Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: April 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Format: Hardcover, 446 pages
Series: The Blood of Eden | The Eternity Cure
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.
Allie is following her intuition, her sixth sense, on a long trek to find the vampire that made her. She can feel that he is being tortured, and when she sleeps she dreams about what he faces, and it’s like she’s there. Before long, she runs into Jackal, who is also answering the call of the blood. They follow the trail all the way back to the place Allie grew up, the place she ran away from when she was turned.
Oh, how I loved jumping back into this story. The world-building is simply amazing. Not only the regular world where vampires run the streets and they have their own way of doing things, but also the other world where humans are the minority. They are both such dark and unhappy places, yet I’m able to picture them perfectly in my mind.
Allie is back as her usual ass-kicking self. She’s still as selfless as she was as a human, this time traveling alone across dangerous territories to save another vampire. Kanin is back as her maker, and we learn much more about him and his past (and what a past it is!). And Zeke, dear, sweet Zeke, is back. Not quite the love-sick puppy he was before, he’s bigger and badder and hotter than ever. And Jackal! He is much more layered in this installment, and I honestly waffled several times over which side he was really on. I love when a book can make me wonder like that. There are a few returning characters, and I was pleased with their development (even if I wasn’t pleased with the direction they chose).
I loved the snark between Jackal and Allie. They were so funny, in a we’re-related-so-we-have-to-put-up-with-each-other-but-you-annoy-me-an-awful-lot kind of way. But there was also that edge where you didn’t quite know if Jackal really meant it when he said he was going to kill Allie while she slept.
The pace was a bit slow at times, and the constant traveling was tiresome, but overall, I liked the speed of the novel. It generally zipped along and there was always something big happening – a fight, revelation or twist. There was rarely any downtime for me to catch my breath. I would call it a roller coaster ride, and a thrilling one at that.
I loved every minute of it and wait not so patiently for the next one.