Zeke is perhaps my favorite character in The Immortal Rules trilogy, which says a lot because I love most of the characters. What makes Zeke so loveable is his ability to see the best in people and have a heart of gold despite all the terrible things that are happening in his world.
Growing up in the midst of a vampire apocalypse, where humans are used as blood bags and any human that resists is left to die or survive on their own, Zeke somehow remains positive. He still believes in this place called Eden (yes, like the Garden of Eden but modernized) that will be a safe space for all humans despite everything that’s telling him no such place really exists.
Moreover, although Zeke has a positive outlook he’s not stupid or naive. He knows how to fight and take care of himself and the people he cares about. He doesn’t back down from a challenge and takes betrayal very seriously. Don’t mess with Zeke or his friends. Period.
Zeke is basically a tough guy trapped in a nice guy’s body and it works for him very well. He’s a swoon worthy character and I wish more people knew about him. If you haven’t read Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules yet please do yourself a favor and add it to your “To-Be-Read” stack. You won’t regret it.
For the rest of my existence, if I lived to see the end of this world, there would never be another Ezekiel Crosse. There would never be another soul as bright as his. And that both terrified me and made me savagely – and maybe selfishly – determined to keep him. Zeke was mine now. Forever. – The Eternity Cure