I love the Morganville Vampire series, and while this book is no exception, it wasn't quite as extraordinary as Midnight Alley. After the shocking revelation in MA of the newest baddy in town - a Mr. Bishop - Claire is unfortunately back in the dark as to what on earth is going on in Morganville. Although it did wonders to build tension - I couldn't turn those pages fast enough - it also made a lot of the book feel like a placeholder. Although we do get a resolution to the mystery - well, as much a Caine can write a resolution to her Morganville series - I would still recommend having a copy of Lord of Misrule on hand.
Now that I think about it, this book is the Morganville equivalent of Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. Claire, like Harry did, spends the majority of the book utterly confused, then bang - big event - and all becomes clear. Obviously, Caine hardly sat Claire down to explain the verse to her, the way Rowling did to Harry - but the similarity is still there.
On to the great things in this book. Myrinn is as awesome as ever - eccentric, violent, and utterly adorable. Shane and Claire have their relationship is put to the test by the pull of her parents, and the introduction of a new vamp who takes an unfortunate interest in Shane. We also got a teaser as to the strengths that Claire may or may not possess (I'm not being cagey, I honestly don't know). Lots of great emotional drama - although not quite as much plot as Caine usually manages to get into a Morganville book. Although if compared to other authors, it sure is action-packed!
Bottom line? Not the best book in the series, but enjoyable none-the-less. If you haven't yet, make sure you get your hands on the Morganville Vampires Series ASAP!