Review: Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Posted 19 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Lord of Misrule by Rachel CaineLord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires #5
Publisher: NAL on January 6, 2009
Source: Library
Pages: 256
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In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn't the only threat.

Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.


Favorite Quote(s):

“‘In this whole screwed-up town, you’re the only thing that’s always been right to me,’ he whispered. ‘I love you, Claire.’ She saw something that might have been just a flash of panic go across his expression, but then he steadied again. ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do. I love you.'”

“Claire stretched out against the wall and kissed it. ‘Glad to see you, too,’ she whispered, and pressed her cheek against the smooth surface. It almost felt like it hugged her back.
‘Dude, it’s a house,’ Shane said from behind her. ‘Hug somebody who cares.'”

Favorite Character: Shane. He’s supa sweet!
First Line:

“It was all going wrong, and Morganville was burning—parts of it, anyway.”

My Musings: You’d think that I would be used to Caine’s frustrating cliffhangers by now, yes? No. This one got to me again. Caine has this amazing gifts for cliffhangers, apparently. However, I cannot say that it is all bad. It keeps the reader interested in the series!

Lord of Misrule was another fabulous installment to the Morganville Vampire series. In this novel, we follow the battle between Amelie and Bishop, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of interesting and exciting! There were a few things that stood out to me within this novel. I loved getting to see more Amelie as a human figure. Throughout the series, she has been a cold, hard ice queen. Although she is a vampire ruler, it was endearing to see her care for Claire. It was almost maternal, and it was very sweet to witness the ice queen shedding her layers. I also enjoyed Oliver’s character marginally more in this novel. It’s cool seeing him fight for the good side instead of the evil. I feel as if Claire has this effect on vampires. They eventually fall in love with her sweet intelligence. They can’t resist. Myrnin, Amelie, and even Oliver at a few (albeit very few) times within this novel!

I loved all the tangled alliances. It was fun trying to figure out whose side someone was really on. You have Myrnin, ever the flighty insane person. You have Oliver, who is in almost everything for personal gain. There’s Jason, the homicidal insane possible druggie. And there’s all the other vampires that inhabit Morganville. I really enjoyed following the plot of this installment. There was more action that usual–and that’s saying something! It was pretty cool to see what Claire and her friends did without the guidance of Amelie.

I feel as if Claire and her friends had matured greatly in this book. Claire is learning more and more about the workings of the vampires. She’s also having to grow up much more quickly than she should have to. However, she is taking it well, and she is really maturing into a smart, somewhat confident young woman. Shane is also changing. He’s learning to think before he acts, and is learning that sometimes impulsitivity does not work. It was good to see that Claire is having a positive effect of him. And squeeeeee! They admitted their love! I was sooo waiting for it to happen. It was so cute, so romantic, and so Shane. It was great seeing them together in this novel. It was probably the most Shane-Claire we’ve seen in all the novels combined. I sincerely hope that Amelie, Myrnin, Oliver, and Claire can solve the new issues with Bishop. I am very excited be start the next novel. The Morganville Vampires series has gotten me under its spell. Now I must fulfill my duty in reading the rest of these amazing novels!

4.5 Stars
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