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.Hardcover, 434 pages
Four stars: A dark, desperate tale with excellent world building.
Allie is desperate to find her sire, Kanin. Every night, she is haunted by dreams of torture and despair while Kanin is held prisoner by the psychotic vampire Sarren. Allie is closing in, but still uncertain which way to go. She feels a strong pull in her blood in two different directions. Which way? She makes a decision and at last reaches a fortified castle. The building is surrounded by rabids and a fence. Once Allie gets inside, she is in for a shock. She is reunited with her wicked vampire brother, Jackal. Allie and Jackal strike a bargain. He will help her find Kanin if she in return helps him find an underground lab that might hold the key to the infection that started the plague that turned humans into rabids. Can Allie and Jackal work together for a common goal?
What I Liked:
- I was in awe of Ms. Kagawa's world building. I know that she is a master at creating her worlds, but I wasn't prepared for the stark departure in this series. This time around, the reader is thrust into a dark, scary, desperate world where vampires rule and humans are nothing more than cattle for feeding. If you don't live in the vampire city under the protection of the blood suckers, life is cruel and mortality rates are high. In Immortal Rules, I thought I had seen the worst of it, but I was wrong. The danger is far worse now as there is a new virus on the loose, plaguing humanity and vampires alike. Food is scarce and everyone is desperate to survive. This is truly a frightening landscape. Ms. Kagawa knocks it out of the park with the world building in this one.
- I enjoyed seeing Allie's growth. She is still grappling with her vampirism, but in some ways she has come to terms with it. Even though she is a vampire, she hasn't lost some of her goodness and humanity. Every day she battles with the monster inside of her, and she struggles with letting the monster overtake her. She is fierce, deadly and determined to save her sire. I liked how when she was faced with unseemly people and horrible circumstances that she still managed to hang onto that spark of goodness inside. She is growing and evolving and I am excited to see where she goes from here.
- Jackal returns.... what can I say about Jackal? At first meeting in Immortal Rules, he was a despicable villain. This time around, he balances the fine line between being a somewhat redeemable character and a bastard. He is the scene stealer in this one, and I couldn't help but snicker at his snarky lines and his antics. He is a lot of fun, and he shocked me a time or two. I only hope we get much more of him in the next book. I appreciated that Jackal provides much needed comic relief.
- Kanin was one of my favorite characters from the first book, and one of my big quibbles with The Immortal Rules was that he was absent for the second half of the story. Thankfully, Allie is reunited with him and I got to spend more time with Kanin. Kanin is wise, patient and trying to escape the demons from his past. He had to make some hard choices, and he struggles with the outcome everyday. He is someone whom I admire and I can't wait to see what he does from here.
- The romance..... I was not a fan of the romance between Allie and Zeke in the first book. It seemed far fetched and out of place with the rest of the story. This time, I was able to understand it better. Allie and Zeke have grown and changed and I can see why there is an attraction. I am still unsure of how it will it settle out, I fear I may be in for heartbreak.
- I so appreciate that Kagawa has returned the vampires back to dark, scary predators instead of making them sexy, love interests. The vampires in this book are not sparkly, or sexy. The are fearsome predators.
- This is a heart pounding page turner. There is rarely a moment of reprieve. The story is dark and dangerous and Allie and Jackal are constantly facing new hideous creatures and unexpected obstacles. I liked the surprises and the quick pace. The climax is fast and furious and just when you think the dust is settling and you can breath easier until the next book, Ms. Kagawa throws in a jaw dropping finale that will punch you in the gut. It was a cruel, cruel trick. I am just relieved that I waited so long to read this one because I already have the final book waiting!
And The Not So Much:
- The cliffhanger ending!! The ending is horrendous and it left me completely stunned. I was in shock and horrified at the turn of events. For those of you who detest cliffhangers like me, this is one that will bite you!
- As much as I admired the way Allie tried to keep her inner monster in check, I grew frustrated with the way she let one particular character from her past continue to rile her and cause her trouble. Especially at the end when she saw him spying around the corners. I had a hard time believing that she could let him get away, and she pays dearly for it. I wanted her to step up and kick his ass!
- I think this book is darker than its predecessor. There are some gory scenes that are not suitable for the squeamish so if you are not a fan of horror either strap on your big girl panties or skip it.
The Eternity Cure is a sequel that is better than its predecessor. This book notches up the danger and action while showing solid character growth. This story doesn't let up until the final jaw dropping, tear your hear out cliffhanger that will leave you desperate for the next book. If you are a fan of Kagawa and her world building, this is a must read.
"Here we are in the sewers again, my favorite New Covington vacation spot. So thrilled to be here."
"You two must've been such great pals. I hope you don't mind when I say I'm going to rip his tongue out through his nose and make him eat it."
"Nothing lasted in this world. The harder you held on to something, the more it would kill you when it was gone, so it was best not to get attached to anything."
"There are no good choice, Allison," Kanin offered in a quiet voice. "There are only those you can live with, and those you can work to change."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.