Eclipse

Eclipse

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier novels in the series. You can read my reviews of these books [here] and [here].

Eclipse is the third novel in Stephenie Meyer’s massively popular Twilight Saga. It was first published in 2007 and continues to document the love life of Bella Swan, a human who is forced to choose between an eternity with her vampire lover and her attraction to a handsome werewolf. The novel follows on directly from Twilight (2005) and New Moon (2006) and is followed by Breaking Dawn (2008). There has also been two further stories released since: a novella which focuses on a minor character from Eclipse titled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (2010) and a gender flipped version of the first book titled Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (2015) which was released for the 10th Anniversary.

Following on from their meeting with the Volturi, Bella and Edward have returned to Forks and resumed their lives as a couple. However, things have changed between them. Edward is now more protective than ever, refusing to let Bella do anything that he deems dangerous. He also still withholds immortality from her, something that annoys her no end, saying that he won’t make her into a vampire before she marries him.

The return of Edward also puts a strain on Bella’s relationship with Jacob. The two of them had been growing closer in the vampire’s absence but his return has driven a wedge between them. The distance pushes Jacob to confess his love, swearing that he can tell that Bella feels the same way. Bella is less sure. She knows that she wants to be with Edward yet Jacob can offer her so many things that the vampire can’t…

While Bella is forced to choose between her two suitors, she finds herself in danger once again. News of serial murders in Seattle lead the Cullens to believe that someone has created an army of newborn vampires and they have reason to believe that they will soon be heading to Forks. Edward fears that it’s the Volturi’s attempt to thin out their clan but Bella fears that it may be Victoria, finally coming for her revenge. One thing is certain, the vampires cannot handle the threat alone. In order to survive and protect the town, they will need to form a truce with the werewolves…

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