Series: Morganville Vampires #12
Publisher: NAL on October 2, 2012
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With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…
Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.
Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…
“She swallowed. ‘Don’t talk with your mouth full.’ He did exactly what any boy—no, man—his age would do: he showed her a mouthful of mashed croissant, which was gross, then drank more coffee and showed her again. Gone.”
“It would have been better if he’d screamed.”
My Musings: Alas I am back again to tell you all about Black Dawn, the twelfth novel in the Morganville Vampire series. I am proud to say that I have only two more novels until I am caught up with the publication dates! But anyways.
In this novel, we pick right back up with Claire and her friends’ struggle against the draug, the predator of the vampires. And when you have the vampires in the state that they were in, what with their ‘queen’ infected by the master draug’s bite, well, it only makes since to assume that things wouldn’t turn out well. But if you’ve read any book in this series, you’d know that Claire and her gang are some tough cookies, and they’ll fight for what they believe in. And although they had to overcome a lot of obstacles, they were successful in the end…well, sort of.
I really never know what to say when I talk about the characters. I feel like I’m being repetitive in every review, because, well, the characters don’t change that dramatically. We have Claire, brilliant and selfless as always. Shane, with his protectiveness that is utterly adorable. Claire and Shane, with their steamy yet sweet romance. Eve with her snarky attitude, and Michael with his Golden Boy personality. Those two struggling with the disadvantages of being a ‘mixed’ couple. You know, they same sort of stuff.
Although I can say that we see a very vulnerable Shane during this book. And a spunky Claire. Very amusing indeed.
Some Claire and Shane for your enjoyment:
“She hadn’t had a chance to take off the stupid plastic jumpsuit, which was so not sexy; she reached for the zipper, but in one of those startling fast, strong moves that always took her breath away, he flipped her over so her back was against the mattress, and he was the one straddling her. He considered the zipper. Then he took hold of the thin plastic and ripped it all the way down.”
“I feel better,’ Shane said. ‘Or I would if I could figure out where Batty McCrackula took my girlfriend.’”
So I’m going to talk about a character that I haven’t talked about in a while: Myrnin. He’s a very complex character with a side of crazy. He’s hot and cold, and very unpredictable. But in that, he’s also very funny. Although he probably doesn’t mean to be. But the things he says…the things he does…the names that Shane and Eve call him. It makes for a very hilarious time indeed.
“’That’s AB,’ Myrnin said helpfully. ‘It’s still warm. Oh, and there’s a hint of sweetness in it. High triglycerides. I think the donor needed a bit of medication.’”
In this novel, it was interesting to see Morganville as a ‘ghost town’. All the water was infected with draug, and there was nothing they could do about it for a majority of the novel. It felt like they were fighting an unwinnable battle. But some things that I can’t talk about happen and well, things turn out alright. I guess. Maybe…
Rachel Caine went even farther in this novel, and included some new points of view. We read some Oliver Amelie, Shane, Eve, Michael, and Naomi. Very interesting to see what they thought of the things that were going on during the novel. It gave the novel a more rounded feel to it, and I really hope that Caine continues it throughout the series. I can’t even imagine what I had been missing just reading from Claire’s point of view for most of the series!
Black Dawn was another thrilling installment in the Morganville vampires series. Filled with danger, pain, and hope, it’s an installment you don’t want to miss out on.