Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS
Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?
With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.
In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.(courtesy of Goodreads)
It's always sad when a beloved series ends. Too often the final book in a series is a pale shade of its predecessors. Thankfully, Julie Kagawa's series enders do no suffer that fate. The Forever Song is just as good as Immortal Rules and Eternity Cure.
The book starts off with Allie, Kanin, and Jackal headed to Old Chicago on the hunt for Sarren, who's threatening to unleash a disease that will destroy humans and vampires alike. Allie is in a dark place, mourning the loss of her love Zeke. Kanin, for the first time, is disappointed in her. Jackal remains Jackal. Fun and sarcastic.
Of course the reader knows what Allie does not. Zeke didn't die at the end of the last book. That's good news for Allie but bad news for me. I don't like Zeke. I think he's boring. I'd much prefer to see Allie with Kanin (despite their father/daughter relationship) or better yet, Jackal (who appears to be amoral but is really funny). I was so excited when it looked like Zeke died in the last book.
To my dismay, Zeke is still not dead. He goes through a lot of character development as the novel progresses. Objectively, I can see why he and Allie are a good match, but my dislike for him is too strong to change now.
Like many of Kagawa's novels, this book is based on the journey plot. The characters are traveling and hit various roadblocks and opportunities along the way. There are plenty of twists and turns. I sort of expected most of them and was quite happy with the result. The ending of the series was bittersweet, but also very fitting. All of the characters got an appropriate send-off.
Reading The Forever Song had the result that any author dreams of. I put the book down and then spent the next hour flipping through my favorite parts of the previous two books. There are so many scenes that I love. The only thing they have in common is that each scene features Kanin, by far my favorite character. Writing this review makes me want to go back and read the books another time. The characters sunk in my consciousness in a way that too few characters do nowadays.
If you haven't read the Blood of Eden series, you should put down whatever you're reading and pick it up. Julie Kagawa does with vampires what she did with fairies - turn the genre on its head and perfect it. The Forever Song is a good ending to a series I treasure.
Rating: 4 / 5
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