This is a review of “Bitter Blood” by Rachel Caine. It is book 13 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Black Dawn“.
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.
The Draug have been defeated. But Morganville is not the same as it was before the Draug infestation. For one, nobody is too keen on drinking tap water anymore. But in all seriousness, now that the vampires have defeated their #1 enemies (and the only thing they lived in fear of) they’re feeling pretty invincible. They’re feeling high and mighty and are pretty willing to look down on the human population of Morganville. You’d think after all the human help in ridding the town of Draug that this wouldn’t be the case, but …nope.
Amelie is more remote than ever, and since she and Oliver have started getting close, well you could say his influence has been dark in nature. The only vampire who doesn’t seem to have gone power-crazy is Myrnin (he’s just his regular brand of crazy). Myrnin’s not too keen on this new vamp-tastic Morganville and he’s all for up and leaving. But Claire can’t bring herself to go with. She’s not pro-human (anti-vamp) or all for the vamps. She’s somewhere in the middle. But the middle is not looking like a very safe place to be at all.
Just ask poor Eve, the newly-wed Mrs Glass. There’s a situation that both sides frown upon, and it’s not quiet disapproval either. The Glass house residents have been receiving a steady supply death threats and they’re not getting any less creepy as the days go by. There’s a new Captain Obvious in town, and his/her identity is unknown. But this Captain Obvious sure is a force to be reckoned with. Can Morganville ever be functional again? Will there ever be balance and equality? Can Claire make Amelie see sense? And is Oliver acting solely of his own volition? Or is he in cahoots with someone else?
I super dooper enjoyed this Morganville installment. Again, we get different character perspectives (love it) and therefore we get to hear the story from many angles. This one was a little more violent, a bit dark and I felt the characters grew up a little and matured. Lots of mistakes made (by different characters) in this one, the learning curve was a steep one. I enjoyed the suspense that built around the identity of Captain Obvious, and I can’t say I enjoyed the situation that created tension between the original Glass house four, but I sure couldn’t stop reading! I could not look away. *Sigh* I will be sad once this series comes to a close.
“Don’t worry. Someone will pay for your suffering. Heavily. With screaming.”
“Suck it, fangboy”
“[A chit is] a disrespectful young woman. Something I was called more than once. Something every woman of quality is called, sooner or later, by a man who feels they do not know their place. As we do not, because our place is as lofty as we may aspire to climb. It is the language of men who fear women.”