Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review // Fall of Night (Morganville #14) - Rachel Caine (SPOILERS!)

Published - 2nd May 2013
Publisher - Allison & Busby
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Fall of Night is the fourteenth book in Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series.

This time, things are different. Bitter Blood (#13) left off with everything up in the air and left me with a bit of uncertainty as to the final two books in the series (there will be 15 in total) and Fall of Night has kind of broken the mold. The previous books, though vastly different to each other still held one thing in common; Morganville. 

Claire is now free of the restraints of Morganville and has gone to her dream college, MIT, leaving the rules, and vampires, behind her. With this move and the events of Bitter Blood, Claire has also left behind her boyfriend and her best friends; everything she knows. This huge change shocked me and for a long time I wasn't sure how I felt about it. After all, i've invested a lot of time in these books and all of a sudden, like Claire, I was pushed into a world that I didn't really understand. Anything could happen.

Luckily, Rachel Caine's risk on changing things up at the end of the series really worked. Personally, the thing I've learned most from these books is how strong a character, and more importantly a woman, Claire is and Fall of Night really shows that off beautifully. Despite being uncertain and scared, she follows her heart and proves to herself that she is strong and independent without being too preachy. As the story progresses, even more light on shed on these wonderfully written and intelligent characters when each of them discover that yes, they are strong - but they are so much stronger together and that it isn't weak to rely on your friends and have that support.

Of course, a Morganville book just wouldn't be the same without the crazy antics of Myrnin but again, Rachel Caine stepped up the vampires as well as her humans. For the first time in the history of Morganville, I felt truly afraid of what they are capable of. Their raw, instinctual solutions are terrifying and leave a lot of room for further writing. The scene at the 'farm' is not one that I will forget any time soon and VLAD's effects on Michael and the other vampires were jaw-dropping and emotional.

So there's one book left to wrap up the Morganville Vampires; Daylighters. After reading Fall of Night i'm not concerned at all with how Caine is going to settle the score between vampires and humans. However, I am concerned about the effects that Fall of Night will have on my favourite character of the series, Shane. What was that dog and what the hell is happening to him?

Saying goodbye to Morganville and the residents of the Glass House is not something I look forward to at all - but I honestly can't wait to see what transpires in Daylighters.

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