Lord of Misrule
NAL, Jan 6 2009, $6.99
The college town of Morganville, Texas is unlike any other known place on earth. Vampires are the dominant species with humans far below on the food chain. The vampire leader is Amelie and student Claire Danvers is bound to her body and soul. Over the last few months, humans and vampires have been learning to live together somewhat in harmony.
However that peace is threatened when Amelie’s father, blood thirsty Bishop arrives with plans to take over from his offspring. Father and daughter gather allies to their respective side. Whereas Bishop uses force to coax vamps onto his team; Amelie works in the shadows urging her species to resist and support her. A call goes out and vampires walk into the sun like lemmings even with shade nearby. Claire and her mates try to keep the violence down to a minimum rescuing the innocent when they can. However, a betrayal leads Claire to make a decision that horrifies her soul, but to survive she must do what she loathes.
Book five of the Morganville vampires is filled with delicious twists that the audience will appreciatively sink their teeth into (unless their aging boomer like me who would sink her gums into it). Claire is sixteen years old, but acts much more mature than her teen years as she displays natural leadership skills during a crisis. She sees the humans forming a mob to bring vigilante justice which is the down side of being under vampire rule though she is loyal to her leader. Rachel Caine provides a strong young adult vampire thriller and not a weather warden in sight.