The Eternity Cure
by Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Science Fiction / Dystopian / Post-apocalyptic / Romance
Ages: 14 and up
This is the second book in the Blood of Eden series, sequel to The Immortal Rules.
I received an e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Reviewer's Note: This is the third Julie Kagawa novel I have read and reviewed in the past 24 hours. I started in the very wee hours of the morning with The Lost Prince (reviewing it about 5 seconds after reading the last page) then picking up with The Immortal Rules in the afternoon (I was interrupted by a plumbing crisis so the review didn't get published until a couple hours after I finished reading) and, to top of my lovely marathon, I just finished reading The Eternity Cure.
P.S. I'm listening to Fall Out Boy as I write this, which is strangely fitting.
In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left:
Blood calls to blood
has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast
out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will
follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic
vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New
Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and
possibly end human and vampire existence.
There's a new plague
on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of
humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and
vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin
carries, if Allie can get to him in time.
Allison thought that
immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the
balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and
Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to
It has been four months since Allie left Eden and Zeke. She is now fully adjusted to being a vampire and has become more comfortable in her skin. She's more dangerous, harder-edged, but her humanity is still intact. Well, as intact as possible. As much a survivor as ever, she teams up with her untrustworthy blood-brother in her quest to rescue Kanin..
The characters in this story are just so good. Even Jackal, murderous, untrustworthy bloodsucker that he is, is strangely entertaining. Sarren is the creepiest villain I have met in a long time and every word he says gives me shivers. If there is ever a movie, he should be played by Bill Nighy because he has the perfect voice for it. Zeke is so lovably loyal and self-sacrificing that I spent a lot of time cheering him on. My faint inclination for Kanin as a love interest faded the instant Allie was referred to as his 'daughter'. Oh well, I can still have a crush on him if I want. I'd read a whole book about Kanin.
Story-wise, I didn't like The Eternity Cure as much as The Immortal Rules until the end. Oh. My. Gosh. That ending...how will I survive waiting for the next one? It was brilliant, but completely evil. This is a great sequel, and I have a feeling Book 3 will be magnificent.
Rating System: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).
I rate it a 5.10 for one use of the f-word and some mid-level swearing and name-calling.
I give it a 2.10 for brief sexual innuendos and threats.
I rate it a 7.10 for fighting, murder, torture and vast quantities of blood.