Author: Jade Kerrion
Book: Eternal Night (Aeternae Noctis #1)
Published: December 2013
Genre: Science Fiction
Mortal and immortal worlds collide. Jaden Hunter is a human and the sworn protector of his five-year-old half sister, Khiarra. They live in Aeternae Noctis, the city of eternal night. Aeternae Noctis is rule by the immortal Night Terrors, the icrathari and vampires. Khiarra is prophesied to be as the chosen one who will end the eternal night. She is also marked to be culled from the human population of the city. A war has blasted away the protective properties of Earth’s atmosphere making sunlight deadly to humans as well as vampires. Human’s now live in a protective city, kept ignorant by the immortals who don’t trust their good sense—never a recipe for trust.
When Jaden defies the Night Terrors to protect his half sister, he comes to the attention of the icrathari queen of the Night Terrors, Ashra. Ashra has been alone for a millennium, since a human assassin murdered her beloved, Rohkeus. She finds that Rohkeus soul now dwells in Jaden. Jaden learns that far from being Night Terrors, the vampires and icrathari have been protecting the humans from a war-damaged world where the sun’s light is lethal to anyone, mortal or immortal, who is caught outside and only monsters roam. Ashra and Jaden prevent the protective city from collapsing through treachery, all the while unravelling the riddle of the prophecy regarding Khiarra.
Jade Kerrion has put a different twist on vampire stories and mixed it in a post-apocalyptic world. Vampires don’t drink human blood. Icrathari resemble succubi and incubi of legend (Dungeons and Dragon Monster Manuel legend to be precise). Eternal Night is an intriguing tale that combines forbidden romance between mortal and immortal, high technology, and well-written action sequences. The action is well paced for story development, and the romance includes enough lovers spats to be down to earth rather than sickeningly sweet. It was a fun novella, and I look forward to reading the continuation of the story.