Book Review: Eternal Night
Published By: The Studio
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Page Count: 319
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult/New Adult - Mythology, Fantasy
I was intrigued by the premise of this novel. I’ve read a few other novels based on Greek mythology and was excited to see what Eternal Night had to offer.
Eternal Night starts out with the apparent suicide of Nadia, the Goddess of Hope. After her death, other supernatural phenomenon begin to occur. The other gods realize that something big is coming and they must not only discover what it is, but stop it before it destroys human civilization.
The book is told in third person and each god has numerous chapters throughout the book. These gods are not just from Greek mythology, but also Roman & Norse. (This was a great mythology lesson for me!) But as time has gone on, humans have lost faith in the gods. This has caused their powers to diminish, making it even more difficult for them to stop the coming devastation.
The gods don’t age and are trapped in bodies that seem to be in their early 20’s. Over the years, they have argued, fought, and mostly stayed clear of each other. But the tragedy surrounding Nadia has caused them to reconnect in ways they haven’t done in years. They have to work through old grudges and unrequited love. This makes for lots of action and some interesting scenes throughout the book. The gods encounter several humans who help them on their quest. And they also find many humans who have become pawns in the plan to destroy all human life. One of my favorite characters in the book is a human named Jude, who plays a big part in the conclusion of the storyline.
I did enjoy the book, but it wasn’t an easy read the entire time. Parts of the book were fantastic and I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately, other parts dragged on for me and I wasn’t as excited to get back to the book. But overall, the book was entertaining and I would recommend it for those who love mythology.
Just a note: the synopsis of the book stays “steamy and romantic” but I didn’t find any of the scenes to be inappropriate. There is strong language throughout the book.
What TV Shows/Movies inspired Eternal Night?
The Originals, obviously. Not the actual plot or the characters, but in the way that I wrote it. When I started working on Season 1 of The Originals I was almost done writing the first draft of Eternal Night, but I learned so much about writing just from sitting in that writers’ room, listening to these brilliant people talk about story, that I ended up having to do amajor overhaul of the book – particularly the ending. The writers of The Originals deserve a lot of credit for the best parts of Eternal Night and they haven’t even read it yet.
In addition to The Originals, I was definitely inspired by Supernatural, which is one of my all-time favorite shows. I was struggling with Mark’s storyline a lot, and Supernatural helped me find it. I thought about Orphan Black and Misfits a lot while I was writing, and there is some X-Men influenced stuff tood.
About the Book
Six young gods are hiding in plain sight among mortals, living secretly in cities across the world. From lavish penthouse soirees to pulsing underground clubs, for them, the party literally never ends. Until now.
On a hot June morning, the body of a beautiful girl is found floating in the rooftop pool of the Jefferson Hotel, her white-ink tattoos revealing the story of a life much longer than seems possible. Only the immortals know the truth: Nadia was the goddess of hope. Now she’s gone, and the world as they know it is ending. The Hudson River has turned blood red. Storms rage overhead. Mania is rapidly spreading across the globe.
It is up to the remaining gods—Lola, Dean, Weston, Mark, Nike and Peitha—to put aside centuries of betrayal and heartbreak, and stop the mysterious source of darkness that is taking over… before the sun sets forever.
Carina Adly MacKenzie, writer for The CW's hit series "The Originals," has penned a steamy, romantic, and ultimately redemptive story of forgotten gods, the persistence of hope, and the power of love to save us.
About The Author
Carina Adly MacKenzie grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she boldly defied the no-reading-at-the-dinner-table rule time and time again. After studying English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Carina moved to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career. Carina was a television critic and entertainment reporter for Zap2it.com, the Los Angeles Times, and Teen Vogue, among other publications. Currently, she spends her days obsessing over vampire sibling rivalry as a writer for The CW's new drama, "The Originals." She loves coffee, Twitter, and her little dog Pacey. Eternal Night is her first novel.