Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
Morganville Vampires #5
In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.
Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.
The war between Amelie and The Bishop has brewed to the boiling point. Each one of the housemates has been assigned what seems like an impossible task in this crazy war. Shane is to protect the bloodmobile and the book at all costs. Eve is to go with Oliver and Micheal is to protect the college campus. Claire of course must go with Amelie to rescue Myrnin. It will take more than just hopes and prayers for all of them to succeed. No matter who succeeds, the town will never be the same, and it just all boils down to a fight for survival.
From the start of this series I had a bad feeling that something like this would happen. The humans would only accept the oppression for so long. All it would take would be a small catalyst to set fire to a major rebellion on the human side. The nasty Bishop made a major mess of things, which of course paved the way for the humans to take things into their own hands. Even though things were not the best for them before, I really don't think rebellion and destroying all vampires is the answer to their problems. I think their rioting will only cause more death and destruction. Hopefully some of these factions will wise up and start thinking. Otherwise that mob mentality will destroy absolutely everything leaving little to no survivors.
While there wasn't as much time spent together between Shane and Claire, the moments they did get to spend were really meaningful and important. I really like the way their relationship is progressing. It is very realistic and nothing is forced. I also am still very impressed at their self-control, surprisingly more Shane's than Claire's. Most teenage couples would have given in at this point, but they haven't. I admire their determination to uphold their promise to wait at least until Claire is of legal age. Hopefully by the time that happens, there still will be a Morganville in some part to even give them a chance to be together. However, the way things are now, it just isn't looking good for that.
It's funny how even though the previous books have been very fast paced, this one makes them look like they were just standing still while it drove by. Lord of Misrule is just non-stop action from start to finish, with the highest stakes yet. If Claire thought things were tough in Morganville before, she was wrong. The "old" ways were a walk in the park compared to the current situation. Things end right in a major jam making the next book very eagerly anticipated.
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Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires, Book 5)