Spoiler Warning: The following review and/or blurb may contain or does contain spoilers for previous books in the series.
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #13
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Published: 6th November 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First Sentence“I have a surprise for you,” Oliver said.
For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…
Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.
To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.
What happens when just about every enemy that cowed the vampires has been defeated and as your last act, you piss them off? Well of course you lose favour with the most powerful vampire in Morganville and go back to square one, but worse. Living in fear of what lurks in the dark. And the light. See, Eve and Michael’s marriage at the end of Black Dawn didn’t just annoy the vampire population who see a human rising above her station but also the human population who see a human resorting to the lowest thing possible. Siding with them. So once again, the residents of the Glass House have a problem, and as a result Bitter Blood is non-stop. So much happened in this book it was impossible to put it down. We have mayoral elections, chipped ID cards, free hunting passes for vampires, a ghost hunting show in town at the wrong time, and an almost bearable Monica who is running for mayor alongside a new Captain Obvious. Oy. “Only Monica could think Vote for me or I’ll break your leg is a decent campaign slogan.” Morganville has become a distinctly darker place and it’s better than ever.. for us at least.
We still see the story through the different character’s viewpoints which, while handled much better than in Bite Club, I’m still unsure about. I did enjoy seeing inside the mind of Myrnin and really seeing how crazy he is and a little bit of why, but I don’t know. I suppose I like to be kept guessing about some things. Still, Bitter Blood is fantastically written and I don’t exactly fault it for its’ different viewpoints I’m just a little bemused as to why Claire’s narrative is in third person and everybody else’s in the first.
Yet again, a fantastic Morganville installment. I know I keep saying this, and I might say it for Fall of Night too, but Bitter Blood really is the best yet. By the time I’d finished reading I just couldn’t read anything else.
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