I felt, in some ways, the book was in two parts. The first part was very analytical, with significant backstory thrown in and a lot of characters to come to grips with, to identify and to follow. There were times when I found myself wondering, "now who is that and who are they related to?" That having been said, I really got into the second part of the book and by the time I was finished, I was asking myself, "okay, fantastic, so, what's next?" I have to say that Craven has hooked me now and I want to read more.
There were a ton of positives in this story, which I enjoyed very much. I loved the opportunity to travel back in time, through the minds of these ancient immortals and see the various experiences they all went through to end up where they were now. I really appreciated that although these characters were immortal, they were full of the same emotions as us common folk. They suffered from the same self-doubts, the same jealousies, and the same pride, that we often encounter ourselves. The teenagers in the story, despite their difference and their special talents, were no different from your everyday teenager, full of angst, but also feeling ten foot tall and bulletproof.
Overall this was a really good read and introduced me to a new series, which I am now sure to follow, given my desire to read more about Allie and Aiden and the rest of this gang of immortals.
I would say this book is a good, solid start to what promises to be an intriguing and exciting series. A solid four stars from this reviewer and the hope of even better in the next story.