From the Beginning
really got used to.
It seemed oddly inevitable, though, facing death again. Like I really was marked for
disaster. I'd escaped time and time again, but it kept coming back for me.
Still, this time was so different from the others.
You could run from someone you feared, you could try to fight someone you hated. All
my reactions were geared toward those kinds of killers--the monsters, the enemies.
When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you
run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was
all you had to give your beloved, how could you not give it?" (Meyer Preface)
Cullen, my... my fiancé (there really was no getting around that truth with the wedding
just days away)." (Meyer 5)
After the Wedding
The book is now told from Jacob's perspective. The ware wolf who has known Bella his whole life, and has been in love with her. As he receives news of Edward and Bella's return from their honeymoon. Carlisle, the adoptive father of Edward, and the rest of the Cullen vampires, has advised Charlie, Bella's father, that Bella cannot receive visitors because she has contracted a rare disease in South America and is quarantined. Jacob assumes that Bella has been bitten and transformed.
During Bella's pregnancy, Edward realized he can read the baby's mind, and is astonished to discover that the baby already loves Bells and doesn't mean to hurt her like it does. As he hears his child's thoughts, Edward begins to love the baby as well. This leaves Jacob feeling betrayed, as he was counting on Edward to suffer and hate the baby more than he did.
Bella Is a Vampire
When she opens her eyes, she feels a warm hand on her. She is startled and moves instinctively to a defensive position. She realizes that Edward now feels warm to her, and that she is finally a vampire. Edward takes Bella on her first hunt to ease her thirst. Before they leave, Alice shows Bella her reflection. She has transformed into a stunningly beautiful woman with flawless skin and newborn-vampire red eyes. Bella jumps out of the window, kicks off her shoes and goes barefoot. She experiments with her new body on the hunt. She is now graceful, strong, and fast.
Upon returning, Bella is finally allowed to see her daughter. Because Renesmee is growing at an astonishing rate, she looks older than her calendar age. Bella learns of Renesmee's gift - the ability to communicate by sending images to people's minds, by touching them. Renesmee matures quickly and soon is able to speak, walk and hunt.
According to the author, Stephenie Meyer, the cover of this book "is a metaphor for Bella's progression throughout the entire series. She began as the weakest (at least physically, when compared to vampires and werewolves) player on the board: the pawn. She ended as the strongest: the queen. In the end, it is Bella that brings about the win for the Cullens."