Release Day Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

April 30, 2012 Review 0

Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires, #12) Title: Black Dawn
AuthorRachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #12
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (May 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451236718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236715
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Sexual Content: Kissing


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


The hotly-anticipated twelfth installment in the Morganville Vampires series
In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires… their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.
Lovers of Morganville, rejoice: Black Dawn takes the intrigue, romance and nail-biting suspense of the series to its highest level yet!


The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine is one of the most exciting, most inventive, and most consistently surprising YA series ever.  Though I did have some issues with this latest installment, I can honestly say that even after twelve books, I hope the series never ends.

As with the previous two books in The Morganville Vampires series, BLACK DAWN isn’t told exclusively from Claire’s point of view.  Half the book is Claire’s, but the other half is told from the POVs of Shane, Michael, Eve, Oliver, Hannah, and possibly a few others that I’m forgetting.  However, unlike the previous two books, I don’t think the additional POVs strengthened the story.  Most of them felt unnecessary (like Eve’s chapters), and the others just contributed to the somewhat chaotic feel that BLACK DAWN had.

In addition to too many POVs, the overall pace of BLACK DAWN is relentless, and unfortunately, that is not a compliment. The whole book is one long climax, like the downward rush of a rollercoaster but without the gradually building anticipation of the rise up or the break before the next climb.  I really missed the casual interaction and playful moments between Claire and her friends.  It was one attack/rescue/suicide mission after the next.  Really I think this whole book should have been condensed to a handful of chapters and included in LAST BREATH since BLACK DAWN is really a continuation of the plot established in the previous book.

The real saving grace with BLACK DAWN was the ending.  It was excellent in the way I’ve come to expect from this series.  Caine isn’t afraid to do terrible things to her characters and kill them off when necessary.  The last several chapters were gripping and tragic and pivotal for the future of Morganville.  I can’t say I’m going to miss the storyline involving the draug, but I’m am crazy excited by the direction they have forced the series into.  So many delicious and scary possibilities have opened up and I can’t wait to see what happens next in BITTER BLOOD on November 6, 2012.

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