{ARC} Book Review: The Eternity Key by Bree Despain

January 16, 2016 Review 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC} Book Review: The Eternity Key by Bree DespainThe Eternity Key by Bree Despain
Series: Into The Dark #2
Published by Egmont USA on 2015 April 28
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: E-book {ARC}
Source: Netgalley
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Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.

Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.

Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.

Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.

The Eternity Key was a disappointment compared to its predecessor, The Shadow Prince, which actually managed to be one of my best reads in 2013. I was surprised that The Eternity Key bored me to no end. Objectively, it’s not a bad book.  But then, how do you define a book that spent most of its time searching nonsensically for the Key of Hades and the compass? Add the fact that I had to wade through a lot of unnecessary internal monologue of our main characters that it was exhausting. And then, out of the blue, Tobin, one of the side characters that I really didn’t care about in the first book got his own POV which did not improve my mood and only exacerbated my annoyance.

By the lords of the Underrealm, what happened to Haden? As far as I can remember in Into the Dark (Book 1), I was ready to sacrifice a couple of my stuffed bears to get the guy.  He was just so funny and adorable that I can’t help but root for him. In this book, however, I felt like I was reading about another Haden Lord.  Might have been his twin or his Jekyll persona.  The thing is, the Haden Lord in Eternity Key is subdued, timid, angsty, and plain boring. Nothing like the Haden in the first book. Remind me again who this guy is.

At least, Daphne Raines was consistent but her internal monologue about Haden, her father, and the future ahead of her became too excessive for my taste.  I’m just glad that she stayed focused on her goals and never fell prey to the clichéd entrapments of love against all odds.

Anyway, aside from the slow-placed plot, what I really disliked about the Eternity Key is that the increase in the number of major characters was done haphazardly. Why should I care for Lexie or Tobin or Garrick or Dax? Sure, they’ve been introduced in the first book but the problem is that they didn’t manage to grab my attention.  And The Eternity Key just started like they were all friends who have survived an apocalypse because suddenly, they’ve become so close.  And I couldn’t see any reason why Tobin was given his own POV when all he ever thinks about is his lost sister, Sarah, who didn’t even have an important part in the story.  She could have just died and no one would even shed a tear. Why? Why? Why?

Regardless of my complaints about The Eternity Key, I still felt that it deserves the 3 star rating.  The twist at the ending completely blindsided me.  And I hope that Despain will use such set up to make the third book a worthwhile read.   Garrick, congratulations. Haden, your hands will be full but I hope you will recover your humor.

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