This is a review of “Fall of Night” by Rachel Caine. It is book 14 in the Morganville Vampires Series. It follows on from “Bitter Blood“.
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 has decided to leave Morganville and head to MIT, her dream school. But it’s not all rosy with Claire. Shane and Claire aren’t 100% with each other right now. Shane’s got some trust issues he needs to work on after the “Michael incident”, and Claire needs some space and some Claire time. They still love each other, but there’s some work for each of them to do. So Claire is off to her new school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She’s been enrolled in a special advanced study programme with Professor Irene Anderson, former Morganville resident.
Professor Anderson is nothing at all like Claire imagined. She’s younger than Claire expected her to be for one, and she’s pretty awesome. Claire thinks she is going to have a great time working with her, especially when the Professor shows an enthusiastic (if a little wary) interest in Claire’s vamp-power-cancelling ray, or VLAD as she’s taken to calling it. The lab is amazing, very high tech, and Claire is definitely impressed.
But she really misses Shane. And Eve and Michael too. Her new housemate Liz is just not the same. She’s not even the same Liz from back at high school. She’s definitely changed, and Claire’s not certain it’s for the better. In fact, it looks like Liz comes with her own set of problems. *Sigh*. At least they’re not vampire-related. Doesn’t mean they won’t be dangerous though…
Is Claire cut out for a world that’s not Morganville?
I loved this one 🙂
Gee, it really is as though each MV novel gets better than the last, which is no mean feat. Actually, I think it’s not so much “better”, as I have really really enjoyed the last few, I guess I’m not really sure how exactly to articulate what I mean.
Rachel Caine is really really great at changing things up and not getting stale, and I think that’s what I like about her stuff. We’ve seen that she’s not afraid to experiment with different character POVs, even if the series didn’t start out with having more than one character voice. In this novel, I was pleased that Caine wasn’t afraid to move Claire’s story away from Morganville. It really was great to read, and again I couldn’t stop reading, especially toward the end. This novel was suspenseful and surprising and fresh. I liked the different setting, the new characters and the way old characters dealt with their lives getting changed up. It was a really fun read. I love how Caine’s characters feel real, and I love that they learn from their lives, and that they’re not just one dimensional people.
True to Morganville style, this one ends on a cliffhanger. I am really looking forward to reading the next book (out later this year), but I am also sad, as it will be the final book and I don’t think I am ready to say goodbye to Morganville just yet!
“Be careful. Not all dangers have a vampire’s fangs. Or a vampire’s predictability.”
“It’s been really quiet on the supernatural attack front.”
“You don’t look a day over a thousand.”