Well, if I didn't like The Shadow Prince very much back when I read it, I definitely like The Eternity Key much better than the first book.
The second book in the Into the Dark series is one of those books that feel as though you're watching the next episode of most TV shows, where the narrator pretty much says, "Previously on..."
In The Eternity Key's case, though, there isn't actually one narrator. Much like the first one, this sequel to The Shadow Prince has three narrators: Tobin, Haden, and Daphne, with the latter two being the primary narrators (I get confused sometimes with those three, especially when it's Tobin). I definitely liked how the author introduced the second book by using the first couple of pages as a refresher of what happened in the first book (using Haden, of course) – the author is definitely prepared for some memory lapses that could possibly occur (I definitely forgot a few minorly important details).
The Eternity Key is one of those books that starts out slow. Daphne, Haden, and their small group spend the majority of the book watching their backs for Skylords (and anyone else looking for the Cypher and the Key of Hades) and the Compass. Considering the fact the book is actually titled "The Eternity Key" (another name for the Key of Hades), I expected the book to be slower than the books I'm typically drawn to.
Plus, I'm in some sort of slow-moving book phase by accident right now, so I pretty much have the patience (I suppose I'll thank Leigh Bardugo for starting this phase).
The characters did make a contribution in making my read of the book more enjoyable though. Haden is less naïve of the human world than before – there's more common sense put into his actions this time around, and sometimes his questions are stupid enough that it's downright hilarious. How does one milk an almond? Why, you grind it, of course. Into teeny little pieces.
(I'm not sure if that's how you milk an almond. I'm sure Google would tell me if I ask. I'm just too lazy to ask.)
Daphne has grown more mature, and she's more forgiving of her father – there's something about her that I like this time around that I didn't really like in the first book. Lexie might be my favorite character (though not of all time) with her way of irritating Tobin, and it's been a joy seeing her become a major character in the series.
Garrick, though, let's just put at this: I loved how Despain uses him and drops some bombs in the end. It is MAGNIFICANT.
It's a rarity for me to be surprised by the ending, and I loved how The Eternity Key is played out. It isn't extremely surprising when I think about it, but it was fantastic. Simply put, I'm probably going to have lots of fun when I get my hands on the third book. And I do mean LOTS of fun.
I'm starting to wonder what is with all these second books this year wrapping me in when the first book didn't.