Genre: YA urban fantasy
Morganville Texas. Just South of normal.
In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans have coexisted in relatively) bloodless harmony … until the arrival of Bishop, a master vampire who threatens to put the evil back in evil undead and smash the fragile peace. But Bishop isn’t the only threat ….
Violent black clouds promise a storm of devastating proportions. As student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against the elements – both natural and unnatural – the unexpected happens: Morganville’s vampires begin to vanish one by one. Discovering why leads Claire to one last choice: Swear allegiance to Bishop … or die.
As Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup stated earlier this week, Rachel Caine is the Queen of evil Cliffhangers. Each book makes me eager to read the next one, as she ends it with such a plot twist, I never see it coming. And this book is not different in that. Lucky for me, I do have the rest of the series, so I can pick up the next one whenever I want to.
Things are bad in Morganville. Bishop has challenged Amelie for the rule of the town and its inhabitants, and he is winning. People are taking their lives in their own hands, thinking they can be free of vampire rule for ever if they just kill them all. But some stay loyal to Amelie, like Claire and her friends. Amelie has some dangerous jobs for them, but they are willing to do what ever they can to keep themselves and their friends alive, and to beat Bishop. He has captured Myrnin, and Amelie really needs him at her side, sane and well.
It is dangerous to be out and about on the streets right now, Bishops vampires are openly hunting, not honouring the Protection bracelets, and people are taking revenge on other people they consider traitors, and worse. Shane’s father is back in town, ready to take advantage of the ongoing war, but he is only being used. Claire seems to be the most important piece in the chess match though, thanks to her ties to Amelie. And the ending, o that evil ending…
Another great instalment in the Morganville Vampires series. Yes, it is YA and that is not my favourite genre, but Rachel Caine has written such a compelling world and story and characters, I can’t help by devour the books and be very happy I don’t live there.
I like Claire, she is really getting stronger and going after what she wants (which is Shane!). She stands up against her parents who want her to come live with them instead of in the Glass House. Shane is torn though, between his hatred of the vampires, and his friendship with Michael. They are not all bad, so how can he still condone what his father wants? He admits he is in love with Claire, and that was a sweet scene. Especially as he stays strong and keeps his promise. I like the friendship between Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire a lot. Sure they fight at times and bicker, but they look out for each other and will do anything to keep their friends safe.
The plot keeps progressing, there is a lot of action, and to my regret, Monica still lives. No matter how many times she is saved by Claire, she doesn’t improve at all.
© 2014 Reviews by Aurian