprawling passages that could have benefited from tighter editing. This installment has a complete story arc, but the series’ many fans will be eager for the forthcoming trilogy finale. Grades 8-11. --Cindy Dobrez
Praise for Darkness Falls:
"This follow-up to Immortal Beloved amps up the romance. . . another successful blend of sarcasm, pathos and magick."
"Highly charged events lead to an exciting climax. Tiernan has created a story filled with suspense, adventure, pathos, and compassion."―SLJ
Praise for Immortal Beloved:
*"Tiernan gives Nastasya a strong, distinctive voice and wonderfully realized perspective on the joys and horrors of history."
―Publishers Weekly (starred review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
I have to admit my favorite parts of DARKNESS FALLS were the chapters back at River's farm, following Nastasya as she works in the kitchen or at the local drugstore. These might feel a little like treading water if you're reading the books back to back, but I loved being able to reacquaint myself with all the characters and especially Nastasya's voice.
Though her time at the farm is not what you would really call pleasant. All the self-improvement she's been doing has begun to bear fruit, and one nasty side effect of learning the difference between right and wrong is that Nastasya sees many of her memories with new eyes. Instead of a daring escape, she sees the people she didn't help. Instead of a fun caper, she sees the people harmed by her theft. She's still struggling to fit in, still doesn't know what to do with her feelings for Reyn, still can't master simple magic...the mood, in the early sections of the book, is melancholy. Maybe even gloomy, though Nastasya is too funny and bubbly to really drag you down.
Later on, Incy re-enters the picture and Nastasya gets to try on her old life for size. Fabulous clothes, luxury, late-night parties, fun and frivolous behavior. Tiernan does an amazing job of making the high life sound utterly revolting. Nastasya name-drops Manolo Blahnik or Christian Louboutin, slipping her feet into shoes that sound truly, covetously adorable, and then wishes - and makes me wish - for a pair of old work boots.
Like the first book, DARKNESS FALLS breaks many rules of commercial fiction - not much action, lots of flashbacks, plenty of inner monologue. I loved every word of it, and hugely admired Tiernan's skill, because she makes it all fun and gripping.
Unfortunately, as I began reading book two I admit I wasn't as excited as I was when reading book one. The story line seemed to move a lot slower and although I understand the meaning for learning about other characters' past, it seemed to stall. But again, I loved book one and knew that there was only a matter of time before Darkness Falls picked up and had me on the edge. As the book came to a close everything seemed to come together and of course all the action and the 'Oh my God' scenes took place.
All in all I enjoyed Darkness Falls. I'm excited to see what will happen between Nasty and Reyn since they have both agreed they want one another, and I'm excited to find out who was really behind the demise of Nasty.
Still a sucker for happy endings, I can't wait to read book three!!! Good job Cate Tiernan