Today I have a very special guest, my nephew. He is an avid reader like me and a fan of Julie Kagawa and her books.
Couple of years ago I introduced him to Mrs. Kagawa Iron Fey series and since then he has devour everything written by her. We usually discuss her books and what we are expecting from future installments; we did this when The Immortal Rules and also did it with The Eternity Cure and I’m sure we’ll do the same with next book and the following one too, and... you get the idea.
My nephew also has a great blog, you can check it out here.
With no more ado I leave you with him and his review.
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, book 2
Genre: YA Paranormal, Dystopian
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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.”
The Eternity Cure is the second book in the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa.
What can I say about The Eternity Cure? Well it’s a good book but, its more than that it’s the continuation of a gripping story which shows Allie going through the challenges and transformations that come with her immortality. The last book (The Immortal Rules) ended with our two love birds (Allie and Zeke) being what would seem to be permanently separated and Allie's sire, Kanin, being kidnapped by his worst enemy, Sarren. When I was getting ready to read the book I was expecting it to center on this conflict and it didn’t disappoint although it had a lot of unexpected surprises. One of the main issues that were explored in this novel were the ideas of right and wrong and to what extent people are willing to go in order to do good for those they love.
Through the conflicts that Allie faces in order to reach Kanin Kagawa explores how we are willing to work with people that under other situations we would have done our best to kill. Early on her journey to free Kanin Allie is forced to work with someone who in the last novel tried to kill her. In an unexpected twist Jackal makes a surprise return when he makes Allie a proposition to help her find Kanin and defeat the psychotic Sarren. Then, after they almost kill each other they go on an epic quest back to New Covington where Allie is reunited with someone from her past. At the beginning there is a lot of tension between Allie and Jackal (he’s kind of full of himself now).
If you read the last book you should remember that the reason Allie and Kanin were run out of New Covington was because Stick ratted them out to the Prince of the city, well in this book he returns as the Prince’s personal pet. You remember how in the last novel Allie pretty much risks her life everyday to help him survive, well Stick doesn’t seem to remember that. Kagawa writes him in as a totally self-centered individual who is so self-conscious and who lacks so much confidence in himself that he makes it his personal mission to be a poopy head to Allie and even goes so far as to threaten her and orchestrate the removal of her love interest in this novel. It seems that no good deed goes unpunished when it comes to the new and improved Stick. Anyways like I mentioned a second ago, Allie isn’t all like “OMG I have to go find Kanin, Jackal hurry up” in this novel, through her adventures to save her sire she finds enough time to really fall in love in this book. In one of the biggest plot twist I’ve read recently ZEKE RETURNS to Allie’s life. Being the kind, all forgiving, generous person that he is, Zeke returns to the story as the savior to a few refugees in the city of New Covington and then in a great display of self control he manages not to kill the man who single handedly murdered his father and had his best friend executed. Now that the gang is back together we can finally reach the point where they are able to go after Kanin.
They finally find out where Kanin is been kept and after negotiating his release with the Prince of New Covington the great and all-powerful Kanin is returned to us. Surprisingly even after having been tortured and almost killed repeatedly for many months he is his usually stony self although thankfully in this novel we are given a better glimpse into his past and what his role was in the creation of rabidism. As we are bringing the novel to a close we get a more personal view of our psychotic friend Sarren and while he is a bit too far down the rabbit hole to be understood we do get a better look at his past and his relationship with Kanin. Then one romantic moment, two fight scenes and an epic twist later the novel ends. So yeah it was really good. The Eternity Cure ended with a real cliffhanger that left me dying to see what happens in the next instalment of the series.
I recommend The Eternity Cure to anyone who likes Julie Kagawa and YA books. I also recommend to read first book, The Immortal Rules, before reading this one.
Josemaria’s Verdict: 3 ½ Stars
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