Book two of Into the Dark
By Bree Despain
Available now from Egmont USA
Read my review of The Shadow Prince and my interview with Bree
I enjoyed THE SHADOW PRINCE, so it's no surprise that I would pick up THE ETERNITY KEY. I appreciated that there was some recapping of events since it had been awhile since I read the first book. I think that will also be a boon to readers who leap ahead and skip book one for whatever reason.
THE ETERNITY KEY continues to switch between Daphne and Haden's POVs, and adds Tobin's POV to the mix. I'm not entirely sure Tobin's POV added that much to the story, aside from reminders that they do need to find Abbie/CeCe. (Okay, his romance with Lexie is cute.) The main plot of the story is trying to figure out where the Compass and Key are so that Haden and friends can get into the Underworld and kill the Keres, while not letting anyone else get the Key and prompting more undesirable outcomes. (If that sentence was gibberish, read book one.)
I liked the way the romance between Daphne and Haden developed at first in THE ETERNITY KEY. Haden is working up the courage to say the words, and Daphne is working to prove to Haden that they can be equals (instead of her being the damsel in distress). And then Daphne rebuffs Haden for a reason that barely made sense. I sure hope the third book has a better explanation, like magical interference.
THE ETERNITY KEY ends with all three narrators in peril. Bree Despain is a cruel author, torturing her readers like that. I hope Lerner acquiring titles from Egmont USA means that book three won't be delayed, because I need the conclusion to this trilogy.