Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires #5)
Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.
Spoilers for all previous books. Also, continuing my discussion of the
historical aspects of 'Feast of Fools' the term, Lord of Misrule, is
also associated with the celebration, but after some priests got a bit
too jolly in Paris back in the 12th century heavy restrictions were
placed upon the title (ordinarily the leader of the church) to keep the
person in check.
I'm reluctant to put to paper (so to speak) my thoughts of Lord of Misrule
because I'm honestly torn up. I don't think I can put words that don't
involve 'freaked out' and 'oh gods no' and 'OH NO NOT THAT'. Bishop
is...horrifying. Not just the vampire himself, but his whole ideology
is so twisted and warped and inhuman I felt chills. And you know how
some evil vampires have moments of weakness? Not Bishop. Oh no. He's
kind of like a Vampire version of those Chuck Norris facts--you know the ones. 'Chuck Norris is the only man alive to slam a revolving door' those facts (which can be hilarious).
And it just gets worse as the book goes on.
this book makes the other four combined seem like Claire and Co. were
merely having tea parties. Between friends who aren't so friendly,
enemies who have no choice, neutrals who should know better and one
person in particular
comeuppance (let's face it with Bishop moving to take charge who needs
her dad? No one was being nice to Monica because she was sweet after
all) the entire power structure is torn down.
I felt kind of bad
for most of the inhabitants--for the ones born there the way of life
that they had become resigned to and understood at least was gone. For
the out-of-towners (those poor college saps) the world just got a whole
lot more terrifying.
And the teaser for the next book, Carpe Corpus? Only made me want to cry more.
to note, none of what I said is meant to be a negative criticism--I
thoroughly enjoyed the book. It just also broke my heart a thousand
((reprinted with permission from author))