is about an immortal girl named Nastasya Crowe who has spent most of the last
100 years living like a spoiled, rich, hedonistic bad-girl. She’s mostly strung
out on something or other, barely eats, and spends her days getting drunk or
high. She is an Immortal, which basically means she’ll live forever,
presumably. Nastasya has lived for 450 years under different guises and for the
last 100 of these she’s hung out with her best friend Innocencio and their gang
of cronies, Boz, Katy, Stafford and Cecily.
One night on the town Innocencio tortures
a random stranger and Nastasya suddenly has a wake-up-call and runs away from
England to Massachusetts. There she goes to River’s Edge, a sort of rehab for
wayward Immortals, run by River. She starts to learn that she can use magic
without it being Dark, like Innocencio, and the reader learns about Nastasya’s
past and her different identities.
She also meets the perpetually angry
Viking-like Adonis Reyn who she has an immediate attraction to, he also seems
inexplicably linked to her past. Things seem to be going better until she finds
out someone wants to kill her.
character is Nastasya Crowe who has lived under hundreds of different
identities over the centuries. She’s lived for about 450 years and is
originally from Iceland. She has quite a dark past and is spectacular at not
facing anything that resembles emotion. She goes to River’s Edge because she
witnesses her best friend over the last 100 years paralyzing a man that annoys
him, for no other reason than he can. Nastasya seems to wake up and realize she
can’t live like that anymore.
Nastasya thinks she is destined to go dark
and she doesn’t want to use magick because she might go to the Dark side. When
she comes to River’s Edge she continues refusing to face her demons. She also
stays sort of closed off. She does however discover that she has powers she
didn’t know about and the reader discovers she’s pretty spectacular without Nas
herself realizing. She seems intent on helping others even though she’s a mess
herself. She stands up to people she thinks does wrong and she tries to help
people she barely even knows.
I like Nas. I can’t really help it. She’s
so scathing and sarcastic and she just wants to help and try to be good and
she’s so perfect without knowing it. It annoyed me slightly that she wears a
scarf to cover up something and through a century of getting drunk, high or
strung out she has never slipped up once and no one but her knows what it
hides. Other than that Nas seems to be sort of awesome. I really like her so
much. She doesn’t know how awesome she is, and that makes it better.
the Viking Adonis that finds Nas sitting in her car outside River’s Edge. He
tells her quite bluntly that she shouldn’t be there and he spends most of the
book being angry with her and everyone else. He seems to have spent a lot of
time at River’s Edge and seems annoyed at anyone trying to disrupt life there.
No matter how much he and Nas dislike each
other there is this fire and spark between them and they seem to have a common
past. The romance aspect between them gets sort of pushed on the both of them
and they both fight it vigorously.
I think Reyn is interesting. I don’t want
to spoil stuff, but his past, which comes out in flashbacks through Nas, shows
this really troubled guy who’s lived for a long time and struggles with what
he’s spent his life doing. It’s interesting because he gives a human and
regretting perspective to a very violent past. He lived a life where violence
was what you did and he’s trying to come to terms with it.
runs the sanctuary at River’s Edge. She’s the oldest Immortal Nas has ever met,
as she was born in the 700s. She is this all-knowing, kind, spectacular person
who takes in anyone and believes that anyone can be saved. She met Nas in the
1920s and told her she could always come to River’s Edge if she wanted to stop
being a destructive brat.
River is sort of this obvious character.
She’s exactly what Nas needs, kind, smart, she’s like Dumbledore, Gandalf and
Yoda rolled into one awesome lady. I still love her. She is always willing to
teach, forgive, give second chances, and to trust. She just seems like the kind
of person you want to meet and you want to hug you.
is Nas’s friend. They’ve been best friends for a century and pretty much
wreaked havoc through the world, seducing heiresses, taking all the drugs, and
drinking all the alcohol. He is mostly a catalyst, because his behavior makes
Nas realize she can’t go on like she has. He cripples a rude taxi driver with
Dark magick and acts like it’s something the man deserves. Innocencio is cruel,
beautiful and slightly insane, which makes him sort of perfect. It annoyed me
slightly that he and Nas hung out for a hundred years and she never noticed his
sadistic behavior earlier. It doesn’t just happen over night, does it? Or Nas
is really obtuse, or was suddenly shaken out of her stupor, but it seemed sort
of unlikely. The flashbacks show us things Incy and Nas have gotten up to
earlier and they are just as cruel as what he did to the taxi driver, if not as
violent. That bugged me slightly.
