Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: New American Library
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 9th book in the Chicagoland Vampire series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the ninth book in the Chicagoland Vampire series by Neill. I thought this book was much better than the last few books in the series. It feels like Neill finally has a new story arc starting that will encompass the next few books. The tenth book in this series, Blood Games, is scheduled for an August 2014 release. The most recent info I could find says that Neill is contracted for a total of 13 books in this series.
Ethan and Merit seek shelter at the Brecks because the Mayor wants to arrest Ethan. While there they are supposed to partake in a celebration with the Shifters, but an attack by harpies leaves them with a new mess to deal with. On top of this all a rep from the GP has arrived in Chicago and wants reparations for the GP vampire Representative that was killed by Cadogan house.
This book did an excellent job of ramping the series back up to its former glory, the series had been slowing down a bit over the last couple books. If you had a bit of trouble with the last couple books in the series, you can breathe a breath of relief…this book was much better and very fast-paced. This book was back up to the level of the earlier books in the series.Not only did Ethan and Merit solve a contained mystery but there are also a couple longer terms story arcs started as well.
Merit and Ethan have both grown a lot and are in a comfortable (while still steamy) place in their relationship. I enjoyed watching them work as a team to protect Cadogan House.
Mallory and Catcher are also mending fences. Mallory and Merit are also working on mending their friendship. It was great to have the perky and fun Mallory back even if she is a bit more worn and world-wise than she was at the beginning of the series. I enjoyed watching as Mallory and Catcher work magic together and enjoyed watching Mallory have a good purpose to her life again.
We get to see many of our favorite characters in here. Merit spends a lot of time with Jeff and all of the other shapeshifters. We don’t as much as the Cadogan House vampires, but they are in the story some.
The plot has some mystery solving, some butt-kicking and some continuing politics between Cadogan House and both the Mayor of Chicago and the GP.
Overall this was an excellent book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I loved that there was a mystery that was completely wrapped up in this book and that there were also a couple of longer term storylines added. I also loved that all of our characters seem to be maturing and are in good places in their lives. It was fun to watch them work as a team to solve problems and help out other supernaturals. This book got me excited to read this series again and I am looking forward to the 10th book in the series Blood Games!