The Eternal Ones

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The Eterrnal Ones
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12+
Release Date
February 13, 2024
ISBN
978-1984848758
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The dazzling finale to the groundbreaking, New York Timesbestselling Gilded Ones series. One girl holds the power to defeat the gods—but can she become one?

Mere weeks after confronting the Gilded Ones—the false beings she once believed to be her family—Deka is on the hunt. In order to kill the gods, whose ravenous competition for power is bleeding Otera dry, she must uncover the source of her divinity. But with her mortal body on the verge of ruin, Deka is running out of time—to save herself and an empire that’s tearing itself apart at its seams.

When Deka’s search leads her and her friends to the edge of the world as they know it, they discover an astonishing new realm, one which holds the key to Deka’s past. Yet it also illuminates a devastating decision she must soon make…

Choose to be reborn as a god, losing everyone she loves in the process. Or bring about the end of the world.

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Deathless #3
(Updated: April 07, 2024)
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3.3
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0
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THE ETERNAL ONES by Namina Forna is the third and final novel in the Deathless series that opens with Deka in extreme suffering. If she doesn’t connect with her kelai quickly, she will die, but she’s unsure of where it is or how to find it— and worse, she’s not ready for what happens when she does. Luckily, Gods she didn’t know existed step in to help her and her friends on their journey, setting them on a path to unite Deka with her lifeforce so she can take down the Idugu and Gilded Ones once and for all, and save Otera from a bleak future, even if that means sacrificing herself.

Overall, I love the world that Forna created in this series. It’s imaginative and unique, but still familiar, making it easy to draw parallels to our society. Getting to revisit Otera and spend time with these characters again is such a welcomed treat. The way Forna sets up Deka’s found family is so heartwarming, and in THE ETERNAL ONES, we get to see them step up and support one another again.

That said, for such an expansive story, this novel never quite hits its stride with pacing. Part of that is because a lot of the content is backstory — filling Deka in on what she didn’t know. There are some big fight scenes and reveal moments, but for a book that’s almost 500 pages, we rehash a lot of similar ideas from the previous books. Even with the introduction of the new Gods, they don’t inject enough freshness into the story to move it along, because they give us big information dumps. In other words, Deka gets told new things as opposed to us being in the action with her discovering them. As a result, the story and emotional beats feel off in terms of timing and effectiveness.

Putting that aside, I still recommend the Deathless series and am glad I had to opportunity to read it! I loved getting to know Deka and her friends. Leading up to THE ETERNAL ONES, Forna did a great job in developing her characters, making everyone individuals with their own pasts and hopes for the future. Yet again, the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous, and Forna clearly has a bright future ahead of her!
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Immersive World-Building
(Updated: March 13, 2024)
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The Eternal Ones is the third and final book in the Deathless series by Namina Forna. Deka is determined to take down the gods, which requires her to figure out her divinity. Deka continues to have challenges she has to overcome. I think this series is so unique because each book pushes Deka further to discover her true strengths and overcome all that she thought she knew. The book is engaging and entertaining, and when you think you know what will happen, something else will happen, and you become more invested in the outcome. The series, as a whole, presents an intriguing magic system and explores essential topics. Those who travel this series with Deka will enjoy the wrap-up in this trilogy-ending effort.
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