In this EPIC sequel, we get all the same characters plus expansions on those who we previously saw who were evil. Which is kind of the best parts of having a sequel. Literally, no sequel syndrome was suffered (although some other icky stuff is.)Even though we met Jackal in the first book, his character is developed a lot more in this one. He's funny and reminds me a lot of Johanna from [b:Catching Fire|6148028|Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)|Suzanne Collins|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358273780s/6148028.jpg|6171458], twisted humor, a straight up personality, and iffy at parts. We also get more from Stick (or Stephan...) who has turned into a total idiot of a character. Literally, I hate him. He's done some mean things to Allie in the past and that doesn't stop, although she does turn the cards on him. Our evil dude, Sarren, is despicable. I love the "little bird" references sprinkled into his dialogue and it really kept him as an un-hinged character. It was so creepy to read his actions, but made sense in this world. The world is also built up more in this book. We see Washington D.C. with the eerie descriptions of the Washington and Lincoln memorials. They might even be in the Smithsonian?? The other vampire cities are not anywhere near well off, which expands the world into having a major problem with rabids. We also get to see more of the rabids and the mole men, who continue to be as disgusting and freaky as ever. Julie Kagawa is also probably one of my favorite authors. Every time, she knocks it out of the park with new, interesting spins on all the worlds. The little details with the vampires, crying blood, being able to tell where their blood siblings are, healing, IT IS JUST SO EPIC. This is totally different from all the other vampire books, but doesn't go too far from the roots of what we know (and might even love) about this race of people (?) that we have read for generations. All of the scenes are perfectly carved. This book is never boring, always fast-paced, and jaw dropping at every turn. The action scenes are kick-ass and the relationships are built brick by brick. The journey throughout this book and the character development are what keeps it from getting into sequel syndrome. 5/5 stars. And now...we wait...for...[b:The Forever Song|17883441|The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)|Julie Kagawa|/assets/nocover/60x80.png|25046312]p.s. please come quicker Forever Songwait...is that a reference to Sarren's "little bird" singing?!?!??!