It’s Always Blackest Before the Dawn (Black Dawn – A Book Review)

Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires #12)

Author: Rachel Caine

Published: 2012

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My Rating:

Rated D for deadly battles and dangerous dreams that will unravel even the strongest hearts

With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home, but with the invasion of the vampires’ deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…

Magnus has taken over Morganville and worse, he’s bitten Amelie, the Founder of the town. As a master draug, he’s nearly completed his destruction of the town. Only and handful stand in his way, determined to save whatever’s left.

Claire Danvers and her friends are thrown into a fight unlike one they’ve ever been in before. Lucky for them, there might just be a way to put an end to Magnus, who’s got a soft spot for Claire. To move the plan into action, it’ll take everyone…but it may just take everyone, too, leaving little next to nothing left of Morganville.

The Morganville Vampires series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 12 of 15 books.

The Morganville Vampires Reviews

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 1: Glass Houses & The Dead Girls’ Dance

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 2: Midnight Alley & Feast of Fools

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 3: Lord of Misrule & Carpe Corpus

The Morganville Vampires Vol. 4: Fade Out & Kiss of Death

Ghost Town

Bite Club

Last Breath

The second half to the battle with Magnus was intense! Non-stop, breathless moments of action, heartache, and vampire badassery. Sure, the vampires are typically the ones you have to worry about in this series, but at the moment they’re allies. I can dig that, even though they’re still acting like humans are the cattle. Still, I was in a panic, wondering if this would be the end for the Glass house and those still left standing. That feeling of panic-anticipation is both awesome and not because I sucked in, but I don’t want my favorite characters to die!

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I’ve never seen Morganville so dreary and dead. I mean, it’s a town in the middle of a nowhere desert, but still. It’s scary and got me quite shaken. Sure, this isn’t the greatest or safest town to live in but it is home to many. It’s time to fight for it now, especially with Amelie, the baddest of the bad, queen of the town, down for the count. The

Shane took a heavy hit in this book and my heart truly breaks for him. While he was getting his hero on he took a heavy hit to the mind. Given a dream while getting sucked dry by draug, only to awaken to hell is just absolutely crappy. Getting messed with like that? I can’t imagine being able to come back from that. And Shane deserves the world. He’s come up against his worst fears and come out on the other side every single time. This one was a doozy.

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Suggy Emotions

Shane wasn’t the only one with some major heroics though. Heroism was being handed all around and the struggle was real and very deadly. While this is a re-read, I can still remember my first time reading this book and wondering who was going to make it. I still got super freaking weepy because this one does it. This one really gets the heart pumping. It’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7, you guys. The town is going down and there’s that five-second window to save though the odds of it caving in on itself is high…though Morganville didn’t cave in on itself so don’t worry about that. LOL.


Michael and Eve still hung in limbo, on broken glass in this one. This is the rock-solid couple, the inspiring, fighting the rules, vampire/human couple and being left to wonder if they’d make it made me anxious as hell! I love these two! It’s the sun meets the moon. They complement each other and this on top of the whole probably-gonna-die scenario isn’t good on my heart, but it did add to the emotional rollercoaster that Caine is so good at writing. She is a phenomenal storyteller.

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I got through this so fast it was crazy. This was one of those that once you got started you couldn’t put down. It just felt like there was never a good place to stop and I didn’t want to. Stories like that are the best. The fact that I could see it so clearly in my mind like a TV show (which this series needs to be made into) was a serious bonus. If you didn’t there was anything left that could come out of this series, this arc is proof that you were wrong.


Definitely one of the top books in the series. For freaking sure! Action. Tragedy. Love. Friendship. Phenomenal characters and writing that keeps me hooked with its relationships on top of the typical near death, supernatural adventure. I swear this book, no, this series has it all. STILL RECOMMENDING THIS! LOL.


“Sometimes things just happen. It’s not right. It’s not fair. But it’s nobody’s fault, Claire. So don’t do that. Don’t take it all on yourself. I promise you, it’s the last thing he wants you to do.” (Richard to Claire, p. 183)

“Real life isn’t perfect. Perfect is boring.” (Claire to Shane, p. 289)

More to come soon…                                                                                                


P.S. Song today? Fallen by Sarah McLlachlan.

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