Love the characters can't imagine the TV series going this way. Absolutely awesome trilogy. I definitely did not predict the end.
I thought this a compelling story with thoughtful developed characters. I saw the TV show first and still like the book.
I'm glad I finished the series but the skow build of The Strain and the classic and tragic connecting story of The Fall set a high standard. Can you say, "Nuke the Shark?"
The trilogy as a whole makes for a pretty good story, although something extrordinary keeps on missing at the end. After the first two books I didn't expect The Night Eternal to surprise me, and unfortunately it didn't. Now, the story is good enough to listen through the entire trilogy and entertaining enough to keep the listener's attention. I guess the biggest issue for me personally is del Toro's envolvement. I expected something special. And it is not. Good, entertaining and a nice listen, but not special.
I listened to this to finish out the series since I had it all. Why not. You never know, it might finish strong. It didn't. Tedious, boring, monotonous, predictable, stereotypical, uninspired. The only way to be better is to not be. Combine book 2 and 3 and you slightly improve each. Ideally, combined the trilogy into one book and you would have a passable story.
Weak characters. I did not care about anyone by the end of it. So many stereotypes, so shallow, so much wasted potential. You have a new world order to explore and none of it felt fresh or interesting (or scary). I also got annoyed that the series started with vampirism-as-a-virus as an angle, which could be interesting (vampirism-virus and modern epidemiology, the CDC, etc) and resorts to not-even-Biblically accurate lore. There is also a random feel to the lore/rules of these vampires. Ultimately, the vampires strengths and weaknesses (strong, telepathic; can't cross water on their own, burned by sunlight...sometimes...hurt by silver) are of the "Because God made it so" variety. Literally, in the last book we are told in short order, finally, that the rules for how to be a vampire and how they were made and what makes them tick are just because God made them that way and they are cursed. We start with a virus affecting people and turning them and end up with quasi-religious tripe. Silver, just the touch of it, can burn and disable and ward off, but being shot, repeatedly, with other metals, even in the head, is no problem. They needed a much tighter package for their vampire lore and to pick science or religion as the creation/destruction, not the illogical mix they went with.
Not if I can get a story I want to read without him as the narrator.
It ended. If they tried to spin this out to another sequel/installment, I would've been actively annoyed that they were clearly making a money grab by padding the hell out of this.