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Review: “Carpe Corpus,” Rachel Caine

May 11, 2011
Review: “Carpe Corpus,” Rachel CaineCarpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires #6)
Written by Rachel Caine
Published June, 2009 by Signet
241 pages
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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five-stars

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths.

He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

Although the sixth book in the series isn’t the final one, Carpe Corpus delivers a mind-blowing ending to a three-book (or more!) story arc! This book is full of action, plot and all the things that make the Morganville series a best-seller! Highly recommended! Spoilers in the full review!

While I have enjoyed all the action and drama that has come along with the whole Bishop storyline, I must say I’m not at all sad to see it finally concluded. Maybe it was my pure hatred for the man and what he did for Morganville in general? Or maybe I just wanted something fresh? The way Rachel Caine wove in this story through THREE whole books within a series established within its own right really astounded me. There were triumphs and losses that I never expected, and the evolution of Morganville has really astounded me.

The conclusion to this book was great – I’m so excited to continue on even though you could leave the series off here if you wished. There’s no pressing danger or cliffhanger in Carpe Corpus, so those wishing for a break in the series or a finale will get what they’re hoping for. I, on the other hand, am desperate to read about a Morganville that’s encouraging equality between the humans the vampires. Even the characters I previously disliked (Oliver, for example) have earned a place in my heart and I’m eager to see where these new relationships lead.

The whole plotline carried on from Dead Girl’s Dance, about the killings, was finalized also in Carpe Corpus, but I felt it was kind of rushed and tacked on to the end. I think this storyline could have continued into another book of it’s own, really. I am glad, however, that all loose ends seemed to be tied up.

It seems the vampire disease/cure has also started to come full-circle, though I’m curious to know where it started and what caused it. I hope that’s revealed in later books – I’m sure it will be as Rachel Caine isn’t one to leave things unexplained. Shane’s father, Frank Collins, is also another topic I’m interested to see revisted.

I’m increasingly confused about the whole Ada/computer debacle! It just seemed so out of the blue and unexpected. In a world of vampires and lore, who expected a superhuman, blood-drinking computer somewhat similar to the Tardis? I’m wondering where this whole thing is going to lead, but at the same time I’m VERY excited to find out!

Recommended to: As always, fans of the series will be pleased.

About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and horror novels. Conrad also publishes media tie-in novels as Julie Fortune. Rachel Caine has been writing and publishing novels and short stories since 1991. She is a former professional musician who has the distinction of having played with such musical legends as Henry Mancini, Peter Nero and John Williams.

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