Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

A Chicagoland Vampires Novel 5

Drink Deep by Chloe Neill, UK edition cover.

Title: Drink Deep (A Chicagoland Vampires Novel)
Author:  Chloe Neill
Genre: Paranoraml Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz Fiction (10th November 2011)

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if it’s the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, things haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black, and things really start getting ugly.

The mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late . . .

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

This is the fifth book in Chloe Neill’s exciting Chicagoland Vampires series, and it is a very exciting read. Drink Deep starts not long after the end of Hard Bitten, the previous book in the series, with everything slowly starting to settle back into place. Unfortunately it would seem that Merit is not destined to have a quite life (but then if she was, we wouldn’t be reading about her).

Drink Deep has to be one of my books of the year for 2011. I have been looking forward to reading it since I finished reading Hard Bitten back in May. I’m glad Neill and her publisher decided to push this book forward after the events in the previous one, it certainly made me a happy bunny.

The story in Drink Deep is certainly a complicated and convoluted one. There were twists in the narrative that I definitely didn’t see coming – and won’t spoil the book for you by discussing in detail here 😉 Neill definitely shows her skills in this book by managing not to get the plot threads too tangled.

Merit has definitely matured in this book, in my opinion. But then with the events of Hard Bitten you could hardly blame her! I still find her a compelling main character and narrator, and she still has a definite wit. We get to see a little more screen (or should that be page?) time for the members of Cadogan House. It’s nice to see Merit with her vampire friends.

There’s definitely something big and bad on the horizon, as the blurb hints. And there are a LOT of contenders for the part. It’s interesting to see them all turn up and show their fangs (so to speak). The major villain of the piece is certainly a surprise. Looking back of the previous couple of books you can see where Neill left the clues for the twist, but I have to say it wasn’t something I picked up on. The revelation of the villain leads us nicely into the promise of the next book – which I really am looking forward to reading.

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