Title – Dawn of Eden
Author – Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
If you follow my blog (maybe), you’ll know that I LOVE Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. I gobbled that bad boy up in days and when I finished The Forever Song, I cried because the emotional whirlwind of plague, friendship and general badass-ery was over.
UNTIL I FOUND OUT ABOUT DAWN OF EDEN! (Apparently this was released in 2013 and it’s just popped up in my kindle store. I feel a bit daft for not knowing about it sooner but that’s okay).
It’s not much. Just a little teaser into the world before, into a world that is only beginning to learn the brutality of the Red Lung virus. But it’s enough for me.
Dawn of Eden is set pre- The Immortal Rules.
Kylie is running a clinic on the outskirts of D.C. She, along with her interns, are working tirelessly to try and aid in the battle against the Red Lung Virus that is sweeping across the Globe. Supplies are running dangerously low, tensions are running high and the patients are dying despite their best efforts. They have already run out of space to store the bodies.
Things aren’t going well in the clinic. Kylie doesn’t know how it could get any worse. That is until Ben Archer appears dragging his seriously wounded friend in, begging for help.
Kylie does what she can to help the stranger who is torn up and bloody and covered in bite marks. Human bite marks? She knows the stranger isn’t telling her the whole story and it isn’t until her patients start bleeding from their eyes and dying at an exponential rate before she gets any answers from Ben Archer. And even then it takes the death of his friend and an attack from a missing cadaver to get him talking.
The Red Lung Virus was just the beginning. Kylie now knows that it can get worse.
The thing I really loved about this is that it gives a bit of an origin story to characters that are introduced in The Immortal Rules. And of course, we meet the person that is responsible for setting Kanin on the path to try to fix the mess that he was a part of creating.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 rating because it was unexpected and savage and everything a Blood of Eden prequel needed to be. I always return to Blood of Eden. The series is brutal and sarcastic and grim. Plus Vampires is always a win in my opinion.
Dawn of Eden