This review may well, and probably does, contain spoilers for books in the Morganville series up to 11.
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #11
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Published: October 2011
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First sentence:Shane’s lips felt like velvet against the nape of her neck, and Claire shivered in delight as his breath warmed the skin there.
With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town—a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is he a vampire—or something else entirely?
I’m so happy to have finally caught up with all of the currently available titles in the Morganville series because that was fantastic. Last Breath didn’t feel the same as any of the others, not even when Bishop came along and left everybody feeling as if there was no end in sight, and not when they left town. This was something else and I liked it and I really, honestly could not put it down.
The guy mentioned in the blurb, Magnus, is very creepy. Last Breath has quite a sinister, almost nightmarish feel to it as vampires slowly disappear without a trace and the vampires in general are frightened. More so than when Bishop showed up.
We also see the return of different character perspectives in Last Breath, though unlike Shane’s passages in Bite Club, these didn’t turn me off from the story but in fact added to it immensely. As usual, the main viewpoint is Claire’s but we also get the chance to see inside Eve’s, Shane’s, Michael’s, and even Amelie’s heads and it is fascinating. We see a little more from vampire headquarters that not even the main characters see and from time to time, we know more than the characters do. It’s very odd, but also interesting to see how everybody reacts. Truly.
The parts of Last Breath that really made an impression on me are pretty big spoilers so I won’t discuss them but I do have to say: wow. If you haven’t read Last Breath yet and you are a fan of Morganville, stop what you are doing and pick it up right now.
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