Incy seems to think that his Immortality
grants him some sort of free pass and he’s entitled to the respect of others
without doing anything to deserve it. He made me want to read more, especially
as we learned more about him through Nas’s visions. He comes across as
completely insane and codependent, and he’s very interesting to me and he is
frightening. You sort of wonder what he can get up to later on.
loved it, but I feel like I shouldn’t. I don’t know why. There are so many
things that are good. Nas and Reyn and their weird damaged relationship is
awesome. Nas is spectacular. I think the way it’s written is really good. I
think that the concept is fucking weird, but it works. It’s a bit weird that
I’m so fascinated with a book where very little happens. There isn’t like a big
storyline with a climax that the story works up to, but I still love it. I
couldn’t stop myself from picking it up. Whenever I put it down I picked it up
again instantly. I really loved it and I can’t wait to go on to number two. Speaking
stay at River’s Edge continues and she keeps learning about herself and her
history. She starts avoiding Reyn, while simultaneously being jealous of the
attention he gets from other women. At the same time darkness seems to creep in
on River’s Edge. Everything Nas does goes wrong, worms appear in their food,
she gets fired and her relationships with regular people in town go to hell.
She starts to wonder why she’s even at River’s Edge.
Eventually she starts to think that the
darkness is her fault and that she is endangering everyone else so she makes
the decision to leave River’s Edge and Incy finds her in the forest. She goes
with him and has a sort of setback. Nevertheless Nas goes through a whole lot
of crap and grows up a whole bunch, which is impressive when you’re pushing
more about Nas in this book, more flashbacks, more awesome, and we delve
further into the darkness she struggles with. We get to see more of her
memories and how she turned into the person she is. Nas also does a whole lot
of growing up in this book and she learns that everyone has got bad memories
and bad things in their past to atone for. This is particularly true for
Immortals, because they have a lot of past to look back on. She also starts to
realize that having crap in your past is not an excuse to act like a total
What I found interesting is that in the
first book, at least in the first couple of chapters Nas doesn’t seem to have a
concept of right and wrong. At least not morally right and wrong. When she
tells Incy, in the second book, that something is wrong he asks for whom it’s
wrong, Nas tells him it’s just generally wrong. I think she’s taken a big step
in recognizing that some things are just wrong, no matter if they benefit one
Through the flashbacks we also learn that
Nas is independent and clever and she likes to stand up for herself. She
doesn’t want to be dependent on anyone but herself, which is a good thing every
now and again. She also learns that she can open up in this book and that’s
becomes a bigger part of this book and we learn more about him. He is a really
creepy dude. Whenever his friends voice concern for him he launches into
paranoid and attacked mode, and then bounces straight back to
happy-go-lucky-Incy again. We also get to see more of their shared history and
see some of the things they do. It gets pretty clear that Nas must have been
severely emotionally stunted earlier because it takes her time and insight to
realize that what she did in the past was reprehensible. Incy does in no way
grow or realize this. I think he’s extremely interesting. He gets away with a
lot just because he’s pretty and charming and he has an impressive sense of
becomes more layered as well in this book. I think Darkness falls is the book
where we learn that everyone has got shit to deal with. Even though River is
all awesome and collected now she did horrible things when she was younger and
she also has things to atone for and to try and forgive herself for. It’s important
to learn that for Nas who seems to be under the impression that she’s the worst
person in the universe.
so I loved the first book although for some inexplicable reason thought I was
supposed to hate it. I sort of have the same feeling now. There is something
bugging me and I can’t put my finger on it. I still love the series. I love how
everyone develops. There are loose ends, but who cares cause there’s another
book coming. I just love them.