The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa (2013)
YA Fiction | Paranormal | Dystopia
“In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood
She 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 make.”
Book One: THE IMMORTAL RULES
pooled ink Review:
This book went by so quickly for me I can hardly remember all that happened! After book one I was excited to have found a series that not only struck a thrilling chord combining a post-apocalyptic world with the paranormal, but I was desperate to read what came next. Well, it turns out a lot happens…
This book picks up weeks after Allie left Eden and the little band of humans behind, she’s set off to find Kanin and rescue him. Although Allie is traveling alone once more it doesn’t last long before she’s run into an old enemy and must swallow her hatred to become his ally for a greater cause. I actually loved how this relationship took shape throughout the plot. It brought two similar people with two very different views on humanity and forced them onto the same path.
With this new companion at her side Allie is determined to rescue Kanin. But that doesn’t come without strings attached dragging her into the quest to cure Rabidism and with that comes a whole lot of blood and mayhem. Rabidism has wreaked havoc on humanity but a new strand of the virus threatens to wipe the earth of everyone, humans and vampires alike. So although every vampire alive wants Kanin’s head on a stake, they need his help more because the villain behind this grand extermination plot is none other than Sarren, aka the Psycho Vamp we met briefly in book one that forced Allie on the run to begin with.
But of course all of this carnage and desperation wouldn’t be complete without dear Zeke. A human with a heart of gold who wears a cross and still hangs onto hope. Yep, have no fear for Zeke manages to reappear much to Allie’s surprise. Left behind in Eden at the end of book one clinging to the edge of life he reappears in vampire land and this time he’s armed to kill.
Zeke has certainly changed over the course of the harrowing journey to Eden and from his search for Allie, but above all he’s exactly the same and this is why he’s such an important character. There are the selfish vampires, the pragmatic vampires, the detached vampires, and there’s Sarren who’s utterly insane, Kanin who’s weighed down by guilt, and Allie who fights her every monstrous instinct not to lose that last little sliver of humanity that lingers in her soul. Zeke keeps Allie centered, and he provides a grounding contrast against all of the vampire players around him. I love his character and the way he fits into the story.
As Allie returns to New Covington, the only place she knew for the first 17 years of her life, you’ll get to see a familiar face or two and learn their surprising fates. And you’ll finally get to glimpse beyond the Fringe into the actual vampire city. The first book revealed what was beyond the walls, this book unveils what lies within.
A lot happens in this book but it all went by so quickly it almost felt like nothing had happened at all because the ending will have your heart clenching so tight and your jaw locked in anger as your eyes threaten to burn that you will have almost forgotten everything that came before. The ending…it really left me filled with all sorts of emotions but mostly I just desperately want to get my hands on the final book in the trilogy. I need to know.
As I warned you for book one, there will be deaths. The same goes for this book although this time there will be so many near deaths that your heart will suffer from whiplash and it makes the final deaths all the more painful because they’ve survived against all odds and you just can’t help but nudge them and cry for them to get up because they just can’t be gone yet.
Overall I’m stoked that I’ve found a new series that has me clinging on to each book leading me from beginning to end because if you’ve been following my blog long enough you’ll realize that I do not often read past the first book (not because I don’t like it but because I simply uh sort of forget about it). I’ve read a lot of books, and most I enjoy but it’s been a while since I’ve found something I really love. This definitely won’t be for everyone (what book/series is?) but it’s clicked with me and I can’t wait to finish it!
The Eternity Cure frames humanity in a world of monsters, both sides desperate for salvation from the end that lurks nearer than they dared believe. Enemies become allies, allies become enemies, love wars against the pressing darkness, and in the center of all the chaos lies the answer to the world’s most dire question. But who will get their hands on it first? And what would they do to get it? Exhilarating, vicious, and filled with twists that will keep your heart pounding, this sequel adds fuel to the flames of monsters and be warned for they will respond in kind.
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