DRINK DEEP (Chicagoland Vampires #5) by Chloe Neill

Posted 30 December, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

Urban Fantasy (adult)
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #5
Available now (Nov. 2011)
Publisher: New American Library (NAL)
Review copy purchased

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times 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. 

Chicago’s 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 for vampires and humans alike.

When last we left Merit, terrible things had just happened. Terrible. Things that left a huge hole in Merit’s life (as well as mine–sob!). While DRINK DEEP picks up where HARD BITTEN left off, it’s a lot more empty with this main character’s absence. Merit does her best to keep things together around Chicagoland but it’s not easy.
There are a lot of politics that come into play in this story as Cadogan House is investigated for mismanagement (what, no respect for the dead? sheesh.) and put on blood rations (who in their right mind does that to vampires? I mean, really.). Without a powerful leader to gainsay these rules and rations, Cadogan House is in bad shape. Then there’s the Mayor and the crazy military dude…so much trouble for the vampires of Chicago. 

And yet, there’s still that hole created by the poof-ing of a major character–a hole only made deeper by the absence of Merit’s best friend, Mallory. Of course, technically, she’s not gone but she’s so distracted by her magical training, that she pretty much abandons Merit (I’m starting to get pretty darned aggravated with Mallory–where’s your loyalty, girl?). I had a bit of a hard time with this story mostly because of these losses. After all, as a reader, I’d invested so much getting to know these people, liking them and then they just disappear or turn into completely different people.

Still, despite these gaping wounds, DRINK DEEP is an excellent story. Neill does a fabulous job weaving together all the threads of politics, lies, multiple characters and their plotlines, and magic to create a detailed world that makes you want to dive into it. And, after the interesting way Neill filled up that major hole (eep! Be still my heart!) and the introduction of a whole new partnership for Merit, I can’t wait to see where Merit and her entourage head next!

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4 Responses to “DRINK DEEP (Chicagoland Vampires #5) by Chloe Neill”

  1. I haven’t started this series yet but just ordered the first book. I SO can’t wait to start it cause I’ve heard great things. I didn’t read your review so I wouldn’t get spoilers 😉

  2. LOVE THIS SERIES! This one was definitely hard to read after the events of the previous book, but I really liked how we didn’t have a depressed, morose Merit for the entire book, she held herself together well:) The end made me super happy (except for the Mallory situation) and I can’t wait to see what Chloe’s going to do next! Fantastic review Mary!

  3. The first three books of this series I loved and adored. I recommended them to many based on their snark and action appeal. But then Hard Bitten came along, and at the end, the vampire hero Ethan dies. Stake in the heart, turns to ashes. The end.