- Publisher: Harlequin Teen
- Format: Hardback | 446 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 214mm x 44mm | 540g
- Publication date: 30 April 2013
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills, Ont.
- ISBN 10: 0373210698
- ISBN 13: 9780373210695
- Sales rank: 76,943
"In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood." She has done the unthinkable: died so that might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever--and possibly end human and vampire existence. There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago--and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time. Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.
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Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.
By Jennifer Juckes 08 Sep 2013
Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for my review copy, this is in exchange for an honest review.
I love this series, just when I think I could be getting a little bit sick of vampires along comes a different take on things and livens up my interest. There are some edge of the seat moments and there is high tension running all the way through this book.
I love the world that Julie has created, it's dark, it's deadly and downright scary. But I just love it! Great characters, especially Allie, she is fierce and ticks all the right boxes. There's a good mixture of good guys and bad evil critters.
I'm not going to spoil the story as this is book two, but what I can tell you is that there is more character development and it has left me craving for more. I am a huge fan of this series and cannot wait for the next one, it will be interesting to see where the next book leads. Book one is still the best but this one more than holds it's own.
Great addition to the series and lots of tension, so hold on tight to your seat!
By Heather Rosdol 05 May 2013
With the Immortal Rules I warned you that you would not be reading The Iron Fey when you ventured into the dark world of vampires and humans and rabids. Go deeper. Go darker. Go underground. That has become the only safe place to be in most of the cities left in this decimated world. Sarren, that crazed, demented, vicious vampire has Kanin and Allison has been following the call of his blood to hers for weeks now. Ever since she was kicked out of Eden. Ever since she left Zeke and the others in that island of humans, free of vampires, virus and rabids. Allison is still unique among vampires, hanging onto her humanity, she still hates to kill and can't stand to let the monster in her have control. And yet that's what she knows she is, a monster. She battles with herself more in this novel as she's been a vampire a lot longer now. She's had blood out of a wine glass, out of a blood bag and out of a human's neck. She's seen the difference and knows what tastes the best, but still tries to deny that part of herself.
Unexpectedly, she meets up with Jackal, her half brother, as Kanin sired them both. He too is haphazardly looking for Kanin after he lost his city in a battle with Allison and Zeke and company in The Immortal Rules. As they travel through the sewers of New Covington to enter the city, finding the gates locked, they stumble upon Zeke. Time and again Allison is torn between wanting to kiss him or tearing a vein open. But she does neither. She reminds herself, she is the monster and he is a human and it can never work. As we read about Allison's interactions with people, she sounds, inside like she's a passionate, living human being, but it seems that outwardly, she is that impassive face that stares at us from the cover of The Immortal Rules, (originally)
Jackal is revealed to us as a kind of comic relief. He's fast with an axe, his preferred weapon and fitting considering his coarse nature. He calls humans "blood bags" and "meat sacks". Zeke is ready to run him through with a stake on more than one occasion. But Jackal proves useful especially when they first encounter Sarren.
Zeke is different, too. He seems to be a warrior. He is well armed when Allison and Jackal find him and he's running a sort of refugee camp. He's a natural leader. He has a crossbow that shoots vampires with wooden stakes and he's an excellent shot with a gun. He also swears that he will kill Jackal one day for what he did to Zeke's father and his other "family" members.
And then there is Kanin. Tortured for months, barely sane when Allison finds him. He is no longer her mentor, but still cautions her about getting involved with humans. He is a man of few words, but they always seem to have such an impact.
We learn more about the virus. About a new strain of it And more about the experiments that were going on with the vampires. We also get a look inside The Vampire Towers. We even get to meet the Prince.
The tone of this book is very dark with an ending that will, well just see what you think. I don't know what I think. I need to discuss it with someone! Jenny??? Steph- read this one yet? Melissa? Anyone?
I really need to discuss that end!
Definitely for the more mature YA reader.17 and up. Lots of killing, language, I think there were some sexual references.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 29 Mar 2013
It took me a bit to really get into this book, but once I did, I enjoyed it a lot. I couldn't remember a lot from the first besides I loved the world, Allie was a kick butt heroine that I really admired because she fought to keep her humanity and I swooned over Zeke and the forbidden love between the two. Luckily for me, all of these things are present in the 2nd book, but it isn't until about 1/3-1/2 way through that I really felt these things again.
There is plenty of action, some new characters as well as appearances from the first book. There are unlikely alliances, high stakes, and hard obstacles that Allie has to face in order to find her mentor and sire and try to figure out a way to cure the red lung that now can effect vampires.
There was a lot of action in this one, but I just felt like something was missing. And I think it was real and true development on Allie's part. We see her back and forth over decisions about Zeke, and I understand. This part I love because she doesn't want to hurt him and knows full well how easy it is to lose control. But in regards to another character who shows up. I just feel like there was jumping around in plot timing and it would have done well to at least develop some of the time in between. To go from hating to trusting to wondering if he really will stab you in the back, we have to see proof of that. And while I enjoyed their banter and thought it hinted at the realistic relationship the characters have, I think that much more could have been shown about both Allie's character and giving her room to grow and to get to know the other character. More about their motives, and the whys and whats.
And oh the ending, it had been wanting to cry, throw things, and beg Julie for the next book--now. Or tomorrow. But def not having to wait another year which is what I am guessing will really happen. I mean, I suppose the main plot of this book was tied up, but man, I just shouldn't have read the last chapter or something because it left me hanging. But it also gave me hope. Because without that last chapter I think I would have been as desperate and heart broken as Allie. But I suppose it is sometimes the advantage of being a reader, that you know something that the main character doesn't and it helps you hold on.
Bottom Line: Good 2nd book but didn't blow me away like the first. Bit of sophomore slump?
"Allie's a smart, strong and compelling heroine, and readers will gladly join her for this adrenaline-rich ride." -- Kirkus Reviews on The Immortal Rules