Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Dark Flame by Alyson Noel
Ever is helping her friend Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and carelessly putting them all at risk, their friendship becomes more and more strained. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into magick in order to get control over her enemy Roman and free Damen from his power. But when the spell she casts on Roman backfires, she’s bound to her deadliest enemy. Frantic to reverse the spell the moment the moon enters a new phase, she finds her efforts are fruitless—there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, one that propels her toward Roman. Desperate to break free of this terrible curse before Damen or the twins can discover what she’s done, she turns to Jude and delves deeper and deeper into dark magick, ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including Damen.
Dark Flame by Alyson Noel is the fifth installment in the Immortals series. And I can honestly say that I did enjoy this book a lot more than I did Shadowland. Ever still makes rash decisions, and there are times when I just wanted to ask her: "What were you thinking?" Sometimes those decisions made the situation between her and Damen more strained than just not being abbot physically touch. And all through Ever's troubled path, Damen remains right by her side, through her uncontrollable attraction to Roman, her developing friendship with Jude and her questionable practice of magick. No matter how hard she pushes him away he is there when she needs him. Haven I found hard to relate to and although I understand she may now feel empowered by her new life and the abilities that come with it, but the way she goes about declaring her independence, with the terrible fight that threatens all of their lives and her friendship with Ever made her seem callous and immature. What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was watching Ever grow into a better person, she turns her life around and stops feeling sorry for herself when she learns of Roman's terrible past before he became an immortal, and chooses to not fight Roman with animosity, but rather with compassion instead.