“** spoiler alert ** I am extremely sad that this series is coming to an end soon. Rachel has an amazing imagination and being a Texas resident myself, I wouldn't mind stumbling into Morganville one day.
Black Dawn was another great addition to the series, and I can't wait to see what new rules the Amelie & Oliver duo will implement as they come together to rebuild the town! I'm excited that Micheal and Eve finally got married, and am ready for Shane and Claire to move forward with their relationship as well. Shane's dream sequence gave us a peak into his head and will hopefully set the precedence for their future! ”
“A brand new bad guy, even scarier than the vampires... yikes!”Danielle Benich wrote this review Thursday, August 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This series is a rarity...it just gets better and better! Usually when a writer changes up their writing style I feel that the story usually suffers for it. So I was wary when Caine added Shane's view point in Bite Club...especially since it wasn't one of my favorites. However, the next book Last Breath and this one, Black Dawn, with the multiple view points were amazing! The characters are becoming so rich and having a better understanding of where they are coming from only enriches the story. Claire is a strong character to begin with, but being able to see the story from the eyes of her friends, and the like of Amelie and Oliver just improves upon the world of Morganville. Still love Mrynin and I wish Claire would confront the fact that he cares about her more than she does. Looking forward to a Mrynin view point (hopefully) in the future. Great book, great series! ”JEK wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Today's review is on Black Dawn by Rachel Caine
Black Dawn is the 12th book in Caine's Morganville Vampires series, and thought there aren't many book series this long that actually keep me interested, some don't. Thankfully, the continued story of the Morganville residents just keeps getting better and better.
Caine is able to show different aspects to each of the main character's emotional struggles and personality. And in this book there is a lot of emotional struggling.
You can't not fall in love with Michael, Eve, Shane, or Claire. The way they come together and fight for each other, or the way they some times fight each other. Yes, there is great drama in each installment, but these four always seem to come out alive.
The Draug are the only thing that Vampires truly fear. Being captured by them and literally being sucked dry is a horrible way to die. And while humans that are captured experience "dreams", the Vampires do not. They are awake and know they are slowly being drained of their blood.
While trying to stop the Draug, our four hero's head to the water treatment plant. But tragedy strikes and Shane is captured. With nothing to do to help him, they do the unthinkable. They leave him there, thinking that he is most likely already dead. But is he?
Shane has always been a fighter, and now is no different. But can Michael, Eve, and Claire get to him before it's too late? And will the "Dreams" haunt Shane forever? Only time will tell, or in this case, the next book.
4 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon”
“There's a full-scale war going on in Morganville between the draug and the vampires. The body count is high and so is the vampire desperation. Claire and the others find a good weapon, but they still have to confront the draug leader and kill him. Meanwhile Amelie's change to draug continues.
In the end, the humans find that the saying no good deed goes unpunished is very, very true. Definitely a good read.”
“Black Dawn, the twelfth installment in the Morganville series, picks up straight after the events of Last Breath. Torrential rains have allowed the vampire’s mortal enemy, the draug to infiltrate Morganville with the help of the city’s water system. Most of the town has been evacuated and only a handful who are loyal to Amelie remain. United against a common enemy, Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve are once again uncomfortably allied with Oliver and Myrnin as they try to find a way to destroy the draug once and for all. Claire and Myrnin race to find an antidote that will cure Amelie, who having been bitten by the master draug Magnus is slowly turning into a master draug herself.
At the end of Last Breath, a starved and weakened Michael was rescued from the draug and involuntarily attacked Eve almost killing her. Eve is shaken by the incident and guilt ridden Michael questions whether they should continue with their relationship.
While Amelie slowly succumbs to the bite inflicted by Magnus, a power struggle for leadership commences between Oliver and Amelie’s half sister, Naomi and neither one of them plan on extending the humans as many rights as Amalie has. Oliver is doing his best to prolong the inevitable in hope that they can defeat the draug and somehow reverse the effects of what is happening to Amelie. In a rare show of tenderness, he refuses to end Amelie’s life despite her asking him repeatedly to do so as the poison in her body spreads. Upon Oliver’s orders, Claire, Shane and Naomi track down Theo Goldman in the hope he can help Amelie. Naomi is keen to end Amelie’s suffering and attempts to do so but is thwarted by Claire.
Claire, Shane, Myrnin, Michael and Eve are assigned to cut off the water supply at the water treatment plant in an effort to isolate the draug. At the plant, they split up in groups. As they struggle to turn off the last valve, Shane is captured in a gelatinous bubble and Myrnin forces Claire to leave him behind when they become surrounded by draug. Claire begs Michael to go back for Shane, but Myrnin convinces him that it’s too late and highly unlikely that Shane has survived. Myrnin has to knock Claire unconscious to stop her.
When Claire regains consciousness, she refuses to give on Shane. When it transpires that Myrnin wasn’t entirely truthful about Shane’s fate, Michael, Eve, Richard, Hannah and Monica stage a rescue attempt.
