Dark Debt

Chloe Neill. NAL, $15 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-451-47232-8
Neill demonstrates an able hand with pacing, emotional development, and entertaining doses of snark in the 11th Chicagoland Vampires urban fantasy (after Blood Games). Springtime brings new challenges to Chicago’s vampires, as Merit, the Cadogan House Sentinel, and her Master and paramour, Ethan Sullivan, face personal threats from Balthasar, Ethan’s presumed-dead creator, and a shadow organization headed by Merit’s ex, Morgan Greer. The cooperative skills of the newly minted Assembly of American Masters are tested, and Merit’s previous immunity to vampire glamour can’t withstand assault by Balthasar, creating intimacy issues for her and Ethan. Merit and Ethan are aided (and occasionally hindered) by magical allies, the Cadogan House staff, and Merit’s father and grandfather, as they engage in overt and covert battles for control over the powerful vampire houses. Little characterization details like Merit’s enthusiasm for refreshments, destructive tendencies toward formal wear, and complicated family emotions enhance this brisk adventure. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/02/2015
Release date: 03/03/2015
Genre: Fiction
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