This review may well, and probably does, contain spoilers for books in the Morganville series up to 12.
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #12
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Published: 1st May 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First SentenceIt would have been better if he’d screamed.
In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires… their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.
I suppose I’d half forgotten what had happened to Amelie at the end of Last Breath as that seemed to be the only thing that wasn’t repeated to us over and over again, which is actually something that really bugged me. We’re given this nice little “previously in Morganville” chunk of text that catches us up to where we were and then it’s also incorporated quite strongly into the story itself as well. Reminding us of everything that has happened. One or the other would do just fine! Still, despite it taking a little bit to pick up, after the first chapter or so it jumps right back into the Morganville we fell in love with and doesn’t once start to drag.
In Black Dawn, Caine keeps to the multiple perspectives she used in Last Breath and I have to say that she has really got a hang of these. Though I get bored of multi-perspective stories as there are so many around, it’s great to see different parts of the series and inside character’s heads that we otherwise don’t usually get to. I just hope we never get to see Myrnin’s perspective because I really don’t think that would work so well. He works best as a conundrum. Speaking of, he is as great as ever. I definitely laughed out loud a few times at his one liners and I will not spoil them for you. They’re ace. But he is still a very deep character and I cannot stress how much I adore him.
As for the other characters, yet again we see more progression. Claire and Shane have really started to give me a warm glow when I read about them. They are so in love and the lack of angst is so refreshing. Michael and Eve, on the other hand, have quite a lot of problems in Black Dawn, particularly after the events in Last Breath. Michael is becoming more of a vampire every day and Eve has been hurt quite badly, as such, she becomes strong. Not just the faux badass that she has been all along but properly strong. And Amelie is dying. Worse, she’s changing and not for the better.
Black Dawn is, in my honest opinion, the best yet. At some point I just stopped taking notes while reading because I was too engrossed to remember I needed to jot things down. If you read this review despite the warning of spoilers and aren’t entirely up to date with the series, I seriously recommend you pick the series back up because it gets so good.
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