The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: 3rd May 2013
By: Harlequin UK
Source: Publisher for review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed The Immortal Rules, with Kanin winning a place in my heart. After what we seen happen to him then, I was anxiously awaiting the release of The Eternity Cure and looked forward to journeying with Allie to find and save him. What I didn't expect was to finish this book with a new favourite character, Jackal, who really made this book for me.
The book opens with Allie, alone, and following the blood tie she has to Kanin as he's her sire. She's been dreaming of him and the torture that he's being put through at the hands of Sarren, the psycho vamp. She won't give up until she finds him, she wouldn't be where she is now without him. He saved her life when she was attacked by rabids, and then thought her how to live as a vampire. But I found this wandering tedious and boring, making the first 100 pages or so of this book, not quite as enjoyable as I was expecting, or as the rest of the book, thankfully, turned out to be. Once Allie meets up with Jackal I was hooked.
We first met Jackal in The Immortal Rules where he was cruel and vicious. He has an army of human followers, but he is on a mission to find a cure for the red lung disease, and then plans to turn them into a vampire army. I hated him with passion then. But in The Eternity Cure, while he is still cruel and vicious, still searching for the cure, still planning his army, and kills humans without any concious thought, we also see another side to him. He is sarcastic and witty and adds a lot of humour to this book.
Kanin is much the same in this book as he was in The Immortal Rules and still as likable. After all he's been through over the past few months, he doesn't show signs of it having had a lasting impact on him, he's stoic and calm, and seems to hold his head quite well in dire situations.
Foolishly, I wasn't expecting to see Zeke return in this book, he was in Eden, and I expected him to stay there. I liked Zeke even more in this book than in the first one. He's a tougher, stronger, harder Zeke. Where I kind of felt he was a little too 'good' previously, he didn't seem to have that same persona here. He's still good, and extremely caring for everyone, but tough and less of a doormat here. He's out for revenge and we see that past events have definitely taken a toll on poor Zeke. I feel more pity towards him now, funnily enough, than after he lost his father and friends at the hands of Jackal.
A large majority of this book is spent travelling, a lot of which is through the sewers. Again, Kagawa's world building is faultless. And, I have to commend her recapping, I don't have the best memory and often find myself quite lost going into sequels, but not here. It was quite easy to pick up where I'd left off with The Immortal Rules.
Julie left me in shock with the ending. And with no information yet on the third book, I just hope we're not going to be left hanging too long.
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