Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Eternity Cure (review)
The Eternity Cure (Goodreads | Amazon) feels very much like a middle book. Partially because it is a middle book, but also because I feel like the book doesn't get me anywhere plot-wise. In some ways we're in the same place we were midway through book one. Actually the more I think about it the more accurate that feels.
This is a typical Julie Kagawa book. There's a lot of journeying too and fro and the next book will involve a lot of traveling. This time, however, she skipped a whole section of the journey (shocking!). The things Kagawa does well, the best fight scenes in young adult, she still does well. Her fight scenes are fast-paced and realistic, written like she's actually held a sword in her life rather than just as something she imagined.
Jackal is more developed and often a hilarious counterpoint to oh-so-serious and self loathing Allie. He gets all the best lines and quips throughout the book. Allie is still likable, though the self-loathing gets a little extreme in this book. Surely she's dealt with those nasty "I'm a monster" feelings by the end of this book, right? (Let's hope so).
Overall this is a solid middle book. This is still the only vampire story I've ever liked and I have every intention of continuing the series. Whereas the book maybe felt like a middle-book throughout, the ending was a punch-you-in-the-face emotional roller-coaster from hell. In a totally good, well-written, adding the next book to be "to be read" shelf way.