The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Redonk Nutshell: Young woman in a vampire-ruled dystopian world adapts to becoming a vampire

Allison Sekemoto is a young woman who has survived on the Fringe for seventeen years. She’s a fighter and a survivor, even up to the moment of her death when she’s attacked by Rabids, humans infected with a mutated vampire virus (sorta zombie-like). When a vampire gives her the choice between being turned or welcoming a quick death, she opts to choose vampirism. Her mentor and maker, Kanin, teaches her the ropes on how to survive as a vampire, using her newly refined predatory skills to her advantage. Allie is convinced she can keep her humanity, but Kanin warns her of its inevitable loss.  When she is forced to part ways from her maker, she takes off into the wilderness, finding a small group of humans looking for a fabled safe haven called Eden.  Allie tags along, knowing she can only bide her time until they realize what she is.

I loved Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. She’s a writer with flair for adventure and romance.  The Immortal Rules is no different.  It had a tone reminiscent of Ann Aguirre’s Enclave and AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Allie is an enjoyable heroine, a kick-ass girl who manages to be strong but not abrasive.  Her maker, Kanin, definitely has some hawtness going on, but underneath that there is much, much more.  Something darker, I’m sure. He’d definitely a complicated cookie.  Though the love interest in book one is Zeke, one of the humans leading the small band of people looking for Eden.  There is an attraction between the two, though Allie fights it, knowing that her vampiric state will turn Zeke’s attraction to hatred.

The Immortal Rules is a dark and gritty story of a young girl fighting to survive while figuring out who she is in her new role as a vampire. She is determined to not become a monster, but in essence she embraces the fact that a monster is exactly what a vampire is.  And that, my friends, is what makes this series so much fun.  Yes, vampires are sexy and alluring.  But they’re also scary as hell and deadly dangerous.  There’s quite a bit of violence – lots of beheading and slicing and dicing via a very sharp katana.

I look forward to more in Ms. Kagawa’s series.  And possibly a movie or three in the future, as the movie rights have recently been acquired by Palomar Pictures. Exciting times, indeed.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Rating: B

Romance: 3/5             Raunch: 0/5

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