Eclipse is the third installment to Meyer’s tale of a young girl, Isabella “Bella” Swan, who has come to live with her father in the small town of ForEclipse is the third installment to Meyer’s tale of a young girl, Isabella “Bella” Swan, who has come to live with her father in the small town of Forks, Washington. Also living in this town is a family of vampires abstaining from drinking human blood, and on the neighboring reservation reside werewolves. In the previous books Bella had unwittingly attracted the attention of a vampire who likes the ultimate hunt, and after his demise, his lover vowed to hunt Bella down. As if a vindictive vampire lurking in the background wasn’t enough there is also the Volturi, the uncontested rulers and law enforcers of the vampire community, to contend with. They’ve issued an order, turn Bella into a vampire soon or she dies. Considering the fact that the love of Bella’s life, the vampire Edward Cullen, isn’t too keen on her becoming a vampire, you just know it’s not going to be an easy trip.
The stage is set for quite the supernatural showdown as the third book opens, and I must say that Ms. Meyer does not disappoint in that aspect.
The situation between Bella and Jacob Black, a young werewolf who is head over heels in love with Bella, is unresolved in the beginning of the book. I was actually concerned about how this relationship would develop since Jacob had a somewhat bratty attitude towards Bella and Edward’s relationship initially in the first book and parts of the second. As he became a werewolf and underwent changes however his sullen outlook took on a more angry tone that held a hint of danger. It’s hard though to blame Jacob or to look at him as an interloper. Meyer did a fantastic job on writing a character that the readers can be angry with while at the same time sympathizing with him and cheering him on. On one hand you want him to be the victor in the fight to win Bella’s heart, and on the other hand you know Bella and Edward really do belong together. For this reason, the ending that Meyer chose for this love triangle was very poignant and struck this reader hard. The pain that the characters feel is truly heartbreaking, and yet you can’t think of an alternative that would have left all three happy.
For the most part this book passed far too quickly. There was not a moment that I felt the novel dragged, although some parts did feel slow and a bit awkward considering the book’s pace and tone however. For example, although I desperately wanted to know Jasper’s history, the point in the story that Meyer chose to have Jasper reveal it felt horribly out of place. I cannot imagine a person who seemingly enjoys appearing as a mystery, to interrupt a planning session to tell the newcomer their entire history. Jasper’s flashback was rather lengthy, although quite rich with detail, and would have been better told chopped up. When Jasper decides to reveal his past the Cullens and Bella are in the middle of determining who is stalking Bella and what their plans are. It would have fit the story and the pace much better if Jasper had elected to reveal only the portions of his tale immediately relevant to their planning; how he knew what they [the enemy] were planning on doing and how to fight them.
The rest could have been revealed at a later time when Bella inquired about it or when she was alone with Jasper and Alice. Due to the length of the tale of Jasper and its odd placement I was admittedly tempted to start skimming some portions so as to get back on track. Rosalie’s own revelations seemed a bit out of character initially but they were thankfully better placed and more concise since Rosalie, upon finishing her brief tale, immediately got to the point of why she revealed it.
The Cullens are not the only characters for whom we get a back story to either. Also revealed in this book are the legends of the Quileute tribe [...]
Wow. That was my final impression of the much anticipated fifth book in Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series. Much like Harrison’s previous work, For aWow. That was my final impression of the much anticipated fifth book in Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series. Much like Harrison’s previous work, For a Few Demons More was a non-stop, action packed romp through an alternate version of Cincinnati. My only complaint was that the relationship of two of the main characters seems to have taken two steps back for the single step forward it gained. And of course the death of a beloved character never sits too well with anyone. But enough of the teasing.
Poor Rachel, she’s a witch whose only desire was to become as good of a runner (a combination of investigator and bounty hunter) as her late father. But political machinations forced her to leave the I.S. and go it on her own. When she left she unknowingly took with her two new friends, Ivy Tamwood the last living Tamwood vampire and Jenks a temperamental pixie with a large family to care for. Throughout the series we’ve watched the friendship between this trio bloom as they overcame numerous obstacles set in their paths. Schemes were unraveled, trust betrayed and yet through it all they stuck it out and weathered the storm.
Now in the fifth book the numerous conflicts that have been simmering beneath the surface all come to a boil. Newt, the powerful demon who strikes fear in the demon Al and the elf Ceri alike, and the same demon whose mark Rachel now carries as a price for being carried over the ley lines, comes after Rachel seeking something that she has and that Newt wants back. Problem is Newt can’t remember what it is she’s looking for. If a crazy demon isn’t scary enough add to that the fact that this demon can blasphemy the holy ground she walks on without a conscious effort. There is no safe hiding place from this demon. The trio suspect Newt wants the Focus, the werewolf artifact that Rachel got stuck with in the previous book, which means now they have to guard the artifact that could cause a war from the werewolves, the vampires, and a demon.
At the same time the powerful and dangerous Trent Kalamack is getting married and wants Rachel to play bodyguard. After Newt’s visit she’s in dire need of money to fix the church and it’s really no surprise that she eventually caves and accepts Trent’s offer. We’ve seen that pattern before folks, her morals and ethics cause Rachel to tell Trent what he can do with his offers but in the end a combination of guilt over their father’s shared friendship, Trent’s father’s kindness, and sheer need usually force Rachel to give in. Maybe someday she’ll learn to save herself time and just accept the offer up front? After what happened in this book that’s not likely though.
So Trent is getting married, Newt makes an appearance, and everyone is fighting for control of the focus, that alone is enough to make a good fifth installment. But Kim Harrison wouldn’t be the author she is today if she decided to do things half way. Every “villain” Rachel and company have had to contend with puts in an appearance. From a walking in the sun Al to a free and clear Piscary, they’re all back and there is a murder mystery to solve to boot. Just reading the book had my mind boggling at the stress and my nerves became frayed at the thought of dealing with everything Rachel had to contend with. Fans will be pleasantly surprised to see how Harrison wraps everything up, it’s not exactly what you would anticipate but it’s far from a let down. [...]