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.show more
by Heather Rosdol