The Eternity Cure by Julie KagawaThe Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure

byJulie Kagawa

Paperback | February 25, 2014

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Dive into the second chapter of New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted dystopian trilogy THE BLOOD OF EDEN.


Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the diabolical vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there portends the end of human and vampire existence forever.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries—if Allie can get to him in time.

Allie thought that immortality was forever. But with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, forcing her to make another impossible choice.

“Intense pacing, vibrant action, and high-tension drama…this series stands out.”

“[An] intense and thought-provoking series.”
School Library Journal
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California on October 12, 1982. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in bookstores and as a dog trainer. Her books include The Iron Fey series, The Iron Legends, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series, and The Talon Saga.
Title:The Eternity CureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.23 × 5.46 × 1.14 inShipping dimensions:8.23 × 5.46 × 1.14 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0373211139

ISBN - 13:9780373211135

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel The ending will punch you in the gut. A rare case where the middle book of a trilogy is just as good as the first book.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel This was an amazing continuation of the series, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I'm looking forward to reading the third book, hoping that Allie's story is just as exciting in the third one.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! This was book was so EFFING intense! I was on edge the WHOLE time and I now I am just super angry that I have to wait for the next book! OH MY GOD! hahaha ok, let's get serious. THIS BOOK WAS THE $H!T A. MA. ZING. AMAZING! Allie is the coolest, most bad @ss vampire chick ever, and Kanin is just... smooth. Oh, Kanin. I love Kanin. Even Jackal has ways of creeping into your heart and making you like him... sometimes. But this story, in all seriousness, is amazing. It is full of twists and excitement, and love, and betrayal, and hope, and craziness, and shocks, and awesomeness! LOVE THIS SERIES! (this review was copied and pasted from my goodreads page, which I reviewed a few years ago. That's why I said I'm mad about having to wait for the third book. It's been out for a while now. You should read it.)
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, But... I absolutely loved this book. It was exciting, intense, romantic, terrifying, and a thrill to read. The characters are rounded and complex and the drama is balanced. However, the ending broke me. Absolutely broke me... and then I read the epilogue, which almost made me break my computer. Seriously. This book is brilliant and I absolutely recommend it, but the ending will make you scream. Check it out!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An improvement over the first It was a vast improvement over the first. Did I like the romance? Not really? Did I love all the characters? Of course not I never do. But the plot was better and I was left screaming at the book several times which is quite a nice effect for a book to have on you. However I had serious issues with the ending. I knew that it was coming and I prayed that it wasn't and ... it did. So there you lost yourself a star. *blows raspberries*
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was amazing even better than the first. Allison was kick butt. Her and Zeke are such a wonderful couple. 
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but could have been better! Allison is back in the sequel to the Immortal Rules and this time she's out to rescue her maker, Kanin. What comes out of this rescue are twists and turns that made me wish I had book three in my hands already. I've always loved Allison's kick-butt personality and in book two we see a stronger more tough nature in her. I can honestly say that I thought this book suffered from the dreaded "second book syndrome." It's a filler book where we see a lot of growth and development for the cast of characters. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but oh I was a little bored. I like action. I like adventure. I felt this book lacked that driving force and I'm sad to report this. Mind you, it only fell apart in the middle but once we get to the end, well now be wary of the cliffhanger ending. It almost pulled my rating to a 4 out 5 instead of a 3. Also, there was an almost disturbing and creepy scene in this book that made my skin crawl and it creeped me out.  As Julie writes with such skill and precision I know that the next book will kick butt. Now I just have to read her Iron Fey series and we're good to go. Gahhh..Do NOT like this cover changes..
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super ! Vampires and immortality. A plague is threatening to wipe out both vampires and humans. Only one man has the cure.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Awesome book by Kagawa! Once again Julie has done it. I loved The Eternity Cure. I honestly don't think it's possible fore her to write something I'll dislike. I have enjoyed everything that I've read by her so far, which is everything she has out, I think. If I've missed something, I'm pretty sure I'll have to read it soon! All I can say is I did see what happens at the end coming, well not all of it but one thing! I'm pretty sure I need the next book like yesterday. I liked Allie's character again. She is pretty kick butt and has a lot of self control. She is still trying to avoid being a monster and wants to make Kanin proud of her. She has a lot of loyalty for her maker. She is still in love with Zeke, even after she's left him behind at Eden. She is a decent vampire, only goes for "bad" guys. She doesn't like to hurt people if she can help it, but occasionally the monster will poke it's head out (which totally just made me think of A Game of Thrones and Dany's physcotic brother telling her not to wake the dragon). Regardless, I think she is an awesome character. We get to see Jackal again. And he's not a complete jerk all the time! Only most of the time. Stick is back too, he's a complete jerk and I didn't like him at all. Even someone you won't expect shows up. Oh and let's not forget Sarren. He is still a creepy and crazy vampire. The Eternity Cure is a great read overall. I absolutely loved everything about it. The story line flows pretty quickly for the most part. There are some slow bits but they didn't really bother me at all. Julie Kagawa just has this writing style that I can't seem to get enough of. I love this series and can't wait to see what happens next!
Date published: 2013-05-09

