So I’ve loved this series. Stumbling upon it by mistake has been one of the best things and I can’t express how much I’ve enjoyed reading it. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and happenings to and really what a dystopian, apocalyptic novel needs to be. Its been great and I’m sad we’ve reached the end. And what an ending it was!
So, here we go. The Eternity Cure, the final instalment in the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa.
To recap from the previous book.
After returning to New Covington to rescue Kanin from Sarren’s hand, Allison and Jackal discover a new strain of the Red Lung Virus that Sarren has released on the city. Running into Zeke in the tunnels below the city, the group work together to rescue Kanin and try to stop Sarrens from carrying out his plan. After a brutal fight in the old Hospital, in which Sarren loses an arm, they learn that after being tested on back in Eden, Zeke’s blood holds the cure to the new strain of the virus. However, Sarren takes Zeke, after torturing the whereabouts of Eden from his in the most horrific manner (leaving the others to think him dead), to spread a mutated strain of the Red Lung Virus with the intents of wiping the slate clean and allowing the world to heal itself. Allison, Kanin and Jackal have set out after him having seen firsthand the effect of the new virus on both human and vampires alike back in New Covington. The only thing is is that Allison doesn’t know that Zeke is still alive… Well more alive than she would have thought.
So much like the beginning of The Eternity Cure, Allison sets off to track down Sarren and Zeke only this time it’s a family affair with Kanin and Jackal going with her. Following the bloody trail Sarren has left for them, full of nasty surprises, the three of them trek back to Eden to stop him from unleashing his virus and destroying the cure that the humans have been working on to cure rabidism. The trip is like any family outing, domestics and bickering all round. Jackal is delighted she is actually accepting what she is and Kanin is painfully disappointed at the routine Allison has chosen to take.
The trio is led to Chicago, Jackal’s raider city, by a trail of blood and carnage. However, when they soon realise that Jackal’s raider army has turned against him and they quickly learn the reason why. Separated from the others through careful tormenting on Sarren’s part, Allison finds herself face to face with an Immortal… Zeke?
Reunited once more the group head off to Eden, to their final battle with Sarren. They expect to find the humans all dead but what they find is much worse. Can they stop Sarren and save themselves in the process? Or is the requiem finally going to reach its end?
“Sing for me, little bird,” he’d told me once, holding up his knife and smiling. “Sing for me, and make it a glorious song.”
The effect on Allison after Zeke’s apparent death is devastating, allowing herself to become the monster she fought so hard not to become and embrace the cold vampire side to seek revenge for what was done to Zeke. Bit by bit she becomes more like Jackal, falling into that pit of nothing, abandoning her last scraps of humanity and becoming the demon. You see her fighting with herself at times, the human Allison screaming that it’s not right, that she needs to fight it. It takes her nearly killing a young mother to pull herself back from the edge, allowing herself to feel and grieve her lost love after previously refusing herself to hurt.
I had become that monster. The thing that I hated most in the world. The demon that preyed on humans and cared nothing for what it left behind—a broken family, a distraught parent…or a little girl who had only grief and hate to sustain her.
My favourite development has been Jackal. I mean, he’s still an ass but there have been a good number of times when he has shown some kinder emotion towards his travelling companions than he would ever openly admit. The teasing and tormenting continue but at times, these barbed comments are all that keep the companions focused, pointing their frustration at someone that won’t cause any real harm.
“You are so bloody frustrating!” he roared, back fisting another rabid with the axhead. “Do you really think the cure is worth this? You think I’d be here now if that’s all I wanted?”
Jackal has their backs on more than one occasion and although he’s constantly trying to make it appear like he doesn’t care, he is almost offended when Allison calls him out on only being focused on getting the cure. I like JAckal’s character. He’s an ass, sarcastic and frustrating and mostly just downright cruel but he gets to the point fast. There is no beating about the bush with him.
And Allison and Zeke. Zeke has a very abrupt introduction to immortality, with Sarren as his maker turning him into a Childer (created in the image of the maker, in this case, Sarren’t image). Once brought back to himself, he struggles with his new life, wanting to face the sun rather than to be the monster he has been taught to fear and hate. Allison, too, struggles with this change in Zeke, who draws back into himself and seems to be an emotionless shell of the human boy she once loved. Of course, it would be JAckal that would put things so bluntly into perspective for them both.
“Puppy, I am getting so tired of listening to you whine about this,” he snarled at Zeke. “This isn’t rocket science. If you don’t want to be a monster, don’t be a bloody monster! Be an uptight stick in the mud like Kanin. Be a self-righteous bleeding heart like Allison. Or you can stop agonizing about it and be a fucking monster.”
Once the two come to terms with the things the cannot change, their relationship begins to grow. Zeke finally realises the immortality means forever with Allison and Allison no longer has to control herself from ripping out his throat from the Hunger. The two can finally be together but with the end of the world looming so close by, will they get their forever song?
Kanin… Just… I didn’t expect that and in hindsight, it almost seems as though he knew how it would have to end and had resigned himself to that fate a long time ago. However, that didn’t make it any less painful. He was a strong, stable presence that kept the group moving forward, kept the goal in mind and what they had to achieve. But what a way to go.
“I am proud of you, Allison Sekemoto,” he whispered as he drew back. “Whatever you decide, whatever path you choose to take, I hope that you will remain the same girl I met that night in the rain. The one decision for which I have no regrets.”
This series has been an emotional whirlwind but I have loved every moment of it. I’m sad it’s over but I know for certain it’s a series I will come back and enjoy. I’d like to read some more of Kagawa’s work if it is even half as good as the series has been.
Until next time.
The Forever Song
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
ISBN 13: 9780373211128