To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred ofthem—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again.
Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins
Book Review: 4 stars
I haven’t read a vampire book in ages, mainly because it always ends up being the same old story. When I was reading the acknowledgements (yes I read those) at the back of The Immortal Rules Kagawa actually notes that she wasn’t ever going to write a vampire book as well….but I am so glad she did!
“Oh, come on. I want to see the big-spiky-ball thing.”
“You do not need a flail.” Kanin scowled, as though imagining what I could do with it.”
This is a long book. 485 pages. Thats a lot of reading that needs to get done. And it actually took me a while to get into it, if I am being honest, a lot more than my usual fifty pages. And normally if I don’t like a book at that mark I set it down and don’t think twice. But there is something about Kagawa’s writing that just draws you in so that you can’t
put it down. The Immortal Rules was incredibly detailed and oh so dark. I loved the world that Kagawa has created with the contrast between New Covington and the ruins, as well as the caste system that was always readily apparent. Some of the scenes are just so graphic and violent that you can’t not imagine that you are watching it actually happen. I have said it before and I’ll continue to say it… Julie Kagawa is a fantastic storyteller.
I really like Allie as a main character, especially when she kicked some arse with her rockin Katana. So cool. Just so cool. You could really see how her past affected her present, and even though at times I thought her restraint from biting into a human was a bit unrealistic I did admire her strength. She was funny and just frankly didn’t give a shit about anything. In the beginning she, along with everyone else in the Fringe, just accepted life as it was until she becomes a vampire. And she meets Zeke. In contrast To Kagwa’s Iron Fey series with Ash as the male lead, well Zeke is rather similar in some respects. Whereas Ash is hard on the service and gooey in the centre Zeke is more outwardly kind, but will kill you if you cross him or his family.
To my delighted surprise this book does have religious tones. Jeb, who is the leader of the small group of humans who are trying to find Eden, was a preacher. And although he is a rather extremist I admired his brutality towards finding a safe haven within all of the chaos. Even though he believes God has left them. I had a love hate relationship with Jeb. Much like with many of the other characters within this small group of humans. Whether intentional or not (probably intentional) Kagawa really breaks down the human race, commenting on our fears and vulnerabilities. Where some characters saw bright lights at the end, others weren’t able to look that far and merely focused on not meeting the after life.
“Jeb regarded me with no expression. “Do you believe in God, Allison?”
“No,” I said immediately. “Is this the part where you tell me I’m going to hell?”
“This is hell,” Jebbadiah said, gesturing to the town around us. “This is our punishment, our Tribulation. God has abandoned this world. The faithful have already gone on to their reward, and he has left the rest of us here, at the mercy of the demons and the devils. The sins of our fathers have passed to their children, and their children’s children, and it will continue to be so until this world is completely destroyed. So it doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not, because He is not here.”
Despite my difficulties getting through this book, not because it wasn’t entertaining just that it was long, I really did love it! I’m excited to see more of Kanin, who I think is the bomb-diggedy when it comes to Master vamps. So tortured. Yet so awesome.