Book Review: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

midnight alley front coverMidnight Alley is book three in the Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine.

Since Claire Danvers arrived in Morganville life has been anything but peaceful.  But now, in a bid to secure the safety of her friends, she has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vamipire in Morganville.  Naturally, her friends are not happy about this.  After all, they have all spent time intentionally beyond the protection of the vampires in the town.

For some reason, Amelie is quite taken with Claire, and so, once she is under her protection, insists that she partakes of extra study lessons.  But these aren’t the usual modules you would take when studying high-brow, complicated physics.  More importantly, they are one-on-one sessions with an ancient, dangerous vampire.

What could go wrong?

The next instalment in the Morganville Vampires series flows seamlessly from the previous one.  This time around we are introduced to Myrnin, a vampire who was once a highly respected and talented scholar.  With this meeting, we begin to learn a little more about vampires and how Morganville is run.

As tensions between the residents of the Glass House increase, we again come across the conflict that living in a town full of vampires creates.  Michael status has now changed.  Although his motivations were, like Claire’s, for the good of his friends, his choice, like Claire’s, comes with consequences, which inevitably change the dynamics and perceptions in this small group.  The question is, is their friendship strong enough to deal with it?

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, easy to read paranormal series.  One of the things that I think makes it so easy is that you are only given the information you need to understand the current story line as it unfolds.  You are not inundated with excess detail and background – to both people and places – which keeps the story moving forward at a good pace as well as maintaining an air of magic and mystery.

I will be posting the fourth book in this series, Feast of Fools, soon.

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