This is my first time reading Julie Kagawa and it definitely won’t be the last time. I’m surprised how I managed to avoid reading her other works( The Iron Fey Series) which is hugely popular.
The Immortal Rules is the first book in the new series called The Blood of Eden. The world is being rules by vampires and humans live like their walking pets in cities surrounded by walls. Humans give blood and vampires provide food and protection. Outside the city walls the world has been destroyed by the ‘Plague’ which turned some humans and animals into rabids which are zombie like creature who can infect you if they mange to take a bite out of you to sate their hunger for flesh. In this terrible world there are a few who are not under the vampire’s protection but scrounge for food and live life like street kids whose life is in constant danger. Allison lives as one of these ‘unregistered’ kids try to eek out a living but one day every thing changes when she is turned into a vampire. Something she loathes from the bottom of her heart. For those who think being a teenager was difficult, try being a teenager who has just been turned into a vampire, who is homeless and alone in a post-apocalyptic world.
With a setting like this, it was a hard book to put down. The twists and adventures kept coming and each time you breathed a sigh of relief something happens to keep you on your toes. Allison was a great character. She was strong and witty. She had a zeal for life not seen in many YA characters. She knew the value of life and each time she had to act like a vampire and drink blood, it was tearing her apart. It was fun watching her struggle with her inner monsters, the person she was and what she was becoming. What I liked about Allison was that she had these great personality traits but she still made a few mistakes leaving room for improvement. She was learning from her mistakes and growing in her own skin. She was discovering her limits, powers and strength. There were many good characters but my favourite of them all was Kanin her vampire sire. He seemed like an evil mastermind who had his own secrets and agenda. The loved Allison’s and Kanin’s relationship unfold and settle into their current dynamics. I have many questions about him but I have to wait until the next book in this series comes out.
Even if there was a little bit romance mixed into the story, this was more about Alison and her journey of life. She has a long way to go, many things to learn and kick lots of ass on the way.
If you are looking for some great YA reading, which does not have an annoying heroine, who is sensible and doesn’t run into danger so that some one has to save her then this book is definitely for you.
I’m was really impressed with the writing as Kagawa managed to paint a grotesque and scary picture of this vampire/rapid infested world while giving us hope that there is still something better out there. All we have to do is keep looking.
Releases on the 24th of April, 2012
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