Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jen's review of "Black Dawn" by Rachel Caine

Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12) by Rachel Caine
Publication date: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Number of pages: 512
Format: Paperback
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Description: 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…
Its amazing to think about this being the 12th book in the series, and yet, the story is as refreshing as it was from that very first page of Glass Houses. I don't know how Rachel does it. Its simply amazing. I could not praise her enough and how she has managed to keep the story fresh throughout all this time. 

In Last Breath, we were introduced to the one thing the vampires were most afraid of. The thing even humans were afraid of. The Draug.
The Draug are something in which seems impossible to stop, and yet life-threatening. They are a species that run through water, so imagine how difficult it would be to know when you are up against one, or even many. How would you know if you were infected by one? Or even how to go about stopping it? You can't... and that is the very thing Claire and her friends try to overcome in this book.

Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve find themselves joining forces with the vampires to get rid of the Draug. After Amelie gets sick, they are on a race against time to fix this mess before its too late.
But before that happens, their own have problems. Not only do Eve and Michael have some issues between them they need to work out, but Shane goes through something himself that involves the Draug.
This is an exciting installment to this series, and loved every moment of it.

Recent previous books we have had different POVs, rather than just Claire's, and this book follows that trend. We get Michael, Even and Shane's different POVs througout this book, along with our normal protagonist, Claire.
Its nice to see others and their thoughts and experiences as they go through their journeys which the plot takes them on. A new experience that we don't see very often. To get in the head of our other main characters, to see what they see, and feel what they feel.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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