Friday, August 1, 2014

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa Review

"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 of them—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."

Well, I'll tell you that it is nothing like The Iron King of Juliet Kagawa's The Iron Fey series. Because I enjoy this first book of her new series, I'm trying to decide which is my favorite one out of the two. Hmm... Let's see. The Immortal Rules is about vampire while The Iron King is about faeries. The Immortal Rules has Zeke and Kanim (though he doesn't really count). The Iron King has Puck and best of all, Ash. Really, no one can beat Ash. That is why The Iron Fey wins. Go Ash! (I don't really care about the spinoff series about Ethan other than the fact Ash is there).

Yeah. The Iron Fey is more awesome than this series. What is the name of this series? Damn. I'll find it. Sooner or later.

Allison is definitely Asian.You can tell by her last name. It is  just irony that she chooses to wield a Kantana. Totally agree with Kanim, by the way. Anyway, she is definitely a toughie. She isn't afraid of breaking noses to protect herself and the things she has. She loves her friends to the point that they are her weaknesses (like Percy Jackson). She is wild as a vampire, but she also posses a very strong will to not drink human blood as a vampire. Oh, animal blood doesn't work. And she was surrounded by tons of humans. Humans that are very religious. But that doesn't matter. Actually, it does. Zeke is one of those religious nuts. Still, he is adorable, which makes up for nearly everything.

Zeke, Allison's love interest, is a religious nut. Not as much as a nut like his foster father and not as nutty as Dorothy (long story) or Sarren (another long story) or Jackal (another long story). At least, this is one guy who is cute. And Allison's love interest.

And Kanim doesn't count as a love interest. I wish that too, but no. Then again, if he was, he would be Edward Cullen-ish. He is at least 100+ years older than Allison. And we don't even know his true age. But that doesn't matter. The guy is so full of sadness that I' surprised he didn't off himself by the end of this book. But he is crucial to the vampire species arc.

The Immortal Rules is a 400+ pages book. I really enjoyed it even though it was so long. Kagawa uses her story-weaving skills so well that I had to finish it off in one sitting. It is a great story of action and the vampire-ish future. It is as good as The Iron King but with less romantic heat and more exposition. Kagawa does a lot of world building. It isn't as terrible as it sounds, guys. She makes it fun. Like The Iron Fey series fun. Though there is no Puck here. Or Ash. Or Grim the cat. ("I'm a cat.") Gosh, I can't believe I miss them so much.

Rating: Five out of Five

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