The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

70%

29 Critic Reviews

A satisfying conclusion to an intelligent, utterly chilling horror trilogy.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“The most credible and frightening of all the vampire books of the past decade.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Bram Stoker meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton. It just doesn’t get much better than this.”
—Nelson DeMille

The stunning New York Times bestselling vampire saga that author Dan Simmons (Drood, The Terror) calls, “an unholy spawn of I Am Legend out of ‘Salem’s Lot,” concludes with The Night Eternal. The magnificent, if monstrously warped brainchild of cinematic horror master Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Chuck Hogan—whose novel Prince of Thieves, was praised as, “one of the 10 best books of the year” by Stephen King—The Night Eternal begins where The Strain and The Fall left off: with the last remnants of humankind enslaved by the vampire masters in a world forever shrouded by nuclear winter.  Still, a small band of the living fights on in the shadows, in the final book of the ingenious dark fantasy trilogy that Newsweek says is, “good enough to make us break that vow to swear off vampire stories.”

 

About Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

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Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with the film Cronos, and has since gone on to direct Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I, Hellboy II, and Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards. He is currently working on his next film. Nacido y criado en Guadalajara, MÉxico, Guillermo del Toro ha dirigido muchas pelÍculas exitosas, incluso El laberinto del Fauno. Va a dirigir dos pelÍculas basadas en El Hobbit, que serÁn producidas por Peter Jackson.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by William Morrow. 627 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Night Eternal
All: 29 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 01 2011

A satisfying conclusion to an intelligent, utterly chilling horror trilogy.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Zack Kopp on Oct 12 2011

Here’s a brand new terrifying book about vampires.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 27 2011

Don’t wait for the movie; set aside a night and read it now.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Gina McIntyre on Dec 01 2011

At the very least, Del Toro and Hogan did manage to make vampires a fearsome breed once more. 

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Pajiba

Excellent
Reviewed by Doctor Controversy on Jan 06 2011

I want Del Toro and Hogan to write more books together.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Nov 05 2011

Combining Del Toro's fabulous visual imagination and Hogan's narrative pacing, these novels carry you away.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Hogan on Nov 01 2011

Apart from a brief recap at the beginning, del Toro and Hogan are still running at the same breakneck pace, and the action-movie plotting makes for a brisk read.

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Love Vampires

Excellent
Reviewed by Love Vampires on Nov 01 2011

I thought The Strain was one of the best vampire horror thrillers I’d read in a long while

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DNA

Excellent
Reviewed by G Sampath on Jan 29 2012

This page-turner strikes the ideal balance between effective characterisation and fast-paced plot.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

Excellent
Reviewed by Lacy LeBlanc on Nov 09 2011

Buy it. Read it. Love it. Hope it gets made into a movie.

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The Agony Column

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on Nov 29 2011

Del Toro and Hogan have already proved (in 'The Fall') that they are skilled at bringing readers back into the world they have created, and 'The Night Eternal' is no exception.

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Luxury Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth on Dec 28 2011

Overall, I enjoyed The Night Eternal if I ignored the ridiculous prophecies and magical nonsense. 

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That's What She Read

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 12 2012

That being said, The Night Eternal holds no major surprises and very little in the way of tension.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Oct 25 2011

The Night Eternal completely makes up for any doubts I felt after reading The Fall.

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Fangs For The Fantasy

Below average
Reviewed by Sparky on Nov 26 2012

Reading this series has frustrated me. The underlying story and even the characters are truly excellent. But the excess characters, the over-description and the general long windedness has made it such a hard read and just not fun. It’s a shame.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Nov 23 2011

It continues in its glorious, imaginative, horrific, brutal style. 

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The Guilded Earlobe

Below average
Reviewed by Guilded Earlobe on Dec 02 2011

I was quite concerned and a bit disappointed when the switched narrators after the first book.

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Cannonball Read IV

Below average
on Mar 18 2012

The Night Eternal is good, but not great. At no point did I really feel like the fate of humanity was at stake. It just felt like another battle.

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Collateral Bloggage

Good
Reviewed by Seth on Oct 01 2012

The Night Eternal brings the Strain trilogy to a fairly satisfying close.

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A Book a Week

Below average
Reviewed by Ethan on Jun 13 2012

This is one of those novels that really only works if you have read the others in the trilogy. 

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Warpcore SF

Good
Reviewed by Ros Jackson on Oct 29 2011

...The Night Eternal is a successful novel. It sinks its teeth into some meaty concepts, glories in the horror of concentration camp New York, pumps blood and bullets with abandon, and rips our hearts out at the end.

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Alive on the Shelves

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Oct 01 2011

This third book is full of plot twists, unlikely allies and surprising enemies.

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The Royal Library

Good
Reviewed by Fred Phillips on Feb 14 2012

After an interminably slow start, “The Night Eternal” did eventually pick up, and ultimately, I enjoyed the book.

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Sweet Tidbits

Good
Reviewed by Bonnie R on Oct 01 2011

All in all this is one of the best vampire series I have read; definitely one of my favorites.

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Random Wizard

Below average
Reviewed by Random Wizard on Aug 29 2012

I wouldn't rank the book, on the whole, as a masterpiece.

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My 2012 Cannonball Read

Below average
Reviewed by My 2012 Cannonball Read on Jul 06 2012

Too cheesy, too action-y, too shallow, not emotional enough.

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Loose Leaf Bound

Good
Reviewed by Loose Leaf Bound on Mar 19 2012

If you liked the first two, go ahead, finish off the trilogy.

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Andy Erupts

Good
Reviewed by John Milton on Oct 22 2011

If you haven’t already done so, please do check out The Strain trilogy

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Killer Reads

Good
Reviewed by Killer Reads on Oct 13 2011

What began in The Strain comes to a sublimely satisfying conclusion in The Night Eternal.

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