So I finished The Immortal Rules in about 24 hours (which is pretty impressive for me considering I was also working 8 of those hours) and had to find out how the story continues. Honestly, my head is still reeling with how much I am enjoying this series. To think I stumbled across the series accidentally on a Facebook YA fan page!
To recap, The Immortal Rules ended with Allison leaving Zeke and his family at Eden, the last safe haven for humans, without saying goodbye to go an search for Kanin, her sire, who was kidnapped by Sarin. Zeke, the descendant of Malakai Crosse who was one of the original scientists working on the cure for Red Lung, was tasked to bring the original research for the cure to Eden which they succeed in bringing to Eden. Kanin has been taken by Sarren, a psychotic vampire used in the vampire experiments in an attempt to develop a cure, and has been torturing Kanin along their journey together.
The second book in the series, The Eternity Cure begins with Allison following the blood bond she shares with Kanin, a bond only made stronger by the immense pain Kanin is being subjected to and is subconsciously reaching out to his blood, to try and locate him. She has been following the bond since she left Eden. In her search for her Sire, she comes across her blood brother Jackal who, if you all remember, steaked her and threw her out of a window, kills multiple of her human friends and murders Jeb, Zeke’s adoptive father. The two siblings create a tentative alliance to help each other track down Kanin and Sarrin, each for their own reasons.
Together they search the abandoned government lab under Old D.C. but find that Sarrin had already beat them to it, taking samples of the virus from cryogenics. Allison and Jackal find themselves heading back to the place where it all started, New Covington, in search of Kanin and Sarrin (and they hope a cure). What they find when they reach New Covington is worse than they could have ever imagined.
Still, Allison is trying to stay true to Kanin’s Immortal Rules, choosing carefully those she feeds from and trying her hardest to fight the monster within, even with Jackal’s constant reminders that she is a monster.
I was a monster who killed and preyed on human life; I could never escape that, but at least I could choose what kind of lives I took.
However, regardless of her resolve to stick to Kanin’s rules, she breaks one of his rules despite herself- she allows herself to care for a human. Reunited with Zeke, the two begin a tentative dance with each other while the group searches for the cure Sarrin’s new plague. But a relationship between a human and a vampire will always have its problems and it will inevitably end in the death of the human. So we begin to brace ourselves for the worst to happen, wondering what will rip the two new lovers apart.
Zeke is Allison’s last foothold on her humanity, pulling her back from becoming the monster he knows she’d never be able to forgive herself if she became.
“No one who fights so hard to do the right thing is evil.”
His character has progressed from his original point of view on vampires. He’s coming to realise that not all vampires are the same, choosing to give in to the demon within them and that it can be a choice. We see this with Kanin, who Zeke believed must have been truly evil to have turned Allie in the first place, but he soon comes to realise that he isn’t what he let himself believe and that he was important enough to Allie to try and see him in a better light.
And we see several versions of what vampires can become. We get a better look into Sarrin’s, the psychotic vampire, who kidnapped Kanin and plans to unleash hell on earth. This vampire is clearly not all present in his own head, and the violent ways he manages to cause harm is both remarkable and terrifying. He is poetic which just adds to the damaged mental state we believe him to be in.
Jackal does what needs to be done to get what he wants which is a cure for rabidism. He looks out for number one at all times, makes his concern for his own skin apparent at many times. But at times we see a bit of redemption in his character when he reaches back to help another, like when he grabs Allison to stop her falling into a nest of Rabbids in the tunnels under Old D.C. But when the chance presents itself, he will always choose the winning side. He does continue to be his usual, sarcastic self and really is the banter stopping them all from crumbling.
A minute later, Jackal prowled out of the darkness from between two houses, smirking at us. “Well, I have good news and bad news,” he announced. “The good news is that the jeep is still where we left it, and I got the damned thing working again.”
“What’s the bad news?” I asked.
“Something took my fuzzy dice.”
Trying to save Kanin from the Prince of New Covington results in the worst for Kanin. In trying to do the best thing, Allison ultimately makes things worse for her Sire and isn’t that just one of the downfalls of helping others? But it doesn’t stop her from trying, from pushing on to do the right thing. From holding onto her humanity. The question is though, what will it take for her to break her resolve and give in to the Beast?
The second book ends on a beautifully devastating crescendo, the song nearly reaching its end. The suspense for what is to come is almost palpable.
Next up, The Forever Song!
The Eternity Cure