Friday, February 13, 2009

Review – “Lord of Misrule” by Rachel Caine

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.
Lord of Misrule is the fifth book in the Morganville Vampire series of young adult urban fantasies. Rachel Caine ratchets up the action in book 5 as the opposing vampire forces led by Amelie (the Founder) and Bishop (her father) face off. The future of Morganville and its human inhabitants hangs in the balance. This is the most plot-driven episode in the series to date and virtually every character from previous books makes an appearance.

As usual Claire is at the centre of things, essential to Amelie’s plan to produce the cure for the vampire disease, but also the main game piece in the Bishop/Amelie powerplay. The instability of the vampire authorities causes unrest among the human population and Morganville starts to unravel as the vampires prepare for the final battle. Skirmishes, fires, reprisals and all manner of civil disobedience prevails.

Favourite line -
Bishop didn't look away from Claire's face, just pointed at Eve. "Silence, or be silenced. When I want to know your opinion, I'll consult your entrails."
Claire surprises a lot of people in this episode as her acquired skills, experiences, and connections among the elite allow her to accomplish more then is expected as everyone is used to underestimating her. She begins to use this to her advantage and this growth for Claire's character is welcome.

Lord of Misrule is gritty and dark with plenty of dramatic tension and enough twists and turns to keep fans glued to the pages in a single read. This is a turning point book with a huge and unexpected plot development at the end of the same scope as the recent twist in Richelle Mead’s Shadow Kiss Vampire Academy series.

Lord of Misrule continues to be one of the strongest of the many fine YA adult urban fantasy series being written today. The books are relatively short, so if you haven’t been following this series pick up the earlier books. The next book Carpe Corpus is out in June just a few short months away with another to follow in November. Can’t wait.

Penguin Group (USA)
Published: January 2009
ISBN #: 9780451225726
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Age Range: Young Adult

Interviews :
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Read an excerpt.

Morganville Vampires Series:

  1. Glass Houses (2006)
  2. The Dead Girls' Dance (2007)
  3. Midnight Alley (2007)
  4. Feast of Fools (2008)
  5. Lord of Misrule (2009)
  6. Carpe Corpus (June 2009)
  7. Fade Out (November 2009)
  8. Book 8 (2010)
  9. Book 9 (2010)

Morganville Vampire TV Series Update
Back in 2007 Rachel Caine announced the optioning of her Morganville Vampire series to the company that produced the Red Dwarf series for British television. Here is the latest 2009 news on the subject from the Charles Armitage site.
Morganville Vampires: Following on the escalating success of the four cult novels around the world, the Noel Gay Motion Picture Company is in discussion with Film Sales Agents & Distributors.


  1. Just picked this up last weekend! It's a great series, that doesn't always get the attention it deserves.

    Great review! You gave me enough to whet my appetite, without giving the plot away. Looking forward to delving into this one. :-)

  2. These books are hard to review without spoilers because so much happens in each. Glad I didn't give anything too important away :)

  3. I haven't started this yet but I do have it. I just can't stand how the author writes pretty much the beginning of the next novel at the end and leaves you with a cliffhanger. Drives me nuts! Love the series anyway though.

  4. Ladytink yep Caine sure knows how to keep her readers begging for more. Fortunately we don't have to wait a year between books.


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