by Julie Kagawa, author of The Forever Song
I’ve told this story a few times, but it’s a fun one, so I’ll tell it again. Way back in the beginning of my writing career, before I even started The Iron King, I told myself that I wasn’t going to write a vampire story. This was at the height of the Twilight craze, and there were already so many books about our favorite bloodsuckers, I felt I didn’t have anything new to add. Instead, I wrote a series about faeries in the modern world, and how progress and technology had spawned a new type of fey, the Iron fey, and how the Iron fey were destroying the lands of the regular fey, and a normal girl named Meghan Chase had to figure out how to save everyone. The first book in the series, The Iron King, was published by Harlequin TEEN in 2010. Four books, three novellas, and countless pages later, the series came to a end with The Iron Knight, closing the door on the Iron fey and the adventures of Meghan, Ash, Puck, Grimalkin, and everyone else in the land of Faery. Or so I thought at the time.
But this post isn’t about faeries. It’s about vampires. Around the time I was finishing up The Iron Knight, the last book in the Iron Fey series, I got a call from my agent. She wanted to know what was next for me, if I had any ideas for a new book or a new series. I did. I told her I’d been thinking about a really dark, post-apocalyptic world where a disease had wiped out nearly everyone and there weren’t many humans left. I didn’t exactly have, say, a plot, or characters, or what the book was going to be about. But I knew I wanted to write something a bit darker and bleaker than the Iron Fey, so I asked her what she thought about that.
She said: “Yes, well, that sounds interesting, but what are your thoughts about writing vampires?”
Out loud, I said: “I’ll think about it.” Inwardly, I was going: Aaaaaagh, noooooooo! *Snarl-hiss makes sign of the cross.*
But, after we got off the phone, I did start to think. So, on the one hand, I had this cool, dark, post-apocalyptic setting that I really loved. And on the other, I had vampires. So, what if I just…
And, just like that, the idea for The Immortal Rules was born. An empty, plague ridden world dominated by vampires, where the remaining humans are kept as blood cattle by the vampire lords and rabid, zombie-like mutants roam the land after dark. A heroine who is tough, feisty, cynical and, most of all, a survivor. Who hates the vampires more than anything in the world, but who has her world turned upside down when she is attacked and chooses to Turn rather than die. And the vampires in this world are not friendly, human loving creatures but true monsters who will rip out a person’s throat without a second thought. Allison’s journey across a desolate, barren world, and her fight to control the bloodlust inside her, is at the heart of the story, and I’m so glad I decided to ignore my promise never to write about vampires. The Blood of Eden series has been an amazing ride, and I’m sad to see it come to an end. I hope you enjoy the final story, The Forever Song.
About The Forever Song:
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.
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