- Series: Chicagoland Vampires (Book 11)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (March 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451472322
- ISBN-13: 978-0451472328
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 264 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. She is the author of the Chicagoland Vampires series, including Blood Games, Wild Things, Biting Bad, and House Rules. When not transcribing Merit's adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her photographer husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.
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That being said there are still some things we are left in the open about, but also some minor things are being revealed.
Someone from Ethan’s past is back and he wants the house and everything with it. Including his vampires. Of course to get to Ethan and draw him out he hurts the house and him where it hurts the most. That of course includes Merit.
As if that is not enough to deal with, the Navarre House is in trouble as well. That means we get a lot of Morgan in this book, and we find out why he kept his house and himself in the background all this time. Of course Cadogan house steps in to help, along with Scott from the Grey House.
I like how over the course of the series the houses have become strong allies and help each other no matter what.
Merit as is previous books gets stronger and more secure in her role and as Ethan’s other half. But some things are happening to her in this book and she gets attacked in a way she never thought possible. That leaves her pretty shaken up and she tries to deal with the drama throughout the book. At the same time while she is hesitant to some things she still stands up for herself and the house at the same time. Merit is actually going through a few things in this book and for once she is the one pushing Ethan away. Which was rather interesting but understandable. She also is fighting or avoiding Jonah and the RG. I’m really interested to see how that all turns out, given the new founded AAM.
The AAM is also mentioned but it is more in the background of the book but it is there and we hear from it and how it is going along for all the masters.
There were a few people that really surprised me in this book. And one of them was Ethan. Given the trouble, that he thinks is his fault and troubles I thought he again would push people away. But to my surprise he did not.
No if anything he stood behind them and accepted help when needed. I really loved how he dealt with Merit and her trauma. Loved that he didn’t push her away instead embraced her but yet gave her time. It may have taken him awhile but he really has become a great guy for Merit.
Another was Joshua Merit, while he was still himself as in most books there are some great heartbreaking moments in this book that shows that he is actually a human being and does care.
Malory and Catcher are also a big part if this book and seem to becoming a big part of the house, While of course some vampires still have issues with her , she still helps out. Her and Catcher are getting much more closer and they really deserve it. I like that it takes multiple books to fix that was broken. It makes it much more realistic. Her and Merit are also almost back to where they were.
To be honest I didn’t know if I ever could get over what she done, but as the books go on I really think it is going to be okay. Not what she done but that she knows how wrong and bad it was and works every day to make it better and even help others that just learn about their magic.
Of course we have Chuck and Jeff and the rest of the gang that all play a part in this series. I still a big fan of Luke and Lindsey and wish we get a little more of them.
Also, there was not a lot about the pack and I’m curios when we get more of that and the prophecy as we getting closer to the end of the series.
Overall it was a great book and, plenty of action, humor and some nice twists.
The end made it very clear that while they defeated one evil there is still one enemy that will be gunning for them.
I rate this book a 4 ½ ★
I probably say this every time a new Chicagoland Vampire book comes out, but this time I really mean it: Dark Debt feels so much like going back to the beginning of the series. It's great.
As stated there have been a lot of bumpy roads for Merit and her friends to work through. Most specifically of these is the loss of Ethan in Hard Bitten and then Mallory's fall to darkness we see beginning in Drink Deep. These two occurrences (along with other things, but I think these were the two big ones of the series) took time for Merit and other characters to get over. Books and books of time spent healing.
Dark Debt finally gets our characters past that. You can't deny the bad things that have happened and yes, those times have shaped our characters, but in Dark Debt I felt the friendship between Merit and Mallory in a way we haven't seen since Some Girls Bite when they lived together. In the most recent previous books in the series there was has been a tension between them, but here their snark, and jokes, and love towards one another are on point.
Ethan and Merit are at a wonderful place where they are comfortable with the roles they fulfill in each other's lives. They stand by one another and work as a unit. We see Merit's powers continue to grow and I loved where she's headed.
I think Dark Debt reminded me so much of the beginning of the series because it dealt exclusively with the vampire houses and the threats against them instead of having multiple supernatural factions involved. It was nice to just focus on the vampires because, let's be honest, they still have so much to work out together. Most specifically the houses have a lot to work out together and I love that this issue (the disconnect between Navarre and that of Grey and Cadogan) is addressed.
I've found in the past that sometimes Neill will set things up that don't pan out to the greatness I thought it would (I'm sorry I'm looking at you Tate and McKettrick), but the Balthazar plot was handled really well. He presents such a huge part of Ethan's past that he's tried for centuries to get, well, past. To have him show up out of the blue, still as menacing as Ethan remembers is quite the shock to our green-eyed master.
Along with that Neill has seemed to set up for what I'm assuming will be the final story arc of the series - since this is book 11 and as of now it will only go to 13. I'm very happy at the direction things seem to be going.
There are two plots to begin with in this book, then the two coalisced into one towards the end of the book. Even though we thought the vampires are it again when in actuality the antagonist here is human. At least that we know for now. Remember Tate? The Mayor from hell? He happened not to be human afterall, and he also had a twin who is the evil one, and he was the good person. Interpersed with this drama is Morgan trying to clear Selina's mess, and so on and so on.
In other words there is no shortage of drama to scintillate Ethan and Merit's life. We also get some down time, a little bit, between Ethan and Merit, but it is just not enough. Nope. These two also need to get on with the proposal and marriage thingy so we can get the blond green eye progeny of Ethan. I don't want their wedding and parenthood happening at the end of the series.
This latest addition to this series is superb. I love it.
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