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In the small town of Morganville, humans and vampires have discovered a mostly
peaceful balance. So the clueless college students are fair game for the
vampires and no self-respecting human would be caught on the streets after dark
but the fragile peace is working. That is, until the ancient Mr Bishop arrives
and turns Morganville on its head and Claire Danvers finds herself and her
friends in danger once more.
This is the fourth book in the awesome Morganville Vampires series (after Glass Houses, The Dead Girls' Dance and Midnight Alley) and leaps straight into the action after the previous book's
cliffhanger ending. From the taut opening the tension continues to build
throughout to a heart-stopping action packed finale. The arrival of a truly
ancient vampire who is also the father of Amelie, previously the most powerful
vampire in town, sparks a lot of changes and allows a new perspective on vampire
Bishop's presence really shakes up Morganville. The previous
book ended with some big changes and this one continues to create ripples in
their world. Claire's parents have arrived in Morganville and her age is once
more brought to the forefront of the story. Unsurprisingly Claire's parents want
their sixteen year old to move back home, but Claire is resistant to losing her
independence and doesn't know if she'll be able to continue to uphold her ties
to the vampire world, thus endangering her friends. I loved how Claire is
continuing to work on a cure for the sickness affecting the vampires and while
Myrnin returns, Claire also finds a new ally in Dr Mills.
arrival also leads to some restructuring of Morganville's vampire population,
forcing old rivals Amelie and Oliver to unite against a common enemy. Rather
than highlighting the evils that can be done by humans, this is the first book
in the series to really focus on how evil vampires can be. Having a group of
truly vindictive vampires arrive after spending several books blurring the lines
of morality creates even more tension.
Eve is also having some major
problems in this installment. Her brother Jason is being his usual creepy self,
although no more dead girls appear, but it is the rest of her family that cause
her some real pain. It doesn't help her that her boyfriend Michael is having
issues with his new vampiric status and so their romance hits a rough
One thing I did notice was missing from the story was retaliation
from Monica who blames Claire for her near death in the previous book, although
threats are made. Even with the changes to Morganville I doubt Monica will let
it slide so I'm hoping the plot line is quickly picked up in a future
All in all this was a great read and I'm really looking forward to Lord of Misrule.
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