This is a review of “Feast of Fools” by Rachel Caine. It is book 4 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Midnight Alley“.
As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.
Claire’s parents have decided to move to Morganville. What the hell were they thinking?! Now she’s got them to worry about too. They want her to move back in with them, but Claire most definitely does not want to do that. Claire’s not the only one to have parental problems. Amelie’s father Bishop is in town. And he seems a little cranky. He’s arrived on the doorstep of the Glass House with his two vampire lackeys, and he’s not leaving until he sees his daughter. And what’s more, Amelie and Oliver seem wary of him. Which means he must be one frightening vampire.
Myrnin is locked up. He’s too far gone with his sickness to be allowed to work in close proximity to Claire any longer. Claire is still working on the cure for his condition, and has developed a stronger dose. She visits Myrnin in his cell often, to test the dosages and spend time with him studying. They still haven’t perfected a cure, but they have not given up hope. The local doctor has been allowed (to a degree, he doesn’t know everything) to assist Claire in the matter, and he’s growing curious about their project.
Shane has attracted the attention of Ysandre, one of Bishop’s vamps. She’s gross and overly sexual, and she’s pissing Claire off majorly. Michael has started playing music in public again, he’s a massive hit. Eve’s brother Jason is still creepy and smelly, but he wants to talk about “family stuff” with Eve. Monica’s still a massive bitch, and her policeman brother Richard, is the only decent Morrell. Amelie and Oliver have, for the moment, joined forces and set aside their differences.
A party is held to welcome Bishop to Morganville (mostly to prevent any difficulties). It’s a masked feast. All the humans are buzzed. All vampires must attend, and they must take along a human guest. It’s become the social event of the year. Who will be invited?
I enjoyed this, just as I have enjoyed the previous Morganville novels. I have been meaning to mention this since I have started the series, but it keeps slipping my mind at review time. I really like how different this series is to the other two series of Caine’s I have read. The Morganville Vampires Series has a completely different tone (and subject matter) to the Weather Warden Series and the Outcast Season Series, and all of them are so great! I love that Caine is so versatile. Caine’s Morganville characters are very witty, and I get a real kick out of their dialogue.
“Remind me to stock a handy vampire-killing kit under the sink for times like these.’”
“Apparently just in time to hear my funeral plans. I especially like the garlic up the ass. It’s . . . different.”
“I’m giving you a piece of my mind.”