Fall of Night is the fourteenth book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
When Claire Danvers is given the opportunity to join MIT’s graduate course, it’s something that she can’t pass up. After all, it’s been a lifelong dream of hers, and now, with the permission of Morganville’s founder, Amelie, it’s one she can actually achieve. The only thing is, she’ll be leaving her friends, including her boyfriend Shane, behind.
When she get’s there, she is to be working with another former Morganville resident, and a former assistant to Claire’s vampire boss, Myrnin. When Professor Irene Andersen hears about the prototype machine Claire has been working, a machine that will hopefully be able to cancel out the mental abilities of vampires, she is more than a little keen to learn more…
Everything sounds perfect…maybe too perfect. Yet Morganville and it’s troubles never seem very far away…
“Pish, I only lost part of my brain. It wasn’t even the most important part.”
It was nice to get out of Morganville again to see what life in this world is like beyond the Texan town, and this really added an injection of freshness into the story. As did the new characters that we meet while we are there. Jesse and Pete were definitely at the top of the “new interesting characters” list.
Like the rest of the series, there is plenty of action and adventure and the story moves at a pretty fast pace. I have read a few reviews of this book and notice that one or two people have said it would have been nice to see Claire more of a student before the usual trouble gravitates towards her. As I read the book, it never occurred to me – perhaps because that’s not just how these things work and Claire just isn’t that lucky. That being said, it might have been fun to read, just to see how she would cope with normal life after her time spent in Morganville.
The alternate viewpoints – between Claire and Shane – really helped in moving the story forwards as separate story threads unfolded. And as for the ending…The book ends on a major cliffhanger.
All-in-all, this is perhaps one of the best of the latter books in the series, and really rewards those who have kept on reading. It’s a long series, but in my opinion, it’s a good one.