The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa, published by Mira Ink on 3rd May 2013
In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. 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 Allie finds there will 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-and this strain is 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.
Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.
'The Eternity Cure' is the second book in the Blood of Eden series and in my opinion, a stellar follow-up.
It's been quite a while since I read 'The Immortal Rules' and although I loved it, I was a bit apprehensive about remembering all the plot points. This meant that I really appreciated Julie Kagawa providing a handy recap of events throughout the first few chapters. It helped to get me absorbed back into the story and soon enough I was right back up to speed with the characters and the plot.
The story focuses on Allie's quest to rescue her sire Kanin from Sarren, as well as her unexpectedly teaming up with Jackal to try and find the cure for rabidism. Who would have thought that Allie and Jackal would ever end up working together?! But that's one of the things that's so great about Julie's writing - she's never afraid to surprise you or take things in a different direction and those characters you thought you hated...well you're about to love them now.
Jackal turned out to be one of my favourite characters in the book which believe me, I never thought would happen. He has some of the smartest and snappiest lines and when he briefly disappeared for a while, I couldn't wait for him to come back. I still suspect that he may have some kind of ulterior motive, but for the moment, he proves he can work together with Allie if necessary and he provides some light relief throughout the story.
I know I'm probably in the minority, but I've never been a big fan of the Allie/Zeke relationship. It was however interesting to see them explore this further and delve into the dynamics of how and if a vampire and a human can ever truly be together,
The ending is so tantalising that I couldn't believe that the story finished where it did. I kept checking to make sure that I hadn't missed any pages. You can bet that I'm going to be waiting impatiently now for the next in the series.