As the draug feed off Shane, he drifts in and out of a dreamlike state in which the vampires have left Morganville and he is the new Mayor. He’s married to Claire and they have a daughter. Eve has inherited the Common Grounds and is married to Michael who is on tour with his music. For the first time in his life he is happy as he seems to be getting along with his father. Things start to unravel when Shane realizes that he doesn't know his baby's name and that he couldn't possibly have everything he wants. He’s finally rescued by his friends. As they leave, Michael is puzzled when he sees a pool of water that the draug can’t seem to cross and takes a sample for Claire and Myrnin. Claire is concerned by Shane’s behaviour as he seems disconnected from his surroundings. He’s given blood transfusions which alleviate his physical state but his mental state remains compromised.
The sample of water turns out to be a diluted cleaning agent and Claire and Myrnin attempt to create a similar compound. Shane remembers storing several barrels of a chemical that from his school days which might prove useful and the gang set out to retrieve them. Eve stays behind with her brother Jason and confronts Naomi when she discovers that she’s been biting Jason and promising to turn him. Naomi agrees to leave him alone if she helps her find out why Claire is able to see the creatures.
It later transpires that Claire’s silver bracelet which was given to her by Amelie, was infused with the last of the draug’s blood so that the wearer would be able to see them if they ever returned. Remnants still remain in Claire’s bloodstream which is why only she can see them. Claire remains threat to Magnus and he is determined to kill her once again.
Michael, Myrnin, Shane, and Claire are at the high school where Shane introduces them to a special chemical intended for cleaning up large spills and floods. It turns the water into a gel and then hardens for easy clean up. They test the chemical and find it kills the creatures. When the group praises Shane, he becomes confused and withdrawn as he questions whether he's still dreaming or awake.
As they return to Founder Square, they are attacked by the draug and Richard is killed. The gang are upset at losing Richard, particularly Hannah, who had feelings beyond friendship for him. Shane opts to tell Monica upon their return and Monica is devastated at the news. Shane and Monica reach an understanding after their talk. Claire finally gets Shane to open up about his imprisonment by the draug and begins to understand what he went through. Shane and Claire spend the night as she tries to convince him he’s back in the real world. While Shane’s asleep, Myrnin calls Claire to help him with a problem, but Claire refuses to come to his lab. Myrnin is silent for a moment and then resorts to making Claire feel guilty:
“Bob would be very disappointed in you.”
“Bob the Spider?”
“He looks at you like a mother you know. I’m surprised at your lack of work ethic. Think of the example you set for—” She hung up on him and turned the phone on vibrate and relaxed in Shane’s arms.
Naomi uses her gift of compulsion to see Amelie while Oliver is away. She stabs Theo in the back and as she prepares to stab Amelie she is stopped by Amelie herself who has become stronger and now exhibits more draug traits. Eve removes the stake from Theo’s chest and Naomi is arrested by the guards.
Later Oliver sends Naomi to stake out the draug and eradicate them with their new found weapon. He secretly gives orders to his men to take out Naomi when her back is turned. He realises that time is running out for Amelie and in a last desperate attempt, takes her to the secret room at Glass House where Amelie has always felt stronger.
Naomi and the team destroy the draug with Shane’s chemical powder and they kill Naomi – or they think they have as Magnus saves her at the last minute. She swears vengeance on all those responsible.
Claire later has second thoughts and goes to meet Myrnin but is side tracked by Miranda who warns her not to go home. Claire finds herself deceived by Myrnin again when he and Hannah abduct her and take her to Glass House. There she is bound and gagged and used as bait to draw Magnus out. Claire convinces Hannah to give her a fighting chance and they untie her. Magnus arrives and chaos ensues as they try to kill him. The gang arrive with Miranda and Jason (at Miranda’s request) Miranda is killed by Magnus while saving Jason and Hannah is injured. Claire runs up the stairs to the secret room and Myrnin stops Shane from going after her. Miranda’s ghost appears and tells the gang they must wait.
Claire bursts into the secret room and discovers to her horror that Amelie has completed her transformation and is now a master draug with the power of compulsion. She is holding Oliver by his wrist and he is powerless to stop her. Magnus follows Claire and is pleased at Amelie’s transformation. His pleasure turns to disbelief when Amelie who is more powerful than Magnus suddenly attacks and kills him. Her transformation is stalled as a result and she’s able to cut the essence of the draug that was inside her.
It transpires that it was Myrnin and Oliver’s plan all along to use Claire as bait as only a master draug can kill another. Amelie is left in a weakened state after she's ripped out her creature portion and the gelatinous goo drips off-out of her. She needs to feed and Oliver offers his own blood but it’s not enough. Amelie faces a terrified Claire and tells her she will be turned into one of her own. As Claire pleads with her, Jason arrives with a shot gun and demands they make good on promises and turn him. With their numbers down, Amelie agrees and Claire flees. Miranda tells Shane he can go to Claire now and he races up the stairs just as Claire is fleeing from the scene upstairs.
