Sunday, February 3, 2013
A thrilling new novella from the author of the Everneath series!
Jack is trapped for eternity in the Tunnels while Nikki has managed to evade Cole's grasp . . . for now. But Cole is more desperate than ever to find answers about Nikki, his best chance for taking over the throne of the underworld. How did she survive the Feed? Can Cole find another Forfeit like her who can survive it too?
Cole's quest leads him to the other side of the world, to a mysterious, dangerous society known as the Delphinians, whose price for information might be higher than Cole can pay—a price that could destroy Nikki. But when Cole attempts to steal the answers instead, his mission ends in disaster. Faced with centuries in a Delphinian dungeon, Cole is confronted with questions he's been too scared to ask himself: Is he really obsessed with the throne—or is he obsessed with Nikki? And can she really give him a new beginning as the Everneath's king . . . or will she instead bring about his tragic end?
First is the cover. It's cool, honestly. But is that some kind of teaser cover or pre-cover or whatever that is? Because look at Everbound's cover:
Neverfall's cover is like the shadowy version of Everbound. But whatever.
(I will keep it short, 'cuz this is just a novella)
So this book is in Cole's point of view. This novella kind of reminds me of Destroy Me. You know, the villain expressing himself and finds himself fall for the main female character. Blah and blah. Not that it's a problem. Just some kind of reminder.
The novella's quite cool, actually. I mean, it's clear that Cole holds affection for Nikki in Everneath. But the depth of it still stuns me. It's like a not-so-desparate yet more-emotional Warner, except that he's immortal. This is probably the second time I read a novella in a villain's point of view, and the second time I find I don't hate the villain as much as I thought I was.
The plot runs very smoothly, even smoother than in Everneath. But it still holds the unique part of the book: The time-jumping thing. It starts with Cole in the present day, after Jack was taken away by The Tunnels. And the story jumps back and forth between one year ago and now. And the London part is one of my favorites. God, did I love London. (Secret: London is the City of Pain not because of what Cole says, but because of The Infernal Devices. Damn all the feels.)
This is the prequel novella of Everbound, and I can't wait to see what will happen next. Especially after I discover how Cole is into Nikki. Although I can smell a love triangle brewing like in Unravel Me, I think this time the absence of Jack will change the book.