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BLACK DAWN by Rachel Caine


From the Morganville Vampires series, volume 12

by Rachel Caine

Age Range: 12 - 18

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-451-23671-5
Publisher: New American Library

The 12th episode in the Morganville Vampires series finds the town besieged by the terrifying draug, water beings that feed on vampires.

Throughout their history, the vampires have never defeated the draug. Human Claire, the series heroine, her boyfriend Shane and her friends, Eve and her vampire fiancé Michael, will find new ways to fight, but not without cheating death. All the while the town’s leader Amelie lies dying from a draug bite. Indeed, it looks as though Morganville has had it. Although readers know that Caine won’t allow that to happen, she works the tension beautifully, keeping the cliffhangers coming. She delves into Shane’s character most deeply in this installment, after he’s captured by the draug. The eccentric vampire Myrnin, Claire’s scientist boss, stands out as the book’s most interesting and entertaining character, providing both comic relief and some nice plot turns. The romance scenes in the novel don’t rise above most other paranormal romances, and the writing relies on frequent use of italics, but the author’s imagination easily tops the average, keeping the book constantly interesting. Her suspense scenes, the heart of this series, crackle with vitality and occur frequently enough to induce white knuckles. The plot includes enough explication that new readers can orient themselves. This series continues to provide terrific action and great entertainment.

Plenty of fun. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)