Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.
Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.
With the reappearance of some major characters in this second book in the series we are treated to a very wild and wooly journey as Allie sets out to find and rescue Kanin, the vampire who not only saved her from a painful death by changing her into a vampire but who also gave Allison the necessary training to survive as well as the insight into how to be a "better monster" than just a mindless killing machine.
I loved this story, the fact is that because the author brought back the raider king "Jackal" and Zeke Cross as well as a few other surprise appearances that are major turning points that showed Allison how her past life really impacted her present dilemmas and as the suspense builds and the action heats up you just cannot put the book down!
There were chills and thrills galore as we followed along with the story, the terrible resurgence of the Red Lung virus was shocking and appallingly devastating to read about and the penalty that was exacted from the human survivors was extreme to say the least. At several points in the story the new virus strain becomes a very urgent matter and the way in which it was a threat to several of those that Allie cares for is almost too much to bear. Take heart they prevail and the manner in which all is worked out is also a big part of how the search for "The Eternity Cure" comes to a surprising conclusion.
My favorite scenes though were those between Allie and Zeke, they took their mutual attraction and let it become something more and I truly wish the two of them can work out the problems faced in a relationship between a human and a vampire.
Jackal was once again a character who surprised you as well as kept things from getting too deadly serious in spite of all the very tense situations that he, Allie, Zeke and Kanin find themselves in during the story.
Sarren is just the epitome of evil villain who you wish never to meet in a dark alley and also who you wish would get his just desserts sooner rather than later.
Going back to New Covington and also the areas of The Fringe where Allie had made her home was emotional as it brought home to her just how much she had changed since becoming a vampire and just how much she had actually stayed the same as well.
The descriptions of the Vampire City were well done as you felt like it truly existed and that not only was it a smart thing to have stayed an unregistered human, no matter what the perks within it's walls, but also that being a vampire in no way justified treating humans as mindless cattle to be cruelly used as a meal and then tossed aside once their usefulness was over.
The plot was paced well, the action was fast moving, the characters truly relatable and the story just seemed to flow so easily once again that before you were even aware you had already gotten to the ending and this time it was tied up more even though there are still unanswered questions as to what is in store in the future.
Once again we end in a place that leaves the reader wanting more but this second book was as good as the first and has me very much looking forward to what happens in book three as not only has the author truly taken this series to the next level but she has firmly created a reading experience that will have you beside yourself waiting on that next book!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]