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The Forever Song (Blood of Eden) Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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Gr 10 Up—Fans of The Immortal Rules (2012) and The Eternity Cure (2013, both Harlequin Teen) will enjoy the final installment of Kagawa's "Blood of Eden" trilogy. Allie, Kanin, and Jackal return to Old Chicago in pursuit of Sarren, the evil vampire leader who nearly destroyed them in New Covington. It is a bleak and dangerous journey; the land is full of rabids (former humans who have been infected with a deadly virus), as well as dangerous gangs of humans who work for Sarren. Food—blood from humans, that is—remains scarce, and Allie still struggles in her new role as a vampire while trying not to lose all of her human qualities. The wise-cracking Jackal provides some comic relief along the way, while Kanin offers guidance to his protégés. The plot offers constant surprises, with each chapter ending on a cliff-hanger that propels readers forward. The author describes this dystopian society in dark and bleak tones, with graphic details of fierce battles awash in blood. The language is meant for mature teens. Fans of Kagawa and paranormal-infused stories in general will enjoy the tough, unapologetic, yet sympathetic characters as they fight to save what is the last of the human race.—Anne Jung-Mathews, Plymouth State University, NH
"Stomach-churning gore and heart-pounding action balance the...romantic angst and moral inquiries into the nature of monsters. A bloody good way to end a trilogy." -Kirkus Reviews
"Kagawa winds up her dystopian vampire Blood of Eden series with a cinematically gory and action-packed finale that never forgets the moral quandaries that have shaped the previous installments." -Booklist
"The plot offers constant surprises, with each chapter ending on a cliff-hanger that propels readers forward....Fans of Kagawa and paranormal-infused stories in general will enjoy the tough, unapologetic, yet sympathetic characters." -School Library Journal
"Doesn't disappoint, with more action, heartache, and betrayal than ever." -RT Book Reviews
"While neatly setting up the final book, Kagawa's vivid prose and unexpected plot developments will keep fans entranced." -Publishers Weekly on The Eternity Cure
Allie 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 moral
quandaries, and laced with an impossible romance, this first in the Blood of Eden series will hit the mark
with 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
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In the first two books Kagawa builds a unique, detailed and ruthless backdrop for her characters. She fills pages with intense action, strong and diverse characters you care about, a good dose of humour (I do so love Jackal!) and some rather amazing twists and cliff hangers. The energy level is high throughout to keep the reader riveted.
Unfortunately, The Forever Song was lacking some of the action that I came to love in the previous books and became more about teenage angst. Compared to the first two books, Forever Song is more romance than dystopian action. It's not that it's a bad finale, it's just not as strong as I would have hoped for one of my favourite series.
The difference in this book is the energy. There's still lots of action but the bulk of the book feels like a lot of traveling with intermittent rabid attacks leaving the plot to feel quite slow and almost tedious with the teenage love angst at the forefront. Too much time was spent repeating this combination of travel/attack/angst instead of adding some unique twist as they search for the cure. The big cure that everyone is on the hunt for was too convenient and fit in right at the end as an easy way to wrap things up fast. Meanwhile, I was left feeling a little let down.
While I still loved seeing Jackal (king of the snarky wise cracks) he couldn't carry this book alone and I can't say that this final book lived up to the previous two books in the trilogy. It's a decent ending to a fabulous series.
Well. I've come to the end of one of my favorite, most epic series ever. That's never easy, but as you can tell by my 4-star rating I'm pretty happy with the way Julie Kagawa wrapped it up. A more accurate rating of my opinion of the book would actually probably be 4.5 stars.
Plot summary: Allison, her sire Kanin, and her blood brother Jackal start the book off tracking Sarren toward Lake Erie and the human city of Eden. Allison has become cold and emotionless after hearing Zeke being tortured and killed by the psychotic vampire Sarren at the end of The Eternity Cure, and her only goal now is to take her revenge by destroying Sarren. Of course, Sarren also intends to release a new mutated form of the Red Lung virus on Eden and kill everybody on the planet, so stopping him from doing that would be good too.
Thankfully, Allison's heartless-and-vengeful phase doesn't last too long into the book, and she is back to being what Jackal calls a "bleeding heart" by the time the group gets to Old Chicago and Sarren's most shocking surprise. (Well, shocking for Allison, not for me. I predicted this as soon as I originally finished reading The Eternity Cure's epilogue, because I couldn't stand the thought that Zeke was actually permanently dead.) The surprise (and I don't consider this a spoiler, because it was obvious from the epilogue of The Eternity Cure): Zeke is a vampire now--the very thing he swore he never wanted to become. Worse, Sarren has twisted his mind so that he's almost as insane as his sire.
Being brainwashed, Zeke of course tries to kill Allison. They fight and Allison has the opportunity to kill him, but naturally she can't bring herself to do it. Eventually she manages to jolt Zeke back to his senses so that he's not trying to murder her anymore. Thus begins Zeke's struggle to come to terms with the fact that he's a vampire now and he's killed innocent people while under Sarren's compulsion.
One thing I really liked about The Forever Song was Allison and Zeke's relationship once he becomes a vampire. When Zeke was human, he was the one reassuring Allison that being a vampire didn't make her automatically evil. Now the tables are turned, and it's Allison's turn to be Zeke's emotional anchor. I love how they can both see each other's flaws and the wrongs they've done, but they each save the other from their inner demon. I think that's a great thing to have in a relationship--to have someone who helps you be a better person, and to do the same for your partner.
One thing I did not like about The Forever Song was Jackal's foul mouth. That guy uses the F-bomb for almost everything, which detracted majorly from my ability to enjoy the book and is the main reason I gave The Forever Song 4.5 stars and not 5.
The other reason I didn't rate this book a full 5 stars was because one of my favorite characters died. His death didn't hurt as much as it could have, because he died doing something meaningful, but I still cried. (Congratulations, Julie Kagawa. Your books have made it onto the short list of books that have made me cry.)
I have just a few more things to say. There comes a point very near the end of the book where Allison learns something about herself that is a Very Big Deal. And when it came to light, I was like, "Ha! I KNEW it!" Ever since book one, I have been wondering if it might be true, and I was very happy to be vindicated in this case.
All in all, a satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite series. I dearly hope somebody eventually makes a movie or movies out of these books and doesn't screw it up too badly.
Most recent customer reviews
I was satisfied with the ending. I love the dark edge that gives the story a real and desperate feel. Love the character development.