Monday 23 January 2012

Book Review: Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan.

Product details:
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton.
Hardcover, 400 pages.
Release date: January 5th 2012.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Ages: 14+
Series: Immortal Beloved #2
Other Books in Series: Immortal Beloved.
Source: Received from publisher for review.

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave.

She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?

Immortal Beloved saw party girl Nastasya turn her back on bad habits and dangerous friends as she said goodbye to hundreds of years of crazy behaviour, wild nights out, fine food and designer clothes. Leaving behind her best friend, Innocencio, Nastasya found herself at River’s Edge ‘home for wayward Immortals’ where she learned life lessons from wise Immortal River and fell for the sexy Reyn.  Now in Darkness Falls, Nastasya has to decide if she can live with the darkness that lies within Reyn’s past while all the while trying to fight the darkness within her that is manifesting itself in dangerous ways. And then there’s Incy, who won’t stop looking for Nastasya until he finds her and brings her back to the life they once shared. Can Nastasya resist the lure of her old life and prove that she has changed, or will her dark ways win out?

When I read Immortal Beloved, I thought it was a good read, if a little slow paced, and while I was intrigued by the character of Nasty, loved her snarky dialogue, and wanted to know her secrets, I can’t say that I much liked her. I also found reading about her new life at River’s Edge a little boring. I know that Nasty wants to be a better person, and she is a better and more likeable character in this book, but let’s face it, her life of mucking out stables and peeling potatoes is not exactly entertaining. I wanted to see more of party girl Nas. I wanted to read about her fabulous wardrobe and her wild nights out with Incy. Thankfully, in Darkness Falls, we get the best of both worlds. This book has action, it has character development, it has steamy kisses, and it has Incy.

I probably shouldn’t like Incy as much as I do, bit I can’t help myself.   He’s the character I’m most drawn to in these books, and if you’ve read them, you’re probably asking yourself right now what the hell I’m thinking!  I admit it; I sometimes take the bad boy thing too far! Even in Immortal Beloved where we pretty much get to see Incy in flashback form only, he was the character I wanted more of.  Sure, Reyn may be sexy, but he’s not a big talker, and I’ve never found his character very appealing. So, I’m all about Incy, and it seems that Nastasya is too, for she finds it difficult to resist the lure of her old privileged party lifestyle once her old friend finds his way into her life again.

Darkness Falls, a book about magick, Immortals, mystery and love where Nastasya confronts both her inner demons and the dangers that haunt her every day life, is an addictive read, and I can’t wait for more when the third and final installment in this series, Immortal Light releases next year. I’m also very interested to find out more about the mysterious Miss Edna who is briefly mentioned in the pages of Darkness Falls, but who I think is going to have a much larger role to play in Nastasya’s life as this series concludes.  I can’t wait to find out more!


  1. I liked Immortal Beloved, I thought Nasty was a pretty cool character, but yeah, it would've been fun to read about her wild days:) Glad to hear there is more of that in Darkness Falls! I'm kind of liking the Nasty/Reyn storyline so it will be interesting to see if Incy can sway me to the dark side like he has you:)

    Great review!

  2. I have this one on my shelf waiting for me! I've read mixed reviews for it lately, but your review has me excited and I really want to know what Incy does to have you leaning toward his side so steeply! Glad we get a little bit more action in this one, I agree Immortal Beloved was definitely slower at times. Thanks for the review Leanna!

  3. @Heather - I have this feeling that I might be on Team Incy all on my own!

    @Jenny - I think I'm taking my love of bad boys too far with Incy! :D

  4. Might just be me, but I can't see "Immortal Beloved" and not think of Beethoven. :)

    Don't think this series is quite up my alley, but who knows? Maybe someday I'll pick it up and love it.


  5. Haha I was thinking something along the lines of 'WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?!" but I can... sorta... kinda.... VERY vaguely see the appeal. I like Incy as one likes messed up, well-crafted characters. But, erm, not particularly in a sexually alluring way :P

    So happy you enjoyed this! I cannot wait to see what Cate has in store for the third book. Fantastic review!

    1. I think this is one of my strangest book crushes yet. Really, what am I thinking?! He does have a beautiful face though, and I tend to fall for those! :D

      Really looking forward to the next book too!

  6. This sounds really good! I haven't seen much about it and this is the first review I read on it. I love snarky dialogue so that's a definite plus haha. Great review I'll have to check this one out!

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  7. I'm about to start reading this one so I'm very glad you liked this one that much :) !! I hope I'll like it as much as the first one ..
    Thanks for the great review !!

  8. Seriously Incy *faints* you are definitely on your own with that one :D
    I adore the snark in these books. Cannot wait to see where the story goes :D

    1. Yeah, I pretty much knew I'd have Incy all to myself. Who else would want him! :D


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