Friday, 10 May 2013
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
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.
I loved The Immortal Rules last year and the sequel does not disappoint. Julie Kagawa has this amazing gift to write the most normal things and make them as extraordinarily interesting as you like! Mostly this included walking through sewers, searching for clues about the virus and verbally sparing with her travelling companions. Kagawa has this skill to recap the events of the first book without being boring or listing, which was very helpful because I could not remember all the details of the first book after all those months!
The most important thing with this book is that it allowed more time in Allie's world, which is fantastic because I love her! Plus, Zeke returns, and as I'm sure you're aware by now, I love a good romance and while Allie's moaning about losing her humanity did get old quickly, I do love Allie and Zeke together. They were on the hunt for Allie's sire Kanin, with an unlikely ally in the form of Jackel - I know, it shocked me too. Even more so that I actually kind of liked him after a while. This quest took her to her home of New Covington and guess who shows up? Stick. I kind of (read: really) wanted to hurt him for all the crap he puts Allie through - all because he wanted to feel powerful. I really must take a moment to applaud Kagawa for creating such an incredibly irritating character and not feeling the urge to kill him instantly.
As they search for Kanin and then discover why New Covington has been shut down, Allie realises some things about herself and her possible future. Even though this creepy virus is making any future look unlikely. It was action packed and gory, Kagawa having upped the blood and guts which is awesome. And what might be even more impressive was how she blended this gore with the budding romance - not an easy task! I'm not sure it had the same boom to the first book, but definitely worth the continuation of a fantastic series, with awesome characters and skilled writing that I wish I possessed.
Published 3rd May 2013 by Mira Ink. Thank you to Mira Ink for my review copy. This also went towards my Genre Variety challenge.