EvenStevens’s #CBR5 review #17 – The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

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Hey guys! I’ve had a crazy busy summer, I bought my first house! My reading has been sporadic and I just haven’t had any time to write my reviews. There’s a few coming so bear with me. Also, I started reading this particular book just before the move and unfortunately there was a long stretch of time before I picked it up to finish it, so my reading of the book and this review are probably a little lacking because of that. Basically what I’m saying is, don’t hold it against the book, it was actually pretty darn good.

The Eternity Cure is the second book of The Blood of Eden trilogy and picks up right after the events of the first book, The Immortal Rules (which was excellent). Allison, is now determined to find her maker, Kanin, and free him from the torture he is enduring at the hands of crazed vampire, Sarren. Along the way, old friends and foes pop up and unlikely alliances are made to get to Kanin and get everyone out alive.

I’m a fan of Kagawa’s writing, she creates distinct voices for her characters and though some of the tropes in her books are familiar, they never feel liked rehashed and recycled stories (I’m looking at you City of Bones and Wither). This book is fast paced and kept me engaged throughout.  It’s definitely a brain candy kind of book; it moves swiftly and is entertaining and easy to digest. The one thing that I didn’t love is that this felt like a second book in a trilogy; though there was a lot of action and lot of things going on, in the grand scheme of things, not much *really* happened. It felt a lot like a filler book, a satisfying filler book but filler nonetheless. This is a problem I see a lot with trilogies and I have a personal grudge against trilogies that are so just for the sake of being a trilogy. If your story only needs two books to be told, just write two! Anyways, I digress. It’s really a minor complaint and more of a personal pet peeve, I’m just an old curmudgeon.

If you’re a fan of vampire stories, The Immortal Rules is a great entry in the genre and, trilogy gripes aside, The Eternity Cure does not disappoint as a follow up.

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