Eternal Night by Jade Kerrion
(Summary taken from amazon.com) "Alone for a millennium, since a human murdered her beloved consort, Ashra, the immortal icrathari queen, rules over Aeternae Noctis, the domed city of eternal night. Her loneliness appears to be at an end when her consort's soul is reborn in a human, Jaden Hunter, but their reunion will not be easy. Icrathari are born, not made. If Ashra infuses Jaden with her immortal blood, he will be a vampire, a lesser creature of the night, a blood-drinker rather than a soul-drinker. Furthermore, Jaden is sworn to protect his half-sister, five-year-old Khiarra. She is the child of prophecy, destined to end the eternal night and the dominion of the Night Terrors—the icrathari and the vampires. As Ashra struggles to sustain her crumbling kingdom in the face of enemies without and treachery within, Jaden fights to defend his sister and unravel a greater mystery: what is the city of eternal night, and how did it come to be?"
This book is very different from the other two books I have read by Jade Kerrion. I have to say I was disappointed at first. I was so confused; I had no idea what was going on. There was a lot of vocabulary that I did not understand, and I couldn't figure out what the point was. It took me quite awhile to figure out what was going on, who everyone was, what all the creatures were, and who I should be routing for. However, once I figured it all out, I couldn't put it down. The characters started to come off the page and the story grabbed hold of me. I had a deep respect for Ashra and came to understand why she did what she did, and what motivated her. I began to like her more and more. I liked Jaden from the start. I liked his personality, devotion, dedication, and ability to think outside the box. One of the things I didn't understand was the city itself: why did it continually stay in the dark, how did it do that? And wait, the city floats above the earth? When it said that they could see the earth, I seriously thought they might be on the moon looking at a far-away earth. I did not understand that the city was on the earth, just floating above the surface. Ahhhhh......I know, I'm making myself sound not very intelligent. I finally got it though. I understood why the city moved and stayed in darkness. It's a very interesting yet complicated scenario. After I started putting things together I also came to understand the other creatures more. The Daevas were one creature that baffled me at the beginning. I never liked them, but did begin to understand them more as the book went on. I thought it was interesting how Khiarra fit in and ended up fulfilling the prophecy: it wasn't really what anyone had thought it would be. Even though I had doubts about Siri from time to time, I thought it was clever of Ms. Kerrion to use that name for someone who had "encyclopedic knowledge of science and technology." They were constantly asking her questions. Iphone/pad/pod anyone??? Anyone ever ask "Siri" a question on their device? Hahaha....maybe it's only me, but I thought it was clever. I ended up really liking this book. If you haven't tried a book by Jade Kerrion yet, now might be a good time!
There is profanity in this book along with violence, deaths, fighting scenes, and quite the "intimacy" scene.
Rating: PG-13+ (Profanity, deaths, fighting, and an "intimacy" scene)
Recommendation: High School Senior and up
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.