|Title: Drink Deep
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #5
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Julia
Kissing, references to sex.
Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.
That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.
Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.
The ending of HARD BITTEN was a bit of a fox in the hen house for most fans of the Chicagoland Vampires series. I had started the book impressed with the risks Neill takes with her characters, and the ending in no way changed that for me. Still, DRINK DEEP is the book that many will look to, for vindication or reparations. For myself, I can only say Neill continues to balance the emotional development of her characters and the events of their world with a masterful hand. This is a series I love more and more as it goes on.
This is due in particular to the balance of insight and entertainment Merit provides. Her experiences as a new vampire resonate for me in a way that no other fictional vampire has managed to date. This is true even as she adjusts to the loss of her partner and sometimes lover, Ethan. Neill beautifully writes the ups and downs of someone in mourning. Merit’s grieving period is truncated by business as usual (the Greenwhich Presidium being horrible, political unrest, and saving the world from magical shenanigans). Even in the face of apocalypse, Merit has good days and bad. There are still quiet moments when missing Ethan rises up and overcomes her. Merit doesn’t grieve in a vacuum, either. Malik and Catcher, Cadogan house as a whole, with deft little touches Neill writes a whole community missing their friend and their leader.
Don’t let my fascination with the grieving in DRINK DEEP fool you, however, this is by no means a sad or depressed book. The action flows quickly and there’s as much friendship and romance as there is mayhem. DRINK DEEP offers Merit solace on one hand, more losses on the other. Hope for a better future, but also the promise of future conflict. I finish this book as impressed and as engaged as I was with HARD BITTEN, and even more anxious for the next book in the series.
Chloe Neill is going on tour!
Thursday, November 3rd
BARNES & NOBLE
3333 Oakview Drive
Omaha, NE 68144
Meet Rachel Caine & Chloe Neill!
Sunday, November 6th
BARNES & NOBLE
2100 North Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN 55113
Meet Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, and Andrea Cremer (author of the Nightshade series)!
Come to the bookstore, meet the authors, have your books signed, and participate in a raffle drawing to receive cool prizes!