Daylighters is book fifteen, and the final instalment, in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.
While Claire was away at MIT, Morganville changed dramatically. On their return from Massachusetts, the gang are welcomed home at the town boundary by the police and quickly separated into two groups: vampires and humans. Quickly, they realise that Morganville is not as they left it.
It seems that the Texan town has undergone a major transformation. The town which has had a neglected look ever since Claire arrived, is now being done up. The people are happy and carefree, and there isn’t a vampire in sight. It should be a good thing, but there is an insidious undercurrent of evil at work…
An organisation known as the Daylight Foundation has taken over Morganville, and the residents couldn’t be happier. However, Claire and her friends have already crossed paths with this group before and they are not what they pretend to be.
Can Morganville be saved? And what of the vampires that live there? This is the hardest fight Claire and her friends have had to deal with yet, and the one that has the most serious – and permanent consequences – should they fail…
“There were a few things scarier than a bipolar vampire off his meds, but to be honest, not that many.”
This is the final book in the Morganville Vampires series, and it is both a welcome ending, but bittersweet too. This is one of the longest book series I’ve read, behind The Cadfael Chronicles by Ellis Peters at 20 books, and the Marcus Didius Falco series, also at 20 books long. Unlike the two latter series, I didn’t feel like these books could go on forever, but that doesn’t mean I enjoyed them any less.
So, on to the review…
This book started with the major cliffhanger ending from the previous book. As a story line for the finale of a series, this was perfect. It was dramatic, full of action and energy, not to mention tension. About the ending…it was what I expected, but perhaps not what I would have liked. But then I have felt like that at the end of a number of series and trilogies.
As the story unfolds, it is clear to see just how more grown-up Claire is now than when we first met her in Glass Houses (in fact, her transformation is remarked upon by another main character). And that is what the author has done well; shown us as the series progressed how the characters have developed and altered according to the trials they have faced.
Who am I going to miss the most now that the series has ended? Myrnin; definitely the crazy Welsh alchemist-scientist vampire with the vampire bunny slippers.
So, to sum up…It’s sad that the series has ended, but it ended well. I’m so glad that I came across this series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.