The Night Eternal
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 13 October 2011
- Thriller and Suspense
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Like many of you that read this series, I was quite upset when it was over. I am not the type that reads much about extreme fantasy story lines like this one, but because of its close like and relate-ability to the real world, it quickly became one of my favorites. The entire series is extremely well written, keeping the action going at just the right times, and also exploring the humanity of us and how we fight to keep what and who we are close, in the face of adversity and annihilation. With characters from all across the globe and almost every walk of life entangled in the struggle to rid the world of strigoi, we see how everyone of us have the will and the strength to fight for our humanity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story and a fascination with the fantastic! If you enjoyed Hellboy, you will absolutely love this series!
Really enjoyed this series. Thought Del Tore and Hogan did a great job, and brought something refreshing to the vamp novel. One thing I didn't like though was what they did to the main character Eph in this last book. Spent most of the last half being annoyed at his depiction, and impatient for his eventual redemption. All in all though a great series.
Oh, was I excited to get this book! I loved the first book in the series, The Strain – recommended it to everyone who was tired of sparkly vampires. The Fall was a little less successful (often the case with the middle book in a series), but still a very good read. I have been anxiously awaiting the final installment, in part because I figure the movie can’t be far behind.The Night Eternal begins two years after The Fall ends. The Master has orchestrated the end of the human race and instituted a new vampire world order. There are still humans around; after all, the vampires could not survive without them; but most of them are completely subjugated. The size of the vampire population is closely controlled, so that it does not outstrip the available humans, and some of the surviving humans are similarly monitored. (Let’s just say that having B-positive blood is not a good thing.) The Master has used his psychic connection to the vampires he created to control the human population, which lives in nearly perpetual darkness thanks to the nuclear holocaust of the last book.Ephraim Goodweather, Nora Martinez, Vasily Fet and Gus Elizade are still fighting the good fight. They have ways of undermining the Master and at the same time, they are working to discover the secret of the Occido Lumen, the book that holds the secret of the Master’s origins. In The Fall, the Master destroyed the other Ancients by destroying their birthplace, the site where they first rose as vampires. The book holds clues, but they are subtle and complex, and they will not reveal themselves easily.Ephraim is not much good to his colleagues these days. He is obsessed with the fate of his son, Zach, who was captured by his mother, a vampire working closely with the Master. He is unstable and unreliable, but still part of the key to the mystery.Del Toro and Hogan do an interesting job of weaving vampire mythology and Old Testament stories to create a really original vampire canon. Their vampires are unlike any others in recent memory. And they are not afraid to take the story to the extreme — in The Fall, they call down a nuclear holocaust — to see the story through. This third book is full of plot twists, unlikely allies and surprising enemies. In some ways, the book went far further than I expected, and I love a book that can truly surprise me. This is full of action and suspense and heartbreak; it’s a terrific end to the series.All the same, I have to say that I hope this isn’t exactly the end. I thought from the very first scene in The Strain that this would make a great movie. The Strain has so much atmosphere and is so visual that you can almost see the movie in your ahead. (Exactly the sort of novel I would expect from such a great director.) There’s a lot of great material here that I believe would be great on the big screen. At least, a girl can dream…
The Night Eternal is the third and final book in [The Strain] trilogy. Set two years after the initial outbreak of the vampire virus, Dr Ephraim Goodweather and gang are still resisting the current state of the world. After a mass extermination one third of the world's population is gone and a large portion of the rest are living or working in Blood Camps. Food is rationed to those working and complying and freedom is a thing of the past.After many nuclear explosions there is a mud like film over the earth's atmosphere that now blocks all light except for two hours of weak light each day. The rain is a thick black substance and the animals and plants have started to die out. Life on earth has become a miserable existence for humanity at the hands of The Master and his race.Eph and his gang are still trying to decipher The Lumen, an ancient book which holds the key to the destruction of The Master and the only way to rid the world of the vampires. He has not seen his son in the two years since he was kidnapped by The Master and Eph is desperate to find a way to get him back and kill the master once and for all.This was another excellently creepy book but I was very sad to see the end of this trilogy.
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