Review: May contain spoilers from Immortal
Following on from Immortal (review here) we join Evie just before she heads back to the oppressive, evil witch coven ran girls boarding school. At first there were nice little re-caps of the events from Immortal; however, these did get quite repetitive as the book progressed. In truth it would not be necessary to read the first book in order to understand all the elements and characters in this book.
The first person narrative from Evie’s perspective gives the story a personal quality re-enforced by extracts from Sebastian’s journal placed between some of the chapters. The extracts give added insight into the plot and characterizations.
The writing style has a beautiful lyrical quality to it, alongside some vivid gothic imagery and atmospheric descriptions. Rich use of simile and metaphor give a Brontesque feel to the story.
The surprise character introduction in the form of Harriet, and the direction we are forced to take with regards Harriet’s relationship to Lady Agnes felt out of place. For someone that is a self-confessed ‘nice’ person, Evie is very petty and jealous of Harriet. Revelations, that I must say were a little obvious, give an explanation to Evie’s behavior.
The portrayal of the strong friendship formed under such terrible circumstances was uplifting; alongside the impressive expansion of the girls ‘powers’. The divide between rich and poor was poignantly expressed, showing how little times had changed in attitude and values.
Evie appeared quite insular in her attitude, not making any effort to get to know the people around her as she was too wrapped up in her own problems. The answers were right in front of her all the time but she was too blind/stupid to see it – so much so that I wanted to give her a good shake.
The use of the Romany heritage was interesting and added another dimension to the plot. A saying kept running through my head while I was reading this book:
“With great power comes great responsibility”It took me ages to remember where I had heard it – Spiderman lol.
I found the ending to be anti-climatic and truthfully think that Immortal should have been left as a stand-alone novel.