Last year, I was enraptured by the world Julie Kagawa created in the first Blood of Eden book, The Immortal Rules. A mixture of dystopia and paranormal, the world in the Blood of Eden books is dark, dangerous and intriguing. With Allison, she created a kick-ass vampire protagonist with heart and courage. Undoubtedly I was excited to continue Allison’s adventure in the sequel, The Eternity Cure. It took a while for it to get there, but this next installment did deliver an exciting and emotional journey.
In The Eternity Cure, we find Allison on the road, following a trail to find her sire, Kanin, who she senses is in grave danger. Sarren, a psychotic, old and powerful vampire has taken Kanin hostage and tortured him. Desperate, Allison teams with the former Raider King, Jackal, who is also her vampire brother. Together, they follow the pull of their sire back to Allison’s former home and city. Surprises, dangers and revelations unfold as Allison returns to New Covington.
The first part of the book mostly consists of rehashing the events that occurred in the previous book. It’s been almost a year since I’ve read The Immortal Rules, so I really appreciated the reminder because there were some details that slipped my mind. However, if you’re reading the books back to back, you’re likely to find the beginning very slow. As far as plot, it doesn’t begin to really pick up until they reach New Covington. From that point, it gets kind of crazy.
The development of Jackal’s character added an unpredictability and uneasiness to this already tense story. It is never made clear if Jackal is good or bad, even he may not be so sure himself. He also added some humor to story with his well-timed witticisms and sarcasm. Not only is Jackal better developed, but we get a improved understanding of Allison and her never-ending struggle with the “monster” inside her, especially when Zeke unexpectedly returns in her life. We get a different and freer side of Zeke, which I think most readers will be happy to see.
In addition, the history of rabidism and how the rabids came to be comes to light and becomes the most integral element of the plot. Some twists and turns leave our heroine from feeling hopeful to helpless and vice versa. It leaves the reader with an emotional and heart stopping climax that makes one’s hopeful heart ache for the next Blood of Eden book.
The Eternity Cure is a worthy sequel to The Immortal Rules. If you weren’t exactly a fan of the Blood of Eden series before, I think The Eternity Cure has the capacity to change your mind in its favor. Even with an over-the-top menacing villain, this book will deliver practically everything it promises: action, adventure, drama, romance, mystery and a bit of comedy.
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa will be available wherever books are sold on April 30, 2013. Support The Young Folks and you can pre-order it now at our TYF Store, powered by Amazon.
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 30, 2013)
- Length: 446 pages (Hardcover)
- Series: Blood of Eden #2
- Source: ARC (Provided by publisher)
- Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Vampire, Action Adventure, Romance
- Completed: March 2013