By Julie Kagawa
Since I was reviewing Julie Kagawa this week, I thought I would also review her Blood of Eden series which begins with this book. Did I say I really like Kagawa? I guess you can say by now that she has become one of my favorite authors.
The Immortal Rules is about a post-apocolyptic world with vampires and zombies. It is very reminiscent of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (see my review from November 27): the vampires live in the inner sections of the city, feeding off of registered humans while those who are unregistered barely get by. Zombie-like creatures called rabids prowl the lands outside of what is left of civilization and only a few small communities exist outside of the wealthy vampire-controlled cities.
Allie Sekemoto is one such unregistered human who has barely subsisted for years. When she is caught by rabids near a great cache of food, she choses to draw their attention away from her friend. As she is dying, a vampire named Kanin comes upon her and gives her a choice: die or become an immortal vampire. Allie chooses the vampire life.
After Kanin does what he can to train her, Allie leaves the only city she has even known to go out into the world and become the kind of vampire she is to be. On her journeys, she travels with a ragtag group of humans who are searching for the mythical land of Eden; a place where humans are safe from vampires, rabids and the red plague. She is attracted to Zeke Crosse, the son of their leader, but she creates as much distance from him as she can. If he knew what she was, he would not be so fond of her.
I really liked Allie’s character. She constantly fights her vampire nature and surprises humans with her ability to care. Overall, though, this is a darker series than Iron Fey.
What did this book have to do with my faith? The group of humans searching for Eden were an interesting bunch. Their leader was not particularly religious, yet he required them to learn to read the bible, worship and pray. Their leader was also the one who gave them hope — yet he himself had no hope. He seemed to be leading them to someplace he really did not think existed. Yet, he kept them going and full of the hope he himself did not share. This made me think about my own role as a religious leader. How do I lead people to hope? Do I actually believe what I preach? I am not sure about the first question but really do the second question. I also believe people will not follow someone who isn’t authentic in some way. Or will they? I am constantly reminded of the responsibility I have of not misleading the flock because I will have much more to answer for when I stand before the throne. Do you lead others to hope? What kind of leader are you?
I recommend The Immortal Rules.
Happy reading and leading!