This review may well, and probably does, contain spoilers for books in the Morganville series up to 7.

[rating:5]
Author: Rachel Caine
Series:
 The Morganville Vampires #7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Pages: 345
Published: 2009
Source: Personal copy
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First sentence:

Eve Rosser’s high-pitched scream rang out through the entire house, bouncing off every wall, and, like a taser applied to the spine, it brought Claire out of a pleasant drowsy cuddle with her boyfriend..
Blurb

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again…

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve’s castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger-and way more dangerous-than anyone suspected.

Thoughts

After the dreariness of Carpe Corpus, I found Fade Out to be a complete breath of fresh air. The Glass house group are back together once again and it feels like a new beginning, both for the characters and for us. It’s a lot more cheerful and feels like a return to the Morganville we know and love, with just a little more equality for the human population. I was worrying that the series was going a little downhill, after all, such long series often do, but thankfully I was wrong. Fade Out is, in my opinion, one of the better Morganville instalments.

Fade Out begins with Eve getting a part in a local production and Eve being Eve, she gets pretty excited. Starring alongside her in this production is a girl called Kim who Eve raves about but Claire isn’t quite so smitten with her. In fact, she’s pretty jealous. She feels as though Eve has replaced her as best friend, not to mention Shane who used to date the girl. There really is a lot going on and you’re gripped from the very first page.

Claire herself is coming across as being a fair bit more mature after everything she has been through since moving to Morganville. We are starting to see her for the tough young lady she truly is. She’s the kind of character who will and does stand up for herself, her loved ones, and everything she believes in, and she has garnered a lot of respect by being the strong person she is, whether she believes it or not. She’s no longer the naïve teenager from the early books and she has more than proved that she isn’t ‘just a kid’. It’s also nice to see her and Shane’s developing relationship and how the jealousy she feels doesn’t take away from it at all.

Myrnin hasn’t lost his eccentricity after receiving the cure. Though he’s much more stable and less prone to randomly attacking people, he is as crazy as ever and I wouldn’t have him any other way. After all, that is what makes us love him. In Fade Out, we begin to see a little more of his true personality, his history and his emotions.

Oliver is another character who intrigues me immensely. He wants to take over control of Morganville and that is becoming more prominent in Fade Out, especially after Amelie granted the human citizens more rights within Morganville towards the end of Carpe Corpus, but despite how cold, uncaring and callous he can be, it’s very difficult to tell what his motives are. Sometimes it seems very much as though he almost cares. He’s a very complicated character and as such has to be one of my favourites. I don’t like flat, predictable characters and Oliver is far from it.

I never cease to be amazed by Caine’s use of language. It’s fun and typically late teen (minus all of the usual swearing) but there are also these beautiful moments when she’s describing Claire’s surroundings that places you right there. Rachel Caine is just a phenomenal writer.

The Morganville Vampires series:

1. Glass Houses
2. The Dead Girls’ Dance
3. Midnight Alley
4. Feast of Fools
5. Lord of Misrule
6. Carpe Corpus
7. Fade Out
8. Kiss Of Death
9. Ghost Town
10. Bite Club
11. Last Breath
12. Black Dawn
13. Bitter Blood
14. Fall of Night
15. Daylighters