Thursday, October 21

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

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Haven has always had visions of a girl named Constance and the boy, Ethan, whom she loved.

Her grandmother is sure that she is possessed, but Haven begins to discover clues that lead her to believe that Constance is herself in a past life, and that Ethan is out there somewhere, looking for her.

With the newfound knowledge of 'The Ouroboros Society' who help people like her, Haven sets out for New York City to look for playboy Iain Morrow, whom she believes to be Ethan...but can Iain really be trusted?

I was first drawn to this book by the broken ouroburos on the cover, and then pulled into the novel as soon as I began to read it. 'The Eternal Ones' is very visual, written so that the reader can experience the novel along with Haven, and not just feel like they're looking in at the story through a window of rippled glass.

The first part of the book could be called slow, at least in comparison to the rest, but I was absorbed in Haven's world. It was so different from any I've known or frequently read. Haven is easy to sympathize with because of how she is treated and antagonized by the town she has grown up in.

I liked that the novel incorporated religion and belief in God, but doesn't demonise it or preach to the reader. Haven is religious but her discoveries about herself don't shatter her faith. Instead they open her eyes to the world, which is more than can be said for a lot of the people in Haven's town. I like how the author shows religion, both where it is abused and used for hate and where it is used for strength, helping others and embracing your faith.

Haven is a strong character and my favourite part of the novel. I like that she has her doubts, insecurities and weaknesses but never falls apart. She keeps going and is very active in the plot. She doesn't wait around to be rescued or told everything. She searches for answers.

The second part of the novel (which is the majority of the novel, not the second half) is riveting. Intrigue propels the reader through the story, and something is always happening. There are always questions being sought after or discovered.

I liked that this wasn't a flat-out sappy romance. Haven isn't even sure if she can trust the man who is the 'love of all her life-times.' She doesn't rely on him every second or run into his arms, crying and begging to be helped. I like that.

The timeline does switch around a little, as Haven often sees flashes of the past before she focuses back into the present, and there is an excerpt about Haven's father near the beginning that delivers the reader back in time. The good thing is that there are no lingering questions as to what is happening. If I felt a moment of confusion, it was inquisitive and I understood soon after. It just made me more intuitive and alert as the story progressed.

I picked up 'The Eternal Ones' thinking it was a stand-alone novel but I am excited to learn that there will be a sequel, 'All You Desire.' I look forward to reading it.


Stina Lindenblatt said...

I saw this one at the library last week, but my physical TBR pile is already out of hand. Eventually I'll pick it up. Thanks for the great review, Keri!

Medeia Sharif said...

I recently won this in a contest. I read elsewhere about the slow ending, but I think this is something I'll enjoy.

Akoss said...

I've just picked this up at the library, I can't wait to get to it. Thanks for the non spoiler review. I liked it.