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- Print Length: 279 pages
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- Publisher: Creativia; 3 edition (May 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FVCE7O6
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The Eternals: Beneath The Fading Sun Kindle Edition
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Though the characters are vampires for the most part and have the expected vampiric characteristics and capabilities, this isn’t your typical vampire tale. I’d say it’s more a story about a man who happens to be a vampire. Jean is an antihero in some respects, violent and sarcastic, yet I rooted from him from the start. Ankers does a wonderful job with characterization and dialog. Jean has a distinct voice, and the entire book is poetic and beautifully composed.
The world building also grabbed me at the start, part steampunk, part post-apocalyptic fantasy. The Earth is clearly fetid and dying, the few last humans are clones, the horses are cyborgs, the landscape is manipulated, and rivers run blood red. Human know-how has been lost but their technology persists, most clearly in the presence of flying machines. The descriptions are gripping - imagine a man dragging his coffin through a dead wilderness, terrified of the sun.
The end came together a little too easily for me with the introduction of new characters that save the day, but I have a feeling that they will play a role in the sequel that Ankers mentions at the book’s close. I will definitely be picking it up, as the villains will surely seek their revenge. Jean and his love, Linka, are only safe for the moment, and I can’t wait to see what happens.
The story is about a race of the undead; vampires are all that is left on the earth. They live off synthesized blood, or do they??? The aristocracy may have a few secrets. Jean, is thrown into a serious power struggle and really doesn't like being used as a pawn. Okay, that is the biggest spoiler you will ever get from me.
It was a very interesting take of the vampire story. I liked what I read, so much so, that I had a hard time putting this book down. The writer has skill. If I am comparing him to Zelazny, then that is saying something. Zelazny is one of my favorites. Ankers has a remarkable ablility to weave you a story, with just the right amount of description, without going overboard. I really enjoyed this story and will read the sequel.
I highly recommend this book. 4.5 of 5 Stars (rounds to 5)
Imagine my surprise picking up The Eternals and finding something that took the whole "immortal child of the night" concept and actually tried something new with it.
Richard Ankers' novel asks a question that most stories about immortal beings fail to ask: exactly how long is forever? In The Eternals, humans have been supplanted as the dominant species on Earth by the titular eternals, who have spent untold years pissing their time away doing pretty much anything they want. When they discovered that the sun is set to explode before long, the eternals devolve into an aristocracy based around meaningless stature and nightly parties to debauch the last moments of eternity away, before everyone is inevitably disintegrated.
The story follows Jean, an eternal who sees the rampant hedonism for what it is, and is dead set on rocking the establishment by, ironically, being far more hedonistic than his peers. Known as a loose cannon amongst the other eternals, Jean attends their social gatherings only because there's literally nothing else to do and to see how many people he can offend. After taking things a bit too far and murdering a well known princess, however, Jean sets off a chain of events that show him just how far the eternals have fallen, and makes him reconsider everything he's known in his countless years.
As someone who's been burnt out on vampires for quite some time, I heartily recommend giving The Eternals a chance. Jean's sarcastic and indifferent attitude lends an air of dark humor over the often violent premise, and the premise is interesting enough that it made me want to see where it leads. 5 stars.
The writing itself is elegant and poetic. You can feel what the characters feel, making this read all the more worth it.
To some, vampires may seem like an old topic, but this revitalizes what we know, and what some love.
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Resulting from decades of working in business and corporate finance and witnessing the life- depriving and blood-sucking activities of many bankers and professionals, it is rare for me to seek entertainment from stories of vampirism. It’s therefore a notable event for me to appreciate a book from this genre. The story opens with the main protagonist, sucking the life’s blood from a princess before fleeing on an odyssey of adventure and eventually returning home. Nothing is as it seems and the political structures can have plenty of allegorical interpretation if you look for it.
It is at one of these gatherings that Jean accidentally sucks the life from Princess Chantelle, the daughter of King Rudolph, and sets in motion a chain of events which propels Jean into a fugitive's journey of deceit and discovery. Along the way, he finds protected truths, treasured love and his way back to a humanity long since lost to his kind.
You will realise from the very first page that the author is a poet. He builds visceral imagery with every sentence and pulls you firmly into the narrative. The story itself is not based on your traditional vampire lore, (other than the blood subsistence and sunlight aversion), but rather raises the question - just how long is forever? I have never read a vampire story set in a dystopian future and this is just one of the interesting angles taken by the author to set his scene and tell the story.
The story, whilst naturally dark in nature, is punctuated with heavy doses of sarcasm from the main character. So much so that in some cases, the dialogue almost becomes slapstick in nature. Picture an all-black, steampunk, billowing Lord Flashheart and you can chuckle at the image that popped into my head too. Whether that was the intention of the author or just the product of my disobedient mind I will leave you to decide (or the author to confirm).
If you enjoy stories that take everyday normal and turn it on its head, then please read Richard's first novel. It will entertain and delight you without taking itself too seriously. When you've finished with it, I happen to know that the second instalment is already out there waiting for you.
His is an intriguing world, one in which the reader immediately feels a part of. I kept imagining the novel as a film, seeing the characters interact with one another. It was that well-written.
I understand it is the first in a trilogy and I’m glad about that because I'm looking forward to more of this.
Good novel, great writing, highly original with stand out characters. Loved it.
Jean is droll, witty and bored with his eternal life and his tale is not your average vampire story. Well worth a read and I look forward to reading the sequel.