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Black Dawn: The Morganville Vampires Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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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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I thrilled at being on other characters' points of view--Amerie, Oliver, Eve, Shane, and Michael. It really deepened the story and allowed readers to see things from so many different perspectives. I couldn't put this book down. I seriously wanted to call in sick to work to finish it. Make sure you read this one when you don't have anything else you have to do because it's agony to put it down. May be my favorite book in the entire series!
Maybe just to some another vampire fantasy- but this was more to me and I salute this lady for her excellence. I read the whole series and wish I still had all the books to go back again. The favourite of mine is Oliver- not sure why, but if I met him, I would insist he makes me a latte!
I also really missed the Glass House, the lab, the portals, Frank Collins, Amelie, all of the things that really built this series up for me. Claire isn't in school, they are fighting off the draug, and everyone is holed up together. Parts seemed slow and the book didn't hold my attention as well as others in the series.
I believe Rachel Caine is an amazing author and I did enjoy the ending and feel the next book will be much better and more exciting. This one just seemed to tie up all the loose endings from the previous book. The end offers an exciting lead to many new possibilities.
There are casualties in this book, more than usual. There wasn't very much romance, more tension than anything among characters and couples. I am glad the draug is over I didn't find the concept that interesting in comparison to other problems among Morganville and it's residents in previous books. I look forward to seeing what's next for everyone but this isn't a book I'll reread.
I loved visiting with these characters that seem like friends after the hours I've spent reading about them. But they aren't very happy go lucky this time around. Things are really, really bad in Morganville. Eve and Michael have gone from engaged to avoiding each other due to the events at the end of "Last Breath". This book was nonstop action. The gang jumps from one crazy and dangerous situation to another. The book is told in alternating character viewpoints which I didn't mind at all except I think that it contributed to the fact that we had very little downtime in "Black Dawn". I missed the banter between the four best friends. I missed seeing into their romantic relationships. Heck, I even like reading about them fighting with Monica or sitting around talking about their newest troubles. This book doesn't have much of that.
We get to see Oliver, Hannah and weird vamp Naomi narrating chapters in "Black Dawn". My favorite (besides Shane, Claire, and Eve) had to be Oliver. I really liked reading his chapters. It brought up so many questions about who Oliver really is. I like the mystery of him. I can't ever really feel like I know him or his motivations. Hannah was there to relate one sequence in particular. I wasn't as fond of her. Reading her narrations almost made me like her less than I used to. Naomi is one crazy vamp. I found her chapters entertaining and they brought up more questions than answers. I really feel like her portions of "Black Dawn" may be our clues as to the what happens next in the series.
My favorite character is Myrnin. Not a big surprise as Myrnin is the favorite of many of the series devoted fans. I am happy to say that he does have quite a part to play in "Black Dawn" and even gets off a few of his trademark quirky one liners. Still not as many of them as usual, another ode to how bleak things are.
Warning: Proceed forward at your own risk! There seemed to be an unavoidable event destined to happen in "Black Dawn" then surprisingly it didn't happen. I felt like it would have been a daring move on Caine's part to have this certain thing happen and when it turned around at the end I felt like it was a cop out. It almost felt like Caine changed the story at the last minute. Rumor was this was supposed to be the final book, so maybe she did in fact change it when she realized she would be writing more of these novels. This would have drastically mixed things up in Morganville and I am sorry she didn't go this route. That said, Caine still made a couple of bold choices with her characters here in "Black Dawn". While one thing happened that made me quite sad, the final event in the book thrilled me to pieces. Again, I think its quite brave for the author. She doesn't make this series repetitive and does take some risks. It really pays off when you look at other long running series that fail after awhile.
Overall: Another strong addition to the series. Lot and lots of action...almost too much action and some big changes to Morganville fans don't want to miss.