Eternal War: Hell is the final episode of the Eternal War quadrilogy written by Livio Gambarini and edited by Acheron Books, Note independent Italian publishing house committed to the fantastic.

It is sometimes difficult to get to the final chapter of a book and rethink the fact that this has accompanied you for a few years. It's like when you part with an old friend, from his stories, from the emotions he gives you when he tells you something.
This is what I feel, now, talking about Eternal War: Hell.

Do you remember? I had already articulated reviews of previous books. It's been a little over a year since I proposed the first book, while the second and third they are more recent.

Today, however, as I said earlier, I would like to greet a friend.

In the article there will be some small spoilers regarding the previous book, aimed at introducing a summary, this yes without any spoilers, of the last volume of the quadrilogy.

Preamble for Eternal War: Inferno

What you are going to read will be a sui generis review. I'm not here to tell you how the events of the last act of the saga by Guido Cavalcanti, Kabal (licante) and Durante degli Alighieri will unfold. I don't want to spoil the joy of reading it! However, after a brief summary of the story, I would like to deepen a fundamental aspect of this volume.

But how could I start a review like this one of Eternal War: Hell?
I try stealing the words from one of the protagonists:

"In the middle of the journey of our life,
I found myself in a dark forest,
because the right way was lost "

Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy
The beautiful representations of Doré

Synopsis of Eternal War: Inferno

We left our heroes in Florence after the clashes that led to the exile from the city of Guido Cavalcanti and the dramatic consequences that reverberated both in the city and in the Lande della Materia, land of the Ancestrarchi.

Just to refresh your memory, the Ancestrarchs are ethereal entities who, with their actions, are able to change the way their kinsmen think and act. Their strength grows as their head of the family grows in importance, through their actions, gathering and distilling power into drops of Virtue, a sort of spiritual currency.

But that's not the only thing that happened. We left the good Durante degli Alighieri in full trembling anxiety on the edge of the Dark Forest that we all know well.

So what is this Eternal War: Hell?
To all intents and purposes this book is proposed as a sort of initiatory journey, not only for the protagonist of this book, Dante, but also for the Ancestrarca Kabal, spiritual protector of the Cavalcanti family.
During the descent into the Infernal Circles, where we find many familiar faces of sinners we know thanks to the Divine Comedy, our two heroes begin to question themselves: one in search of Something while the other in the reconquest, in the most painful way possible, self-awareness.

Meaning of the words

One of the fundamental themes, as I interpreted reading, is the power of the word, the facets it can have, but above all its consequences.

We often say that "verba volant, scripta manent"(" The words fly, the writings remain ") but, in this particular case, it is not entirely accurate.
Livio accompanies us in this last act showing what happens when the right words are uttered or when they are hidden.

What happens when we are faced with words that we should have said and we have not said? Actions not followed by words and promises not kept?
The first question seems to have been stolen from a film “the 13th Warrior” rather than a Eternal War: Hell, but I assure you it is fit for purpose.
Part of the hero's journey, or rather of the heroes in this case, takes place precisely through the lemma. The characters demonstrate themselves through what they say, through their idiomatic expressions, even through their ways of speaking.

But there is much beyond that. There is one scene in particular that I found heartbreaking. In fact, thanks to his prose, Livio manages to catapult us into a given year and make us perceive the poverty of that land of Tuscany. It gives us the suffering of a family, the bitterness of not being enough and finally the creation of something through lying.

I'll tell you, that scene hit me so deeply that it made me close the book that night.

Eternal War: Hell

Conclusions

It has been a long journey. I found the story, created by Livio Gambarini, different from the classic fantasy stories published in our country. The idea he bravely pushed forward eventually paid off.
I really appreciated Eternal War: Hell, but also all previous books. This last chapter was, in all respects, the right crowning of the stories that intertwined in the saga.

Personally I am comfortable with the freedoms he is allowed in the narrative. Both those on a lexical level, through which he managed to create very vivid characters, such as devils, and those on a historical and temporal level.

As the author himself reminds us in the afterword, it is necessary for a story to work, that some events are in a specific temporal order, even if not necessarily right. Thanks to a comparison I had just before writing these lines, in fact, I was reminded of a passage by Umberto Eco The Name of The rose where this trick has often been used. I am not referring to the well-known dish of pre-Columbian peppers, but to the barrel of blood.

Well, if we have accepted and “forgiven” Umberto Eco, I think we can do the same with Livio Gambarini.

As always, I invite you to buy the book because it is really worth it. You can find the volume at this affiliate link so you can support the author, Acheron Books and our portal.