Lenah has sacrificed everything — including the love of her soulmate Rhode — to save Rhode and the world from a vampire plague. But when the only good vampire left is murdered, she knows she must avenge his death. The problem is that the murderer is her former boyfriend, Justin, who has not only become a vampire himself, but one of the most evil she has ever encountered. Lenah knows she will have to kill him in order to save her twenty-first-century friends, but can she do it? The answer is clearer when she discovers that Justin’s taken her beloved Rhode hostage and is slowly turning him into a vampire too. But Rhode no longer remembers Lenah, and killing anyone is now against her nature. Will the heartbreak of seeing Rhode corrupted lead her to take a path from which she may never be able to return?
What a beautiful conclusion to one of my favorite series!
At the end of Stolen Nights, Lenah thought her sacrifice – her separation from Rhode and her departure from the twenty-first century – would be enough. In Eternal Dawn, she found that things weren’t moving in a merry direction and her twenty-first-century-friends were in huge trouble. Could she help to make things right for her friends?
It was great to see Lenah reunited with her friends. I was particularly surprised by an old face that I thought I’d never see again, and I loved how Lenah chose to be honest and share what she knew upfront with her friends in this installment. She surely had grown up a lot in this series! No longer pettish, she earned respect from those who were wise (and powerful) and I was happy that she got to be reacquainted with Rhode.
Rhode seemed a bit more boyish in this installment. Probably because he had no memory of his past, he seemed less experienced. While his nature as a warrior had never changed, he was less sure of what he could do when he was being thrown into the midst of chaos and violence. I liked that he was still noble but it’s a little disconcerting to see him in a helpless state when he was being taken as hostage.
I’d never liked Justin but still, I was pretty shocked when I discovered how evil he’d become. I guess I’d never assumed him being capable of brutal torture and killing. Anyway, don’t say I didn’t warn you, as he was the evil of all evils here.
Events from the past were weaved into the story to give us a better picture of why things were what they were in this installment but I did have to look up a few things from the previous books to refresh my memory.
Overall, I loved Eternal Dawn. And I’d recommend this series to all vampire fans.