Early Book Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa
*** This review is spoiler free. Read on with confidence! ***
Allison Sekemoto is once again alone. After escorting what remained of Jebediah Crosse’s group to Eden, Allie was forced to leave the vampire-free city. Leaving Zeke, the human who had worked his way past all her defenses and found a place in her heart, was one of the toughest things Allie’s ever had to do. However, someone else needed her help now- Kanin, the Master vampire who Turned her. Kanin has been taken by Sarren, the sadistic, psychotic vampire that Allie has faced off with once before.
The Eternity Cure picks up a little while after The Immortal Rules and Allie is on Kanin’s trail. Thanks to their sire/offspring connection, Allie can sense Kanin’s location. That connection is also responsible for the dreams Allie has been having when she sleeps. The disturbing visions show Kanin suffering at the hands of Sarren and getting closer and closer to madness. If Allie doesn’t find Kanin soon, by the time she does, she’ll either find a corpse…or a mindless monster driven insane from the Hunger.
[quote]The Eternity Cure is even better than The Immortal Rules. It’s intense, full of action, and Allie is more badass than ever. Despite starting off a little slow, the book quickly picked up its pace and from then on it was hard to put down.[/quote]
Allie’s certainly come quite a long way since The Immortal Rules. She’s had to adjust to becoming a vampire, something that’s no easy task. She fights the Hunger every single day. She refuses to let her bloodlust control her. Allie’s gotten better at keeping her inner monster in check, but that doesn’t mean she’s not as dangerous as the next vamp. With that katana of hers, she’s one deadly girl. The fact that she still retains her humanity, though, is nothing short of amazing. She’s seen friends die, been betrayed by those she trusted, and struggles not to give in to her Hunger. And yet, she’s selfless, caring (even if she won’t admit it!) and is one of the few vampires who doesn’t treat humans like walking bloodbags. The good thing about being inside Allie’s head is that we get to see how she really feels and what’s going on behind the tough facade she shows the world.
Zeke grew on me even more during The Eternity Cure. He’s changed since we last saw him. He’s hardened and not as naive as he used to be. That’s not to say he isn’t the sweet boy we came to love in The Immortal Rules- he’s just had to shoulder a lot of responsibility and it’s altered him. He’s still kind, brave, and his devotion to Allie is adorable. He accepts her, truly accepts her, for who she is. He doesn’t care that she has fangs and drinks blood because he knows the kind of person she is. I like how far they came in this book in terms of their relationship. Sure, they have some major obstacles in their path, such as him being mortal and her being…well, immortal, but what couple’s relationship is perfect?
[quote]But the real star of The Eternity Cure, in my opinion, is Jackal. Yes, Jackal, the former raider king who had a few of Allie’s friends killed. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I kind of love him.[/quote]
He’s arrogant, snarky, and sometimes just plain rude. Without a doubt, he’s the most entertaining character in the book. I’m really happy with the amount of page time he got. I’m also glad we got to learn more about Kanin. I liked him as soon as he was introduced in the first book and found myself curious to know more about his history. Julie sheds some light on his backstory, which helps us understand him better.
I thought of my life as a vampire, an immortal. How long had it been since I’d seen the sun, let it warm my face? How long since I had done anything truly human? I realized I didn’t remember what real food tasted like anymore. The Hunger had completely infused my memories so the only thing I ever craved was blood.
Oh, I’ll just bet it is. *snort*
“He won’t try anything.” I narrowed my eyes at the other vampire. “Right?”
“Me?” Jackal smiled, showing fangs. “I am the epitome of self-control and restraint, sister. Your bleeding heart must be rubbing off on me.”
“Allie.” Zeke’s eyes were intense now; I could see my reflection in those glittering blue orbs as he took my hand. “I’ve watched you. From the moment we met, to the day I discovered what you really were, to now. You have always been the same fierce, stubborn girl who refuses to give in to anything. I’ve seen you fight so hard not to hurt people, to keep your distance so you’re not a danger to anyone.”
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If you liked The Eternity Cure and haven’t read the first book in the Blood of Eden series, start with The Immortal Rules. This book will make a lot more sense if you’ve read the first one.
If you enjoyed The Eternity Cure for its writing, you may like Julie’s other book series, the Iron Fey. This series begins with The Iron King and is about a sixteen-year-old girl who ventures into Faery to rescue her brother, where she discovers she’s a faery princess and finds forbidden love.
Rating: The Eternity Cure