The war is finally over and the gang are reunited with the addition of a resident ghost. Michael and Eve decide to get married before its too late and convince Father Joe to marry them. Amelie and Oliver arrive but by then they are married. Amelie shows her displeasure and the gang feel a sense of unease when she leaves as she appears changed. Her ominous warning of the new changes to come in Morganville fills them with a sense of foreboding....
Black Dawn does not begin quietly. In fact there are very few moments in the story where one does not fear for one or more of the character’s lives. The continuation with the Draug's presence in Morganville was excellent and had me on the edge of my seat. We were treated to chapters from Claire, Shane, Michael, Eve, Naomi and more interestingly – Oliver. Oliver is one of Morganville’s most impenetrable, unfathomable and enigmatic vampires. By getting inside his head we come to realise that he knows the measure of our favourite foursome and has a grudging respect for them. He’s also a brilliant strategist. His feelings for Amelie are so strong that he puts himself at great risk during her transformation and even at the last minute, hesitates to kill her.
Caine delves deeper into Shane’s psyche in this installment. We are given insight into his hopes and fears as well as his insecurities over Claire’s relationship with Myrnin. Myrnin again steals most of the limelight and some of his dialogue is hilarious.
Amelie tries desperately to hold onto her vampire self and bravely fights to the bitter end. Her compassion for the humans has been unprecedented, but I sense that something is broken in her now as a result of her brush with death at the hands of the draug. Some unwelcome changes are going to occur in Morganville in the next book, Bitter Blood and I don’t think the changes will be for the good of the human residents.....
“Once again, Rachel Caine delivers a fantastic new storyline to her long-lived Morganville Vampires series! Black Dawn picks up where Last Breath left off: the draug, evil monsters that hunt vampires, have invaded Morganville; most humans and vampires have evacuated, save a few who are loyal to Amelie or who are just plain crazy; Amelie has been bitten by Magnus, the master draug, and is dying; and Claire, Shane, Michael, and Eve are hiding out with Oliver, Myrnin, and co. in the Council Building, trying to form a plan of attack. From there, the story takes off and never lets up, per usual of this series. Again, Caine switches points of view, something I wasn't always a fan of. I liked the twists and turns the story took, as well as the trials Shane and Claire, and Michael and Eve had to go through in their relationships. The ending was crazy, to say the least! I kind of expected something like it to happen, but Rachel Caine was still able to keep the up the suspense right until the very end! The very end itself was definitely ominous, and I cannot wait to find out what happens next! Morganville is in for some new changes...”Toni of Pages Turned wrote this review Monday, December 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. ”Sarah Parker wrote this review Saturday, November 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
It’s wild when you think of how long you have been following a series. Just this morning I got thinking back to when the Twilight movie came out. I was in the 9th grade and here the last one is coming out in November and I’m in my first full year of college.
The Morganville Vampires is another series that I have been following for years. This is probably one of the first vampire books that I got hooked on. I think the first five books were out when I picked up GLASS HOUSES. It’s nice to revisit this series when I can buy my paperback version (I can’t have half paperback and half hardback!), but it’s really hurt my interest having to wait and be a book behind.
So with that said, I was fairly impressed with BLACK DAWN. I was able to finish it in a day and a half, thanks to fall break, but still it kept me interested and had me wanting more and more.
The draug storyline is one that I like at times and have trouble with at others. We finally see the conclusion of the draug (I’ve never seen an (s) at the end of the word) threat and with it a dawn of new rules over Morganville as the cliffhanger.
I really enjoyed Shane and Claire, as they are my favorite. I loved Shane’s ‘dream’ parts and it just killed me at how distraught he was when he believed he’d never have that life with Claire.
Michael and Eve face overcoming the daily dangers of being together in a vampire/human relationship. They weren’t quite as physically in love as in past books, but came out stronger in the end.
Mainly the focus was on finding a way to kill the draug, but to do that, you must kill the master, Magnus (yeah the one that killed Claire). The mystery as to why Claire can see him when other cannot is revealed (not quite as cool as was wanting) and why he’s targeting her. Shane is actually the savior when he finds the perfect weapon in a common powder that soaks up the draug in water form.
As well as the fact that Amelie mostly likely won’t survive and they face a future with Oliver in control.
The final showdown occurs as planned (unknown to most) with Claire as bait and Oliver in the wait with Amelie, who’s able to finish Magnus off for good because she’s part draug thanks to the venomous poison.
Weak but back to normal, she seconds from turning Claire when Jason (a quite but steady part in the book) demands they make good on promises and turn him. With their numbers down, Amelie agrees and Claire flees.
Lives were lost in BLACK DAWN and with Amelie seemingly colder since the draug arrival, it’s unknown how their lives will be different.
But Michael and Eve make their stand when they marry at the end.