August 23, 2011

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

excerpt here
Series: The Immortals
Format: Hardback
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon

Ever is trying to help Haven make the transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat — exposing their secret world to the outside. But Ever's struggle to keep the Immortals hidden only propels Haven closer to the enemy: Roman and his evil companions.

At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman — and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state...and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender.

Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself — and her future with Damen.

Haven is now an immortal and she is proving to be a tough neophyte to induct into the world of Immortals. Instead of heeding to Ever and Damen's guidance she instead treats Ever as competition. Heady on her newfound immortality, Haven continues to provoke Ever and Damen and refuses to Ever's warnings about Roman.

Meanwhile, Ever is still in search for the antidote to Roman's poison. Once more she dabbles with magick but again it backfires. Instead of releasing her from the bond with Roman, it made it stronger. Now she years for Roman causing yet another strain in her relationship with Haven, who is currently Roman's girlfriend.

This book is a very good example why one should NEVER dabble with something head on without a tinge of knowledge or research to support you. In Shadowland, I mentioned that Ever is royally fugged up, well I guess that's an understatement considering what she got herself into, and keeps on doing.

I'm annoyed with our heroine right now. I know her intentions are good but she just refuses to listen to good advise or at least consult with poeple who has more knowledge than she does. She is so blinded by her goal in getting that antidote from Roman that she alienates a lot of people including Damen.

Another frustrating angle is her so-called friendship with Haven. Now that one is gone for good. It's difficult to reason with someone who is very volatile and just recently lost a lot and at the same time be gifted with a certain degree of invicibility. Haven is very insecure with Ever and since the latter is not doing a very good job in explaining things to Haven, things are sure to hit the fan in a very nasty way. As this book ends, Haven just declared war on Ever because of Roman.

In Shadowland, I made mention of Damen lying low and just letting Ever run around like a chicken with her head off. Well it's something like that here too, it seems like he's making true of his word and is letting Ever make her own decisions, her own destiny. On the other hand since he obviously loves Ever more than anything, how come he's not actively looking for an antidote himself? Why is he letting Ever do all the footwork? The research? Alyson Noel, I hope Damen is not like Edward Cullen, please let this assumption be wrong and make him at least into a Jacob Black instead!

Now that Jude is in the picture and fully aware of his past lifetimes with Ever, 400 years of being usurped by Damen, he is now in it for the long haul. He is in it to fight for Ever and I'm curious to see how this love triangle will turn out. Since these characters are a little band of "metaphysicians" or disciples of "New Thought" one has to wonder if they will succumb to their cosmic karma and atone for their past mistakes or if they'll excercise their free will and make their own destiny.


  1. This whole series needed something.....the heroine lacked luster and I just couldn't connect with her.

    1. Mine is Damien's character. I felt strongly for him at first but after he had that potion he just faded into the background, his Immortality became trivial.


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