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Title: Immortal Descent
Author: Carolyn M Walker
Inverting the Dracula female victim-trope, Immortal Descent suffers not from a lack of ideas but clumsy dialogue. Same length sentences create monotony. Lectures and foreboding vague phrases may have been intended to augment tension; instead, they reminded me of a 90s B-rated horror. Now – as a lover of B movies, I kept my hopes afloat.
Some of the chapters split unnecessarily with a conversation breaking midway. However, my main issue became execution. The Beautiful Creatures element of light versus dark didn’t help. When phrased as good versus evil, it seems rather straightforward, and acceptance of ‘dark’ or ‘evil’ by an opposing force somewhat bothers me. Perhaps I just enjoy a more subversive gray to my morality (or at least some argument on the terminology).
It was a hard read, and the ending had me slamming my face into my hand. Ever see that horror movie meme with the death direction sign? Yeah…mistakes were made. If you enjoy the way Beautiful Creatures approached good/evil, this might be for you. Otherwise, I’d suggest a pass.