From Goodreads: Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.
Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.
This second novel in the series follows Allie as she attempts to find and rescue her creator, Kanin, who we met in the first novel, The Immortal Rules. Unfortunately, the beginning dawdled a bit too long for me, starting off quite slowly as Allie spends much time traveling and trying to find her maker, eternally a step behind him. It wasn’t until she joins ranks with some unlikely allies that the novel really took off for me; with the addition of these characters who we know from the previous novel, it became very interesting indeed, especially because, as is true with many of Kagawa novels, not all is what it seems.
I especially enjoyed the fact that the Red Lung virus is back, procured by Sarren himself, and this time it is dangerous enough that it may wipe out both human and vampire alike. Thus, humans and vampire must come together to survive, and this unity was extremely interesting. Though we see this same type of unity in the prequel, it is quite different in this novel as the acceptance level of human and vampire is viewed differently. Kagawa also takes readers into the heart of the city, New Covington, where it all began for Allie, providing an epic glimpse into the world of the vampire prince as Allie and her companions come ever closer to finding Kanin.
Allie is, of course, a great character—strong willed and spurred on to do what is right. I highly enjoyed her, and I really liked the other characters as well, though I won’t tell you their names because I was surprised by their appearance in the novel and I’d like to keep it that way for potential readers, as well. What I will say is that these characters were very well fleshed out and presented on an ever-deeper level than readers saw in the first novel. And, though we may love to hate one or two of them, and we may just love the other, the stakes are even higher and, like I said before, nothing is necessarily what it seems. I was shocked, dismayed, and ecstatic throughout the novel as these characters waltzed into the story once again.
I loved the extreme suspense at the end of the novel, as well. I was definitely on pins and needles, and the very end had me wanting to chuck my book across the room (but I didn’t, because it’s a Kindle…). Of course, I’m now dying to read the next installment, which won’t be out for another whole year. But, readers, know this: this second novel in The Blood of Eden series is definitely worth it if you can get through the beginning. Three and a half stars.
Harlequin has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on April 30.