|Posted on December 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM|
I am not a fan of either romance or fantasy stories, but Toinette Thomas’s debut novel ‘Eternal Curse’ combined these two styles to hold my attention from beginning to end.
There lurks, just beneath the surface of the plot, a tense, almost evil sensation of something just out of reach and sight, and throughout the lighter episodes of the novel this feeling is ever-present. It had me turning page after page in an effort to hasten on what I suspected was coming all along. I was not disappointed.
Her use of only four main characters to sustain the story was very impressive, and although there were a few instances of stilted dialogue, this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the tale; personal preferences are always apt to sway the judgement in such a way.
I found the characterisations well drawn and fleshed out with skill. There is nothing worse than a set of single, or two-dimensional, roles within a book, and Ms Thomas avoids this trap expertly. Mira, Giovanni, Leo and Abraham have well worked-out ‘legends’ to illustrate where they fit in to the book, and these characteristics are constantly drawn back into play as the story flies to its conclusion.
I was impressed by the weaving together of the romance, the mystery, and an almost biblically apocalyptic scenario to finally bring the lovers together in an obviously fragile relationship which will lead readers on to the next phase of this saga.
This I await with some anticipation.