Read from the Book

I smelled blood as soon as I walked into the room.A blast of snow-laced air accompanied me, swirling around my black coat, clinging to my hair and clothes as I shoved back the door. The space beyond was small and dirty, with rotting tables scattered about the f loor and steel drums set at every corner, thick smoke pouring from the mouths to hover near the roof. An ancient ceiling fan, half its blades broken or missing, spun limply, doing little to disperse the choking air.Every eye in the room turned as I stepped through the frame and, once settled on me, didn't glance away. Hard, dangerous, broken faces watched intently as I passed their tables, like feral dogs scenting blood. I ignored them, moving steadily across the creaky f loorboards, feeling nails and chips of glass under my boots. I didn't need to take a breath to know the air reeked of sweat and alcohol and human filth.And blood. The scent of it clung to the walls and floors, soaked into the rotting tables, smeared in dark stains across the wood. It f lowed through the veins of every human here, hot and heady. I heard several heartbeats quicken as I made my way to the counter, felt the eager stirrings of lust and hunger, but also the hint of fear, unease. Some of them, at least, were sober enough to guess the truth.The man behind the counter was a grizzled giant with a snarl of scar tissue across his throat. It crept up his neck and twisted the left corner of his lip into a permanent scowl. He eyed me without expression as I took a seat on one of the moldy bar stools, resting my arms on the badly dinged counter. His gaze flicked to the hilt of the sword strapped to my back, and one of his eyelids twitched."I'm afraid I don't have the type of drink you're looking for," he said in a low voice, as his hands slid under the bar. When they came up again, I knew they wouldn't be empty. Shotgun, probably, I guessed. Or maybe a baseball bat. "Not on tap, anyway."I smiled without looking up. "You know what I am.""Wasn't difficult. Pretty girl walking into a place like this either has a death wish or is already dead." He snorted, shooting a dark look at the patrons behind us. I could feel their hooded gazes even now. "I know what you want, and I'm not about to stop you. No one here will miss these idiots. You take what you have to, but don't trash my bar, understand?""Actually, I'm just looking for someone," I said, knowing I didn't have a lot of time. The dogs at my back were already stirring. "Someone like me. Bald. Tall. Face scarred all to hell." I finally looked up, meeting his impassive gaze. "Anyone like that come through here?"A muscle worked in his jaw. Beneath his grimy shirt, his heartbeat picked up, and a sheen of sweat appeared on his brow. For a moment, he seemed torn about whether he should pull out the gun or whatever he had beneath the counter. I kept my expression neutral, unthreatening, my hands on the bar between us."You've seen him," I prodded carefully. He shook himself, then turned that blank stare on me."No." The reply seemed dragged from somewhere deep within. "I didn't see him. But" He glanced at the men behind me, as ifjudging how much time we had, before shaking his head. "About a month ago, a stranger came through. No one saw him enter, and no one saw him leave. But we found what he left behind.""Left behind?""Rickson and his boys. In their home. From one end of it to the other. They said the bodies were so scattered they never found all the pieces."I bit the inside of my lip. "Did anyone see who did it?""Rickson's woman. She lived. At least, until she blew her brains out three days later. But she said the killer was a tall, pale man with a face scarred like the devil himself.""Anyone with him?"The barkeep frowned then shook his head. "No, she said he was alone. But he carried a large black bag with him, like a body bag. That's all we could get out of her, anyway. She wasn't terribly coherent, if you know what I mean."I nodded, drawing back, though the words body bag sent a chill through my stomach. I'm getting closer, though. "Thank you," I murmured, sliding off the stool. "I'll be going now."That's when I felt the arm on my shoulder."Oh, you're not leaving yet, little girl," murmured a voice in my ear, hot and rancid. A large hand reached down and gripped my wrist, hard enough to bruise, if I could still bruise. "It's too cold outside. Come over here and keep us warm."A smile tugged at one corner of my mouth. Finally. Took you long enough.I looked at the barkeep. He met my gaze, then very deliberately turned and walked toward the back room. The man next to me didn't seem to notice; his arm slid down my back and curled around my waist, trying to drag me away. I didn't budge an inch, and he frowned, too drunk to realize what was happening.I waited until the barkeep vanished through the door, letting it swing shut behind him, before I turned to my assailant.He leered at me, the stench of alcohol coming