Title: Darkness Falls
Author: Cate Tiernan
Published: Jan 2012
By: Hodder & Stoughton
Opening line: I want you.
Closing line: My legacy would be different.
As we know, Nastasya has lived for 400 hundred years, yet her life never seems to get any easier. In Immortal Beloved we see her leave everything behind to find meaning at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. While at River's Edge she learned to embrace new things and began to respect life despite some drama involving Reyn, and another immortal who wanted her dead. And once a few things have been dealt with it seems like she is getting back on track with her life. However, just as Nastasya is getting comfortable, with somethings, she is forced to leave River's Edge because of her family's ties to dark magic, which she thinks will be her own downfall. Scared she will succumb to the dark Nastasya, believe it or not, soon falls back into her old ways when she is reacquainted with old friends and we learn not everyone is as friendly as they are making out.
I really enjoyed this book, more than Immortal Beloved. We see Nastasya grow as a character and the flashbacks help us to understand her and her life all the better. We also get introduced to River's past which is intriguing and not as good as one may think. I often find in difficult in books when we are transported back in time via flashbacks but not with Tiernan's writing, she makes the past as real and believable as the present. The flashbacks only add to this story giving it real depth.
I love the tangled web that is Nastasya and Reyn's relationship. They have all ready been through so much and I often find myself sat on the fence as to what I want from their relationship. But as Nastasya starts to see her past through different eyes so do we and half way through this story I was routing for them to be together.
Tiernan's writing is captivating and her characters endearing. She knows how to create a world a reader can get lost in, without your knowing, and I can't wait to get lost in books three!