Starving Review: Heirs to Eternity by Eka Waterfield


Heirs to Eternity by Eka Waterfield (Amazon)

A rarity here, my foodies, as I must start this review with a bit of full DISCLOSURE: I performed editorial work for this particular title.

That being said, let’s begin. The urban fantasy genre is a big one, growing larger by the day, and it may seem that most every flavor available for that genre has been tried out already. If you said that, you’d likely be right. However, as we all know, it isn’t the particular flavors in a recipe but how they are blended and mixed that makes the dish. Does Heirs to Eternity find that proper blend or is it wildly overspiced?

Before we take a taste, let’s examine the Staving Review kitchen guidelines:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible

As I noted above, the trick to creating fine literary cuisine isn’t finding something ‘new’. It is taking old ingredients and combining them in new or at least intriguing ways. In that way, Ms. Waterfield find success with Heirs. There are many classic elements both to general fiction and urban fantasy recipes in particular here: an Odd Couple set of protagonists, hidden magic in the modern world, overarching metaplots looming behind a more straightforward core plot, immortals, demons, and gods among men. The rub is how they mix together and the proportions here.

The big throughline, the core ingredient that makes this mixture bubble, is the exploration of relationships. Every motion of the characters and the plot are tied down to the relationships those characters have. Friends, enemies, lovers, family, all manner of relationship is explored over the courses of the meal and it is in that deep-down character drama that Heirs is at its best.

What this boils down to is this: Heirs to Eternity goes above the standard urban fantasy fare by the depth of its characters and relationships. If you are looking for a new urban fantasy mix, especially a character-driven one, then this is right up your alley. If you want the focus to be on high-octane action, you might be looking for a different meal.

FINAL VERDICT: ***** (A meal that goes above the standard urban fantasy fare by the depth of its characters and relationships!)

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