|Series||Chicagoland Vampires #4|
|Tags||shapeshifters, urban fantasy, vampires, witches|
Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals - and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are ... tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.
Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society - a world full of vampires who seem to ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands ...
Review & Comments
I've enjoyed the tightly-paced plots in all of the Chicagoland Vampire books, but this is the best so far. The action is visceral and dangerous, not just to Merit but to the family she's built.
That said, I was a little disappointed with the romantic tension between Merit and Ethan. It felt like it was in a holding pattern for a good bit of the book. In some sense it needed to be - both of them are regrouping and coming to terms with their feelings in a fairly realistic way. On the other hand, I did miss the tension ... and I was happy when it kicked back up towards the end.
Oh, and we do find out why Merit hates her first name so much. The reason is fascinating.
I am incredibly anxious to read the next book now. Several of the really vague foreshadowings seem to be coming to fruition.