Thursday, February 16th 2012

Review: Dark Flame, Alyson Noel.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2010
Received From: Bought
Page Count: 336
ISBN: 9780330537582

Some secrets must never be revealed…

Roman. Damen. Jude. One is Ever’s deadly enemy. One her great love. And the third might be the answer to all her problems. But Ever is trapped – bound by secrets, magyk and an uncontrollable passion beating in her veins.

She’s being drawn towards someone – something - that risks everything she holds dear. And the one thing that can save her will also drive Damen away forever . . .

‘Dark Flame’ is book four in the popular Immortals series by Alyson Noel. Those who are new to the series, please read books one to three before picking this one up. If you have read my reviews for these books, you will be aware that I am a fan of the series. Or should that be was?

No, that is a little extreme. It is just that ‘Dark Flame’ left me feeling a little torn. I liked a lot of it but also disliked parts of it to. So I guess you could say I’m a little on the fence at the moment. The book begins with a conversation between Ever and best friend Haven following the events of ‘Shadowland’ which resulted in a life change for Haven. After ‘Shadowland’, I expressed my dislike of Haven as a character but hoped she would redeem herself somewhat in this book. This didn’t happen and if anything I dislike her even more. I just feel she does herself no favours and has done nothing to make me like her or want to know more about her. For me, despite this sounding perhaps a tad harsh, she is a pointless character.

My favourite character remains to be Damen. There was more of him in this instalment and although I was appreciative of this, I was expecting more of him. It seems it is always Damen in relation to Ever and I know there a couple but I’d like to read a bit more of him as a standalone character too.

Speaking of Damen and Ever, readers of the series will pick up ‘Dark Flame’ with one question in mind: Do they finally get the antidote? I don’t like to spoil things but this is an essential part of the review. So if you don’t want to know the answer, please look away now… They still do not get the antidote they need to be together properly. There is a part in the book where it looks likely, however this opportunity soon gets taken away from them. I am all for some tension building but for me, it’s going on a bit too long. There are two more books left in the series and as it stands, it seems this whole series is going to be about this antidote. I hope the next instalment incorporates more into the plot and I hope they get the antidote they need so they can move on to something new.

Most of what I’ve wrote above sounds quite negative but this is where I’m stuck. Despite this, I still cannot say I really didn’t like Dark Flame. There were good parts too and I especially enjoyed reading about the darker side to Ever. It made her seem more ‘real’ to me; she isn’t perfect and I like that. Noel offers an interesting insight to the line between fate and choice and I felt this really helped me get through the book.

Upon completing ‘Dark Flame’, I am torn. I guess it would be safe to state that for me, ‘Dark Flame’ is a filler book and hopefully the next instalment will offer a lot more. I’m not quite ready to give up on this series just yet as I am desperately hoping that the best is yet to come.

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