Daylighters by Rachel Caine
Just finished reading Daylighters by Rachel Caine which is No.15 in the Morganville Vampire books and is also the concluding book of the series.
Daylighters picks up pretty much where No.14, Fall of Night, left off (which ended on something of a cliffhanger to say the least!). So, Claire, Eve and Shane are stunned when the vampires that they returned to town with are all ruthlessly shot down and carried away – Myrnin, Michael, Oliver and Jesse (a fairly new edition to the cast of characters). Clearly things in Morganville have taken a turn – not sure in which direction yet exactly – but they have taken a turn. The residents seem happier, the place is cleaner and more upbeat, people can go out for a stroll in the evening without fear of becoming a midnight snack and, well, put bluntly, there isn’t a vampire in sight! It appears that the Daylighters are now in town, they’re running the show and are promising a vampire free town for the residents and a would-be miracle cure for the vampires (well, sort of). It all sounds a bit too good to be true – which usually means it is of course. For now, however, the vampires are being kept locked away and the people of Morganville are free for once. Keeping a bunch of vampires locked away can’t last forever though and neither can the relative calm that seems to have descended. The Leader of the Daylighters is something of a fanatic who it appears will go to any lengths to indoctrinate people – including using a few vampires as guinea pigs and a few people as necessary sacrifices.
Obviously it’s difficult to say too much about the plot for fear of potential spoilers and as this is the last book in the series I really don’t want to give things away so this review will be, of necessity, short and sweet.
I’ve been intrigued as to how RC would wrap up this series and manage to give everyone a happy ending – however, I think she’s managed to do just that, particularly one storyline which she wraps up very tidily. On the whole, does this end on an ‘all guns blazing’ grand finale? Not exactly. I would say that whilst this is the final in the series it definitely leaves the door ajar for a possible return in the future. So, not a clear cut break but I think a very acceptable way of concluding the series which I imagine most readers will be happy with.
In terms of criticisms – I did have a number of points in the book where I struggled to see why Claire, Eve and Shane would put themselves on the line repeatedly to try and help a bunch of captive vampires who have in the past not only made their life miserable, imprisoned them and threatened them with death sentences but have also used them as fresh food. I guess I reached the conclusion that the gang were more about sticking up for the underdogs which in this story was definitely the vampires. It made an interesting comparison to see the vampires a little bit humbled and in need of help – although they didn’t stay that way for too long.
On the whole this has undoubtedly been an entertaining series. If I had the chance to pick this up now in the knowledge that there were 15 books, would I do so? Probably not – as it’s such an undertaking – but I’m not sorry to have read these and Ms Caine did give us Myrnin – a character which I do like very much. These books have been good fun and Rachel Caine has consistently come up with new and inventive ways of keeping the storyline fresh. If you want a quick and easy series of books about a bunch of teenagers fighting against, with and sometimes for vampires then give this series a whirl.
This counts to my 100 books in a year challenge and also starts to reduce my unfinished series list (see here).