off him in waves. "That's right, little girl. You want some of this, don'cha?" Behind us, a few more patrons were starting to get up; either they wanted in on the fun, or they thought they could take me out together. The rest watched behind their tankards, tense and wary, smelling of fear."Come on then, bitch," the man beside me said, and grabbed my other arm, his face mean and eager. "Let's do this. I can go all night."I smiled. "Can you now?" I said quietly.And lunged at him with a roar, sinking my fangs into his throat.When the barkeep returned, I was already gone. He would find the bodies-the ones stupid enough to stay and fight- lying where they had fallen, a couple in pieces, but most of them still alive. I had what I'd come for. The Hunger had been sated, and better here, in this outpost full of bandits and murderers, than anywhere else. Better these kinds of men than an innocent family or an old couple huddled together in the ruins of an isolated cabin, trying to keep warm. I was a monster who killed and preyed on human life; I could never escape that, but at least I could choose what kind of lives I took.Outside, the snow was falling again. Thick flakes clung to my eyelashes and cheeks and stuck to my straight black hair, but I didn't feel them. The bitter chill couldn't touch someone who was already dead.I gave my katana a flick, causing a line of crimson to spatter to the ground. Sliding it into the sheath on my back, I started walking, my boots crunching over frozen mud. Around me, the wood and tin shanties were silent, dark smoke leaking from windows and chimney stacks. No one was out tonight; the humans were all inside, huddled around steel drums and bottles, keeping fire and alcohol between them and the icy cold. No one would see the lone teenage girl in the long black coat, walking down the path between shanties. Just like the town's other visitor, I'd come, taken what I needed and vanished back into the night. Leaving carnage behind me.About a hundred yards away, a wall of corrugated steel and wire rose into the air, dark and bristling. It was uneven in places, with gaps and holes that had been patched and re-patched and finally forgotten about. A flimsy barrier against the creatures that lurked outside the wall. If things continued here with no change, this little outpost would eventually vanish off the face of the earth.Not my problem.I leaped to the roof of a shanty leaning against the wall, then over the wall itself, landing lightly on the other side. Straightening, I gazed down the rocky slope to the road that had led me here, now invisible beneath the snow. Even my footsteps, coming in from the east, had vanished beneath the layer of white.He was here, I thought as the wind whipped my face, tugging at my hair and coat. Barely a month ago. I'm getting closer. I'm closing the gap.Dropping from the cliff, I fell the twenty feet, coat flapping behind me, and landed at the edge of the road, grunting as my body absorbed the shock. Stepping onto the rough, uneven pavement, feeling it crumble under my boots, I walked to where the road split, weaving off in two directions. One path curved away, circling the tiny outpost before heading south; the other continued east, toward the soon-to-be-rising sun.I gazed down one direction, then the other, waiting. And just like at the last crossroads I'd hit, it was there again. That faint pull, telling me to continue northeast. It was more than a hunch, more than a gut instinct. Though I couldn't explain it completely, I knew which direction would lead me to my sire. Blood calls to blood. The killings I'd found on my travels, like the unfortunate family in the settlement behind me, only confirmed it. He was traveling fast, but I was catching up, slowly but surely. He couldn't hide from me forever.I'm still coming, Kanin.Dawn was a couple hours away. I could cover a lot of ground before then, so I started off once more, heading down the road toward an unknown destination. Chasing a shadow.Knowing we were running out of time.I walked through the night, the wind icy in my face, unable to numb my already cold skin. The road stretched on, silent and empty. Nothing moved in the darkness. I passed the tangled remains of old neighborhoods, streets vacant and overgrown, buildings crumbling under the weight of the snow and time. Since the plague that wiped out most of humanity and the rabid outbreak soon after, most cities had been reduced to empty husks. I'd found a few settlements scattered here and there, humans living free despite the constant threat of rabids or invasion from their own kind. But the majority of the population existed in the vampire cities, the great, walled-in territories where the coven provided food and "safety" in exchange for blood and freedom. The humans in the vampire cities were nothing more than cattle, really, but that was the price of vampire protection. Or, that's what they wanted you to believe. Monsters existed on both