Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) – Julie Kagawa

Release Date: April 30th 2013
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 446
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one one rule left: Blood Calls to blood.
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 she finds there will the 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 – 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…

Review: Julie Kagawa is one of my favourite authors with good reason. She knows how to tell a story in a way that is distinctly hers, and she knows how to leave you hanging at the end of a book.

The Eternity Cure is the sequel to The Immortal Rules and the second book in the Blood of Eden series. We are reunited with Allie Sekemoto who is now a vampire. She has been seperated from Zeke where she left him in Eden, and is now on the hunt for her master Kanin who has been taken and is being tortured by Sarren. She needs to find him before it’s too late.

My only complaint with this book was that similarly to The Immortal Rules, both books have a lot of pages. The Eternity Cure was 428 pages long, and I felt at times in the middle that this book dragged, which took me ages to get through because unfortunately it coincided (or perhaps was the cause) with a reading slump and I was going through. I know as a fan of Julie Kagawa’s work that her books tend to be on the longer side, but I felt like she could have maybe some parts could have been more to the point.

THAT being said, it was my only complaint, because the rest of this book was rather special. We had the return of some loved AND hated characters… I won’t be giving away spoilers, but I am talking about the return of some characters, so look away if you don’t want to know!

Firstly, Jackal is back. Jackal was such a good villain in the first book, and when he comes into this one initially, I was fearful for Allie – but turns out they both have the same goal in mind and they’re willing to put aside their differences to work together to find Kanin. We saw a different side to Jackal in this book, and in many ways, he reminded me of Puck from Kagawa’s Iron Fey series with his quick wit and sarcasm.

ZEKE is back!! OMG WTH… last we saw of him was in Eden. Turns out, he left Eden in search for Allie because he couldn’t handle being without her. There’s some hostility at first because he sees Allie with Jackal who killed Zeke’s father in the first book… understandably so! But we move past that, and I really enjoyed the progression between Allie and Zeke. There’s a real tenderness between them, but Allie is also trying to fight against her emotions for a great part of it.

Stick you dirty traitor!! All I have to say about him as that I really really dislike his character. He lacked integrity and I really wanted him to die. Harsh? haha

The story itself was really intense in the second half, and it became really fast paced after a slow start and middle. I really got into it, and the battle scenes were awesome! The last few pages had me absolutely shocked… and in true Julie Kagawa style, I am left with the cliffhanger! That is so unfair!!

Highly recommend this series. If you hate vampire books (I traditionally don’t love them), please give this one a try. It’s unconvenional in a really great way!

Quotes: “I don’t believe in fate,” he said carefully, “but… I do believe everything happens for a reason. That there is some plan, some meaning to this darkness we live in.”

“When I was Allie the Fringer, I used to collect books like this, from anywhere I could find them. Of Course, in the Fringe, owning them was highly illegal. The vampire lords didn’t want their cattle to be able to read—it might put ideas in our heads if they knew what life was like before. But one of my greatest secrets was that I could read. My mom had taught me when she was still alive, and I’d clung to that accomplishment fiercely. It was the one thing the vampires couldn’t take from me.”

“There are no good choices, Allison,” Kanin offered in a quiet voice. “There are only those you can live with, and those you can work to change.”

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What do you think?

  • Carmen B. says:

    Ha! I saw the sime likeness between Puck and Jackal! But he had some great lines XD
    And Stick – grrrr! I wanted to squish him under my heel.
    I didn’t have a problem with the length of the book but I could have done with less recap at the beginning. End you’r right, the ending was like WHAT?! No. Yes. What?!?! Evil >.<
    Anyhow, great review :)

  • I’m glad to hear that you liked this one. I haven’t read this series yet but I have it. This review makes me so excited to read it!

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