The Night Eternal: Disappointing conclusion to del Toro’s STRAIN TRILOGY

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The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck HoganThe Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

The Night Eternal is the finale to Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s THE STRAIN trilogy and I found it simply… inconsistent. I enjoyed the conclusion to the mythology which includes the genesis of the strain itself, but I was disappointed in the conclusions to the various plot threads. This review will contain some mild spoilers for the ending of The Fall.

The dark and serious mythology really drove the first two books, followed closely by development of the characters. While the myth drove my excitement to finish the trilogy, the flat characterizations in The Night Eternal made it more of a chore. Something was lost at the conclusion of The Fall following the death of a key character and the vampire-napping of Ephraim Goodweather’s son, Zachary.

There were hints of strength throughout The Night Eternal — the writing is good and the violence is heavy and believable. The apocalyptic world built in the first two books continues to build and remain authentic, but the plot threads became disjointed, and conclusions are reached too conveniently.

I heartily recommend this read for anyone who’s read the first two books in the STRAIN trilogy. The big ‘reveal’ behind The Master’s creation, as well as the newly developed backstory of Mr. Quinlan, make The Night Eternal a wholly worthwhile investment. Just keep your expectations measured.

It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master — an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters — Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order. But good and evil are malleable terms now, and the Master is most skilled at preying on the weaknesses of humans. Now, at this critical hour, there is evidence of a traitor in their midst. . . And only one man holds the answer to the Master’s demise, but is he one who can be trusted with the fate of the world? And who among them will pay the ultimate sacrifice — so that others may be saved?

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JASON GOLOMB, who joined us in September 2015, graduated with a degree in Communications from Boston University in 1992, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University in 2005. His passion for ice hockey led to jobs in minor league hockey in Baltimore and Fort Worth, before he returned to his home in the D.C. metro area where he worked for America Online. His next step was National Geographic, which led to an obsession with all things Inca, Aztec and Ancient Rome. But his first loves remain SciFi and Horror, balanced with a healthy dose of Historical Fiction.

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5 comments

  1. Okay, but you got to use “vampire-napping” in a review. How cool is that?

    • If nothing else, reading through the trilogy has to be worth that!

      • Absolutely. I find, generally, I’m a much bigger fan of early-stage world-building and plot initiation than conclusions. Of course a lot has to do with the particular material. I think you’ll find that same trend in my upcoming reviews of Clarke’s ‘Odyssey’ series…

    • I had to re-read what I wrote…couldn’t figure out why I would reference a sleeping vampire. But what I actually wrote makes more sense.

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