“This second installment in Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series picks up shortly after the first book ends. Allie is on the move, following the faint trail of Kanin after leaving Zeke and gang behind in Eden. She is still struggling to hang on to her humanity, while learning to embrace the strengths of her new life. In this dystopian, post-apocalyptic-like world, nothing is easy and nobody can be trusted.
Allie barely has enough trust in herself, so it’s not surprising that she relies on no one. Yet, she won’t be able to accomplish what she has set out to do, alone. So she must team up with the unlikeliest of characters, her blood brother Jackal. Now I despised him in The Immortal Rules, and yet I found myself slowly (or quickly) warming up to the guy. He’s still self-serving, but he made heavy moments light with his snark, kept Allie safe, and added depth to the story with his tortured past, cruel present, and unknown future. But he’s definitely a wild card and it will be interesting to see where Kagawa takes his character. Another recurring character or two pop back into the story, keeping Allie on her toes, and once again struggling to find the balance between her two selves.
Allie faces multiple, yet connecting, conflicts in this book and takes a realistic approach to them. She doesn’t back down, but prepares to fight and/or end the problems. Much of the conflict will follow her into book three, but it wasn’t dragged out in anyway and I look forward to seeing what steps she’ll take to solve these issues. There is quite a bit of action in this book, and I thought it was nicely executed. I find myself skimming through fight scenes more often than not, but that was not the case with this one. When Allie lets go and uses her strengths, she can be quite unstoppable. I also enjoyed seeing Jackal fight along her side, as well as a few other returning characters. It’s a motley team, but they seem to have a groove that works for them. I just don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep it together.
I became more emotionally invested in this book than the first. I feel like Allie is truly coming into her own and finding that there are things worth fighting for. She’s stronger, more confident, and has a friend or two to lean on now. It isn’t Allie against the world and I hope that she comes to terms with that before it’s too late.