Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
Lord of Misrule is the next in the Morganville Vampires series. I’ve reviewed previous installments, Feast of Fools and Midnight Alley. This volume is heavy on the action and fairly light on the romance. There’s a vampire war in Morganville, with humans either caught in the middle, or using the chaos to pillage each other and rebel against the vampires who have oppressed them for so long. Characters are almost constantly on the move, making sure others are safe, looking for lost allies, running from foes. It’s almost hard to keep track of the characters and who is on which side, and the chess metaphors are getting overused. I might be tiring of this series; it feels somewhat shallow, perhaps because of the non-stop action. In this book there was no progress on the mystery of why the vampires aren’t able to reproduce. However, I did like that a minor villain, Monica Morrell, was partly humanized. This one had another great cliffhanger, with the baddies in control of the town and even heroine Claire’s mind. That’s promising. I like mind control. Mind control is great horror.