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Black Dawn: The Morganville Vampires Hardcover – May 1, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews
Book 12 of 15 in the Morganville Vampires Series

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Morganville Vampires Series:  

“An intriguing world where vampires rule, only the strongest survive, and romance offers hope in the darkest of hours.”—Darque Reviews

“Another mesmerizing addition to a very inventive paranormal series...delightfully creepy and exciting.”—Night Owl Reviews

“These books are addictive.”—Richelle Mead, International Bestselling Author of the Vampire Academy Series

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world as a communications executive. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguana, Popeye.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Morganville Vampires (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236715
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amanda Welling on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: The Morganville Vampires series is a long-standing favorite of mine. I've read all of the previous eleven books before I began number twelve, Black Dawn. It is such a fun series and entertaining series, and I wish that someone would turn the series into a television show. Rachel Caine is a talented writer who is definitely one of my favorites. I'll pretty much read anything that she comes out with. I believe that Black Dawn was originally supposed to be the final book in this series, but from what I hear; Rachel Caine decided to write three more books after this one which makes me happy! It is hard to let go of a series that you really love!

First 50 Pages: I also seem to have a difficult time reviewing Rachel's books because I hate giving away spoilers, especially with books that are part of a series. Like always, I'll try to keep this review short and sweet without too many spoilers for all of the people who are dying to get their hands on this book. If you haven't read The Morganville Vampires series yet, you are missing out! Book eleven, Last Breath, ended with a major cliffhanger. One thing I really like about all of Rachel's books is that they seem to pick up right where the last book left off. That holds true for Black Dawn, with the continuation of the Draug's invasion of Morganville.

Characters & Plot: This poor town of Morganville has been through so much! Every time that things seem to be okay and everyone is content, something comes around that disrupts everything. Unfortunately for Morganville and its vampire occupants, there are new creatures in town and everyone needs to leave as soon as possible. The people are fearful of these creatures, called Draugs, because they want to take over the town and get rid of the vampires.
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Format: Hardcover
When I finished Black Dawn, I shut the book and said out loud to no one in particular, "Oh my God, that was crazy, y'all!" I received Black Dawn, the twelfth in The Morganville Vampire series, for review and despite having not read a single Morganville Vampire book before this, I was excited to read it. After doing a little research on the series (during which I discovered I'm the only person in the world who hadn't started it yet) I felt confident enough to jump on in.

Morganville's residents, human and vampire alike, are facing a problem: the draug. Enemies of the vampires, they are foul, odorous, moist creatures who feed off both humans and vampires, killing their victims in a cruel way. Most of Morganville's residents have fled the draug epidemic, though pockets remain. Now it's up to Claire, Shane, Michael, Eve, and a cast of other vampire leaders to fight off the draug, kill and/or drive them from town, and restore Morganville.

Despite having no knowledge of the plot threads or world Caine has built over the previous eleven novels, I didn't find it difficult to follow the plot. I found the whole plot to be fast paced and enjoyable and even though I'd never met the characters before, I felt invested in their ability to fight off the draug. Oh the draug, I've never read about anything like them before. They really are foul, disgusting creatures and Caine does a great job with their descriptions; it made my skin crawl just thinking about how they lure you in with their song despite their vileness. The post-apocalyptic-esque nature of the novel drew me in and the variety of points of view kept me reading.
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I'm going to assume that most anyone who is reading Black Dawn is a fan who has read most, if not all, of the preceding eleven books in the series, so I won't waste time in backstory and in trying to explain what the draug is and why their appearance is a very, very bad thing for Morganville residents (both alive and undead). Black Dawn picks up almost immediately after the prior book leaves off, with Claire and Co. trying to figure out any way possible to fight off Magnus and his thrall. Since the draug live as part of water, that means that the storms hitting Morganville are that much more deadly, and even the drinking/washing water isn't safe. With Amelie bitten and transforming into a draug herself, Oliver is stepping up to take over with possibly disastrous results. Will Claire and Myrnin be able to come up with a successful weapon before Amelie is turned and even more hell breaks loose?

Likes/loves: Lots and lots of action happens in Black Dawn, with Shane's life in the balance after being sent to the Water Plant in order to turn off that source, and Claire being used as bait since she is the one person who can "see" Magnus. There's tragic loss, the return of good characters (hello, Theo!), and battles for power at every turn. I love the way Caine uses time to help her characters discover their feelings, making them seem so much more human (even when they aren't), and the layers peeled back during the excitement just pulls one into the essence of the story. I'm so attached to these people now, I may never be able to let them go if indeed there are only three more books to the series left. I adore Shane and Claire together; they seem to bring out the best in each other, and Caine is developing their relationship in a realistically long term way.
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