Oddly enough, in reading the many fantasy books that I read, I haven’t read all that many about hidden immortals in modern society, which is strange because it’s actually a very popular sub-genre of urban fantasy. I think it’s just a matter of the right books crossing my desk—or not. In the case of E.G. Creel’s The Immortal, however, it took that sub-genre and explored it quite well.
1. Thoughts on the plot
This book follows Emma, who went to an island on vacation and ended up the only survivor of a culling by a group of immortal Vikings. These Vikings must eat a human heart every so often or their bodies will remain old while they march through time. Emma, as the only survivor and now witness to the secret, is adopted by the leader of the Vikings, Bjorn. Only, two problems. Emma may have the key to saving the Vikings and she also may be losing her heart in an entirely different manner.
As far as originality goes, I really liked the plot. It was unique, interesting, and had a few twists and turns that I did not expect in the slightest. In that regard, I liked it quite a lot. However, I think things moved too quickly for Emma. She went from surviving what was basically a massacre, to trusting these people with her life and more in a matter of days. That seems highly unlikely, and sort of ruined the rest of the plot for me, no matter how interesting.
2. Thoughts on the characters
In general, I liked the characters a lot. Emma is strong and capable, not afraid to start living her life. The Vikings all have unique and interesting personalities. The interactions are sweet, even funny at times. And the way Emma reacted at the end of the book was wonderful. But again, her nearly split-second decision to start trusting the Vikings after what happened to her friends was really hard for me to swallow.
3. Favourite part
The ending. It was stellar and fascinating.
As mentioned previously, the change in Emma from terror to trust was just too quick for me to really get into the book.
Overall, I would say that this book had a very unique plot, great characters and an ending which I thoroughly enjoyed. If it weren’t for that one detail, I would say this is a great book. As it stands, I will say it was good.