Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.
Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.
Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.
Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.
I have mixed feelings about this one. The romance is really off kilter in this series, at least for me. And considering how romance driven I am with my reading choices, this one frustrated me a good bit. At the end of the first I had high hopes that things would turn around in the department, but unfortunately the romance was just more of the same in THE ETERNITY KEY. I can tell that there's supposed to be this epic draw between them, if not more on Haden's part considering all he sacrificed for her. I just didn't feel it, especially on Daphne's end. Her reasoning for keeping away from him ring hollow at this point, leaving me more frustrated than not. The other problem with the romance is that it slowed the plot down due to all the focus on it, which would have been okay if there had been any real kind of progress. Frankly put, the romance doesn't work in this one, but despite saying this before, I have high hopes again based on the ending events for the next book, but only time will tell.
I think the biggest thing that keeps drawing me back to this series is the Greek mythology aspects. They are so unique and one of my favorite mythologies. Bree Despain has really created a fascinating and unique world that I really enjoy reading despite my romance and pacing issues. I think that ironically makes things a bit more frustrating as since I love the world so much I just want the romance and everything to fall in line to make this a fantastic read. Granted, it still was a pretty good reads and I enjoy the characters and the overall plot, so take my ruminations with a grain of salt. After the cliffhanger ending I am pretty impatient to get my hands on the next book to see how things turn out.