The Saga of the Ancient Family- Eva García Sáenz

Titles: The Immortal Collection (book 1), The Sons of Adam (book 2)

Author: Eva García Sáenz

Translator: Lilit Žekulin Thwaites

Plot: Book 1 – Adriana is the newest hire at the Museum of Archeology in Santander, Spain. Her specialty is prehistory and has recently returned to Santander after living in Madrid. Her sister-in-law, Elisa, got her connections with the job and gives her the grand tour once she’s gotten hired officially. She tells her about the brothers who own the museum; Iago, Héctor, and Jairo del Castillo. Adriana will be working under Iago, as prehistory is his specialty, too. Their passion for history starts a friendship that turns into a relationship. Their relationship makes others jealous, including Jairo. But all is not as it seems. The del Castillo brothers aren’t all who they say they are. Adriana doesn’t want to believe it at first, but is forced to confront her new reality after threats and attacks. Will Adriana be able to survive? Can she keep up with her changing world? Or will she run away, like she always has?

Book 2 – Iago’s long thought dead son, Gunnarr, has returned. Iago doesn’t want to trust him, but Adriana encourages him to find out why Gunnarr’s returned. That turns out to be a mistake when Adrian gets kidnapped by Gunnarr. But he’s not doing this all by himself. Nagorno (previously Jairo) is the mastermind behind Adriana’s kidnapping. He’s called Iago to tell him that he’ll release Adriana if Iago undoes whatever he did to Nagorno’s heart. But he’s only given Iago three weeks to do the impossible, or he’ll kill Adriana. To make things more complicated, someone from Iago’s past has shown up. Will they help, or hinder Iago? Will Adriana survive the kidnapping? Or will Héctor find and save Adriana first?

Rating: 4.0 – a different taking on immortality

Opinion: This was a different take from what I was expecting. It was a lot more scientific, as Iago and his family were figuring out why they were longevos. The book got me curious about what the del Castillo family was researching, and it match to what the book said. So it’s more sound science. I also enjoyed the fact that Adriana didn’t immediately believe Iago when he told her his big secret. She wanted definitive proof than just a story. I feel like that’s how most people would react when faced with something like this. But eventually, she does come around and see that Iago and his family are telling the truth. But that’s after seeing some irrefutable evidence. Iago and Adriana’s relationship also doesn’t focus on the romance all the time. Yes there a few steamy scenes but it’s not that graphic. The two of them work well together and it shows. The ending of the first book had a good twist and leads well into the second book. The second book focuses a little more on the history than the science. This one is nice cause it connects the past with the present in an interesting way. It took me a little too long to realize the connection in the book. The ending of the second book was a little disappointing. While it was a good ending, it left a few too many questions unanswered. It also didn’t leave me with a feeling like everything was wrapped up nicely like most series do. It made me wonder if there are more books to come. This was a great series so far and I hope that there’s more to come. This would be great for those who love history with a little bit of romance and mystery.

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