SPOILER WARNING: The synopsis and review will contain spoilers for the first book in the Blood of Eden series, The Immortal Rules. My review for the first book can be found here.
Title: The Eternity Cure
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy; Dystopia
Synopsis: Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.
Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike. (Goodreads)
Allison Sekemoto just cannot catch a break. This is what I got from reading the second book in Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. There is a lot thrown at her in this book, encompassing all sorts of emotions. There’s treachery and betrayal, pain and sorrow, and even desire and love in there. It was great to read how she grew in the first book, and it’s still as enjoyable to read her development in this book.
The story is one of those that you just cannot put down. There’s a lot more action and horror in this one. Which is understandable considering Jackal is featured heavily in it. The first book was about Allie dealing with the newness of being a vampire, and this book felt like her using all the things she had learned. From fighting to controlling the monster inside of her. Again, I really appreciated this book because of how it showed the dynamics between good and evil. It gets difficult to keep track of who can really be called a monster here, and everyone’s morals are pretty much just thrown into different shades of grey.
One of the characters that I really did enjoy reading about was Jackal. I am so torn over this character! On one hand, he likes to kill and is responsible for the deaths of the other characters in the first book. He consistently makes barbed statements especially to rile up the others. In short, he’s an ass. On the other hand, he knows how to get stuff done. As a former raider king, he knows how to command and how to throw his weight around to gain the upper hand. He’s responsible for the zingers and funny moments in this book. Honestly, he reminds me of another character from another series. A certain smooth yet villainous brother of a righteous and upstanding sibling. Someone who also cracks deadpan jokes with the best of them. A certain trickster. Oh, Jackal. You have me so torn.
Overall: I applaud Kagawa for the world she created and the story she crafted in this book. The twists, the moments that had me just going “Oh come ON!” and those that just had me staring in silence. I have to take away a star for some of the predictable moments of the story, but it’s still a solid story. If you’re a fan of dystopian titles and a fan of vampires, I totally recommend this!