Sunday, 31 March 2013

Virginia Gamsky Hust

Eternal

Not sure what to expect from this book. The cover didn't tell me anything at all. Eternal means, of course, forever, so I'm thinking love story, but what's the image? A head of a staff? An ornament? It wasn't very clear and not a very striking cover.

The blurb had a typo and a few poorly constructed sentences, but errors aside I felt I knew what the book was about because of it. It told me that an immortal woman, Maura, feels lost and wants her soul back. She goes in search of it, but things go wrong. Then we’re introduced to Gabriel, who is described as a cliché (a jaded private detective), and I’m intrigued on how he can help Maura to regain her soul. I'm thinking love story between them? Will this be two people helping one another? Maura helping bring a sparkle back into Gabriel’s life, and Gabriel giving Maura hers.

I turn to the ‘look inside’ feature on Amazon. The prologue opens beautifully: Five hundred years, a wisp of smoke on the winds of time. Yet the world had changed momentously at an altogether astonishing rate. And although I wanted to cross out ‘altogether’ I felt compelled to read on.

Unfortunately, not too far into the prologue, I came across another error and at £2.62 I felt the book was a little too expensive to chance. I shan't pursue.

Blurb:

Three hundred years of penance, of suffering through an immortal life has left Maura praying for salvation. She joins a group bent on gaining back their souls by awakening The One and after a rather bleak few years in Cairo she thinks they’ve found him. But after a meeting with her sire goes terribly wrong she is trapped in the enemy camp. How far will she go to survive?

Gabriel is a normal, if rather jaded private detective living in Seattle Washington, until a beautiful woman showes up at his practice, claiming to be a vampire and asking for his help. Suddenly his life is turned on its head as he is introduced to the underground society of Fallen Angels bent on finding their savior.

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