sides of the wall, but at least the rabids were honest about wanting to eat you. In a vampire city, you were really just living on borrowed time, until the killers who smiled and patted you on the head finally showed their true colors. I should know. I was born there.The road stretched on, and I followed as it snaked through white forests grown up around sprawling towns and suburbs, until the sky turned charcoal-gray and sluggishness began to drag me under. Heading off the road, I found a faded ranch house choked with weeds and brambles. They grew up through the porch and coiled around the roof, smothering the walls, but the house itself seemed fairly intact. I eased my way up the steps and kicked open the door, ducking inside.Small furry creatures scurried into the shadows, and a cloud of snow rose from my entry, swirling across the floor. I spared a glance at the simple furniture, covered in dust and cobwebs, strangely undisturbed.On the wall closest to me sat an old yellow sofa, one side chewed by rodents, spilling dirty fluff over the floor. Memory stirred, a scene of another time, another house like this one, empty and abandoned.For just a moment, I saw him there, slumped against the cushions with his elbows on his knees, pale hair glimmering in the darkness. I remembered the warmth of his hands on my skin, those piercing blue eyes as they gazed at me, trying to figure me out, the tightness in my chest when I'd had to turn away, to leave him behind.Frowning, I collapsed to the sofa myself and ran a hand over my eyes, dissolving the memory and the last of the frost clinging to my lashes. I couldn't think of him now. He was in Eden with the others. He was safe. Kanin was not.I leaned back, resting my head on the back of the couch. Kanin. My sire, the vampire who'd Turned me, who'd saved my life and taught me everything I knew-he was the one I had to focus on now.Just thinking of my maker caused a frown to crease my forehead. I owed the vampire my life, and it was a debt I was determined to repay, though I could never understand him. Kanin had been a mystery from the very start, from that fateful night in the rain when I'd been attacked by rabids outside my city's walls. I'd been dying, and a stranger had appeared out of nowhere, offering to save me, presenting me with the choice. Die.or become a monster.Obviously, I'd chosen to live. But even after I'd made my decision, Kanin hadn't left. He'd stayed, teaching me what it meant to be a vampire, making sure I knew exactly what I had chosen. I probably wouldn't have survived those first few weeks without him.But Kanin had secrets of his own, and one night the darkest of them caught up to us in the form of Sarren, a twisted vampire with a vendetta. Dangerous, cunning and completely out of his mind, Sarren had tracked us to the hidden lab we were using as a hideout, and we were forced to flee. In the chaos that had followed, Kanin and I were separated, and my mentor had vanished back into the unknown from where he'd come. I hadn't seen him since.But then the dreams began.I rose, the cushions squeaking beneath me, and wandered down a musty hallway to the room at the end. It had been a bedroom at one point, and the twin bed in the corner was far enough away from the window to be out of the sun if it came creeping into the room.Just to be safe, I hung a ratty blanket over the sill, covering the pane and plunging the room into shadow. Outside, it was still snowing, tiny flakes drifting from a dark, cloudy sky, but I wasn't taking any chances should it clear up. Lying back on the bed, keeping my sword close, I stared at the ceiling and waited for sleep to claim me.Vampires don't dream. Technically, we are dead, our sleep that of a corpse, black and depthless. My "dreams" were of Kanin, in trouble. Seeing through his eyes and feeling what he felt. Because in times of extreme duress, pain or emotion, blood called to blood, and I could sense what my sire was feeling. Agony. Sarren had found him. And was taking his revenge.

Editorial Reviews

"While neatly setting up the final book, Kagawa's vivid prose and unexpected plot developments will keep fans entranced." -Publishers WeeklyAllie is a terrific heroine-tough, pragmatic, yet sympathetic-and readers will be hungry to see where her story goes. Kagawa wraps excellent writing and skillful plotting around a well-developed concept and engaging characters, resulting in a fresh and imaginative thrill-ride that deserves a wide audience. -- *Starred* Publishers Weekly review on The Immortal Rules"Action packed, rife with drama and moralquandaries, and laced with an impossible romance, this first in the Blood of Eden series will hit the markwith readers who like some supernatural in their dystopias and don't mind a bloody sword fight." -- Booklist on The Immortal Rules"Allie's a smart, strong and compelling heroine, and readers will gladly join her for this adrenaline-rich ride."-- Kirkus Reviews on The Immortal Rules