Black Dawn is the twelfth book in The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine and a YA novel from NAL.
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...
Ever since the draug - mysterious creatures that prey on vampires - took over Morganville, the lives of Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.
By using the town’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie - the town Founder - has been infected by the master draug’s bite.
If Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks as though Morganville will become little more than a ghost town...
Black Dawn picks up right where Last Breath ended: the draug have invaded Morganville, taken several vampires captive and the master draug has bitten and infected Amelie.
The people in the know have left Morganville - the rest have been evacuated with a made up reason that got them to leave town without much of a fuss.
Those remaining are determined to help the vampires face their age old enemies. The draug travel in water and form gelatinous bodies that can not be harmed by most weapons. Silver will slow them by dispersing the water used to form their bodies - but they can regroup and come back.
Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael have decided to stay in Morganville and do what they can to defeat the draug and rescue those vampires held captive.
With Amelie down for the count Oliver has stepped in as leader. He is determined to launch a strike against the draug that will put an end to them once and for all - but he needs help - even if he won’t admit it.
Claire and Myrnin have decided that science will save them. If they can find something to bind the draug - maybe they can stop them once and for all...
I absolutely love this series and look forward to each installment. I am always surprised with the predicaments Claire and crew find themselves involved in - and constantly wonder why they continue to hang around Morganville - especially now when they had the opportunity to get out.
I give Black Dawn 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: NAL Hardcover (May 1, 2012)