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Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires) Paperback – August 7, 2012
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Praise for the Chicagoland Vampire novels
“These books are wonderful entertainment.”—#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris
“A strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.”—Library Journal
“A refreshing take on urban fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly
“If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead, sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl.”—Geek Monthly
About the Author
Chloe Neill, author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite novels, was born and raised in the South but now makes her home in the Midwest—just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design.
Top customer reviews
Biting Cold starts off instantly where Drink Deep left off. Ethan has returned from the dead and him and Merit are together again and on their way toward Nebraska, in search of Merit's best friend Mallory Carmichael and the Maleficium. The Maleficium is an ancient book of magic that Mallory is hell bent on stealing in order to unleash the evil that lies within on the world. But what happens is actually much worse than anyone expected.
I'm glad that Mallory actually gets punished for her crimes instead of just a slap on the wrist, especially after what she unleashed on the world. But Mallory isn't the only person Merit has to worry about; a former enemy is wreaking havoc on Chicago.
In this book we finally learn what exactly Seth Tate is and we get to see a whole different side of him, and I mean that literally.
You would think that being brought back from the dead would change a person...but, not Ethan. He's still the same stubborn vampire we fell in love with in the previous books, other than the whole being connected to a witch thing. Merit is still the bad ass Sentinel that feels the need to solve every problem in front of her. After everything that had gone down in Drink Deep and Ethan's astonishing return from the dead, I wish that we would have gotten more Merit and Ethan time, I think that Ethan and Merit totally deserved a big reunion.
Chloe Neill just keeps get better and better; Biting Cold is just as action packed and suspenseful as its predecessors, it's gripping and exciting and full of twists you won't expect. I can't wait to see what's in store for Merit and Ethan in the next book.
`He burst out laughing like I'd told the funniest joke he'd ever heard, but I'd told the absolute truth'
`Most people get up and do their jobs and work their asses off for no reward at all - but just so they can get up the next day and do the whole thing over again. The world isn't perfect, and some days it wears you down.'
However I loved all of the stuff that happened with Tate, it made the story very interesting, and I can not wait for the next book. Though I am seriously worried about what might happen with the GP, I'm still looking forward to what's going to happen! :) I highly recommend this book, and this series it is amazing!
I thought Merit should have kicked Ethan in the 'nads for being such a scaredy cat at times; been there done that, get over yourself already. I am ready for them to get out of the "Moonlighting" pattern of getting together only to get spooked and break up over something stupid. Personally I would have jumped ship for Jonah who has way less baggage. I have a hard time seeing how Merit is near the physical fighting ability of 400 year old vampires and demigods when she has been a vampire for less than a year. If I were in charge of Cadogan House, I'm not sure that I would have let Merit in a position of authority, since she is a terrible role model. The benefit of being a Housed vampire is that there is always someone who can have your back, but she ignores this and the chain of command. I am frustrated by the way in which she takes the job as Senintel as an excuse to run off alone into extremely dangerous situations without backup and then is surprised when she is in a life threatening situation. At one point Ethan threatens to lock her in her room until she heals, and she becomes incensed, but for her own protection I would have agreed with him.
The characters are written so well that I find it easy to empathize with them. The story itself ties up several questions from previous books and I am looking forward to what will come next, especially as it appears the cross species interactions seems to be critical for their survival.
I do have some minor quibbles about the back story of the books in general. One difficulty I have is the parochialism of the Chicago story line. There are apparently 12 houses in the United States, and three of them are in Chicago. Why? If there were such a tight hold on the privacy of the houses, shouldn't there be some reason for three to be in one city? And how would you explain more than 100 very pretty 20 somethings in uniforms living in one place for hundreds of years? If vampires have survived in the shadows for all these years, Cadogan House has been cursed. If they have been hidden for so long, wouldn't they have either been more frustrated by the endless catastrophes in the last year, or been better at hiding them? The Rogues seem to be more effectively camoflaged for long term survival, but clearly being Housed is preferred. Only one city has 'outed' their Supernaturals. Does this mean that all of the other vampire enclaves are staying in the closet? If that were true, then what would be the need for the shifters to move to Alaska? Couldn't they just move out of Chicago? If all of the other houses were being outed at the same time, why is Vampire Registration directed by the city? Realistically, if there were a new class of human suddenly showing up, it would be national registration, not city wide. The Kim Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, and Charlaine Harris books have a more believable backstory, in my opinion.
Most recent customer reviews
Well, sort of.
Compared to the past five books, I wouldn't say this one quite lived up to my expectations.Read more