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Review: “Feast of Fools,” Rachel Caine

May 8, 2011
Review: “Feast of Fools,” Rachel CaineFeast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires #4)
Written by Rachel Caine
Published June, 2008 by Signet
242 pages
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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five-stars

In Morganville, vampires and humans have learned to live in relative peace, but the tenuous good-neighbor policy is abruptly turned on its head with the arrival of Mr. Bishop.

The ancient old-school vampire is bad to the bone, and what he wants from the town’s living and dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball attended by vampires and their human dates that Claire realizes Bishop’s plan – and the elaborately evil trap he’s set for the warm-blooded souls of Morganville.

Feast of Fools was a little slow in the middle, but the amazing ending (the last few chapters in particular) really redeemed it in my eyes. Ending in the midst of drama and an unsure future, readers will definitely want to pick up the next installment, Lord of Misrule!

I keep waiting for one of Rachel Caine’s Morganville books to let me down. So far, they haven’t. I’ve heard some readers lose interest in the series around the middle or the latest books, so I’m hoping that’s not the case with me. I think I’m so attached to the characters and the town itself that that could never be possible. We’ll see.

As I mentioned, the middle of this book had me thinking it might lose a star in my rating. It’s good, but it’s not as thrilling or eventful as the first three books in the series were all throughout. That changed, though, with the feast held in Bishop’s honour by Amelie, the founder. I had caught on to the purpose of the human ‘dates’ way before Claire did, so I wasn’t that surprised when I found out the true nature of their presence, but that didn’t stop the action at the feast or the events that unfolded afterwards from being any more exciting.

I particularly loved the appearance of Claire and Myrnin at the feast, as Perriot and Harlequin. I wasn’t too fond of Myrnin in Midnight Alley, but he’s growing on me. I’m really enjoying the storyline with the crystals and cure, and though Bishop brought an interesting twist.

Monica is also back to her old ways; being extraordinary mean to Claire! We also get to see the way the vampires in Morganville work together a lot more in this one, which is good. People we’re meant to hate become allies and their popularity in my books goes up a notch. Rachel Caine creates a brilliant dynamic between her characters and it makes each book such an enjoyable read.

I was thinking of having a small break from the series, after four flat out reads, but the ending of Feast of Fools pretty much makes that impossible! I’ll be moving on to Lord of Misrule today!

Recommended to: Fans of the series so far will not be disappointed, especially after that ending!

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.

1 Comment

  • Reply Kate May 9, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Cute new layout! I read the first Morganville Vampires book and really enjoyed it. I really should get back into the rest of the series. :-)

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