'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.'
I loved The Immortal Rules and how fast paced and action packed the plot was, so I was really excited to continue on and see where Julie Kagawa would take the story.
The plot, as before, was fast paced and full of action, but I did feel at times as if the actual story was being undermined by the constant arguments and fight scenes, which began to grate on me after a while. I also felt that this book was a little more predictable than the last one, and that certain revelations that the reader was supposed to be shocked by were a little anti-climactic and fell a little flat. Not nearly as much happened in this book compared to the last one, but I did enjoy the story nontheless.
The characters were a major aspect of this book that I really enjoyed. Jackal, as evil and twisted as he was, was a character who I took to straight away; his constant sarcasm and vile sense of humour really lifted the book up for me, and I liked how this time round, he played a major role in the story. I also enjoyed Zeke and how strong he remained throughout the book. Kanin was a character that was a little irritating at times; I did not take to his defeatist, self-pitying attitude and felt like he could have helped the others a lot more than he did. I was a little disappoined in Allison as our main character; I still loved her fesity nature and can-do attitude, but her constant surprise at mundane things such as Zeke saying 'dammit' were really irritating, and her inner struggles with being a vampire also became a little annoying as well.
I felt that there was less character development in this book than in the first, and that both literally and metaphorically the characters did not travel as far, but some aspects were developed more than they were in the first book; we get a more detailed back story to everything that happened with the scientists, and Allison and Zeke's relationship came a long way from the start to the end of the book. I loved how their relationship was not superfluous to the story, but didn't overshadow anything else that was going on either.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Was it better than the first? I wouldn't say so, but it was still exciting and the cliffhanger at the end was to die for! I can't wait to continue on with the series and move on to some more Julie Kagawa. 4/5 stars.