The Night Eternal was the last act and despite some unexpected religious overtones–it was a satisfying conclusion. Now I can’t wait for the movies! This trilogy was a very creative and unique addition to the vampire mythology. They’re written in such a vivid, detailed way that a film adaptation seems only natural (I’m keeping my fingers crossed!)
I already reviewed the first two installments–The Strain and The Fall–and as stated, I was anxiously awaiting the last one. I read it 3 days! I could not put it down.
Del Toro and Hogan spin a very convincing tale. I loved the unexpected developments. After the surprising cliffhanger of The Fall, I was not sure what the world would be like. The story picks up three years after and I was impressed with new world order that they created. A world full of blood camps and rebel cells. Very clever!
Another strong development is the change of “hero” status of our protagonist. Eph Goodweather is falling apart and is more of a hinderance than a help. He gives a new meaning to anti-hero. It leaves most of the good to be done by Vasiliy Fet, Nora Martinez and Mr.Quinlan (the awesome half-breed who is a major badass). Former gang member Gus Elizalde, continues to be a badass and has some great moments in this book. There are many awesome new character turns.
We also get the entire back story on the Master and that is where some “out of the blue” religious origins are explained. It is a bit odd and mystical, but it is not enough to ruin the story. I love the relationship that develops between the Master and Zach (Eph’s son)–it is one built on lies and manipulation and it is brilliantly constructed.
So, if you want to get lost in a cleverly told story that is way more than just a vampire fantasy–settle in with this trilogy–it will be a captivating read!
- Review: “The Strain” (Guillermo Del Toro and Paul Hogan) (bitof.wordpress.com)
- The Fall (The Strain Trilogy), Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Harper, ISBN 9780061558252, $9.99 (booksfantastic.wordpress.com)
- Wired Magazine Interview with Guillermo Del Toro – Vampires and Many More (houseofvampires.wordpress.com)